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Web App development in 2021

Web Development has become the most popular as more people use mobile devices but what are Web Apps?

The internet has now become a wide pool full of content that is very difficult to sift through and many companies are starting to look elsewhere in regards to reaching their audience. As many of you have noticed while using your smart phones, many of the apps you have available also have websites. These apps are actually web apps that have been converted for use on the Android/IOS environment. These apps are part of the web app environment. Web apps are actually hosted on servers that are then linked to google and apple services in order for users to download them.

Web apps are developed using programming languages, libraries of known functions such as React and many other tools. React is a JavaScript library created by Facebook for the development of UI components. UI stands for user interface. Most app development is done locally on a programmers machine and then it is uploaded to a server, packaged and tested for use by customers, and once the app is seen to be ready it is released for use. Regular updates and maintenance of web apps is a requirement due to the libraries they use, the devices they are meant to run on and the platforms they are sold or hosted on.

In 2021 there are more security concerns in regards to the personal data of users then ever before, as all apps found on mobile platforms sift through the personal data located on the machine they are installed on. This basically means that if you are using an app on your phone it will request access to personal data, pictures and/or any other folder, location or setting. All of this data needs to be encrypted before being sent back to the app developer for review. The data collected is then used by the developer and third parties to better understand what the users need, want or could be offered as services or products in the future. Due to this many of these developers are required to update their securities, code and encryption on a regular basis by their platform providers such as google and apple. Google Android allows a bit of protection for the users when downloading apps from their store but this limitation could crack and many vulnerabilities could surface as most developers host their files on random servers that could be used maliciously as they are hosted on shared virtual environments. This is where proactive web development comes in. Proactive web development is basically where a developer will roll out a future update ahead of the release in order to be tested on a controlled environment before release to the public. This way any and all serious issues can be resolved and if anything is missed it can then be addressed quickly by a future update. This is the reason why your apps will regularly update and why you should always make sure to only use verified apps for your platform.

With applications there is no one size fits all solution as many use case scenarios occur on different devices. Developing a web app using libraries makes it much easier to delve into a project without the hassle on knowing all the requirements for every single device as the libraries standardize your code and application. The ease of use allows for faster development cycles and allows the programmers and designers to make innovations rather than concentrating on solving issues in regards to compatibility, security and speed of operation on different server equipment.

If you are interested in web development from websites to fully integrated applications that are cross platform compatible then you will most probably need to learn JAVA, PHP, MYSQL, javascript, python and C#. Though many languages can be used for web development these are the most popular. We do not consider HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) or CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) to be languages but rather key components that imply structure to the nested elements such as text and images.

Post was last modified: March 29 2021 17:52:35 CST

The incredible FUJITSU A64fx

Fujitsu leading the charge with their incredible new arm based cpu. Can Nvidia really hold onto arm without competition now?


The Fujitsu A64fx takes many leaps into the future

When I first came across this CPU I could barely believe it would ever exist. Rumors were spinning round the internet about an arm based cpu that would finally flush out the old dinosaurs. Back in 2017 these rumors grew ever so slightly but then came the bitcoin and ethereum rush and the hype whimpered away.

In 2020 the new super computer received its upgrade via the arm based fujitsu cpu, the A64FX, and the world did not even notice. That is until now, all users were content with the idea of a 4 core CPU but as early as 2017 CPU cores doubled for the mass market. Now a general 6 core CPU is the norm in computers while the lower end are the 4 core “old gen” heroes. It was not long ago that we revered the 4 core 8 thread i7 and now we simply dismiss such a chip as lower end. Even with the AMD Ryzen line up, Intel does not show any sign of slowing down but both companies are now in trouble as Nvidia acquired arm. More so Fujitsu is now finding ways to develop server equipment that will lower costs and might even become available to the mass market by 2025.

Now if you are wondering what Nvidia and Fujitsu have to do with Intel and AMD, the answer is competition. With Nvidia and ARM merging it looks like the PC market is about to drastically change. Fujitsu is already implementing HBM memory into their CPU sockets which greatly increases memory speeds and memory size. Now this implementation was already seen on AMD’s Vega chips but those were not arm based chips and they were still expensive to produce. As HBM starts creeping into everything so too shall your PC case become smaller as you will no longer require RAM sticks. Wait though, the A64FX is not just a CPU but it is also a monster GPU and it has a reserved set of cores for your operating system. This chip was designed with deep learning and AI compute in mind and one would wonder if that is something a common PC enthusiast would even be able to get their hands on. The answer is yes, not now but in the near future with the market changing and with the efficiency of arm based products your mobile phones will become even faster than desktop PC’s.

Intel failed spectacularly with the atom chips. The celeron chips proved better but they never managed to become efficient enough for the mobile market. With arm being the dominant force in the mobile market it is only a matter of time until all compute devices start using them. Most servers are being replaced with arm based technology at google and amazon that certain sources even go as far to say that they are the dominant chips at these companies.

It is Fujitsu’s servers that made Pokemon GO a possibility. Their new Supercomputer Fugaku has been tasked with battling virus’s, pandemics and to explore new drugs. Its versatile technology is also calculating social behavior during pandemics to help with the on going issues of isolation and disease propagation. Fugaku has been fed more simulations and has provided results, such as that humidifiers could limit disease spread during winter months when people are locked in.

ARM is “ a RISC (reduced instruction set computing) architecture developed by Arm Limited. This processor architecture is nothing new. It was first used in personal computers as far back as the 1980s.”
Now it is emerging from the embers of the crypto rush of 2021 and it sees to replace the old aging GPU’s and to revitalize the CPU market. It is already present in ultrabooks but will soon be implemented into Apple products all across its product line.

So Intel and AMD will either have to find a new way to produce their chips in order to compete or they will go the way of the dinosaurs. Giving a user 8 to 16 cores is great on paper but what happens when that same user can get a full machine with all the components for the price of a top end CPU from Intel or AMD and yet it performs even better? Nvidia’s move to merge with arm was smart as they know that GPU’s are yesterdays tech. Time has moved on from the early 2000’s and we no longer need the hulking piece of metal hanging from the side of our motherboard. We no longer need such an intrusive piece of hot tech in a PCIE slot that could be populated by faster NVME memory. With the current shortage of chips bringing about the interest in expanding factories and government loans to further the cause it is inevitable that ARM and ARM based chips will succeed to dominate the PC and server market as they have the mobile landscape.

So now when you look at a A64FX chip you know that it is one of the best compute and deep learning pieces of technology today. One day it will also run Crysis.

Post was last modified: March 27 2021 05:08:39 CST

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