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Mobile applications vs Web applications

On or off the web, are you able to make the most of your data, information, and mobile devices?

We are connected to the web and dependent upon it, but what if that connection breaks, or a typical web application is just not enough? There are many reasons why a mobile / partially connected application might be what you need.

Mobile applications can be developed in many ways

Adobe Air Development

The most popular programming language in the world according to some sources (see the Tiobe index), is Java. This is probably the language most attributed to the write-once-run-many concept. The idea being that an application could be written in Java, on say a Linux computer, and it would run happily on a Mac, a PC or an Android device without any change to the source code.

We write Java applications, but recently we have adopted Adobe Air to take advantage of its many strengths. Some of its strengths are discussed below.

An example of an Adobe Air application

Currently we are working on a number of Adobe Air applications. We hope to post a simple example soon.

What is the difference between a mobile and a web application?

A mobile application runs without any need for a connection to the web. It can store its data locally.

A web application must be connected to the web to function. Even a temporary interuption to the connection can have undesirable consequences.

A hybrid application is essentially mobile, as it needs no connection to the web, but uses it when it detects that it is available.