- On April 19, 2017
- 0 Comments
There are a number of cloud-based platforms which provide wide-range of services to users. Amongst these is Amazon Web Services (AWS) which is proven to be the best.
Earlier, a developer was responsible for managing various operational tasks like security and storage maintenance, content delivery, etc besides developing. This consumed a lot of time and energy. Now, the developers without any worry can focus only on their core work, i.e developing, rest of the tasks are carried by cloud servers.
With the introduction to Cloud Computing, there have been radical changes noticed in the development and deployment methodology. We came across to the term virtual servers which increased the productivity of developers by streamlining the development process.
The top priorities for developing B2B, B2C and B2E mobile applications are:
- Fresh applications and unique experience
- Easy to develop, test, manage and deploy
- Faster to market
- Integration with existing apps and databases
- Scalable and real-time availability
- Identity management, federation
- User engagement, analytics, and insights
Netflix, Shazam, Yelp, Hike, etc are the top ranked applications that run on AWS. With astonishing user experience, the backend of these apps is scalable and robust as it is designed using microservices and serverless architecture.
AWS Mobile Hub:
Amazon Web Services offer myriad of features helping app developers with reduce coding lines and focus on the user experience of the application. It facilitates the app developers with;
Sign-in feature allows developers to integrate the app with social identity providers or create custom identity provider.
No-SQL Database provides a mechanism for storing and fetching of data which is designed as relational database. AWS stores data in fully managed cloud database.
Cloud Logic allows developers to create business logic with no server setup or maintenance. Further, it also allows them to extend the app functionality by integrating it with other services within or beyond AWS.
User Data Storage allows developers to add filters in the cloud to store and sync user data. It also helps them to implement sync and caching functionality for the app using simple programming model.
push Notification allows developers to send push notifications or messages to multiple devices by fetching their UDID or device token.
App Content Delivery allows developers to give access of cloud content to the users. Furthermore, it helps to create the source of user content in a single location or at global Content Delivery Network (CDN).
Microservices and Serverless Architecture:
The traditional approach involved intricacies for a developer to understand the code as each function and each variable defined was interlinked. Furthermore, depending upon the requirements, physical servers were purchased and maintained which increased the maintenance cost. With the introduction to Cloud computing, developers adopted microservices and serverless architecture and bid goodbye to the traditional method.
Microservices or micro computing allows developers to fragment one task into smaller portions and reduce the coding complexities. However, a group of developers can focus only on these smaller portions individually, deploy the code and share the data via JSON, REST API and SOAP.
Serverless Architecture allows developers to run and resize the storage capacity of the application depending upon the requirements without provisioning and managing servers. Moreover, the lambda functionis used to instruct the servers about the task by executing the code on AWS Lambda.
AWS Mobile Hub Improves Support for Serverless Apps, Authentication:
Additionally, AWS Mobile Hub also extends its sign-in options, to include support for email and password authentication – including ready to use flows for sign-up/sign-in and password recovery process, multi-factor authentication, etc. – and SAML-compliant authentication providers. Previously, Mobile Hub only supported authentication through Facebook or a custom identity system.
AWS Mobile Hub is a tool aimed to provide an integrated console to help developers select high-level AWS-backed features they would like to use in their mobile apps, such as data storage, provided by Amazon S3; notifications, provided by Amazon Simple Notification Service; analytics, provided by Amazon Mobile Analytics, etc. Once developers have selected a set of features, AWS Mobile Hub is able to generate sample apps for iOS or Android that integrate the required services and that can be immediately built, tested, and monitored within AWS Mobile Hub. AWS Mobile Hub is in itself free to use; developers are charged for their use of AWS services.
Anques Technolab’s two cents:
This is a new approach in the mobile technology world which has changed the way developers develop a well-defined application. Earlier, the apps were developed using monolithic architecture (tightly-coupled model) in which the functions and variables defined were interconnected.
Therefore, changes made in any functional code updated the entire application resulting in increasing memory allocation and load time. Now, as AWS provides microservices and serverless architecture, developing has become an easy job for developers.
This decoupled architecture helps developers to create and activate new microservices without having any coordination with the other microservices. Ultimately reducing the code complexities, memory allocation and making the app perform faster and better.