A web application is rarely built from scratch, but is normally assembled using popular component technologies. Below are components that we use to build exciting web apps for our clients.

 Symfony

A back-end of a web application is like the motor of a car. It doesn’t matter how pretty or well designed the body of the car is – if the engine doesn’t work the car doesn’t go. Your web application needs a back-end that works exceptionally well and is tuned to your needs. The back-end is too important to build from scratch – it is better to find one that is already built, tested, and adopted by the best applications and use it to power yours. That is where Symfony comes in.

One of the most important elements of Symfony is its large community of coders that use the framework. Coders are never alone as there is always someone within the community that has run into similar issues and is willing to help. The framework is incredibly flexible to code with, which is crucial since the needs of buyers and sellers are always changing and require a prompt response. The best practices of coding are built into the framework, which allows coders to work easier, faster and better than with other frameworks. It is incredibly practical, allowing for coders to take and deploy their sites quickly and easily. This is a crucial advantage for anyone who uses agile development in a lean startup framework, as it allows you to test multiple versions of the site to find the one that works the best for your clients.

With popular websites such as DailyMotion and Spotify using Symfony, you know that it can meet the scaling challenges of any web application. You can’t afford to not use this framework; you need to work with CobbleWeb to capitalize on this advantage.

 

 AngularJS

Once you have your back-end in good working order, the next step is to build a front-end that holds the attention of your potential users. The back-end may be what powers your site and provides its functionality, but it is the front-end that is going to make an impact on your customers. It needs to be vibrant, engaging, and intuitive. It needs to work perfectly. It needs to be exceptional. Don’t take any risks and minimise the number of things that can go wrong by using Symfony as your front-end framework.

Similar to Symfony, AngularJS allows developers to focus on the things that will make your application stand out without sacrificing the things that will make your website work. Developed and maintained by Google, Angular has an immense community of developers that help each other overcome the random developing roadblocks that are bound to pop up in any project. The user interface in AngularJS uses HTML as opposed to JavaScript. HTML is an easier language to use as it is more intuitive and less convoluted which translates into a superior coding experience. Angular also uses filters which allows you to quickly change how the marketplace appears to your users without having to do extensive recoding of the site. This allows for the faster iteration that Agile Development demands. The overall result of these features is that developers write less code, which leads to faster development.

In addition to Google, Netflix and YouTube also use AngularJS for their website – it is quickly becoming a standard. Don’t fall behind your competition; work with CobbleWeb to deploy Angular on your application.

 

 RabbitMQ

Business is about engagement and interaction, and that means communication. While the average online user might take the ability to communicate online for granted with all of the “social” platforms available, the average coder knows that messaging in a web app can be quite the challenge. This is especially true when your web application is a distributed system composed of a lot of different technologies and different use cases. In those scenarios, you need message-oriented middleware to support sending and receiving messages. This sort of systems allows applications to work over a host of platforms and reduces the complexity of finding solutions that fit multiple operating systems and network protocols. The best middleware that we have found to address this issue is RabbitMQ.

RabbitMQ is an open-sourced technology with a large community, which helps coders find solutions faster because they are never “coding alone.” It is incredibly flexible and can address a host of different messaging challenges effectively and efficiently. Using RabbitMQ helps you find a solution faster that makes performance quicker. In previous experiences, CobbleWeb used RabbitMQ to find a solution that they tried to build from the ground up. By using RabbitMQ, CobbleWeb was able to speed up the messaging process ten times.

For web applications, speed always matters and the ability to communicate effectively and well is a must. You can’t afford not to use RabbitMQ for your messaging needs.

 

 Mandrill

A web application might be where you want the majority of your participants to communicate, but it cannot be the only place they do so. Your users have lives outside of your application, and you need to find a way to reach out from the app and engage them where they are. One of the easiest ways to do this is through email. There are a variety of different types of emails you are going to want to send, with each email going to a specific subset of people. You want to make each email a customized experience, targeting the audience and circumstance specifically. You could hire an individual to send all of these emails for you, or you could find a software that automates the process. For automation, one of the best resources for you is Mandrill.

Mandrill allows you to send personalized emails to a variety of different stakeholders automatically. Mandrills specifically focuses on transactional emails such as receipts and new account notifications. With a 99.99% API uptime, Mandrill doesn’t fail and ensures that your clients will get the documentation they need when they need it. Working with Mailchimp to structure templates around these different type of events, you can be assured that the documents you send will stand out. For the application administrator, it is a seamless experience the blends perfectly with the platform’s back-end. Mandrill’s deliverability rate is better than Amazon SES and it is cheaper than Sendgrid.

Get the best of both functionality and price point with Mandrill and ensure that your web application has the best email infrastructure.

 

 Mailchimp

When engaging your customers, merely sending an email is only half the battle. Everyone’s email box is overflowing with content from a variety of different applications and businesses. Many email applications have “spam folders” that will automatically redirect emails so that the recipient never even sends them. Your email must stand out and engage your customers before they will consider reading it. This is a high bar to clear and requires more than good writing. Your emails must be visually appealing, something that most people don’t really think about when drafting in the normal course of business. A great way to make your emails visually appealing to generate that initial interest is through templates, but most companies do not have the time to develop those sorts of things. This is where MailChimp comes in.

Mailchimp is one of the most popular email solutions for any online marketplace. Mailchimp has such an active community, there are hundreds of templates that have already been developed and are available for use. These marketplaces of templates cut down on development time and allows your staff to focus on your business instead of creating artistic email frameworks. Mailchimp seamlessly integrates with Symfony and Mandrill, meaning that one interface allows vendors to control what their customers see on and off the platform. That power of shaping perception is a powerful tool for engaging and encouraging users. Don’t monkey around with this; include Mailchimp in your marketplace website today.

 

 Twitter Bootstrap

You might be reading this page on your desktop or laptop. You could be reading it on your tablet, or possibly your smart phone. We don’t know, and you can’t know what device your customers are going to use to view your web app. What you do know is that no matter what they are using, you want to ensure they can view your application properly. But there is a challenge there. For one, each type of device has a vastly different screen size which can cause your user’s point of view to drastically shift. Also, people interact with the website differently depending on which device they use. For laptops and desktops you use mice and keyboards with buttons; with smartphones and tablets you use touchscreens. These two issues matter a great deal and can significantly change how you lay out your front end. As a designer to address this need, you can either create a separate set of pages for each device, taking up significant time and resources. Or you can use Twitter Bootstrap.

Instead of creating one set of pages for desktops and laptops and another for smartphones tablets, Twitter Bootstrap allows you to create a website that works on any device. It is the standard for device interoperability – no other means comes close. It saves your developers time, it works for all browsers, and it is very adaptable. It is crucial that you adopt Twitter Bootstrap if you intend to have your application work on multiple devices.

 

 API- Restful

Building a successful web application means knowing you are never done. To keep pace with your customers and your competitors you need to be constantly innovating and growing. That means you can’t always design the necessary functioning from scratch; you need to add third party software to your application. Now you can build a custom bridge to each application from yours, but that takes time and you might need to pivot quick. This is why APIs are crucial; it allows for applications to quickly connect to other machines and increase their functionality in a fraction of the time.

An API is the standard for allowing different machines to communicate with each other. An inherent problem with different systems is that if you want to publish information in one system into another you needed to manually key in the information. An API allows you to work around that restriction by building a bridge between the two systems allowing the information from one database to be translated and added to another. This basic functionality provides a lot of benefits for a growing application. For example, an API can make life much easier for your vendors. If you need to upload a significant amount of information from one system into your web application, an API allows you to do that quickly and efficiently. An API also allows you to integrate with other partners to enhance your app’s functionality without having to do additional coding. In short, an API saves everyone time and encourages innovation – it is the key to unlocking your application’s potential.