[Progress News] [Progress OpenEdge ABL] Web Application Development Best Practices with Progress OpenEdge

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Jessica Malakian

Web applications have become an essential part of life in the digital era. From online shopping and social networking to business operations and healthcare services, web applications power various aspects of our daily routine. However, with the ever-evolving nature of technology, adhering to some key best practices can help you develop more secure, efficient and scalable web applications.

In this blog post, we'll explore web application development best practices and how Progress OpenEdge can be an asset in applying them.

What Is Web Application Development?​

Web application development involves the production of applications and software that live on remote servers but that users can access online via Firefox, Safari and other web browsers. These applications enable users to perform actions online—like searching for jobs on LinkedIn or navigating new neighborhoods with Google Maps—without having to download anything.

Application development involves multiple stages including design, development, testing and deployment. Several programming languages can be used to develop applications, including JavaScript, CSS, HTML and Progress OpenEdge.

9 Web Application Development Best Practices​

Let's review some essential web application development best practices:

  1. Security First: Security should be a top priority during web application development. Implement authentication, authorization and encryption protocols to help you protect sensitive data. You should also regularly update dependencies to patch vulnerabilities.
  2. Responsive Design: Design your web application to be accessed and used across various devices and screen sizes. Responsive design principles can help achieve this.
  3. Performance Optimization: Optimize code and assets for quick loading times. Minimize HTTP requests, use content delivery networks (CDNs) and employ caching strategies.
  4. Scalability: Build your application with scalability in mind. As your user base grows, your application should be able to handle increased traffic and data without significant performance degradation.
  5. User Experience (UX) Design: Prioritize a user-friendly interface. Conduct usability testing, gather user feedback and continually refine the user experience.
  6. Modular and Maintainable Code: Follow a modular architecture to keep code organized and maintainable. Embrace coding standards and document your codebase to facilitate collaboration and future updates.
  7. Version Control: Utilize version control systems (e.g., Git) to track changes, collaborate with a team and revert to previous states if necessary.
  8. Automated Testing: Implement automated testing practices, including unit tests, integration tests and end-to-end tests, to check the reliability of your application.
  9. Monitoring and Logging: Set up monitoring and logging systems to identify and address issues promptly. Monitor user behavior and performance metrics to make data-driven improvements.

Web Application Development with Progress OpenEdge​

Progress OpenEdge is a robust application development platform that can significantly enhance the development process and help you adhere to best practices. Here's how OpenEdge ties in:

  • Scalability and Performance: OpenEdge provides tools and features to optimize the performance of your web applications. Its scalability capabilities help your application handle increased loads. The OpenEdge RDBMS (Relational Database Management System) also offers high-performance data storage and retrieval.
  • Security: OpenEdge includes security features, including authentication and authorization mechanisms, to help protect your application and data. It supports industry-standard encryption protocols for more secure communication.
  • Integration: OpenEdge enables seamless integration with other systems, databases and APIs, making it suitable for building complex web applications that need to interact with various services.
  • Data Management: The OpenEdge platform excels in data management. It offers data replication, warehousing and analytics, allowing you to make data-driven decisions and promote data integrity.
  • Development Productivity: OpenEdge provides various development tools, including integrated development environments like Progress Developer Studio for OpenEdge, which streamline the development process, improve productivity and facilitate collaboration among developers.

Considering Improving Your Web App Development?​

Web application development best practices are essential for the success and longevity of your projects. By adhering to these principles and leveraging the capabilities of Progress OpenEdge, you can build more secure, scalable and high-performing web applications that meet the demands of today's users.

Whether you're developing an e-commerce platform, a healthcare portal or an enterprise solution, Progress OpenEdge provides the tools and features to support your app development efforts and help you deliver exceptional web applications.

Learn why enterprises choose OpenEdge for application development.


“Web Application Development in 2024 – A Detailed Guide,” Kissflow, June 2024

What is web application development? TechTarget

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