Software development

A brief explanation of software development in our glossary

Explanation of terms

A web app is an application software which is usually based on a web browser. HTML, JavaScript and CSS and can be accessed in the Browser of different end devices via the Internet, which is why no prior installation or download is necessary.

Differences Web App/Native App

While Native apps are specially programmed and installed for one target platform, web apps work on all Operating systems and devices that have an up-to-date web browser. Native apps are installed via the respective app store, while web apps do not require installation. Web apps open directly in the browser and adapt to the end device, which is why they can be published without an approval process. The access to web apps via all compatible browsers makes the essential difference that they require a continuous internet connection.

Native apps are often developed specifically for specific operating systems (iOS, Android). developed. So if you want them to run on multiple systems, there are two ways to do it: A native development for each individual operating system (Advantages: Better possibilities to customise the app and to use the operating system-specific advantages) or a hybrid development that works directly on several operating systems (Advantages: Significantly cheaper).

Web apps, on the other hand, are programmed for use in the browser and can thus be used immediately on every smartphone and PC/laptop. Therefore, the development effort here is usually lower than for a pure app development.

Due to the large selection of browsers, it is not always possible to optimise web apps for every browser. For complex applications that are actually only used on the smartphone, pure app development is therefore often still recommended. You can find out whether your software would be better implemented in the form of a native/hybrid app or a web app in a non-binding discussion with us.

Last but not least, web apps have an advantage over native apps when it comes to closing security gaps. Whereas native apps require a download of a new version to close a security gap, a security upgrade can be easily implemented in the software of the web app.

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Examples for a Web App

Web apps usually offer the user interactive elements in order to be able to use the service provided. Normal Websites are usually informative. Many Google services such as Google Maps, Gmail or the search engine belong to the category of web apps. Other examples include various internet services from Amazon and Ebay.
For a visual impression, feel free to browse through our web app gallery.

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Examples of web apps in which twigbit has been involved in development

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Software development is the production or development of applications for the computer and the Internet.

In addition to programming, software development includes all processes related to the creation and design of new systems.

The software development industry is growing rapidly, as shown by some of the different types.

  1. Backend Development
  2. Software Tools Development
  3. API Development
  4. Embedded Systems Development
  5. Security Software Development
  6. Cloud computing
  7. Mobile Development
  8. Web Development
  9. Applications Development
  10. Data Sciences

The main task of software developers is to create the foundations for operational systems on which computer programmers work.

They do this by designing, writing and testing code for new systems and software. Software developers also confirm the performance of existing projects by running diagnostic programmes and quality assurance tests on them.


The development process consists of six basic phases.

  1. Phase: Requirements analysis

The requirements for the project are defined by project managers and stakeholders, e.g. who is the future user and how will the application be operated. Then the feasibility of the requirements is checked.

  1. Phase: Design planning

Here, decisions are made about the software requirements, the appearance and the time frame for the development of the software. In addition, the engineers create a data model. Initial mock-ups are created according to the previously defined requirements.

  1. Phase: Implementation/Coding

Programming begins here based on the system design document received. The code is written based on the system design specification document. Basically, this is the most time-consuming phase of the software development cycle.

  1. Phase: Test

During the development process, the software is tested in order to find problems during the build and to be able to fix them directly.

In addition to user tests, unit tests, system tests, acceptance tests and integration tests are also carried out.

  1. Phase: Publication

When all bugs have been found and the software runs reliably, it is published and made available to the end user.

  1. Phase: Maintenance

In this phase, the problems that arise during use by the customers are solved.

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