|By Srinivasan Sundara Rajan||
|December 15, 2014 04:58 PM EST||
Enterprise Client Strategy : As the Enterprise Mobility becomes a new business model it is no longer a question of just choosing a programming language which hither to the business is not that much worried as long as the platform and languages deliver what they want. Now clearly the choice of Enterprise Client Platform should be part of long term vision of enterprises and they should consider it from the point of view of sustenance and long term vision more than quick wins.
We have got two major choices,
1. Utilize the HTML5 and its growth and support across major platforms and vendors and its ability to run across devices. These include various MEAP (Mobile Enterprise Application Platform) suite of products that enable development of HTML5 based applications.
2. Utilize C# which is a Objected Oriented higher level language as part of Microsoft .net framework and extend it with Xamarin platform to develop cross platform applications in a single code base.
Here below I have listed 5 reasons why the Option 2 may be much better for enterprises in the longer run.
1.Cannot Discount Windows 10 Or Desktops : Like it or Hate it, Windows powered desktops, laptops, tablets and devices will definitely be part of enterprises . While iOS and Android powered devices will definitely make an entry, any approach for a larger client strategy has to evolve around Microsoft Windows platform. More to it , the promise of Windows 10 and it's Universal app concept will definitely have to be kept in mind. Using C# and XAML will be one of the most preferred way to write Windows 10 applications. With the support of Xamarin this means that C# will be the most preferred way to write applications across Windows 10, Android and iOS.
2. User Experience Will Be A Deciding Factor: As enterprise mobility becomes a differentiator for businesses , much richer user experience will decide its success and hence a natively compiled application that takes advantage of every feature and gesture of the device will be a preferred path, in that context developing native applications using C# will be of clear advantage to enterprises.
3. Adopting the Device OS Life Cycle : As each device operating system vendor wanted to differentiate there is a vast difference in their native app structure and life cycle. For example an iOS app has the following Objects as part of the structure:
- UIApplication Object
- AppDelegate Object
- UIViewController Object
- UIWindows Object
Also it has got specific events like Touch, Location etc.. and it the app has different execution states. In contrast, Android applications go with an Activity Object and the associated events and application states. Similarly a Windows 10 application has a different object model and events. All these mean a best of a native application can only be written if the same Object Model, Life Cycle, Event Handling are inherited. Such an Objected Oriented approach is only possible with a true Object Oriented Language like C# and not HTML5.
4. Reuse & Developer Productivity : With so much differences in the Object Model, Life Cycle Events and application states, the "Write Once Run Where" concept can only be true for applications with a LCD (Least Common Denominator) user experience across devices, which means to gain a better user experience native development has to be adopted. But when adopting native development utilizing C# with the Support of Xamarin will help the enterprises to write highly reusable code across devices. Already C# is a high level objected oriented language where the inheritance, polymorphism , encapsulation OOPS concepts are part and parcel of it, with the support of design patterns like MVVM using C# we can write highly reusable code which are native, cross platform and yet reusable.
As an additional measure, as C# is also a strong server side programming language for developing REST based web service end points this means the developer productivity will increase many a times with a single code base from an end to end perspective.
5.Long Term Maintenance Perspective: The previous wave of web applications have started some where in early 2000 and most of them sustained for more than 10 years and more while managing multiple changes to the design patterns and frameworks. For example Java EE web development has started with core SERVLETS, JSPs and evolved to STRUTS, JSF and similarly the back end code from DAO, EJB to Entity Frameworks. This means the base programming platform has to be adaptable to the new design thoughts and frameworks as we go by. As we expect that this wave of Enterprise Client development targeting Universal devices may atleast span till 2020, enterprises should think in longer term perspective which again a high level objected oriented language like C# will be a better choice.
In the last 15 years any mention of C# in enterprise space will generally be countered with a support for Java. However the above thoughts are not about C# Vs Java. Typically both Java and C# are equally strong in their developer support, OOPS principles and productivity needs. But unfortunately Java at this time does not have a universal client strategy as C# does and hence C# is mentioned as a choice for future enterprise client development.
Considering the recent announcements about, .net core is now part of Open Source initiative this means even enterprises which are bit sceptic about using a commercial platform can also find some support for this thought process.
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