What makes a website a “web-app”?

Comparing websites and web-apps is a lot like comparing rectangles and squares in math…a web-app is definitely a website, but a website is not always a web-app. The way we define the difference is in how the site leverages the power of computing for the user. Does the site store or manage information it is provided? Does the user consider it to be an interactive tool? If the answer to either of these is true, its likely a web-application.

As far as most users are concerned, the difference isn’t relevant. However, when designing or building the site the difference becomes very clear. Choosing specifically what content to display to a user (i.e. what services you provide or how to get in touch with you) is a lot simpler than designing an interactive tool that manages data and changes based on user input and activity. While presentation of information is an important marketing utility for any business, the planning, decision-making, and implementation of dynamic, supportive applications is where the Arcus’ engineering team shines.

Adaptive Apps for Adaptive Environments

Inspiration and innovation drive constant changes in our lives, and every day we watch the world change before our eyes. Whether its a trip to Mars or 3D-printing your pizza, you can be sure that the world you lived in yesterday won’t be the same as the one you’ll be in tomorrow. With your world changing drastically at every turn, shouldn’t your tools be prepared to adapt as well?

As your goals and needs change, your tools should change with them, and you shouldn’t expect anything less! Our team knows how important it is that the applications you depend on be just as relevant tomorrow as they are today, and we make sure all of our client’s receive a product that can scale and grow as they do.

Formula for creating a successful web-app

  1. Understand the goals and agenda of the users and stakeholders
  2. Design a scalable foundation to support scalability and inevitable growth
  3. Implement clean and concise code to enable anyone to continue development efforts
  4. Be prepared for any and all changes and challenges

Tools we use

Our team is full of capable, language-agnostic developers who pride themselves on a core understanding of computing rather than a specialization in any individual language or tool. All selections are curated on a per-project basis to ensure that flexibility and potential is maximized for our clients. Some of our previous work has leveraged AngularJS, Node.jsRuby on Rails, Objective-C, Java, C#, Xamarin Platform, Sass, Less, Grunt, and much more.