How to Avoid Platform Integration Overload

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Ask any self-taught web developer who has witnessed a transition into Web 2.0 deployment how they felt about the whole shift and they’ll likely tell you a story of having suffered somewhat of an existential crisis, questioning their own abilities as a web developer and perhaps going as far as wondering if they have a future in the field at all. “Purist” web developers still exist, in the form of those web developers who hard-code sites from scratch instead of using templates or Web 2.0 Content Management Systems like WordPress.

Sticking with the basics

The mentioned web development purists bring into focus the first tip about how to deal with platform integration overload, which is sticking to the bare basics in the development of your knowledge. We’ll get back to this application with the use of an example just now, but I’d like to formally define what platform integration overload is.

Platform integration overload is basically what sparked the existential crisis and feelings of being overwhelmed experienced by those purist web developers who learned how to code from scratch and had to witness the takeover of WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) platforms and Content Management Systems (CMS) in web development. So instead of building websites using the traditional combination of HTML and CSS, together with PHP, MySQL and JavaScript if you wanted to build dynamic websites, what the introduction of Web 2.0 meant was that you’d have to learn additional “technologies” as well as how to use additional tools and utilities in addition to the basic combination of HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL and JavaScript.

So if you wanted to build modern websites that follow a certain template of design standards, you’d essentially have to learn how to use a specific JavaScript library, such as Angular JS, Bootstrap, etc. You’d also essentially have to learn how to use the libraries created for a CMS such as the WordPress platform and this can all lead to an overload of what you need to keep learning to remain relevant. So, in case you have just bare knowledge of website and application development, consider talking to a professional. This may be more beneficial to you if you own a business. So, you can hire a Mobile App Development expert to make things easier for your business.

So it all goes back to learning the basics and sticking with them. When you know the basics well, you’ll realize that all these libraries and platforms are nothing more than ready-made objects which can be deployed as-is, saving you loads of time. Unless of course, if you are planning on hiring a web designing company, do choose an experienced one. You can search online or visit a company directory like the ones available in Visual Objects to make a decision.

End-market and integrated solutions

Platform integration overload can also take the form of one’s approach to purchasing or using freely available end-market solutions as well as integrated ones. What typically happens is that you get a device such as a mobile phone and then you get overwhelmed with all the apps available, not knowing which ones to download and use and which ones to give a pass on.

To complete the equation that will help you avoid platform integration overload at the end-user level, see if there is any solution you can use in the place of multiple solutions. Maybe it is updating to the latest version of the server or a better API. For example, in big enterprise businesses, running applications on unsupported or outdated versions of the MuleSoft platform can slow down the pace of business processes. Therefore, many adopt Mule 4 migration to take advantage of the features introduced in the latest version. Of course, solutions can vary according to individual problems.

Do you really need four different payment processing apps, for instance? If you want to extend a communication channel through which a certain segment of your clientele can get in touch with you for your premium consultation services for example, you can use an app to earn money in real time, billing them by the minute at rates which you set so that you don’t have to go through a separate process to collect the payments due to you.

Callmart is the app in the spotlight as far as real-time billing of this nature goes, but that’s just an example of the kind of thinking you need to apply to avoid having to use every single new piece of technology or platform plug-in that comes out.

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