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HTML5 - Canvas vs SVG

SVG has gained a lot of popularity in the recent years, but that doesn’t suggest that Canvas has been discarded. Both these tools are common standard HTML-based technologies that  can be used to create amazing aesthetic experiences and graphics. Let us analyze them in detail to find out the right tool that will suit your HTML5 web design company.

Canvas vs SVG – An Introduction


Canvas by HTML5 helps in rendering graphs, game graphics, art, or any other visual images and also allow you to create and manipulate  images, pixel by pixel using a JavaScript programmable interface. 

SVG or Scalable Vector Graphics is a language to describe two-dimensional graphics. The drawings created by SVG are interactive and dynamic. On the contrary to the images created by HTML5 Canvas, SVG allows you to increase and decrease the image, without affecting its crispness and quality. 

Advantages & Disadvantages of Using Canvas


Advantages


1. Good Rendering Support


Canvas offers you an excellent rendering support that makes it ideal for developing fast action games. The support extends to the hundreds of elements on the screen and for the high-performance 2D surface.


2. Better Interactions


The HTML5 Canvas ensures better interactions, enabling the user to operate with ease with the content. It offers more interactive and animated possibilities than previous internet  application platforms like the Flash. This is one main reason for many html5 web design companies to churn out successful web applications all the time.  

3. User-Friendly Game Development Process


If you're familiar with developing Flash games, using HTML5 Canvas will be a dream. It allows you to build multiple fun and interactive games.

Disadvantages


1. Scalability Issues


Creating high fidelity complex graphics like building and engineering diagrams, organizational charts, biological diagrams, etc., is not possible using the Canvas as it loses its quality when it's scaled.  

3. No  Accessibility


Since what you actually draw on the Canvas surface is just a group of pixels, it cannot be read or interpreted by assisting technologies or search engine bots.


4. Extremely Dependable on JavaScript


This is a major setback while using the Canvas as the only way the <canvas> element can work is with the JavaScript. 

See Also : HTML5 vs HTML6 - Advanced Features in HTML6 

Advantages & Disadvantages of Using SVG


Advantages 


1. Excellent Scalability


This is a huge benefit of using SVG, especially in the digital era, where high-resolution tablets, phones, and monitors are used by almost everyone. The scalable features come as a bonus for responsive designs too, that comes in handy during multiple web application developments.


2. Defined by XML Format


Unlike the bitmap image formats, SVG does not consist of a fixed set of dots, but of shapes and their attributes. This makes sure the image can be saved as the smallest size possible. No matter how large the graphic gets, the XML that describes the graphic is the only thing transmitted to the client.


3. Easy to Create and Edit


Multiple user-friendly tools such as Adobe Illustrator, Macromedia Freehand, Corel Draw, etc., are available to create SVG graphics. Free tools such as Inkscape, OpenOffice, LibreOffice Draw and SVG-edit (online tool) can also be used. They are easy to edit, giving SVG graphics, a huge advantage over rasterized graphics. A text editor or any vector graphic editing tool is enough to edit the SVG graphics. 

4. Intricate Detailing


Detailed graphics are possible in SVG as it uses lines. The illustrations look sharper, clearer and a lot easier to understand. Vector graphics look sharper and better in printouts too. 


Disadvantages


1. Complexity in Development


One of the major disadvantages of using SVG is the complexity that is involved in the development process. The code, which is structured in XML can be quite lengthy and complex. This makes it difficult to troubleshoot for errors.


2. Less Information


The complexity surrounding the development of SVG directly impacts on the amount of reliable information available on the subject. Unlike HTML or XML, which has a lot of educational information, SVG has very little information.

3. Limitations in Authoring Tools


Although a text editor is enough to create an SVG file, it's not a viable option for many developers and designers. Authoring tools available for SVG are comparatively less to the tools available to develop alternative image formats. These tools also provide diverse options for developers to experiment with.


Final Words


Canvas can be used for game development, ray tracing, drawing a distinct number of objects on a small surface, replacement of pixels in the video, etc. While the SVG can be used to create graphs, road maps, complex UI elements, Logos, responsive ads, etc. 

By now it's clear that a direct answer to the question, “what is the right tool?” can't be answered. It all comes down to the developers skill set and predispositions. Try and understand all your options before committing to any one technology. Choose the one that not only fits perfectly for the task at hand but your own level of comfort as well.

Bootstrap for material design

The possibilities offered by Google’s material design is endless. Material design is an end result of Google’s effort to improve user experience and overall dynamics of web layouts. Material design is a mixture of dynamics promoted by flat designs and the major interface elements backed by the quantum paper. 

It includes a lot of designing aspects ranging from shadows, layout fixing, texture, as well as physics. To extend the reach of material design to more developers, Google has launched a good number of resources including color pallets, designing indications, multiple instances, and illustrator files. All these factors contributed to the growth of material designs in general. 

In a video released by Google, the material design has been highlighted as a platform for creating “ designing interfaces ”. Material designs will serve developers as a language for developing excellent web layouts. It serves as a platform for creating applications. 

Along with the popularity of material designs, a good number of companies and developers started providing related CSS frameworks to back Google’s material design. Material design for Bootstrap, and Materialize. CSS are good cases in point. However, these CSS frameworks came with plenty of setbacks. Here many of the Bootstrap designers started asking the question, what is stopping Google from releasing a Bootstrap for the material design? 

Bootstrap is one of the most sought after projects in Github. It is meant for the making of clean websites that are basically responsive. The beauty of Bootstrap framework is that developers keep on updating the codes, and being an open source any professional developer can make easy contributions. The community is fully grown, and it is still emerging. Thus, it is beneficial for Google to launch a Bootstrap or a well-assisted CSS framework for the material design. 

Benefits Google gain by launching a CSS Framework for Material Design? 


By launching a CSS framework for the material design, Google can exhibit a mobile-first attitude. The responsive websites will be built with their own codes. The open source nature will also help web development companies or professionals to contribute to it. It will help Google to create more publicly consumed websites.   

If Google proceeds with the initiative of creating a CSS framework for material design, it will prohibit many amateur companies or developers from creating ‘stuffs’ that lacks bandwidth, and quality. Google’s infrastructure is so large to wipe off the minor setbacks that may come in the way of developing a Bootstrap for the material design.


Conclusion 


In the month-end of June 2016, Google will most probably come up with a Bootstrap for the material design. There are reliable speculations that indicate Google developers are working hard on this aspect. Companies and freelancers working on Bootstrap web development are anxiously waiting for the launch of Google’s own CSS framework for the Material design.

Freelance Platform Scripts

It's a pleasure to inform that Agriya has come up with the much-needed updates to its most prominent Getlancer scripts. Keeping multiple, valuable feedbacks from clients, Agriya's team of experts has developed a new version, for all the Getlancer, Freelance Platform scripts - Freelance bidding, Quote, Jobs and Portfolio.

Listed below are the major changes and updates


• Optimization of data queries in the "User Dashboard" page and all the sub-tabs

• Proper displaying of "Total Payment", when choosing "Featured"/"Mark as Urgent" in Post a Projects and Post a Jobs pages.

• Caching error fixed that prevented send and withdraw request.

• Addition of auto-complete loader for address fields in  Post a Job, Post a Project, Request a Quote, Registration and Profile edit pages.
   
• Displaying of maps in the refined map search for the  freelancer, project and jobs listing pages.

• Corrections with regard to the Portfolio List API calls.

The major error fixes are


• Portfolio listing JSON error when Portfolio Favorite plugin is disabled.

• Job listing API error when Job Favorite plugin is disabled.

• Search Page not opening (If Project plugin is not available).

• Clicking the header search icon from dashboard page.

• Disputed project not moving automatically to the "Waiting For Administrator Decision"

• "Post a Project" page not opening through pjax click.

Find out the demo of their Getlancer product here,

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                                     Demo of Agriya's Getlancer - Freelance Platform Script
Apart from these fine updates, all major functionalities have been enhanced for optimal performance. Keeping up with all the technological advancements, these upgraded scripts work well in propelling your freelance website to have a substantial growth and be on top, in the fierce online freelance platform.

Nodejs Version 6

Node.js is up with its latest version just 6 months after the release of version 5. The new version is adorned with a handful of performance improvements adding to its security and stability . The version 6 of Node.js will make every Node.js developer happy for it brings in long-term support. It is expected to offer web developers more reliability and stability. 

What are the vital improvements in Node.js version 6?


One of the essential additions in Node.js is the increase in the speed of module loading. The older LTS version, especially 4 has less speed, hence developers used to spend more time for application development cycles. Now the latest version attempts to increase the speed by four times more. The version is an updated one with JavaScript V8 engine. The older version has compatibility with JavaScript engine 5.0 only. This new update is 93% complete in terms of ES6 features. 

Node.js v6 includes a host of features namely super keywords, default as well as rest parameters, and diverse classes. Node.js 6 comes with an added buffer API which is built-in to lessen the number of programming bugs, and other issues. In addition to it, other notable enchantments encompass a Zero-fill buffer, an improved constructor method, and an advanced Math.random(). Node.js developers can also utilize an increased number of documentations and testing, as well.

The new version enables extremely simple JavaScript operations by means of an enriched proxy, reflect, and symbols. Version 5 will receive a proper maintenance for few more moths. This LTS version will be shifted to maintenance mode, and it will receive updates, and bug fixing in future. Whereas, the new version of node.js 6 will get lifetime support, added ES6 features, and a JavaScript V8 engine. 

When can Developers Shift to Node.js v6?


However, developers will have to wait till October 2016 for shifting to Node.js 6. It will be an LTS version by that time, and there onward developers can make the alterations accordingly. 

Note : Now Node.js v6.2.1 is available - check here for more details.

nodejs-pros-cons

In the present scenario, JavaScript is one of the most popular client-side programming languages. With a model of concurrency and no concept of a thread, JavaScript was able to differentiate itself from other dynamic languages. Node.js can be credited for this well-documented popularity. 

Node.js helped JavaScript in server-side implementations, which reduced a lot of complexity of using two different languages at both ends. Node.js also helps in building innovative server and web/mobile applications. This article discusses the pros and cons of this excellent run time environment, so that the next time you approach any Node.js development services to build your web or mobile apps, you're completely aware of what you can expect.

Advantages of Choosing Node.js


  • The main advantage is that it uses JavaScript, which is easy to learn. A basic Java programmer will find it easy to upgrade to Node.js.
  • Node.js is an open source runtime environment that supports caching of individual modules. 
  • Concurrent request handling is assisted by the asynchronous event-driven IO.
  • Both the server and the client-side uses the same piece of coding and as a result, it makes things easier for businesses to deploy the various web applications more effective.
  • Node.js has an active and vibrant community with codes shared regularly via Github, etc.
  • Being a single-threaded program, Node.js has multiple options for having a good control over run-time executions like event-loops and call-back methods.

Disadvantages of Choosing Node.js


  • The main drawback is the consistency factor. Many Node.js development companies feel that the API keeps changing at frequent intervals.
  • Node.js don't work well with relational databases.
  • Node.js requires an asynchronous programming approach for it to enhance its scalability. This has a split opinion among developers as many feel that this particular approach is more complicated than the linear blocking I/O programming. This also makes the code look messy.
  • Node.js is not suitable for large and complex web applications as it, at present doesn't support both multi-threaded programmings. 
  • Programmers find it hard to use Node.js for high intensive computational tasks. 

Final Words


In spite of the shortcomings, Node.js have abundant features that will help in creating a wide range of networking and server-side applications in JavaScript. To conclude, as a web developer, it's very essential to study both the pros and cons of Node.js to put it to use at the best of its ability.

shopify vs magento

A new online store pops up every second day in this era of total technological dominance. But not all reach the desired success levels. Many factors play a key role in the success of  an online business, but choosing the right content management system platform for your online store is as important as the type of business you have chosen to take up itself. Shopify and Magento are two such CMS platforms that are widely used for e-commerce store creation and let's dissect them further to compare and find out what are the main differences.

Shopify Vs Magento – An Introduction


To start, Shopify is a commercial product and is a hosted solution, i.e., your online store will be hosted by them. Magento is a community-backed, free, open-source software that requires you to do the hosting, installation, configuration and setup. Hence, you need a resourceful open source development company to help you create the store.

Shopify Vs Magento – Features


The features of Shopify and Magento can be further classified for simple understanding.

The functionality of the Online Store

Both Shopify and Magento score points here as they both offer powerful and easy-to-maintain online store functionalities.

Managing the Inventory

Magento offers an unlimited amount of items while Shopify's starter plan offers you a maximum of 25 stores items and the other plans offers unlimited items, that can be added and sold through your store. One has to be mindful of the server speed when using the Magento as it may cause many complexities if you add too many products.


Multiple Payment Gateway Options

Shopify supports up to 70 various payment gateways and that is significantly more than what Magento can support. However, more payment gateway options can be added to Magento through third-party add-ons


Web Templates and Themes 

Both Shopify and Magento offer a large collection of themes and template that can help you enhance the look and feel of your online store. They offer both free and paid template and Magento holds the advantage in both the versions. Shopify's paid theme starts at $80 compared to $1 for the paid theme by Magento. 

Apps and Add-ons

Being a community-driven online platform, what Magento brings to the table is a whooping 5000+ app and add-ons.


Capabilities – SEO, Customization, Multi-Lingual

Both Magento and Shopify offer exhaustive SEO capabilities for you to draw a more potential traffic to your online store.

When it comes to customization, again, both the platforms scores well as they both offer the best customization. Shopify has a slight advantage, as it offers a menu-driven method to create the desired changes, while Magento's total freedom to customize can be put to full use only by those with deep knowledge of working with it. 

Shopify doesn’t offer full, multi-lingual capabilities. One has to use third party apps for achieving it. Magento, on the other hand, offers more built-in multi-lingual support.

Shopify Vs Magento –  User Experience


It's very clear that both the platforms, Shopify, and Magento offer a user interface that is well-designed and easy to use. Shopify's advantage here is the wizard mode, that allows even novice users to setup their store easily. Using Magento, which doesn’t offer a hosting solution, it's quite hard for the end users to set up the store on their own.

Shopify Vs Magento –  Cost


The only noticeable cost, using the Magento will be for the hosting and the other services accompanying it. The cost for using Shopify is spread across the setup fees, monthly fees, bandwidth charges, and transaction fees.


Final Words


It's fairly clear by now, both Magento and Shopify are two powerful e-commerce platforms. While Shopify is easy to use and offer full hosting and managing services, Magento offers multiple free services. It's up to you to decide which content management service will best-suit your online store and plan accordingly.

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