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Web Development – 4 Common Pitfalls and Rectifying Strategies
April 26, 2019
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Regardless of whether you are a new and aspiring web developer, or you have been in the game for a while, there are some common mistakes that we all end up making. Let’s take a close look at some of the most common errors and mistakes common to new and experienced web developers, and how you can go about rectifying those habits.

Incomplete Input Validation is Unacceptable

Developers across the board are aware that users are rarely going to give reliable input and must always be checked whether or not they are providingaccurate information. Furthermore, malicious users might even try to break your system by using user inputs to perform SQL injection to break your back-end.

Although a lot of frameworks, both front-end, and back-end, have the user input validation rules by default, it is the developer’s job to make sure that they are implemented properly and any additional input checks that might be required given the job, are added as well.

Not Keeping Your Target Platforms in Mind

Proponents in the software engineering factions often preach that the accessibility of a web app should not be limited to device performance, should be able to load quickly, and reach the widest audience. Keep in mind that, finding a balance between performance and aesthetics is the way to go. Do not overload your webpage with too many elements that perform slower than a user is willing to find acceptable, however, if your web page or app is not pretty enough, people are not going to have a good experience with it.

Internet Connection of Your Audience Matters

A common mistake made by developers is failing to test load times of their webpage on a mobile network. More often than not, developers are constricted to testing under a Wi-Fi network, where, the significant load times experienced by a user over a mobile network are not immediately obvious. When development does hit the later stages, and the page is tested on a mobile network, it might be costly to make changes to fix the loading problems. Therefore, from the early stages of the project, test the performance on mobile 3G and 4G networks.

Misunderstood Requirements Are Detrimental To the Success of your Project

Any good developer is aware that eliciting client requirements is one of the most crucial parts in developing a solid project that will be accepted. However, despite the continuous struggle to ensure that everything is in order and going according to plan, customer requirements will change and there are chances those previous intentions were misunderstood. Therefore, follow-ups are required. Additionally, you should always be completely on the same page with what the client intends to get out of the website when you are working on it. Requirements and specifications, once misunderstood, can be quite hard to rectify down the line, and much costlier than dealing with it beforehand.

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