1. Introduction.

Web Development and App Development are two highly emerging sectors from the past decade for developers. Both the sectors need different skills, specializations and markets most importantly they have diversified usability.

Being an App user and web Application user, we can easily say that both are different from each other. In this article we will show you the similarities, differences, career options and everything about Web Development and App Development.

By the end of the article, you can happily leave the website knowing all about Web Development and App Development.

2. Difference Between Web Development and App Development.

The web development revolves around Coding, Designing and Operating web Applications. The web developer is responsible for creating the website user friendly with clear navigation and colorful designs. 

They are different from each other as we said before and the software they use varies as well. 

The App developer uses different programming languages like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, etc. And the  web developer can be a front-end web developer, back-end and full-stack web developer.

2.1 Web Development.

The programming languages needed for web development can be JavaScript, HTML, CSS etc. The web development process can further be divided into three types.

  • Front-End Web Development: The Front-End Web Developer does the designing part of the website and inserts content and makes the navigation clear.
  • Backend web Development: The Backend web Developer takes care of the database and server programming to make sure all the website functions are going smoothly. It is harder than Front-End Web Development.
  • Full Stack Developer: The Full Stack Developer is the one who is responsible for all the Backend and frontend programming of the website. The Full Stack Developer can do both the designing part and coding part.

2.2 App development.

Developing a mobile app is a harder task than web development. It depends upon the operating system like the android and iOS system. There are three major mobile applications.

  • Native Apps: The Native Apps are made for a specific platform like iOS or Android. These are made by using languages and tools as per the platform. 

For example, iOS apps will be made using apps like Objective-C and Xcode and Android apps are made using Java and Eclipse.

  • HTML5 Apps: These HTML5 Apps are made on CSS, HTML5 and Javascript and can be run on any platform by making minor changes.
  • Hybrid Apps: The Hybrid apps are made using HTML, JavaScript and CSS. They are the apps in the native browser.

3. Difficulty Level.

3.1 Web Development

Web development is used to make both Websites and Web Apps. When comparing both of them, making websites is much easier than developing web applications.

For developing a website you need similar skills and techniques like every hardware operating system. Built for Web Application development you need to have specific skills for every operating system.

Web development can be easy or hard based on the path you choose. You can start with basics like HTML and CSS for basic design or use templates from wordpress or Joomla for development of websites.

3.2 App development.

The Mobile development is hard when compared to the web development process. Unlike websites, mobile applications are based on the specific platform so  you need to be an expert in all the platforms.

As the android platform is an open-source platform the developers have more freedom unlike Web developers. 

For Android programming language Java is used which requires more coding when compared to swift programming for iOS platform.

4. Which has more scope for Career?

4.1 Web Development.

As the online business presence of every industry has increased in recent times, it simultaneously increased the demand for web developers.

The developer is not just responsible for making the website but also making sure websites back end to keep it in the right condition. The trend of E-commerce is also highly increasing the need for web developers. If you have the right skills in this web development you can easily find  a job.

There is a need for web developers in almost every business industry. Web developers should also know about the SEO of the website.

4.2 App development.

The need of mobile app developers is increasing enormously. As every business is moving towards the modern technology and mobile apps are easily accessible and makes them more attached to the customers.

No matter if it is iOS or Android developers, you will have good scope in both the fields. There is no doubt in saying that this industry is increasing rapidly world wide. So we can say that there is a great scope of career for mobile app developers.

5. Salary and Advancements: Web Development VS App 

5.1 Web Development.

This is the frequently searched job on the internet due to its high demand in the market. You can earn basic income even if you are a beginner.

The estimated average salary of Developers is $74,110 in 2019. It can be around $98,000 by now.

The Backend developer earns more than the Front end developer as it is a harder task. The salary may also vary based on different factors like company size and market demand.

5.2 App development.

Due to a higher demand in the market and increasing technology the salaries of App developers is also high. 

They get paid well in the US when compared to other countries similar to web development. The average annual salary of a US android app developer is $107,000. The salary range may vary depending upon the market and size of the company.

6. Technical Analysis

Technical Analysis

6.1 Web Development:

Few of the most popular programming languages used in web development are given below:

  • JavaScript: 


JavaScript is the most popular and highly used programming language for building websites. This is al;so used to make desktop applications and games. It can run in all major browsers without any plugin, which is why it is a highly dynamic language.

  • Java:

Java is also one of the popular languages which is used by both mobile and game developers all around the world. It is an object-oriented programming language.

  • PHP:

PHP is a server side script language which is used for web development and other programming platforms. Most famous websites like facebook, wordpress are also made using PHP. It is an open source programming language and can be directly embedded in the HTML.

  • Python:

Python is an all purpose programming language in web development. It is easy to learn high level programming when compared to other languages. Some of the mobile apps are also made using Python. It is a simple and reliable programming language.

  • Ruby:

Ruby is a programming language that is used to build web and mobile applications. It is an open source platform which is easy to read and understand.


6.2 App development.

Few of the most popular programming languages used in App development are given below:

  • Python:

Python is an all purpose programming language in web development. It is easy to learn high level programming when compared to other languages. Some of the mobile apps are also made using Python. It is a simple and reliable programming language.

  • Java:

Java is also one of the popular languages which is used by both mobile and game developers all around the world. It is an object-oriented programming language.

  • Buildfire.js:

It is one of the easy and highly scalable programming languages and can be operated on existing platforms.

  • Swift: 

It is a programming language introduced by Appli.Inc for iOS and Linux operating systems. It is an open source language used for building apps on iOS.

7. How versatile are they?

7.1 Web Development:

Web development is a highly versatile field that allows you to use your expertise in coding and programming for various niches. If you know C language then you can use it not just for developing the website but also for game development.

Knowing languages  like PHP, Java, CSS, C++ android or C#, you can go for front-end development, backend development, eCommerce websites development, social media development, etc. So you can just play around the things as a developer and enjoy the flexibility.

7.2 App development.

Working with mobile applications might not have the same flexibility as web  development. App development needs various tools, techniques, and different requirements for both iOS and Android platforms.

As the tools and skills are different for each application platform, it is highly impossible for an individual to work on both platforms like iOS and Android. 

So it is less versatile compared to web development.

8. Pros and Cons of Web Development VS App Development.

8.1 Web Development:

+ Pros

- Cons

The job market for development is constantly expanding, that is creating new job opportunities for developers.

Being a developer is not a 9 hours duty, you might have to work long hours to meet the deadlines.

Web development is an open-source platform that allows more freedom for the web developer to work with the collaboration of coworkers.

The trends and technology in web development keep changing that requires the web developers to learn new skills.

Web development is easy and less expensive to learn, as compared with mobile development.

Different clients, different requirements, sometimes it is hard to understand your clients, especially when they are not familiar with the development.

The web development is more flexible, if you are good at one niche, you can get enough chances to explore your interests.

Because of the increasing demand, competition in the market for developers is also very high.

8.2 App development.

+ Pros

- Cons

Mobile applications are in high demand and you can get a lot of job opportunities with mobile development.

Mobile development is a more expensive and time-consuming task because you need different tools and expertise for different platforms (iOS and Android).

The mobile application is trending faster as compared with web development technologies.

The level of difficulty for mobile development is higher than web development.

The mobile developer is likely to get more decent salaries than developers because they need more specific expertise.

It is hard for mobile developers to clearly portray the brand image of the company because of lack of space.

The Android mobiles have a simple app acceptance process that makes the application development easier.

Like web developers, mobile developers also need long hours to meet deadlines.

9. Latest Trend in Mobile App Development VS Web Development.

There is no doubt in saying that the future will have advanced and high end technology. So there will be many changes happening with App development and Web development.

9.1 Web Development:

PWA (Progressive Web Apps).

Some of the most dominant features of the PWA are as follow:

  • Push Notifications
  • Offline Mode
  • Home Screen Icon
  • Splash Screen
  • Background Synchronization
  • Geo Location
  • Accessing Media from Camera, Video, etc.

Accelerated Mobile Pages.

It can solve few of the major issues in the website

  • Resource Prioritization
  • Slow Loading
  • Async JavaScript
  • Prefetching Resources
  • No Download Fonts
  • Using Reconnects

9.2 App development.

  • IoT (Internet of Things)
  • Wearable apps
  • AR (Augmented Reality)
  • Cloud apps

10. Conclusion

There is no doubt that you will not excel in this field with the right skills. In this above article, we talked about a bunch of topics that include about the career scope, salaries, comparison, pros and cons, level of versatility and many more related to Web Development and App Development.

We hope the information that we shared in the article is helpful to you in choosing your career path or gives you knowledge about the particular field. 


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