Types of Applications

Different Types of Applications

In this article, I am going to give a brief introduction to the types of applications, mainly how many types of applications we can develop using different programming languages. Please read our previous article, where we give a brief Introduction to Programming Languages.

Types of Applications

There are 2 types of applications:

  1. STANDALONE APPS
  2. WEB APPLICATIONS

Types of Applications

What are standalone apps?

The application we are installing on our computer is called a standalone application. To work with any application, if you install that software into your computer then it is called a standalone application. For Example, if you want to play some videos, generally we are using VLC PLAYER. To create a documentation or PowerPoint presentation we go for ms office. To browse something from the internet we are using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. All these are standalone applications.

The standalone application is always compatible with a single operating system. We have to specify which operating system we are using, which is important. Application is always dependent on an operating system is called a standalone application.

What are standalone apps?

What are web applications?

Without installing any software, we are working with the software is called a web application. Regularly we are using gmail.com, facebook.com, YouTube, google.com, we don’t need to install these applications before using them. It is independent of the operating system, that is not dependent on a particular operating system. Examples: Facebook, Gmail, IRCTC.

What are web applications?

File extensions:

The different application understands different types of extensions.

  1. Txt file is understandable by notepad
  2. Mp4 file is understandable by VLC only

File extensions

Operating System extensions:

Like file extensions, the operating system also has some extensions these are OS extensions.

  1. Suppose if we are using the windows operating system, the windows operating system understands only .exe files.
  2. If you are using Mac operating system, the extension is a dot dmg file and if you are using Linux operating system, the extension will be .rpm.

Different operating systems understand different types of extensions.

Operating System extensions

The question is which programming language is a standalone application or web application. All programming languages are standalone applications. Installation is mandatory.

Different Types of Applications

C and C++ languages are platform-dependent.

For any platform-dependent language, we can develop only standalone applications. So, using C and C++ language we can only develop standalone applications. We can develop only standalone applications because these languages are platform-dependent languages. The remaining languages are platform-independent languages, so using platform-independent languages we can develop both standalone applications and web applications.

C and C++ languages are platform-dependent

C is mainly used for embedded system programming. The best gaming library is available in C++. Java, .NET languages are used to develop enterprise-level applications for example web applications like ICICI Bank.

In the next article, I am going to give you an overview of Platform Dependency in C Language. Here, in this article, I try to give you a brief introduction to the types of applications and I hope you like this article. I would like to have your feedback. Please post your feedback, question, or comments about this article.

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