RapidOS is a relatively new web technology based framework / platform for developing advanced desktop like web apps quickly.
We had quite a lot of requirements, but among the highest priority were:
1 – must be developed in a commonly used well established programming language.
2 – have maximum hosting options available including on mobile devices themselves.
3 – have few application architecture restrictions.
4 – have a low learning curve for current and future developers.
5 – must be relatively quick and easy to implement user requirements.
When we sat down to create RapidOS, we first looked at available programming languages as well as experimenting with many of their existing frameworks. We soon realised that although some of the frameworks were promising, they generally were not well suited to our requirements.
We had a good idea what the most commonly used technologies were, and a quick investigation of hundreds of popular websites / web apps proved what we already knew. w3techs.com is one of the leading web technology usage stats publishing websites – their stats also reflect somewhat our findings. Let’s look at the top 3 most popular techs in each of the categories below (stats taken from w3techs.com):
Server-side Languages: PHP 81.7%, ASP.NET 18%, Java 2.7%
Markup Languages: XHTML 50.5%, HTML 50.2%
We use XHTML for most part, because the World is moving that way, but that doesn’t really matter so much for now. Our templates are 100% XHTML/HTML with zero logic or embedded funny extensions.
Site Elements: CSS 90%, Compression 54.2%, Cookies 46.5%
Cool, interesting to know that chances are, whatever we do in CSS (sans HTML5 extensions) are usable by most of the World.
Web Servers: Apache 62.7%, Nginx 18%, Microsoft IIS 14.4%
Related to our language choices, we mostly host on Apache, but our client and server also works on Microsoft IIS. That gives us at least 77.1% target hosting compatibility based on those stats.
Content Languages: English 55.5%, Russian 6.1%, German 6%
We only speak English, but our software is easy to cater for multiple languages. We have made specific effort to ensure that the core foundation of our software is Asian language capable due to one of our requirements.