The IT Industry and Web Development in Bangladesh

The IT industry in Bangladesh has known many ups and downs in the last few years. However, there are certain sectors such as web development and hosting that have registered increased revenue and have contributed greatly to the economy of this country. With the advent of the Internet, it is not surprising that the number of IT companies in Bangladesh, members to the Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services, has increased from 17 to 326 in 2009. The competence and competitive nature of the IT companies operating in this country have played an important role in the popularity outsourcing to Bangladesh has gained. In Bangladesh, Internet utilization and software export have started to become common only after 1996 and since then, this country has gained a leading position on the Asian market. When it comes to web development and domain hosting in Bangladesh, the focus is on outsourcing and many western countries rely on the services provided by Bangladesh IT experts. As a renowned and preferred outsourcing destination, Bangladesh has gained the attention of various European IT companies and determined major brands open offices in this country. The main reason why specialists and customers alike view the services provided by the people of this country is their cost-effectiveness and their high-quality. When we talk about Bangladesh website design companies or software developers, it is important to mention that the affordability of the services is not relevant for the quality of the work. Bangladesh is renowned for its skillful programmers, designers and developers ranking next to Russia for its high number of IT graduates.

Nowadays, outsourcing has become the success recipe on a highly competitive market. Companies focus more on their core activity and rely on experts to solve secondary issues such as launching their official website. Not only is outsourcing cheaper than hiring specialists and paying for the technology yourself, but you can also take advantage of years of experience a specialized company has in a certain domain to obtain better results. It is therefore not surprising that the outsourcing policy IT companies in Bangladesh adopted have managed to bring high returns and gain them a great reputation on the dedicated market.

The reason why IT services are cheap and efficient in Bangladesh is the fact that this is a developing country. The ambition and perseverance of the population coupled with smaller income rates compared to the western world has determined the IT sector to skyrocket in terms of quality, while maintaining the difference in price making everything from web development to web hosting and design affordable. Whether we talk about design services or software development, you can easily find an expert from Bangladesh capable of solving your problem at a fraction of the cost. This is why the specialists from this country are so sought for, especially by small businesses. In a nutshell, Bangladesh owes its economic increase partly to the IT sector that has brought new opportunities not only to this country, but also to individuals and organizations requiring high quality and affordable hosting, web development or software solution.

Start Up Kit For Web Developer

However complex things may become, a web developer should always stick to his roots and the basic ideologies. As a person has his own sets of “do’s” and “don’ts”, it is necessary to follow them for the personal satisfaction of a person along with the tips and skills which he regularly receives from various sources. Here are a few tips and tricks that should help an aspiring Web Developer.

o Never over crowd your website in order to include each and every thing that a customer may need. Instead, look out for the most important things without which the website will be incomplete and include them first. Always aim to keep and maintain your webpage as a content appropriate page. If you are building a web page for a company that offers many services/products, make separate pages for all of them and link them to the main page through hyperlinks. You can create an index on the company’s main page in such cases to direct the user to the concerned service/product.

o Sometimes, the lesser it is, the better it is! The idea behind this statement is to never cram your website and abstain from filling complete details about your products and services. Using less but appropriate words and images that interpret the imagination of your mind in a proper way is recommended, since it is a far better way to attract people than cramming about everything. Visitors are smart; let them guess about your services!

o Add graphics and images to your webpage to make sure that people are attracted towards your site. As a dish is incomplete without salt, in the same manner a website is incomplete without graphics, pictures or animations. Always make sure that you add content appropriate and family-viewing suitable images and don’t add too colorful or jazzy images, otherwise the viewer will feel that the webpage is quite heavy.

o Always make sure that your website is designed in such a way that it makes the user anxious, not confused. The user should be trapped in the charm of your website and should go on exploring it to find out what is next!

o Compatibility matter a lot too! Your website should be designed in such a way that it should be compatible with the most famous browsers online. Also, if your product is to be marketed locally, make sure that the webpage is compatible with the browser which the people in your city or locally use most commonly.

Semantic Web Development

Semantic Web Modelling Centre of Excellence

Introduction

Semantic Web Development and dealing with complexity is a tricky issue. Representing information is a problem where complexity can preclude any single approach. In order to find our way around large quantities of information it needs to be structured. But the information already exists and is still being created, so this makes it a moving target.

I’m sure such matters will be covered at the www2006 conference at Edinburgh .

The structuring of ontologies from the top down can be useful, but can only be achieved where the ontology developers have some control over the information. Much of web development and other creation of information is bottom up, in that there is no controlling authority. This is good for inclusiveness and speed of development, and something that encourages community, and encourages individuals to create their own content, which is a good thing. In his interview with the British Computer Society Tim Berners-Lee http://dig.csail.mit.edu/breadcrumbs/blog/4 answers a question on ontologies. He talks of a top level ontology that can be created to hold certain terms and the need to find out who is using these terms, so that other web pages and databases can be categorised. This would be achieved using URIs (Universal Resource Identifier) and RDF (Resource Description Framework). In answer to what Tim Berners-Lee hopes to achieve, he talks of this bottom up development that is going on, using blogs, and wikis etc and a possible approach of ‘web science’ – ‘the science and engineering of web based things that have a bottom up Web-like structure’.

I think this approach is highly relevant to my PhD research on user-driven programming, with University of the West of England (UWE – Bristol). Not everyone has the time to learn programming especially if their main expertise is elsewhere. They then have to ask others to do the development for them and this leads to delays and mis-understandings. The approach advocated here could enable visual creation of software by members of a community. Members of this community would not need advanced programming skills if other members with more advanced development skills could create a suitable interface for the creation of software. This could be achieved in a similar way to that used in visual web page creation tools, or word processor and spreadsheet software. Also the members who do possess advanced skills could provide ways of sorting, searching and navigating the programs created using the visual development tools. Members could work with either or both groups, according to their skills and interests.

A good first step would be to link communities and sites that have a mix of those with advanced software skills who want to encourage and enable others to learn to program, and of new starters who want to learn. This could involve those who are willing to try out new techniques to make it easier for new starters to train learn and gain experience.