How to select the right technology for web app development

Entrepreneurs usually have a flair for business requirements, and sometimes this may mean building an application to augment growth. But it is pertinent to understand the nitty-gritties of taking a business online, especially when it comes to developing an app. Such entrepreneurs may also have a unique business proposition with ready investors along with an enthusiastic team and are on the lookout for a prominent web app development company to help them build a minimum viable product (MVP) that manifests their business goal. 

 

Towards this, business owners must find answers to questions such as what technologies are best suited to their segment, does the web app development company that is being hired have nous in the specific technology stack. 

 

The right technology stack is a critical element, especially when it comes to custom web application development. Web app developers must ensure an outstanding user interface design, high usability, a stable solution that works as intended and adds value to the end users, is scalable and easily maintained. A progressive web app development company takes up the responsibility of choosing the ideal tech stack. 

 

Here, we look at a set of tools that will help you determine the technologies that perfectly fit your project and understand the structure of web solutions.

 

What is a tech stack?

A technology stack is a bundle of programming languages, frameworks, databases, and related components, essential to develop any kind of software that supplement each other to build a smooth application. Web development includes: 

  1. The frontend – what the users interact with, the most commonly used technologies of which are:
    1. HTML – which regulates the structure of the browser
    2. CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) – for the application design, such as colours and fonts
    3. JavaScript, an object-oriented programming language, which improves the interactive aspect of websites
  2.  The backend – which although not directly visible to the users, is the fulcrum of the web app and supports the front end. The most common backend technologies are:
    1. Programming languages (Ruby, Python, PHP, Java)
    2. Databases (MySQL, MongoDB)
    3. Frameworks (Django, Ruby on Rails, Laravel)
    4. Runtime environments (NodeJS)
    5. Servers (Apache, Nginx) 
    6. Operating systems (Linux, Windows, macOS, Android, iOS)

 

Important Criteria To Consider While Choosing A Tech Stack

 

Scope of Development & Designation 

Any project can be classified as simple, medium or elaborate. A simple custom web application development would be a one-page website, while a medium-sized project would entail developing an ecommerce store which would involve API builds, frameworks, and a dedicated team. An example of an elaborate project would be a social media app that would need developers proficient in multiple languages, all of which needs to be budgeted for. 

 

Scalability 

If the number of app users grows rapidly post deployment, the technology stack (front and backend) used should be versatile enough to handle the load, both in terms of users (horizontal growth) and in terms of the ability to add new features & functionalities (vertical growth). 

 

Time to Deployment

A very important factor to consider, especially if your web app has to be developed and deployed quickly. In such scenarios it is best to opt for a minimum viable product that will help launch the web app quickly, but also enables businesses to receive valuable feedback from early adopters which will help infuse better features.

 

Maintainability 

Maintenance is a crucial factor for a progressive web app development company when building web apps and should be performed adroitly even at scale. 

 

Architecture and Source Code

The web app architecture must reinforce portability and scalability. This means it should easily assimilate additional tools and frameworks when needed, whereas  the codebase should neither be too lengthy nor too concise, which is why it is imperative to choose a programming language that is easy to maintain and is reusable. 

 

Cost 

It is important to finalize beforehand how much you are willing to spend to create a web app of your own. Many technologies are open-source and free-to-use, but you have to factor subscription plans, maintenance, and developer costs for advanced features. 

 

Security 

The most critical aspect is security as the number of cyber-attacks is increasing every year. Customer data requires impregnable security and hence it is imperative to choose a web app development company that prioritises security. 

The expert web app developers at Smart Sight Innovations help you build a secure web app that powers your business. 

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