Tech Stack- How to select the right one for your project?
Are you the one who is looking for an app developer? Do you want your ideas to be converted into an app? Finding the right technology stack for app development is just as important as finding the right company. Like bricks is to the building, tech stack is to the web or mobile apps. They are the basic building blocks of the app. Its selection should be done after thorough research because the performance of the final product fully depends on it.
What is Tech Stack?
In order to develop an app, developers require a set of tools which are the combination of software applications, frameworks and programming languages altogether called as tech stack.
Tech stack can be bifurcated in two parts – Frontend (client side) and Backend (server side).
Tech Stack for Frontend Development
Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) is a basic language that is used to build webpages by placing the content on the page in a structured manner.
In simple words, cascading style sheet (CSS) is a language to make a HTML document more presentable. This is mainly done by the usage of different fonts, colours, layout elements, background materials, etc. on the web page.
Tech Stack for Backend Development
Backend is the engine that powers the web that the users don’t see that is why it is called a server – side development. It takes care of all the functionality of the web behind the screens. They are the basic codes which helps in implementing the frontend command. Tech stack for Backend Development: –
Language is a medium to communicate. As humans communicate to each other through various languages similarly programming language is the language that a computer understands. PHP, Python, Java, .Net, and Ruby are some common languages for backend development.
It is the foundation on which the software is built. These are the pre- written codes to which higher functionality is added to reach the final design. Every programming language has its own specific frameworks to perform different tasks. Few examples of frameworks are: – Django, Flask, Ruby on Rails, etc.
Database is a combination of structured data that is stored and accessed electronically in a computer system. There are many databases such as MongoDB, MySQL, Redis, PostgreSQL, etc.
The server is simply a computer that listens for incoming requests. These are machines that are designed and optimized for this particular purpose, but any computer connected to the network can act as a server. Developers need to write code directly from the beginning of development for which they need a server. Apache Usergrid, Couchbase, AWS Amplify, 8Base, Back4App, Firebase, etc. are some examples of server providers.
Let’s check the differences in development platform tech stack
Web applications look like websites that are accessed through a browser. Therefore, users do not need to download them to their device. The web app technology stack uses the resources provided by the system. Hence, to create a web product, you need to consider a combination of front-end and back-end technologies.
Developers create native apps for a particular platform which results in non- functioning of code and data in other environment. To use the app, users must download the app from the app marketplace.
So, when you want to build native apps, you should consider using platform-oriented technologies and tools. Use Swift and Objective C for iOS and Java, and Kotlin for Android app development.
Factors affecting our choice of tech stack
Scope of Project
What type and size of the project you are planning for? Whether it is a small sized project or medium sized or else you are thinking of a complex project? Your expectations from the project, target audience and the questions like when, why, where and how will the app will be used, determines your choice of technology stack.
To what level you want to make your app scalable? If you want to grow in the market then your app should be highly scalable. As the time passes, apps require updates for its smooth functioning. You can add more elements and data to the app or increase its capability to run on more devices. In order to this Tech stack should be chosen very carefully.
Time to market
Oh yes! The technology stack should be selected in such a manner that you are able to launch the product at the desired point of time in the market. If you are planning to launch your project as soon as possible in the market then MVP (Minimum viable product) is the best option.
It’s important to make sure your app is built using security and threat prevention best practices. To avoid common security threats, you may need to run security tests on both the client and server sides. Not all technologies are equally secure, so your choices should be carefully considered before you begin the development process.
The success of your app is fully dependent on the choice of your Technology stack. All the advantages and disadvantages of different tech stacks for the project should be assessed carefully beforehand so that no problem arises in future. If you are a person from non- technical background then it would be beneficial for you to discuss the technologies with your development partner. There are various factors that would affect your selection of tech stack like the size and type of the project, how many updates or maintenance is required by the project, the time when you want to launch the app in the market and the how much security your app requires. There is no standard tech stack, it changes according to the requirements of the project. So, it should be chosen wisely for more effective results.
At Sanganan, we have a team of skilled and professional developers who sits together and brainstorms the idea of the project to suggest you the most suitable and beneficial set of tools that would make your app most successful in the market.