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5 reasons to consult before choosing the technological stack on the project

The technology stack is the thing that can determine the whole process of development. It can whether help to build fast or can transform a development process in the long run. Before even starting to write code, it is important to carefully select the technology stack, because it will determine the success of the product.

What is the technology stack?

For a better understanding let’s overview, what is the technology stack and how it can influence the project. The technology stack is a combination of frameworks, tools, and programming languages that are used to build an application. Each app consists of two major components: client-side which is front-end and server-side which is back-end. Front-end is everything that is connected to the user and its interactions with the application. The client-side of an application is commonly used HTML, Javascript, and CSS. The back-end or server-side is hidden from the ordinary user because the server determines the logic of interaction with the user and all processes inside the application. Frameworks and tools that are used in the back-end aimed to make this interaction smoother and faster for a user, and easier to maintain and support for a developer. A combination of front-end and back-end technological frameworks is a technological stack of the project.

Why it is important to discuss technological stack before starting a project

Before starting a project it is important to discuss with the team or external consultants about the stack of the project. When you choose a stack, there are a lot of things to consider, among them are a general requirement, talent pool, the scope of the project, performance requirements, time to market, and others.

General requirements

Firstly, when you are choosing a stack for your application, you need to consider the general purpose of the project. Some tasks will be better to solve with one technology, other is good at solving other types of issues. For example, Java is good for large-scale and complex projects with complicated business logic. Every app has to satisfy customers' needs, so when a company chooses a technological stack, it is important to consider how it will solve the problem of customers. After that, it would be better to choose what technology can solve this task. For example, for a faster time to market, the company can use templates for a ready-made environment and quicker deployment. Also consider the performance, it is not productive to have a big power reserve, but have a small user base.

Talent pool

Some technologies that are available in the market are less popular than others, it influences the number of specialists available on the market. Before making a final decision about a technological stack, you should look for developers. In the case of using a rare technological framework, it can be complicated to find a developer for it. If your task does not require a special framework it would be better to choose popular frameworks such as Spring on Java, or Django or Flask on Python. The community of these developers is large and for a company, it will be easier to find an appropriate specialist.

Scope of the project

Depending on which project you want to complete, your technological stack can vary. For example, for a small project, there is no need in using complicated frameworks, it would be better to use simple and open-source tools to create a minimum viable project and give it to customers to receive some feedback. For medium-size projects there more technologies to choose from. Depending on the target of the project, the company can use the combination of programming languages and frameworks. For big enterprise projects like Facebook or Amazon, there is a big combination of tools, frameworks, and programming languages. Such projects require thorough planning because they have complicated business logic and a significant amount of functions and addons.

Performance requirements

Every project has its audience, it can be big or small, that is why for a company it is important to consider the performance of the whole system. In this case, business tasks and the current number of customers will determine the performance demand. Infrastructure can be capable to react on peak loads and to be scalable to face an increasing number of users. However, overperformance is not a good decision, because there is no need in paying for unused resources.

Time to market

Every company wants to release its product as soon as possible. Some technologies can make this process faster. For example frameworks with basic libraries can significantly boost the development processes. Also, for this goal, it will be better to find some ready-made solutions to minimize the process of writing code from scratch. Also, 3rd-party integrations can add necessary functions to your application.

To conclude, choosing a technological stack is a complicated task, but a well-chosen framework and a set of tools can save a significant amount of money. It is important to do it before starting a project to make an application faster and cheaper. When choosing a technological stack, the company has to consider the end-user demands, performance requirements, availability of specialists, and scope of the project. If you have some difficulties with determining technological stack or you need to improve the development flow contact us and we will help you with these issues.