What are the criteria for choosing a technology stack?

Criteria for Choosing a Technology Stack

In our previous post we have talked about what to avoid while selecting a web technology stack. As a continuation of the above and to help you in the selection of an appropriate tech stack, let’s see what the factors are which you need to consider:-

Choosing Technology Stack as per the Type of Web Application

It is of utmost importance to understand what type of web application you want to build. Once it is decided then we can help in picking the appropriate technology stack tools that will help you achieve the full functionality of your web application. The tool set should be chosen based on the unique advantages it provides to your web application.

1. Project:

Web projects and the corresponding technology stacks are based on the projects and their level of complexity and it can be divided into three types:

a) Simple: These types of web applications are created with unique solutions such as customised landing pages, lead capture pages, destination pages, etc.

b) Mid-level: These applications come with more functions and are built with the help of a framework such as a web application of e-commerce stores.

c) Complex: These web applications have complex functions and integrations. They are built with the help of different web development technologies and programming languages. Such type of complex application includes social networks, Examples: social networks, large ecommerce marketplaces, Edulooker software, etc.

Keeping in mind the goals of the business while developing the web application is required since it is going to impact the types of technology which is selected for the development. Once it is decided the web application can be tailored made. Also, the load the web application is going to bear should be kept in mind. And base on it the programming language and framework will be selected. For those applications where responsiveness matters low latency is required and the stack will be completely different from the previous.

2. Time to Market:

For any application to get ahead of competition is to develop and release them at the earliest. Reduce time to market means less development cost. That’s why we especially keep that in mind and choose technology stack that will help develop the web app with the least turnaround time. Some of the factors that need consideration are below:

a) Divergent solutions: The technology stack should provide divergent solutions which add functionality to the web application. For instance, using Ruby on Rails framework allows the usage of a lot of open source libraries and in turn facilitating reduction of time of the development process.

b) Integration: The tech stack should allow for easy integration of any third party solutions with the web app without much effort.

c) Developer availability: Tech stack cannot alone build the web app, the coding needs to be done by the developer. Thus, availability of the developer with the right expertise is also essential to ready the application for marketing on time.

d) Documentation and developer community: It is important that your development team is ready with the right knowledge to apply the technology stack. Because writing codes are difficult and if not prepared they may get stuck. Also, they should be good with documentation to track all the aspects of the development process.

3. Easy to test:

Bugs are an inevitable part of development and acting on them is time consuming. Thus, an easy to test or a test driven development process can help in maintaining bug free code and the quality of the product.

4. Development Cost:

The technology stack directly impacts the cost of development. Two factors need to be considered: Cost of hiring developer: Developers are skilled professionals and the cost of hiring them goes up with the technology skills they are working with. Thus, the cost of development directly relates to the technology stack you choose.

5. Maintenance cost:

The job is not finished after developing the application. Maintenance cost needs to be kept in mind. Open source technologies cost less as they can be upgraded, and modified with no restrictions.

6. Security:

Cyber attacks are one of the biggest challenges with any digital platform or business. Thus, the technology stack that you choose needs to be secure. All technology comes with its own advantages and risk, but following all security guidelines can help prevent such threats and vulnerabilities.

7. Scalability:

Scalability is not a part of the development process though it needs to be considered while developing the application. Any app generally is scalable in two ways:

a) Horizontal scalability: It means the app must be capable of putting up with the increase number of users.

b) Vertical scalability: It means the app has the flexibility of adding new components to a web application without hampering its performance.

Scalability should only be defined as per your need just like choosing the technology stack.


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