Tech Review Series: Summary
For the last few months, we’ve been reviewing the most popular development technologies that SoftTeco uses regularly and we covered such areas as backend, frontend, cross-platform, and mobile development. In this article, we will summarize our reviews and will compare the technologies head to head alongside expert opinions from our colleagues.
Backend development is all about providing a stable and secure server-side development in order to reliably back up the whole system. Below are the backend development tools that our team uses the most and their most distinctive features.
Even though there are new backend tools emerging, I believe such mature languages as Java and Python will remain relevant simply because they keep evolving. Flexibility and ability to adapt are success factors for any programming tool and in recent years, Java, for example, displayed some really impressive changes that happened to it. In addition, Java has one of the strongest communities and there is a great variety of external tools and libraries. As for Python, we now see it being actively used for Machine Learning and Data Science purposes - who would have thought of that thirty years ago when it was first released?
Serge, CTO at SoftTeco
The next area of development that we will talk about is frontend development, responsible for delivering the ultimate user experience through intuitive and appealing user interfaces. And here are the technologies that we most commonly use for that.
I would say that when it comes to frontend development, it doesn’t really matter what tool you’ll choose: React, Angular, or Vue - all of them can help you make a high-quality product. But it’s really important to monitor the tool’s development if you want to make the most out of it and to avoid any risks. For example, there might be a need to switch to another framework due to lack of support or lack of resources - such things should always be considered.
Aleksey, Head of Frontend Department at SoftTeco
One of the biggest areas of our expertise is the development of both native and cross-platform mobile applications for clients from various industries. And since there are many tools to choose from when it comes to app development, we will focus on the main technologies that SoftTeco works with.
In Porter's Five Forces Model, the fifth force is the substitute product. If we think about how fast frameworks and technologies develop, IT professionals themselves make up these product substitutes. About ten years ago, almost every business “had to have” its own mobile application. At that time, there was not much choice of technologies for developing mobile applications and hence we observed “technological hype” and the rise of native development. But after five years or so, we got quite efficient substitutes of native development - React Native, Flutter, Xamarin. And that indicated the end of technological hype and the native development era.
Alexey, CEO at SoftTeco
Summing upThe choice of a suitable development tool is a challenging process and we hope our tech reviews can help you with that. While the number of available options might seem overwhelming, remember that the first step is defining project requirements. They will set the base for the future tech stack and will help you avoid getting distracted during the development process. And of course, if you have any questions left, we will gladly answer them - leave us a comment below or contact us directly!
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