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How to Choose Your Tech Stack

There’s a significant decision that everyone has to make when starting a software development project. Depending on what development company you’re working with, you may not even know that this decision is being made. However, choosing your project’s tech stack is important for the future of your project.

What is a Tech Stack?

A tech stack is the decision about what programming languages and systems are going to be used to complete your software development project. You’ll need to know how you want your end product to look and what devices you want it to be available on. Plus, you’ll want to consider what kind of functionality you’re looking for. Some languages and systems accomplish certain tasks better than others.

Same Look with Different Performance

Think about it this way. There are many different car models driving on the same road. Compare the gas guzzling GMC Savana 3500 van to the sleek, all electric Tesla Model X. Both vehicles can get you to your destination and legally drive on highways. It’s easy to see that these are vastly different cars that would be purchased for distinct reasons. The van’s owner likely transports a lot of work supplies to complete jobs. While fuel efficiency is important, he’d never compromise to lose valuable storage space for such high fuel efficiency.

The same is true for websites and other software development projects. You might find two websites that you love the look of. They look similar, so you assume that they’re made with the same types of programming languages and systems to create that look. However, the odds are good that they operate using different tech stacks that reflect their specific needs.

Project Priorities

Your project’s priorities should largely dictate what your tech stack is. If you’re trying to keep server or development costs as low as possible, you’ll make different decisions than if you’re trying to make the website’s access to a database as fast as it can be. Speed, storage space, and advanced functionality typically cost more. Prioritizing these aspects would raise the cost of ongoing server space and maintenance. When we work together to identify your project’s priorities, we can create a tech stack that works best.

Not One Fits All

Some companies always use the same tech stack, regardless of the project. They have their own processes and will use the same programming languages and systems for every project they complete, even if a different tech stack would better serve your project. If your software development company doesn’t talk to you about your project’s specific needs and what tech stack would be best, it’s likely that they use the same tech stack for all of their projects or plan on making that decision without your input.

At Green Mango Software, we’re tech stack agnostic. We understand that each programming languages offers certain benefits and restrictions. We want to choose the right tech stack for your project that provides the best solutions, not just one we use all of the time.

April 5, 2017
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What is UX and Why Is It Important?

Imagine that you walk into a restaurant. There’s not a hostess stand to approach, people are sitting down but no one is around to seat them. Should you just sit down? Is there a place to order from before you sit down? Although you’ve gone into hundreds of different restaurants in your life, you’re not sure what to do next.

This is UX or User Experience. The restaurant should have been designed so you know what to do next. The same is true with software.

“We believe that user experience separates a mediocre product from a great product.”

What is User Experience?

User experience, or UX, is the overall experience a person has when using your software program, mobile app, or website. It includes how intuitive the design is, how pleasant it is to use, and whether it was successful in delivering what it set out to. In software, you look at a product and either know how to use it or you don’t. This is the User Experience of the product.

Importance of UX

When it comes to user experience, software developers have to make the same kind of decisions as restaurant designers. We need to think about what someone’s going to do when they open the app and whether it will be clear to users what they need to do next. This includes the controls, instructions, and ease of using the product.

Some software developers do it better than others. If you’re working with a software developer that doesn’t take the time to really account for UX, the user experience is likely to be poor. Remember, software with better UX typically sells more than software that is difficult for users to use. Consider the intuitiveness of Apple’s original iPhones compared to mobile devices at the time. It sold better because it was intuitive, offered a lot of value, and paid attention to the details that impact user experience.

How to Improve UX

Great UX will seem intuitive to users. They will be able to open the software or app, and just use it without having to undergo a lot of training. However, for something that appears intuitive to users, establishing effective UX is a tremendous amount of work for software developers.

Sure, software developers could just churn out a program that works quickly. But it takes a lot of hours to make sure that it feels natural for people and is highly intuitive. Any software team you hire should spend time thinking about what would be the most efficient way to actually do things in the program. This pays off in positive customer reviews and sales.

At Green Mango, UX is a cornerstone of our service. We believe that user experience separates a mediocre product from a great product. That’s why we take the time to think about what’s the simplest and most efficient way to get users to do whatever it is you want them to do.

March 28, 2017
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