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.
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.
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.
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.
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.