Software development is an expensive part of the journey of a startup. Speed of development can make the difference between getting off the ground or crashing and burning. The technology stack you build your app with plays a big role in that equation. Today we’ll offer up the non-technical startup founder’s guide to our preferred programming language and framework for the server side when building an app: Ruby on Rails (RoR).
So you want to know how much it will cost to develop your new SaaS app or software project. You’re hoping a seasoned developer can review your materials, talk it through with you, and then come up with a number.
Consider this your cheat sheet for developing your startup.
We’ve built and worked with hundreds of different software products since 2008, when we first opened our doors. Over the years, that experience has resulted in a fine-tuned methodology to set our clients’ software products up for excellent performance. The way we work allows us to meet you where you are in the lifecycle of your product. You may have an idea that needs to be developed into a completely new product, or you may have an existing app needing improvement. Either way, we direct our efforts where they make the greatest impact for you. I’d like to show you a little more about how we do that here.
Most SaaS app founders realize they must have a mobile counterpart to their web application, because users expect functionality on their phones.
To put together the front end of a web application, developers often start with an existing framework. React and Angular are the two most popular front-end frameworks available. Today we’ll talk a bit about each and which one we prefer. But first, let’s back up and clarify a few terms for the non-technical among us... What does “front end” mean? When we talk about front end, we’re talking about the parts of an app that users see and interact with. For example, when you book a place to stay on Airbnb, you are interacting with the front end of the app. The back end consists of things you don’t see but are required to make it work, like the server and databases. When developing the front end of a web or mobile app, your business will benefit from two disciplines: UI and UX. These work together closely, but the focus of each is different.
Have you heard of AARRR? How about GRRRRR? We don’t mean the 2004 French movie. We’re talking about our technology stack. It might feel like developers are speaking a different language when you discuss your new product or app. We’ve said it before: It’s not necessary to have a technical background as the founder of a software startup. But there are some basics you should understand. Technology stack, or “tech stack,” refers to the collection of programs, frameworks, and coding languages developers use. These function together like a stack of sieves transforming data at each floor. All the sieves are specialized to handle the kind of data they receive and provide another kind of data to the next layer. Hence the term “stack.” The technology behind your new product can impact critical short-term factors like speed to market and project cost, as well as long-term factors like your ability to scale and ease of maintenance. If you’re considering working with Belighted to build your new product, you’ll want to know our preferred technologies and why we chose them.