With the preponderance of web application development in recent years, there has been much talk of choosing the right ‘stack’ for your custom software application development needs. Let’s delve into what these stacks mean for your project and their relative benefits, but before that, it is important to understand how the concept of stack came into being.
The concept of the stack-
A “stack” can refer to any combination of programming languages and technologies. There are two main types of stacks, i.e. technology stacks and application stacks.
Simply put, technology stacks mean a cross-disciplinary approach in a software development process. This article will focus on understanding three of the most popular technology stacks, their feasibility, and attributes which make them suitable for your business.
How to know which stack to choose
With the rise of Agile development methods, it has become increasingly important to choose the correct technological infrastructure to help maximize your business’s ROI. Before choosing a stack for your business you need to consider the following:
- The particular project requirements
- Incorporating agility
- The need to outperform project expectations for the audience.
- Flexibility and scalability of the dev team
- Total dev cost that can be borne
Full-Stack Development and its benefits
Full-stack developers tend to be skilled in the various streams which make up the domain of web development, viz. Frontend, Backend, Mobile app, and Testing. Earlier developers used to focus on one or more of these streams, but nowadays, the demand in the industry has raised expectations and certain developers have gained expertise in Frontend, Backend as well as ancillary technologies. This has led to the rise of the full stack developer.
Full-stack development considers Front-end technologies like CSS, JS, SPA; Backend development tech like Python, Node.js, PHP and GO; Databases like MySQL, SQLite, etc; DevOps concepts like CI and Cd; and even some aspects of mobile app development using iOS and Android.
Benefits of Full Stack
- Full Stack developers can easily switch between front-end and back-end development roles based on project requirements.
- They can look after the entirety of the design structure during development.
- They can engender comprehensive solutions by going to the root of the problems and fix them across the entire stack.
- They are ideal for small and medium enterprises as they help in compartmentalized web development.
MEAN Stack development and its benefits
One of the most popular tech stacks is the MEAN stack, is a collection of JS-based technologies most commonly used for Web app and website development. In simple terms MEAN stack is a full-stack JS framework which helps MEAN stack developers to accelerate website and application development.
MEAN stack has gained wide acceptance across the industry with a large number of developers with MEAN stack developers being in very high demand and mean stack development services being offered by several companies in the industry.
MEAN stack developers benefit from the plethora of compatible tools and plugins to optimize time for system administration purposes. MEAN stack developers can also leverage the power of this stack to ensure rapid deployment of web apps, websites as well as APIs and solve complex development challenges.
Components of MEAN Stack
The MEAN Stack is made up of the following components:
It’s a document-based NoSQL database for backend applications to store data as JSON files.
It’s the back-end web application running on top of Node.js
Front-end web framework for running JS code in the user’s browser.
JS runtime environment for implementing the application backend in JS.
Benefits of MEAN stack
- MEAN stack development services cover the entire spectrum of web development from front-end to back-end using only JS.
- MEAN stack developers find it easy to develop applications on this stack as it reduces much of the monotonous and routine tasks and simplifies development.
- It comes with a robust set of in-built testing tools.
- There is great community support for this open-source project.
MERN Stack development and its benefits
Apart from the MEAN and Full Stack technology stacks, the MERN stack has gained traction in recent times. The MERN stack is primarily used to design top-end web applications. The MERN stack is a JS-based stack which facilitates the smooth flow of web development processes.
Components of MERN stack
The MERN stack consists of 4 technologies which make up its name:
Used as a document-based NoSQL database.
It’s a minimalist web framework for Node.js
It’s a JS front-end library for UI development.
The major difference between MEAN and MERN stack is the use of React.js in MERN instead of Angular.js in MEAN stack for front-end web development.
Benefits of MERN stack
- The MERN stack covers the entire development cycle from Front-end to Back-end using JS.
- It supports MVC architecture for the smooth development process.
- It allows developers to know only JS and JSON for development.
- Has an extensive set of testing tools.
- Has good open-source community support.
In the world of web development there is no silver bullet and choosing the right stack needs a thorough understanding of your project’s needs and the costs you would be comfortable in bearing. It also has a lot to do with the dev team you would hire to build the application for you. Thus, it is critical to choose a custom software development partner who can advise you on choosing the right stack for your business needs and help materialize your desires.
Chapter 247 Infotech, is a leading custom software development company in the USA that is creating customized software to suit customer needs. We have a diverse talent pool of more than 50 highly skilled professionals including business analysts, project managers, software engineers, web designers, UX consultants and community managers who have delivered over 800 projects and have clients across 15 countries, and offices in both India and the US.
Our stellar track record in custom Web and Mobile application development by utilizing Full Stack, MEAN Stack and MERN stack development techniques speaks for itself and through the testimony of clients like FedEx, Fertile Frog, Cushion Kingdom, SSA Stores, Renotech, DropDesk, Fixer, Tessa and QIPOST.
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