Building your product idea, you will have some requirements for the tech behind. First and foremost, it should be affordable, and specialists should be accessible enough.
Secondly, the end product should be easy to maintain and manage since you will need additional resources after releasing it. For example, once the number of users grows, you may need to extend it and add a rich database without neglecting the app performance.
Thirdly, the time-to-market has to be reasonable. With proper technologies, you can build your MVP faster and get the first feedback of users.
At ByteAnt, we often advise our clients on technologies necessary to implement their solution. After all, the tech stack affects not only your development time but further scaling as well.
However, one programming language has diverse applications.
You may also use JS to develop a chatbot, a social media app, or some components of an IoT system.
An isomorphic nature of JS saves considerable time and effort on developing an application from zero. For example, one can reuse some of JS libraries, templates, and even modules. With a few changes, you can make the same code work at the client and a server-side. This phenomenon is called isomorphism, and it is highly appreciated in the developer community. By saving time for engineers, isomorphic websites are also more SEO-friendly, perform better, and are easier to maintain.
Here are some JS frameworks you may encounter:
When hiring a JS front-end developer, check their skills with one or several of the following frameworks:
If you are struggling to define which one works best for you, well, you are not the only one. Every solution has its own use cases and advantages, which makes choosing even more complicated.
React.js is a common choice for simple-logic applications, while Angular fits well more complex apps. React.js is also relatively easy to learn. By the way, Facebook and Instagram were created using this framework.
In terms of performance, React & Vue may provide you with more possibilities than Angular. It is due to the Document Object Model (DOM), which serves as a tool to manipulate & update your code. The DOM interface displays the web page as a document with a tree structure. Since Vue and React both use virtual DOM instead of an actual one, you can change individual components of the page without reloading the entire page. As a result, the application works fast and is easy to update.
So, if your web application is content-rich, has a complex structure, and gets frequent updates, it’s a good idea to use a framework relying on the virtual DOM.
If you are planning to expand the functionality of your application later, Angular and React are both sound choices. You can reuse JS components and modules, as mentioned above, to add some more features or users. Therefore, you have the necessary basis to improve your application when needed.
To get some more in-depth comparison of the three frameworks mentioned, watch the video below.
This technology is considered a good fit for the following projects:
At the same time, Node.js is not a good match for:
A CPU component gets the inputs from users, processes it, and generates the guidelines for the computer. All this activity can block user requests and erase the benefits of Node.js.
Other back-end JS technologies are Express.js, REST, GraphQL. When hiring a back-end JS developer, you should also check his knowledge of MongoDB and GraphQL databases to manage and integrate them seamlessly.
MEAN is a robust collection of JS frameworks and technologies that streamline app development and work perfectly well together. This tech stack includes the following:
One advantage is its flexibility since you can create both web and mobile applications with its help. If you have a web app and decide to build a mobile version as well, you can do it smoothly with the same tech. Another important fact is that all the languages are open-source, which means you don’t have to pay for the licenses to use them.
The ready-to-use Node.js modules also speed up engineering and cut the development costs significantly.
MERN stack involves the following tools:
As you can see, only the front-end framework differs in this stack, and all other elements are the same.
These two JS-based tech stacks make the most popular choices in the JS community.
Now, let's explore the average rates of JS developers across the countries, as GoodFirms reveals.
Once you get an image of how much JS development services cost, you can manage your budget and choose the optimal price/quality ratio.
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