It requires careful planning and long term vision while choosing the best technology for your next development project. Technologies are constantly changing, and developers are all the time looking out for new alternatives to the existing ones. Things get complicated when we look at the average age of the developers in any technology-led organization. Many, if not most, are young and brimming with ideas. They would like to implement the latest version of Java in your recently started project and you aren’t sure how that code would pan out in the future. Read this article to pick the best practices while choosing the right technology.
Identify your goals
The first thing that you should be doing is writing down the goals of your project. Is it a one-page app that you are developing or a comprehensive website? Is your project internal facing or is meant to address the problems faced by a large number of people? What is its scale? How much would it cost and the number of people employed? Would there be fixed, recurring or both kinds of costs in this project?
Once you have identified the critical issues facing your project, you can go ahead and choose the right technology.
Go by consensus
If you are team lead, it would make excellent sense to choose a technology that your entire team is comfortable with. If yours is a Java team, then go with plain Java or frameworks written in Java. There might be a developer who thinks the modern version of Java is a great idea to implement but your rest of the team may think otherwise. In short, go by the consensus and take a path that everybody is familiar with.
Avoid hype or coolness factor
It is tempting to fall in for mint fresh technologies which haven’t been tested extensively. However, go by the conventional wisdom and try out only those technologies that have been tried and tested over the years.
This isn’t to say that new products should not be tried. What is being emphasized is that these products can be tested in smaller projects, those ones which do not have a heavy risk quotient. Once these have been tried and been found to be useful, these new technologies can be deployed in subsequent projects.
As a team lead, you need to follow these guiding principles:
- Look at the design pattern and software engineering of the new products before you
- Look at the network protocols, distributed systems, and transactions
Account for Enterprise Frameworks
If your project is going to be around for a very long time, then your chosen technology must be one that supports it for its entire length. This holds especially true for e-commerce websites that have a pan-national or global presence.
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Another important point to be considered is how deeply a framework needs to be integrated into the code. It is better to design for deletion and not reusability.
To conclude, for your next development project, choose a technology that has been used by team members for a long time. Your technology must be able to support your project for a long time. Test the new technologies first and don’t deploy them straightaway.