A growing number of companies are relying on bespoke software development for their projects. When you choose bespoke development, you receive a custom solution that is tailor-made to address your goals.

Bespoke projects are built from the ground up around your needs. Due to the variety of programming languages and frameworks available, developers can easily create an application that contains only the features you require. This maximises the value and effectiveness of your software.

If you are planning to develop a new project in 2020, you should take the time to review the benefits and features of bespoke software development.

Why Go Bespoke?

Bespoke software development offers the flexibility needed to address your specific needs. Instead of using a one-size-fits-all approach, you work with a team of skilled developers, project managers and product designers to realise your vision of the project. This made-to-measure solution leads to a wide range of advantages over off-the-shelf products:

  • Full control and ownership over the system
  • No ongoing per-user fees
  • Software that is perfectly fitted to suit your business

By choosing a bespoke solution, you avoid paying for what you do not need. You get the perfect fit for your business.

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Which Languages and Frameworks Should You Choose?

The language and framework you choose directly influence the development process. JavaScript, PHP, Python, Go, and Java remain the most used programming languages for custom software. However, you also need to consider the framework.

JavaScript/React, Node.js, Vue.js

JavaScript is the most used language. It is a high-level programming language used on the client side and server side. It is often used for websites and web-based applications. For example, you may use HTML and CSS to create the structure and style of the interface and JavaScript to handle the interactive elements.

React.js, Node.js, and Vue.js are a few of the popular frameworks for developing JavaScript projects. React is an open-source JavaScript library maintained by Facebook and a group of individual developers. It is often used for simple projects such as mobile applications and single-page websites whilst Vue.js is commonly used in conjunction with PHP framework, Laravel to create robust web applications.

PHP/Laravel

PHP is a general-purpose server-side scripting language and one of the fundamental languages used to create most of the websites on the internet as we know it today. The versatility of PHP makes it a  popular  programming language to work with. It allows for the use of functions and classes right out of the box, making it a popular choice for everything from websites to back-end data output.

Laravel is  the most popular PHP framework. It is a lightweight yet robust framework that eliminates some of the common tasks associated with PHP programming, such as routing, caching, and authentication. Laravel is well suited to the creation of complex applications and can be used to develop a wide range of solutions.

Python

Python is one of the fastest-growing programming languages. It was first released in 1991. As with PHP, it is a general-purpose language that is suited for a variety of projects. However, Python stands out for offering increased code readability and reuse.

The easy-to-learn syntax and support for a wide range of modules and packages helps limit development costs and project timeframes. Python is most commonly used for machine learning or data science projects.

GO

GO is an open-source programming language designed at Google. It resembles the “C” programming language and is mainly used for complex software development.

Some of the advantages of GO include a fast compilation time, concise syntax, and lightweight processes. These features allow you to develop large-scale applications with fewer resources.

Java

Java is a secure, reliable programming language. It is a class-based language that is designed to require fewer dependencies, making it a lightweight option for a variety of projects.

While Java is becoming less popular, it is still a common choice for small applications or specific functions on a web-based application.

Choosing the right language and framework combination is not an easy process. The programming language and framework you use depend on the details of your project. With bespoke software development, an agency partner will guide you and advise on the best fit for your specific needs.

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Statistics

Examining the technologies used by professional developers provides more insight into which languages and frameworks are the top choices. The use of Python has steadily risen over the years. However, JavaScript remains the most used scripting language for the seventh year in a row.

About 67.8% of developers use JavaScript. HTML and CSS are used for 63.5% of projects while SQL is used in about 54.4% of projects. Python and Java are both used about 41% of the time.

When looking at web frameworks, jQuery is unsurprisingly the most used option. It offers a lightweight library for JavaScript, allowing you to perform complex tasks with less coding.

React.js and Angular.js, which are also JavaScript libraries, round out the top two and three spots. If you focus on PHP frameworks, Laravel is the most recommended and popular framework.

React.js and Vue.js are the most loved frameworks for JavaScript applications. Laravel also scored high ranks with about 60.1% of developers claiming to enjoy using the framework.

What do these stats tell us? JavaScript is the most popular scripting language and the frameworks that support JavaScript receive the most usage. When it comes to PHP, Laravel is the preferred choice of developers.

New Technology

Along with choosing a language and framework, you should be aware of the latest technologies for software development. Some of the newest trends include:

  • Serverless computing
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Progressive web applications
  • Cross-platform development tools

Serverless Computing

Serverless computing, which is also just called “serverless,” refers to a method of development where code is executed through a cloud provider instead of a server maintained by your business or software development company.

With serverless development, the cloud provider dynamically allocates resources. You are only charged for the resources needed to run the code, which helps drive down the costs.

The code is often run using stateless containers that can be triggered by various events such as database events, queuing, or HTTP requests. As the code is often executed as a function, this method is sometimes called “functions as a service” (FaaS).

AWS Lambda (AWS), Azure Functions (Microsoft Azure), and Cloud Functions (Google Cloud) are the three most used FaaS offerings. There are many advantages to using serverless computing, including:

  • Faster development turnaround
  • Improved scalability
  • Greater cost efficiency

FaaS allows developers to focus more on the logic side of software development and less time dealing with servers and the deployment of code. This streamlines the development process, resulting in a faster turnaround for your project.

Using a serverless provider also increases scalability. The platforms are already scalable, allowing you to worry less about heavy usage or high traffic spikes.

Perhaps the greatest advantage of serverless computing is the cost. You can save money with FaaS as the providers only charge for the computation time that you use.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming more accessible to smaller businesses. Over the coming years, an increasing amount of companies will likely rely on AI-powered software for monitoring and refining business processes.

The earliest uses of AI revolved around the automation of manual tasks, such as manufacturing automation. With the latest AI software, businesses can automate almost any administrative task.

AI is also paving the way for machine learning. With machine learning, AI systems use historical data and current data to make predictions about future data. This insight helps businesses develop better strategies and spend less time evaluating the latest trends.

Progressive Web Applications

Progressive web applications are one of the more exciting trends in bespoke software development for 2020. Using progressive web apps helps address the limitations of traditional web-based applications and native mobile apps.

People can access websites from almost any browser. However, websites have limited options for accessing platform-specific hardware. Native mobile applications can access platform-specific hardware but may not work on every device. Progressive web apps provide an answer to this problem.

Developing a progressive web app allows you to build an app that works on any platform while still accessing powerful features that are commonly reserved for native apps. This also helps create a more consistent user experience across platforms, which is essential for creating a great User Experience (UX). 

Cross-Platform Development Tools

Along with progressive web apps, many developers are embracing the use of cross-platform development tools to increase compatibility. Traditionally, software developers had to choose a single platform when starting a project. For example, you may develop an Android application before developing a separate iOS application.

Thanks to the emergence of new cross-platform development tools, developers no longer need to choose between Android and iOS. Google’s Flutter and Microsoft’s Xamarin are two examples of cross-platform tools that allow developers to write apps that are compatible with almost every desktop and mobile environment.

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How Are Programming Languages Being Used Today?

The choice of programming languages and frameworks depends on the type of project. Web applications are typically written using JavaScript, PHP, Ruby, HTML/CSS, TypeScript, or a combination of each. For example, many web-based apps use PHP for the back end, HTML/CSS for the visual interface, and JavaScript for client-side functions.

Mobile applications for Android are often written using Java or JavaScript. Swift is the programming language developed by Apple for iOS applications.

Operating systems are primarily written in C or C++. These are also a popular choice for enterprise applications, along with Java and ErLang.

When you start getting into analytics, machine learning, and big data, the preferred programming languages change. You need languages that can support complex operations without complex coding. Languages for analytics and machine learning include Python, R, Clojure, and Julia. Java, Python, R, Scala, and Clojure are commonly used for big data.

GO has become a common choice for distributed systems, which include programs handled across multiple devices. GO offers the memory safety and structural typing needed for handling distributed systems.

Data storage applications are often written using SQL, C#, Java, or Python. SQL stands out as the most used option for data storage and accessing databases at scale.

Math and scientific computing may require specialised programming languages such as Matlab, FORTRAN, ALGOL, APL, Julia, R, or C++.

The variety of options can be overwhelming, which is why working with an experienced software development agency may provide the easiest solution.

Our Experience as a Bespoke Software Development Agency Over the Years

Choosing the right development agency is just as important as selecting the right programming language and framework. We have extensive experience with bespoke software development, which has helped us improve our abilities and develop more effective software.

Here are some of the ways that our experience has helped us deliver better results for our clients:

  • We understand that communication is the key to success
  • We use reliable, battle-tested frameworks
  • We choose the right language for your project
  • We excel in taking your idea and refining it to make it into a reality

We remain committed to helping you realise your goals. Our team works with you to define your desired outcomes and select the right language and framework for your project.

Why Work with Us?

Along with helping to select the right language and framework, we make it easier to bring your project to reality. We are a UK-based bespoke software development company with years of experience. A few of the advantages of working with us include:

  • You get access to a complete team of developers,designers and project managers
  • We operate across a wide industry spectrum
  • We can develop simple or complex software and platforms
  • We are focused on finding solutions for your specific needs

We have a full stack team, which means that we can develop anything that you think of. Our team includes DevOps, UX Designers, Developers, and Project Managers.

Our past projects have helped us develop tried-and-tested methods for successful projects. One of our recent projects was the development of a ticket booking platform called Seatedly (http://www.seatedly.com).

Seatedly allows businesses to set up online ticket booking. It includes interactive seat mapping and reservations along with real-time sales data and reporting. This unique platform is a great example of what can be achieved with PHP and Laravel as your chosen language and framework.

Get in Touch

If you need to be guided on which route is best for your project, please feel free to reach out to us. We give you the freedom to develop anything that you can think of.

Call us today to discuss your bespoke software development project!

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