The world of web development is still very misunderstood. We even heard people call it 'dark art'. So, when you need help in turning your ideas and designs into a quality website or web application, how do you know who you can trust to do this?
The purpose of this task is to provide some of the key points for a good web development company and help you understand the issues that developers need to ask.
This will be a very public post and I will not apologize for it. If you do not understand anything, you are probably open to talk further.
Now to enter the post. Below is a list of key areas that we are looking at and what to look for at a web development company.
- Can not Know in a Side and Back Development
- Does not Specialize in a Back-End Technology
- Best Practices Must Follow
- Understanding Project Marketing Strategies
- Research and Development
- Contains a Rigorous Testing Process , including automated tests
- Flexible change
- Use source control
Can both front and back development
We do not opt to developers who development and advanced developers. It's like a plumber who only deals with pipes and leaves the baths, showers, washbasins and toilets to somebody else.
We agree that there is a difference between web developers and web designers, there is no completely different process of thinking but the difference between front and back-end is inadequate. To be a good web developer, you need to understand the entire development cycle and be involved in the project from start to finish. We can learn a lot about collaborating with different technologies, but we will also come to this.
Not specialized in back-end technology
There are a number of good back-end technologies that match Web development, including Ruby on Rails, ASP.Net, and PHP (and others). All of them have strength and weakness and are not perfect. A good web development company must be flexible in using the technologies it uses to make the most suitable use for their customers.
The most important reason we spent the time was to learn a variety of technologies to be able to select and select the desired bits. Over the years, the developers participating in The League were able to take over the good parts of each technology and configure and utilize many good practices across all platforms.
Tracking Best Practices
The good web development key is not the technologies you use, but the best practices. As technologies come and go in the rapidly evolving industry, these good practices remain or at least evolve. As a developer, if you have good grounding, time and technology can move relatively easily.
So what are the best practices we're talking about. Here are a few key elements to follow.
- Writing Semantic HTML
- Tracking Web Standards for All Front End Codes
- Automating First and Back Code
- Using MVC Framework
Understanding Marketing Strategies surrounding Projects
This complaint we've often heard that web developers do not think about the marketing strategy of the project. This is usually because developers do not care. Well. How to give advice to customers and think they can help customers get the right solution if they do not think of a "bigger picture" (sorry we know it's a horrible term now blushing). If a developer works blindly, they do not offer a customer a service, they're just a meatball.
The developer's most important question is "Why?". Take the time to fully understand customer needs and advise them after the client did not understand the inclusion of web development. The development cycle is a two-way conversation.
Time for Research and Development
As everyone knows, the web industry is a rapidly evolving industry. Things are coming and going in the blink of an eye. A good web development company ensures that developers allocate time every week to find new trends and technologies. Undoubtedly, some of these trends and technologies are a dead end, but you will not know unless you look at them.
If you want to know if a web development company knows things, simply ask them why developers are looking for recently. You do not have to understand everything they say, list them and search them online to see if the company is looking at new trends or not.
Development is likely to be the most important time for research and development every week. If the developers do not develop, the solutions they build will stagnate and get very fast. As Customer, would you like an outdated solution before you begin?
Has a Rigorous Testing Process, including Automated Tests
Too often we've seen that client is a tester for the project . If this happens, you must definitely indicate that the developer does not understand the project well enough, just yelling.
A good web development company needs to write all the code, both front-end and back-end automated tests (integration tests, unit tests, etc.). On a simple level, tests help developers focus on the code that they write at the time and help developers write a solid code. Solid code means that the code base is easier to understand and cheaper for maintenance.
The key advantage of a test suite for a client is that if the project code changes to the project, we can have a much greater confidence in the fact that the change or new code does not hurt anything else.
We can not say that automated testing is a silver ball of Internet development and the tests are effective only if they are well-written, but they must be involved in any web development toolkit.
An important aspect of testing is automated testing. The web development company should also have the level of human testing, and that is certainly something to be involved with. User Stories are key to this process. As part of the development process, customers must work with the web development company to compile user stories so that all parties concerned understand how users interact with the site or application and interaction results.
Flexible to change
We all heard that developers complain about how their clients change their project requirements half way through a project. Developers have to make a complaint, they all happen and will never change. A good web development company needs processes that can cope with the change. If you are a customer, ask how they will handle the change requests.
Web developers should work for short-term cycles, preferably 1-2 weeks. The worst thing that may happen for a project is that developers get a brief description of the job, and then two months later they announce it's finished, only for the customer saying "This is not what I asked for!" . During short-circuit cycles, clients can be involved at every stage. At the end of each release, the client must review the project and submit the change requests.
Using Source Verification
Our final recommendation is quite obvious and easy for most people, but we're still talking to developers who do not use any format . This seems to be more conducive to freelancers because they do not see the need because they are the only ones who work on the code. If this shows you, the point is missing.
There are many reasons for all code to be controlled by source. Here are just a few key points to mention. First of all, it is a great way to log changes to the code. (As long as developers comment on the commitment). Secondly, and most importantly, it allows developers to change their code without worrying about losing their job. This is especially useful when trying other possible encoding solutions for a problem.