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Building apps with Python – What does the process look like?

The process of developing an application can take place in many different ways. It all depends on the complexity of the project and the experts entrusted with the task. This is because the project can be carried out with the help of programmers working within the organisation, or it can be entrusted to a dedicated external team. Such a solution has many advantages. Today we shall focus on the latter option.

Why should you think about making an app in Python?

When planning to create any application, you need to be aware that your goal may be achieved using several different programming languages. The final choice should largely depend on the type and scope of the planned project. One technology will work for a project where speed is of the essence, and another for a project with a very short implementation deadline.

For a few years now, Java and Python have been the most popular programming languages. They both have a lot to offer and, in addition, enable an extremely wide range of projects. The leading position in recent years, however, has been taken by Python, and there is no indication that its dominant place could be threatened in the coming years.

What drives so many organizations to build their applications specifically with Python? There are indeed many arguments in favor of this choice:

● Python is characterized by a simple syntax and is easy to learn. This is especially important from a business point of view, as creating a simple application is really fast, and solving possible problems is much easier than with other technologies.

● In addition, Python is an extremely expressive language, which means that creating a working application does not at all require lengthy code and thus a long-term commitment from a programmer.

● Python is a hugely popular and thus well-tested technology. Concerns about its stability and efficiency are therefore completely unnecessary. Python is used by many large organizations that rely on it to run their key applications, so you do not have to worry that it will not work for your project.

● The large community around the language also translates into a huge amount of educational material, ready-made code snippets to use and perfectly described problems that might be faced during the implementation of various projects.

●  Python also has an extremely wide range of uses. It works well for the development of various applications, as well as for projects involving machine learning models, Big Data or Data Science. You can read more about how to use it on our blog: What is Python used for.

What does the development process look like?

Entrusting a project to a dedicated team of external developers is a very good solution – especially for those organizations that do not have the necessary competencies within their structures. This model of application development will also work well for companies that have extensive IT teams, but specialize in other programming languages or do not yet have sufficient experience. How does such a cooperation work step by step?  

1. Needs analysis

The first step in every case is to conduct a thorough needs analysis. On this basis, a proof of concept is created to verify the validity of the concept and its feasibility. This step undoubtedly requires a great deal of experience, which is why it is crucial to choose the right team to work on the project.

2. MVP (Minimum Viable Product)

In the next step, a so-called MVP is created, i.e. a product with a minimum range of functionalities – necessary in order to be tested by the target users. Such an approach to software development is extremely safe for the organization as it allows for verification at an early stage of the project of whether the application fulfills its basic function and meets the assumed objectives. On the basis of feedback from testers, potential problems can be identified at an early stage, and the initial design can be expanded to include additional functionalities.

3. Coding

Confirmation of the correctness of the concept and a positive opinion of future users of the application allows you to continue work on the project – i.e. to provide further functionalities, remove errors and improve the graphic design. This step is usually carried out according to the principles of agile project management methodologies, which also translates into a lower risk of dissatisfaction with the final product.

4. Providing support

The final stage of the project is to implement the application and adapt it to the environment in which it is to be used. It is also important to train future users and provide support if necessary.

Why should you consider outsourcing Python development?

Lack of the necessary competencies is just one of the factors why you should seriously consider entrusting the implementation of a project to a dedicated team outside the structures of your organization. There are definitely more advantages to this solution.

One of the most important from the point of view of the organization’s managers is, of course, cost-effectiveness. Recruiting and maintaining a team of programmers involves considerable costs. Another factor is time – and this, in many cases, is crucial. There are many organizations competing for good professionals today, so it can take several months to build a competent team.

By choosing to outsource, a company gains access to experienced specialists much faster (often even within 30 days). It is worth noting that these specialists’ competencies are perfectly matched to the needs reported by the organization and at the same time, they can boast of having completed many projects of a similar scale and scope. What if the need for specialists changes during the project? Outsourcing is an extremely flexible form of cooperation, which means that additional support can be engaged at almost any time.

Inviting an external entity to collaborate on a project is also an opportunity to keep up with technological progress. Without appropriate training and continuous competence development, this is extremely difficult, and such training is very costly and time-consuming. By choosing to outsource, you can avoid these costs while creating an efficient and reliable application.

What can we deliver for you?

At Idego, we are able to provide you with experienced teams of developers specialized in Python to help you complete any project. Why should you consider working with us? We have extensive experience and many completed projects to our credit. Using the possibilities of Python, our developers have had the opportunity to create, among other things: an internal payment management system, an investment platform for the social lending industry, a platform for renting houses and flats, a marketplace for the fashion industry, an application for purchasing used car parts and many others you can see in our portfolio.


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