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Creating an entirely new application undoubtedly takes a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, so it’s understandable that developers usually make use of platforms, libraries, and tools instead of writing common features all by themselves.
Third party software is a term that refers to any software components that are reusable and are supplied/developed for a certain purpose by a separate company or person than the one that has built another, existing product on a particular system.
The most common types of third-party software are:
These are collections of non-volatile resources (mostly source code) that are often used for software development. They can be open source (where anyone can use them without cost) or proprietary/closed-source (where people may need to purchase before use).
These are ready-made and integrated solutions for developers to help realize a certain feature. Examples are maps, chats, or user logging. They’re SaaS products for developers to outsource specific functionalities, either for free or for a monthly fee.
These make app development more effective and raise the final product’s quality.
Minimum viable products (or MVPs) allows the substantiation of a product idea without the need for investing time and money into the complete product.
Beginning with an MVP and then using the agile methodology for software development means that development teams can focus on the most important app elements.
Third-party solutions can help development teams focus on the parts of the app that need to be unique and therefore bring the MVP to be tested in the market faster. Third-party solutions can offer quick and cost-efficient solutions like authentication and more.
Once the app gets some tractions and begins to obtain revenue, then the third-party solution can be replaced with code created from scratch.
Additionally, migrating from third-party software to custom codes and solutions come with costs which are different in each case. This Is why analyzing costs at the beginning of a project is smart.
Scaling the application can make third-party software too expensive. The costs can mean that building the app from scratch is a better choice. It could also be the case that the app simply needs more flexibility and requires specific customizations. Unique features help set an app apart from competitors.
Hopefully we’ve helped you understand the advantages of using third-party solutions and how they factor into modern software development.
For questions on how our teams make use of third-party software when creating applications (especially when developing MVPs), don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our team of highly-qualified experts have been making use of third-party software to build applications for many years, and they know exactly how to get the perfect balance of speed, cost, and functionality.
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