- Snapkit (iOS) – great for developers who want to be more productive and do more with less lines of code, Snapkit is a library for using code to build app layout.
- Lottie (Android) – this library is for designing animations for developers to better with interactions.
- Google Maps Platform – a set of SDKs and APIs that lets developers embed Google Maps into web pages and mobile apps or just to retrieve data from Maps.
- Auth0 – allows developers to quickly integrate authorization and authentication for mobile, web, and legacy applications.
- Danger – automates code review chores. This frees up developer’s time to work on problems that only a human can solve. It leaves messages inside Pull requests via rules that the developer creates.
- Zeplin – enables UI designers and developers to collaborate efficiently and effectively. Designers can share their designs and development resources can be generated automatically. Everyone in the team can access the most recent design resources and are notified of changes.
- Pay just for what you need – third-party solutions only charge a monthly fee for their used limit, unlike the high upfront cost of building whatever feature it was from scratch.
- Faster development process – because developers don’t have to write code from the ground up, the entire process takes far less time.
- Significant cost savings – third-party services are far more cost-effective, both during the app’s operation and upfront. For example – building instant chats would cost at least $50,000, but with Pusher, a solution for instant chats, it would only cost $49.99/month.
- Faster time-to-market – leveraging third-party software means that developers can focus on more complicated tasks, and this helps the application go to market much faster.
- A shorter feedback loop from users – once the app has gone to market, verifying its value and usability and getting feedback from users happens faster too. This leads to quicker feedback to build an app that’s even better.
- Potentially greater capabilities – platforms can be too sophisticated for the initial requirements of a client, but they are a great fit for the app’s future development.
- Easy integration for developers – most platforms on the market have modern SDKs for fast and easy integration. It would take 2 days to implement a user authentication feature with Auth0, when it would take 2 weeks to do it from scratch.
- Less maintenance effort – there isn’t any need to maintain third-party platforms’ code as it’s the provider’s job to do so. Developers can enjoy less code to maintain this way.
- Less flexibility – providers’ default methods and solutions usually need to be worked around, and developers can take a lot of time (and therefore money) to do this. Third-party solutions won’t be a good idea for features that are truly original/custom.
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.
- Vendor lock-in – using third-party software means dependence on the provider, which poses risks to the software’s stability. Third-party software is best used for non-core elements of an app.
- Risk of rising costs – providers may change pricing and this can be drastic. It can also be a headache for when the issue of scaling the app comes up.
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.