Contrary to popular beliefs, the digital transformation wave hasn’t hit every business aiming to grow faster. Meanwhile, businesses that succeeded in digitally transforming themselves are figuring out new ways to keep evolving beyond the norms. Among the various methods at their disposal to achieve that, investing in enterprise application development is possibly the best choice in terms of productivity and security boosts.

To develop the best enterprise-grade applications, developers are challenged to choose the right tools and technologies. And among those technologies is Python – a long reigning champion for developers to build robust applications owing to its wide array of features, availability of resources, and versatility.

What makes Python still popular

Python is actually widely preferred by large organizations due to the ease of sourcing Python developers in addition to its vast feature-set. It’s ideal for enterprises planning to leverage complex software solutions and web applications. In addition, the open source Python is backed by a large, thriving community of developers focused on improving the language in many ways.

Here are a few of its features that help maintain the demand for Python to develop cutting-edge digital solutions.

  • Open source
  • Easy to learn
  • Modular
  • Object-oriented
  • Interpreted
  • Dynamic
  • Portable
  • Extensible in C and C++
  • High level

Many corporate giants still use Python for various purposes. Facebook and Instagram use Python to deal with various processes and the tremendous amount of data they generate. Thanks to Python, Spotify has a powerful backend analytics platform. It’s also one of the four server-side languages that Google supports.

With Python, a business can build web applications and data science & analytics tools, and can be used for cloud computing and backend support. Its many advantages still make it one of the most competent languages at present.

Why use Python for Enterprise App Development

It’s super scalable

Python can be useful in handling different types of tasks and supports quite a few programming paradigms including procedural, functional, and object-centered paradigms. It’s designed in such a way that developers would be able to code functions quickly and create scripts on a large-scale efficiently.

Building large solutions won’t take a lot of time like when some other programming languages are used. So the development cost is reduced as well. Complementing this is Python’s incredible scalability i.e. the apps built using Python are scalable, and the language perfectly adapts to scaling even during development.

Access to massive libraries

Python developers are granted access to huge libraries where they can find modules that are tried and tested by the community to use in their own projects. This way they can develop solutions faster with possibly better features compared to the initial scope of their projects.

A few popular libraries that Python developers love using include:

  • Pandas: A library with high-performance data structures.
  • Numpy: A library that could come in handy for mathematical and scientific computing.
  • Tensorflow: A library from Google that allows developers to imbue Deep Learning features and modules into their applications.
  • Keras: A library for writing neural networks, Keras also makes it easier for developers to add machine learning capabilities to an application with Python.

The language has also been written into various popular frameworks including but not limited to Django, Pyramid, and Falcon.

  • Easily understandable: Despite being a programming language, Python resembles English which is why coding in Python is generally considered intuitive. Python is also easy to understand which means developers would be able to identify and figure out the work created by others in the code. This also means a more seamless debugging process and code reviews.
  • Rich open source ecosystem: Python developers can use a plethora of useful tools when developing an application thanks to its open source ecosystem. With a wide variety of compatible tools, its community pretty much ensured that Python users have an easier time handling GUIs, web development, game development, data science, image processing etc. These tools are also one of the reasons why Python development is faster.
  • Faster prototyping: With Python, it’d be easier for developers to switch between prototype and the solution. The language also facilitates faster prototyping especially when the viability of the projects needs to be checked out. While proceeding further from the prototype phase, the developers won’t have to be concerned about losing their previous work as well.
  • Dynamically evolving: Enterprise solutions are generally sophisticated, and their complexity demands developers to be more focused while working. The whole ordeal would seem more comfortable and intuitive with Python. In addition, Python is a dynamically evolving language where a new, more advanced version of the language comes out every couple of months with improvements, fixes, and a new array of features. Each release makes the development of time-intensive, complex projects much easier without compromising the application’s quality and integrity.

Key takeaways

  • Python’s code-light nature allows developers to develop complex enterprise-grade solutions faster without compromising quality.
  • Python facilitates faster prototyping, and seamless switching between prototypes and the solution.
  • Python is impressively scalable and versatile, and can help developers handle many common programming challenges efficiently.
  • Python’s library support allows developers to imbue sophisticated features into the applications being developed while greatly improving quality.
  • Python’s optimal integration capabilities allow developers to use powerful tools during development and add unique features into the applications without hassle.
  • The Python community, surprisingly, is still growing. And at a great pace. As more Python developers join the fray, the core functionality and features of the language expand to meet modern technological requirements.

Conclusion

Despite Python reducing complexity considerably, there still can be problems. Technical issues are almost always solvable as experts in the Python community are quite dedicated at helping each other solve issues. The Python technical forums are indispensable for budding Python enthusiasts.

In a nutshell, it doesn’t seem like Python will lose its momentum; even as new technologies and worthy successors pop up. The language simply doesn’t let an enterprise down.

If you are thinking of developing a great application with Python for your business, make sure you invest in a developer with ample experience and expertise. Python developers at AOT have both. Drop us a message to learn how our Python expertise can upgrade your business.


An open source JavaScript runtime engine developed by Ryan Dahl, Node.js got a great start right after its debut in 2009. Its pioneer adopters included corporate giants like Microsoft, Netflix, Uber, Yahoo!, LinkedIn etc. which soon caught the attention of developers worldwide. Today, Node.js is one of the most widely preferred runtime environment backed by a growing developer community.

Node.js has a lot of capabilities but there are developers that still think the engine isn’t cut out for enterprise app development. This is probably because enterprise apps come with tougher challenges compared to standard app development. Enterprise apps serve different purposes as well, like assessing business performance, facilitating collaboration between employees, securely storing sensitive data, tracking employee performance, and even making analytics-based forecasts.

To implement all these features, enterprise app developers work with a robust language and powerful technologies. This is where the role of Node.js is often debated.

Can developers use it to build enterprise apps?

Contrary to what many developers believe, Node.js which is built on Chrome’s V8 JavaScript engine, actually is a great option for enterprise app development. Let’s explore why.

The npm

The npm is one of the most important things that make Node.js remarkable. Node Package Manager or npm is a huge online repository for the publishing of Node.js projects. It gives developers access to a wide array of tools that can be used to develop high-end enterprise applications relatively easily.

But this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Here are a few other qualities of Node.js that makes it an awesome pick for enterprise app development.

Node.js is single-threaded

There’s a misconception that Node.js being single-threaded makes it slow for the development of enterprise apps. On the contrary, being single-threaded can be considered one of its major advantages. Non event-drive frameworks require multiple parallel threads to be created to handle several requests. As the number of parallel threads is limited, the number of requests that can be handle will also be limited. Node.js doesn’t have such a limit on parallel threads. Provided there is enough memory and the kernel permits, a several number of parallel requests can be processed in Node.js without hassle.

Microservices-based architecture

Node.js has a microservices-based architecture which ensures optimal utilization of resources for both horizontal as well as vertical scaling. The architecture also enables Node.js to function with the lowest amount of resources in terms of computing power and CPU & RAM usage. Additionally, it also makes it easier to handle separate codebases and smaller teams. This way the development ecosystem can have multiple teams handling various services collaboratively thus resulting in faster development.

Asynchronous programming

Enterprise application developers often find it a challenge to deal with legacy software and monoliths where the main program flow is constantly stuffed with more features, increasing the complexity of the whole system in the process.  This won’t be an issue with Node.js thanks to its asynchronous programming feature.

With Node.js, asynchronous events are independently executed which means the main program flow isn’t affected in any way while it processes requests. This also contributes to cutting down the cost of I/O operations while speeding them up at the same time. As each single operation is independent, and each can be processed simultaneously, throughput and latency are improved considerably.  

Promises

Developers are probably familiar with the term ‘Callback Hell’. But they don’t need to be concerned if they are using Node.js. This is because Node.js gives them ‘Promises’. ‘Promises’ is a different alternative to callbacks when asynchronous code is involved. With ‘Promises’, a future value is represented which can be returned when a call is made. The callbacks are essentially replaced with this technique.

Reusability of RESTful APIs

This is one of the biggest advantages of Node.js that led to its rapid adoption over the last few years. Node.js focuses on resuable RESTful APIs. These APIs are a great way to develop complex software systems as they are capable of handling tremendous amounts of data by connecting to the backend.

Improved productivity

Node.js apps are written in JavaScript which makes it much easier to learn and adapt to though it takes some effort to master. One entire stack can be built using the same language which obviously speeds up development. Because Node.js gives them access to better tools, improves flexibility and collaboration, the developers would be more satisfied resulting in increased productivity.

Endnote

Many of these uncertainties and doubts around Node.js being a great choice for enterprise app development stem from complacence of developers who are comfortable with Java. They don’t want to change what’s already good. But the fact of the matter is that Node.js is not ‘good’; it’s better. At AOT, we have developers with proven expertise in both Java and Node.js. We choose what’s best for our clients when developing apps for them. Interested in how we do things? Drop us a message.

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The rapid progress of technologies brought forth powerful mobile devices and high performance mobile applications. Software itself evolved to better versions with incredible data mining and analytical capabilities. Along with such advancements, modern businesses also have to face dynamic market conditions where every day becomes a struggle to progress further in the market.

Where businesses stand today in terms of mobility

Business operations today require a higher level of precision and adaptive capabilities, both of which mobile apps can provide. This also explains the rise in demand for enterprise mobile apps that serve enterprises both internally and externally.

Most enterprises realize that they need expert help to leverage mobile apps effectively. Some of them are only into mobile apps because their peers are adopting the technology. They just need to keep up with the competition, and don’t have thoughts about staying ahead of the curve with a great mobile app. Apps can certainly grant a competitive edge to enterprises. But when utilized properly, they can lay a solid foundation for enterprises to achieve accelerated growth. But this requires them to take a lot of factors into account.

Despite the known benefits of enterprise mobility solutions, many enterprises are still reluctant to implement mobile technology and rely on apps. A major reason for this is the existence of a lot of myths and misconceptions associated with using apps for businesses and mobile app development in general.

Let’s deep dive into a few major enterprise app misconceptions that can negatively impact the growth of businesses in the long run.

  1. Mobile technology at present cannot handle complex business operations under changing market conditions.

Many companies have the wrong notion that they need to keep waiting for mobile technology to mature enough to handle their complex business challenges. The cloud and other new-gen technologies like AI and ML are dominating today, and modern mobile apps are fully capable of leveraging them for enterprises. With such technologies, only mobility can help enterprises achieve the heightened precision they desire.

Enterprises, however, misunderstand the fact and believe that apps are only convenient to improve user experience and retain loyalty. On the contrary, apps can now learn from the data fed to it to arm enterprises with the knowledge and proficiency to progress further in their markets.

  1. Enterprise app development is costly and unaffordable for SMBs.

This is true to a certain extent. But the cost of developing an app depends on what’s required of the app. If it’s a high-end app with several functionalities and features, and powerful analytical capabilities, the cost of developing one would be obviously higher.

The thing is that mobile apps are worth investing in today, owing to their potential benefits and due to the fact that they won’t be able to keep up in the long run. With almost every business leveraging mobility, it won’t be easy for a business to catch up with that kind of progress without relying on mobility. Even smaller to medium-sized businesses can afford apps today to serve certain specific purposes.

  1. Too much dependency on mobile apps will lead to security issues.

Many businesses tend to believe that mobile app security has many vulnerabilities that can be exploited, and depending on an app too much is like painting a target on them. It all depends on how well built the app is and who built it. Capable developers leave no security gaps in enterprise apps.

With secure cloud services now accessible, the app can be run on a cloud server from a reliable service provider which pretty much fortifies the app completely from potential security threats and risks.

  1. Mobile apps are optional

In today’s market conditions, apps are most certainly not an option or a luxury anymore. They are a necessity. The proliferation of mobile devices today presents great opportunities for businesses. Enterprises can personally reach out to their target audience on their mobile devices via apps, and entice them to check out the brand’s products or services and make purchases, reward them for their loyalty, and build good relationships.

Internally, enterprise apps can facilitate collaboration between the personnel of various departments of the enterprise, streamline and automate tedious business tasks, reduce overall expenses, and improve overall workforce productivity.

Conclusion

Despite the myths surrounding enterprise mobility, the demand for mobile apps by enterprises still seems to be rising. A plethora of success stories and business case studies testify what mobile apps can do for enterprises. To conclude, apps are the key to a better future for enterprises operating online today. And they should be built by people who know what they are doing.

At AoT, mobile app development is our forte. With extensive research and highly qualified technical and technological experts, we have been developing cutting-edge mobile apps for enterprises for a long time now. Drop us a message to get a good view of our expertise and how we transform businesses with custom apps.

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