April 26, 2023

Best SaaS Tech Stack (Low-Code Technology)


Choosing the correct SaaS tech stack can result in a 3X productivity difference. This means you can be on par with projects that have a 3X bigger budget or 3X more people - simply because you chose a better stack.

Currently, there is only one such stack in the market, and it is impossible to ignore. Every organization that adopts it can gain a 3X increase in development productivity within 1-2 days of learning.

The stack we're talking about is low-code technology.

Incredible productivity and fast learning curve are causing it to spread like wildfire through the IT and software development community. And it is certainly one of the technologies that will define this decade.

Such a fast learning curve is possible because there is almost nothing new to learn. Low code is just an extension of widely-used technologies like JavaScript, MySQL, GraphQL, and AWS

The only difference is in the smarter use of these technologies.

SaaS Language Stack

When it comes to building SaaS applications, there is really nothing to choose from because there is only one logical choice.

SaaS (Software as a Service) is meant to be delivered over the Internet, specifically in the browser. And since JavaScript is the only language that runs in the browser, you have to choose JS as the only sensible option.

Once you know you have to use JS on the frontend, it would be nice if you don't duplicate the knowledge base required to build and run your app. In that case, it would be smart to use JS (Node) on the backend as well.

SaaS Architecture Stack

Regardless of what traditional programming language you choose, you can never approach the productivity unleashed by the low-code technology if you have to do everything manually.

Whether you use:

  • Languages like JS, Python, Java, C#
  • Frameworks like Angular, React, Vue, Django
  • Architectures like AWS, Azure, GCP

When it comes to low code vs. programming - low code is the clear winner because:

  • Programming languages require you to have a bunch of boilerplate code, and you constantly have to reinvent the wheel (whether you like it or not)
  • Frameworks help a lot, but you still have to build the same UI components over and over again using HTML and CSS
  • And architectures (servers, microservices, etc.) have to be orchestrated and managed by your DevOps team to adapt to a growing user base and increased computing demands

In contrast, low-code technology handles all of these automatically. So whenever you're competing in the market with a SaaS product/service that uses low code, they're immediately ahead of you.

And it's simply because they don't have to do all this manual, repetitive work that traditional programming requires in every project over and over again.

Languages Advantage

For example, let's say you're building a SaaS API. Without low code, you would have to manually code all the data models, all the DB queries, and all the API endpoints.

Not to mention additional basic features like filtering and pagination. On top of that, there is a user role system that is not trivial to implement, to say the least.

Compare that to low code where you:

  • Just create a couple of DB tables through a graphical user interface in your browser (and you're done)
  • Data models are created automatically
  • API endpoints are auto-generated, and they pull the info from the database
  • Filtering and pagination work out of the box
  • And you can define roles with just a couple of clicks in your browser

No wonder low-code technology can make your development 3X more effective. Especially when you don't have to deal with a bunch of time-consuming tasks that are not unique to the value proposition of your SaaS product or service.

Frameworks Advantage

When it comes to frameworks, it’s a similar situation. Sure, the frameworks do help with the code structure and even generate some of the files and basic starter code.

However, how many times have you coded the same features over and over again in HTML, CSS, and JS? Login forms, input fields, tables, etc.?

This is also completely non-unique to the actual value proposition of your SaaS project. And yet, the development time is wasted on creating these basic components.

Low-code technology fixes this issue by pre-building the most commonly used UI components. Using simple drag-and-drop functionality, you can quickly build user interfaces directly in your browser.

And the best part of low code is that everything is completely customizable. So even though you can build something fast, you retain full control over the project.

Architecture Advantage

With traditional programming, there is no end to SaaS management. Even if you use cloud solutions, you still need DevOps to manage microservices, servers, load balancers, etc.

With low code, all of this is done automatically. Your only concern is to build a SaaS app and focus on the features that your users want:

  • No need for DevOps
  • No need for architecture management

The finished SaaS app will be automatically scalable from one to a million users (and beyond) without any modification on your part. It just works.

This impacts your entire project in 3 important ways:

All of this clearly demonstrates the unparalleled competitive advantage of low code over every other technology available today.

To Sum It Up

The best SaaS tech stack is the one that makes the entire development process more effective and your product/service highly competitive.

Low-code technology provides 3X more productive development after only 1-2 days of learning to 17+ million JS developers worldwide.

It is a remarkable technology that will define this decade and revolutionize the way SaaS applications are built.

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