Build the perfect app

This article first appeared in issue 223 of .net magazine – the world's best-selling magazine for web designers and developers.

The killer app is not just about coming up with a great concept and a great design. If you’re not ready to become a real operation you may fall at the first hurdle. But with so many technologies, products and development styles available, where do you start? Make careful decisions right at the beginning and growing up won’t be as painful as it could be.

Designing, delivering, maintaining, and how to build an app all rely on good technology selection and software architecture. Important decisions need to be made early on across a number of dimensions: speed of development, maintenance, operations and the ability to scale and grow cost-effectively and quickly. Once the fundamentals are in place, the app is in a good place to grow. Time is freed up to focus on the product and its features, allowing you to explore new directions.

Don’t waste your time trying to solve problems people have solved before. Take out the heavy lifting by researching a number of areas early on:

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