TL;DR: This article discusses how tech stacks impact a project's design and scalability for time and cost reductions while identifying the most popular tech stacks for 2023 and related tech trends, including the serverless/Jamstack tech stack and the MEAN, MERN, and MEVN stacks. This blog also touches upon open-source technologies such as Ruby on Rails and Flutter as game-changers for growing businesses. 

Choosing the right technology stack is a crucial step to getting any technology project off the ground. Essential in web development, choosing the right tech stacks in 2023 can lead to considerable time and cost reductions to also ensure smooth and successful development processes. Tech stacks also have a direct impact on projects’ design and their ability to scale. Stay with us as we unveil the best tech stacks for 2023 along with the latest tech trends. 

Tech Stacks 2023: Which Ones Made the List? 

Last year, our development team got together to define the main tech stacks for 2022 over a very popular blog for Nearsure. This year, we were wondering how the panorama has changed from one year to another to give you an update more than 365 days later. Here are the most popular tech stacks for 2023 in a nutshell.

Serverless Stack/Jamstack 

Our first choice is clear proof of quick market disruption with cloud-based technology. Serverless/Jamstack removes all concerns for infrastructure with a server-less approach. With Jamstack’s unique architectural nature, the industry is now able to “decouple(...) the web experience layer from data and business logic, improving flexibility, scalability, performance, and maintainability.” Rather than a framework, Jamstack is a modern web development architecture for website builds that’s based on JavaScript, APIs, and Markup. As such, it allows for secure, blazing-fast websites while also being able to scale web projects much easier on lower costs when compared to other alternatives.

As part of honest setbacks with this technology, however, which we always try to give, we must also contemplate its reliance on APIs as a double-edged sword. We say that because, if a third-party system goes down, so will the web project with this tool. Jamstack’s content editor could also be more user-friendly. It’s currently using Markup to serve content. Finally, template updates also need to take place through coding. So, take both the Jamstack plus and cons into account when deciding towards emerging technologies. While we must also admit Jamstack’s architectural concept is not new, digital trends allowing for new and more diverse tools and services have allowed engineers to build with it more easily.  

Tech Stacks that Are Still Going Strong: MEAN, MERN, and MEVN 

MEAN, MERN, and MEVN are hard to rule out as part of the most popular tech stacks for 2023 and have to be inherited from our 2022 markup. These technologies are based solely on JavaScript, and we recommend checking each of these stacks out in our 2022 account for a clear list of benefits.  

The MEAN stack, for instance, works under an acronym that refers to MongoDB, Express.js, Angular.js, and Node.js and it allows developers to reuse code, thus creating very flexible and extensible applications. Because these frameworks are open-source technologies, experts using the MEAN stack are supported by a very active online community.  

Two other variations of the MEAN Stack exist, the MERN and MEVN stacks. They replace Angular for React and Vue.js, respectively. React has become a popular framework in recent years because of its ability to create high-end applications with enhanced user interfaces (UIs). As part of all the innovations in tech, interactive UIs are one of the most sought-after trends in 2023, making the MERN Stack remains a powerful part of any developer arsenal.

Finally, the MEVN Stack, which replaces React for Vue.js, is only bound to continue growing in popularity. Created as a progressive and incrementally adoptable JavaScript framework, Vue offers a powerful and lightweight solution with a component-based architecture. What does this mean for developers? It brings together the best features of React and Angular while still maintaining great performance.  

Open Source, the Tech Stack Game Changer 

Along Came Flutter: The Case for Ruby on Rails and Flutter 

When Flutter came around a couple of years ago, it transformed cross-platform development by allowing developers to build apps for both web and mobile. Flutter for web has become equally popular as its mobile application counterpart because it can build a new browser product with the same business logic and experience as it does mobile devices. A solution like this one proves very useful, especially for companies that have started their path on business modeling and need to scale quickly. 

Ruby on Rails (RoR), on the other hand, is another open-source and developer-friendly tool that’s a great option for growing businesses as it pretty much does all the heavy lifting. RoR simplifies development processes, especially for startups or companies that need to focus on several areas of their business at once.  

What the Future Holds for Tech Stacks 

Many factors influence what technology we need to use at a specific time for a set goal and project. To ease crucial choices such as the best emerging technologies on which to rely, we need to anticipate which will remain relevant, competitive, supported by ongoing tech implementations, amongst other factors, and which, in turn, will quickly subside.  

Consolidate tech stacks to stand out with unique brand experiences for solutions that ensure efficiency, flexibility, and a shorter time-to-market. Many businesses are pivoting towards efficiency rather than expanding their tech stack and looking for more resources. Companies are moving towards solutions that meet their unique business requirements while ensuring scalability and quick updates, which is also why nearshore outsourcing services continue to scale in terms of demand.

Does business influence which tech stack a developer should learn?  

Staying on top of the latest digital, technological, and market trends provides new programmers an idea where the market is headed to better determine the most profitable areas for specialization. Yet, each programming language, such as Javascript, Python, and Ruby, has its benefits and downsides. Evaluate them carefully.

Before specializing in a particular field, consider participating in bootcamps or joining professional opportunities that enable work with various technologies and clients. At Nearsure, we offer an excellent platform with a community of over 20,000 developers who can provide valuable support and networking opportunities.  

We also provide training programs and other resources to help our talent develop their skills and stay up-to-date with the latest industry trends. Feel free to check our open positions to see if any align with your interests.