That's perfectly understandable. However, after years of experience working with entrepreneurs, one thing has been made abundantly clear to us - when it comes to building a product you must, at the very minimum, be able to speak the language of a developer.
Even without the hard coding skills, a general knowledge of the component parts that go together to form your product is essential for you to understand the possibilities and limitations of what it can do. Without this, you're very likely to find yourself making unreasonable demands of your development team or, worse still, missing out on opportunities to improve.
With all this in mind, we'd like to introduce you to React - one of the central technologies we work with here at the studio and a big piece of the puzzle when it comes to your knowledge of development paradigms. Let's take a look and see what it can do for you.
What is it?
What can it do?
Using an established library like React also helps to ensure the quality of your build. Plus, if you ever need to change development teams or add new members, they'll be able to quickly engage with the existing code and manage it effectively.
One of its unique points is that not only does it perform on the client side, but it can also be rendered server side, and they can work together interoperably.
It also uses a concept called the Virtual DOM that selectively renders subtrees of nodes based upon state changes. React runs a "diffing" algorithm, which identifies what has changed and does the least DOM manipulations in order to keep your components up to date. It makes the development faster and the user experience that much better.
What are its limitations?
React only operates on view layer and integrating React into a traditional MVC frameworks would require interoperable configurations.
It's also worth pointing out that React is a relatively young framework. Developers are still waiting on a fully matured, stable version that can be used as a standard without incessant updates. All in all though, React is a highly flexible library that can make life a lot easier for your developers.
How can I learn more?
Just knowing what React is and how it fits into the context of your development cycle is a great start when it comes to talking on equal footing with developers. However, if you're interested and what to know a lot more about React, we recommend checking out the online tutorial. It'll give you some basic exposure to the library and give you an idea of how it can be implemented.
To talk to us more about application development feel free to reach out to us here at the studio. We're always excited to get geeky about apps!