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What's the Cost of Developing a Python Application?

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AnnaSharland

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Python is an ideal language for the development of dynamic and powerful web applications. It’s easy to get started with, requires very little in the way of ongoing maintenance and makes it simple to write software that is intuitive and user-friendly. So, if you’re looking to develop a website or application that integrates data from multiple sources and interfaces well with third-party APIs, look no further than Python as your next language of choice. With this in mind, let’s take a look at how much it costs to develop a Python application.

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The Basic Costs
The first basic cost to developing a Python application is what you’ll need for infrastructure costs. You’ll have to have an Internet connection, as well as high-speed Wi-Fi and enough computing power to host and deliver an app. The cost of these basics can range from $150-$1,000 per month depending on how much bandwidth you need. Many ISPs (Internet Service Providers) will offer unlimited data plans that start at $50-$100 per month. Cloud service providers like Heroku or Amazon Web Services (AWS) offer compute power starting at $25/month that gets cheaper if you use more of their resources.

I Don't Know Where to Start
If you’re not an experienced programmer or web developer, it can be challenging to estimate what developing a web application will cost. Even if you know how to code, there are still challenges in estimating how much time you’ll spend developing and debugging your app. And every project is different—which makes sense since requirements for apps vary widely from business to business.

Security Requires Extra Effort
Even with proper coding practices, security can be difficult to maintain. Your code needs to be properly tested and bugs need to be eliminated so that when attackers target your app, they won’t find an easy in. When it comes to cost, however, you can expect to spend $45 per hour for development time—but that doesn’t include security testing.

Support Costs Money
Many people have strong opinions on what tools they use in their job, and they can get pretty intense about it. This is great! There are lots of really cool tools out there that can make your job easier, but don't let them cost you. When you're using software, check to see if there are any business or corporate licenses available at a discount through your company or something like TNW Deals. If so, you can save quite a bit without giving up tools that improve your workflow. Software generally costs money because companies need to pay developers to maintain and build it—and those costs need to be recouped somehow.

Don't Rely on Open Source Libraries
Building an application is a great opportunity to learn how to create your own scalable libraries. There are times, however, when you might want to use someone else’s open source library. Just know that if you do so, it can add up quickly in terms of time and cost. When choosing whether or not to use an open source library, carefully weigh both sides and make sure it’s going to improve efficiency rather than slow down development time.

Not all Features are Worth Developing
Sometimes it makes sense to create two versions of your product: one that has all features and is robust, expensive, and only for enterprise customers; and another that can be sold at a lower price to smaller customers. You might even consider building an enterprise version (version 1) and an open source version (version 2). Just make sure you have enough resources to support v1 once v2 starts taking off. Yes, there will probably be some developer overlap in between these releases—don’t worry about it.

Seek Out Experienced Developers
It may be tempting to hire junior developers who are looking to land their first job. But think twice before doing so. Hiring more senior talent will likely result in faster development and better quality code, which could save you down the road. In fact, depending on your specific needs, hiring an experienced developer may actually prove cheaper since you won’t have to deal with cleaning up someone else’s mess (or maintaining it yourself). Regardless of how you decide to go about hiring, try to find someone who has experience working on projects that align with your business goals; if they don't yet know what those goals are, find someone else who does.

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