What is an MVP or Minimum Viable Product?
A minimum viable product or MVP is the most basic functional version of a product that can be released and validated by users. It is created in order to get faster feedback from your early adopters without investing too much time and resources building a full-fledged product. Once you get the initial feedback from users, that when you complete set of features and functionalities. This concept is popularized by Eric Ries, the author of Lean Startup.
What are the key characteristics of an MVP?
- Has enough value that people can already use or buy
- Demonstrates enough features that would hook and retain early adopters
- Provides a feedback loop to guide future development of your product
- It shows sufficient future potential to retain early customers and attract future customers
- It gives a feedback loop to guide future development so developers would know how to continue with their ideas and have a clear vision to build what is actually needed.
This development technique would allow early adopters to understand the vision or promise of the final product and would provide valuable insights and feedback to guide the developers moving forward.
Ruby on Rails as preferred technology for MVP
More and more startups are now using the MVP approach due to their limited budgets and insufficient access to development talent. One of the hardest decision to be taken during building a MVP is choosing the right technology for your team. A specific technology might be suitable for building a MVP but may not be capable to increase the quality of your final product.
Most startup companies uses RoR in building MVPs, since they believe that RoR is a powerful and the right technology for MVP building.
Here are some reasons why:
1. Fast and easy programming– in building your Ruby on Rails MVP development, it is essential to always remember that MVP guidelines could be completed quickly with flying colours as compared to using other technologies. In developing an MVP you need to make sure that your output is working without procrastination. Ruby on Rails consist of readymade modules and built-in development tools which help build an MVP in a little span of time.
2. Mature and Stable technology– Rails has been in the programming world for many years now and has been proven to be a strong and stable technology. It offers lot of features like MVC architecture, AJAX Library, customized URL and convention over configuration, to name a few. Through the help of these features, startups are now confident that they have the right tool that they’ll use in order for them to create a high quality product that they can offer to their clients.
3. Don’t Repeat yourself– it is a principle that is used by Rails which help them in reducing repetition of infos in the software development process. Through this, developers have the easy way to find code and use it without looking at several places.
4. Fast and cheap learning– to learn about RoR framework is fast, cheap and easy. There are lot of free online courses that are available for you to learn RoR. With a little time of engagement, developers can easily learn RoR because it is one of the most understandable technology to deal with. It has a clean construction of code which makes it easy to understand.
5. Testing Happiness– to ensure that MVP is delivered without any bugs to the core functionality is essential. RoR MVP development make it sure for developers to build automatic tests for this functionality. Through this quick and secure testing will make the release of app easy and bug-free.
6. Vibrant Community Support– Ruby on Rails can be considered as one of the amazing community in the tech world. There a lot of online tutorials, blogs, meetups and conferences. There is also a different kinds of extended libraries available that are distributed through Rubygems which is documented and supported by the tech community. There are also lots of developers who are creating different kinds of blogs and modules about RoR.
7. Continuous Integration and deployment– continuous integration become an important part in the software development process. Continuous integration is a software development practice followed by different developers where they integrate their work as often as possible lessen integration problems and code conflicts.
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