Java script (or JavasScript) has long been the king of front end development, commonly used for tasks like validating forms. Indeed many developers don’t even realize there are alternatives out there. However, hiring a Java script developer can be costly, do you really need to do it? We have some other budget friendly tips as well, like using coupon codes for any and all purchases.
Use coupon codes for literally everything!
This is always my first budget tip for businesses. Pull out your statements from the last few months and go through them line by line. Taking a look at your recurring expenses, whether they are monthly or yearly, ask yourself if you really need them? If it’s something like web hosting then yes, of course you need that and it should stay in the budget. What about that tracking software that you don’t really make use of? Is it because you don’t have the time to really dive into the tutorials on how to use it, or is it just not that important to the business? Either way, you may want to consider that it’s not worth hanging onto just incase ‘one day’ you might finally learn how to use it. If/when that day comes, you can always reinstate your subscription.
Once you’ve determined what you actually need to keep, then start looking for coupon codes to get your monthly & yearly expenses down. Even if you’re already profitable, this is a great exercise. It never hurts to shop around for a deal. Even moving web hosts would be worth it if you end up saving hundreds of dollars a year. That’s hundreds of dollars that could go into growing the business, employee bonuses, or upgrading your equipment or office space. You can use coupon codes for pretty much anything! Hosting, domains, email, software, hardware, your internet connection and phone bill, office furniture, almost anything but rent and employees is subject to a discount. Whatever you are looking to save on just run a quick Google search for “item/service + coupon codes”, you’re bound to get hundreds of results.
Is there an alternative to Java script custom development?
Yes, there are about 4 alternative scripting languages for front end development that each come with their own pros and cons. One pro related to budgetary concerns is that since these languages are less popular and in demand, you may be able to hire a developer for less. The alternative to Java script languages are:
- Coffee Script
The other thing to consider is that you may not need to hire a developer to build something custom for you. If you have decent enough skills you may be able to accomplish what you need to on your own using one of the many Java script frameworks out there. For example take a look at Bootstrap, it’s a powerful framework for HTML, CSS, and Java script that will likely be able to accomplish what you need. If you just need to validate a form, take a look at Parsley JS. If it’s all Greek to you then you’d be better off hiring a developer, but you might be able to work with their documentation, figure out how to do what you need, and learn a valuable new skill in the process.
What is the best alternative to Java script?
If I had to choose just one, I would go with Coffee Script. All of the alternative languages have their pluses and minuses, but I like Coffee Script for its simplicity. Its code is very readable which I think makes it easy to work with, and it also functions with Node.js. People who don’t like it say that it’s functionality is limited which is true, but if you need to do something really complicated you’re probably just going to need to suck it up and hire a Java script specialist. However for relatively simple tasks, I think Coffee Script is great. It definitely helps to be at least somewhat familiar with Java script to work with it though.
Beyond that my second choice would be Type Script. It excels where Coffee Script is weaker: it has a lot of functionality. The trade-off is that it’s more complicated to learn, and I don’t find the code nearly as clean and readable as Coffee Script. But, it is a great alternative to Java script as well and you can pretty easily find developers who work with it.