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What would your tech stack of choice be for a new web dev project?

Let's say you are hired to create a web app for a company that describes itself as "Etsy for dogs" (whatever that means).

You'll be the only developer on the project for a while so you get to make all your own choices, but if the project succeeds, it will need to live on indefinitely.

What is your tech stack of choice?

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Brian Heidrich

Frontend: Svelte + Tailwind
Backend/Auth: NHost (Hasura/Postgres)

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Giorgi Kharshiladze

TailwindCSS + Next JS (with Typescript) + Prisma (with Postresql) - very simple setup, easy to deploy, nice dev experience. You could go with custom node js server alongside with nextjs if you want to, but for the most small/mid size projects NextJS builtin API routes feature should be good enough.

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Mike Dabydeen

I have been using the same with Supabase (PostgreSQL). Easiest stack to work with and reason about

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Chris Ochsenreither

Database: DynamoDB
API: AWS Gateway API w/ Lambdas (any language)
Frontend: NextJS on Vercel
CSS: Ask my web designer

All of this will scale automatically, requires no dedicated servers and is served from edge locations.

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Love the "Ask my web designer" part :')

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Can you give a little more detail on the Api? I've wanted to try that combo but I'm not sure about the cold start

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Chris Ochsenreither • Edited on

Cold starts can be long for interpreted languages like Python, Node.js and Ruby. Here's a comparison of 20 lambda executions from cold start where a user is created:

Create User


    "email_address": "",
    "first_name": "Jonathon",
    "last_name": "Doe",
    "password": "vaFR6z2D8xstaao4EyvP"
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode
Metric Duration (ms) Duration (ms) Memory Used (MB) Memory Used (MB)
Trial Node.js 14.x Python 3.7 Node.js 14.x Python 3.7
1 753 203 80 69
2 408 17 82 69
3 9 35 82 69
4 39 30 82 69
5 22 34 82 69
6 18 28 82 60
7 21 36 82 69
8 8 35 82 69
9 28 43 82 69
10 10 31 82 70
11 9 21 82 70
12 7 38 82 70
13 23 36 82 70
14 8 33 82 70
15 8 21 82 70
16 17 43 82 70
17 22 27 82 70
18 22 43 82 70
19 8 68 82 70
20 8 12 82 70
Sum 148 834 1638 1391
Average 72.4 41.7 81.9 70
Median 17.5 34.5 82 70
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thanks a lot for that info, are you using Express or Nest for Nodejs?

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Chris Ochsenreither • Edited on

I'm not using a framework for these functions. API Gateway provides the url REST endpoints and those endpoints are linked to event handler functions. The functions are stand-alone and just import the packages required within the function.

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Luke Shiru

TypeScript to make refactoring easy, Remix so the it is familiar for React devs and yet it uses as much native behaviors as possible, Tailwind to make styles more consistent and easier to maintain and configure, DGraph so the database is based on GraphQL making it extremely flexible and maybe even Deno over Node (depending on how good it supports everything else here). Other than that, maybe Workbox to make it a PWA.

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Bobby Iliev

The TALL stack 🙌

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Tony Lea

I second that! It's essentially the Rails/Hotwire version for PHP, Larave/Livewire. In fact Livewire was created before Hotwire.

The TALL stack makes building reactive apps so simple and fun 😊

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peerreynders • Edited on

FYI: PETAL Stack in Elixir

First, the base foundation of Elixir + Phoenix + LiveView is powerful. It has been the inspiration for other projects like Laravel LiveWire and Rails Hotwire.


Rails Hotwire was introduced 2020-06-24 as NEW MAGIC.

Meanwhile was public 4 months before PETAL.

Sometimes chain reactions are just inevitable.

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Bobby Iliev

Tailwind, Alpine.js, Laravel, and Livewire. A full-stack development solution, built by Laravel community members.

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Posandu 🚀

Yay finally PHP is becoming a thing

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Wow I didn't know this was a thing. Now I'm interested.

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I wouldn't dream of doing it any other way than following:
Frontend: Svelte
Css: Tailwind
REST Api: FastEndpoints (.Net 6)
Data Access: MongoDB.Entities
Architecture: Vertical Slices with REPR pattern for endpoints.

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Warren Buckley • Edited on

Huh, I had never heard of Fast Endpoints until recently (Nick Chapsas did a video about it). Need to write a little toy project to try it out.

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Frontend: Vuejs + Tailwind
Backend: Django with Restful Framework, MySQL

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Jared White

Ruby on Rails, Turbo, PostgreSQL & Redis, Sidekiq. Then Shoelace component library & Lit for additional frontend interactivity. Vanilla (Post)CSS. Deploy on Render. The DX in all cases is unparalleled IMO.

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Sherry Day

Tempted to go with Rails/Hotwire. Seems sort of tough to sprinkle in, but if I get to start from scratch I feel like I could be productive committing to that approach.

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Diner Das

I feel similarly.

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Daniel Albuschat

Definitely FastAPI (Python) backend and Svelte with TypeScript frontend. Blazingly fast. ⚡

Put in PostgreSQL as the DB, which can be SQL, MongoDB and Redis at the same time. It's just so overpowered. 💪

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Ivan Jeremic

I'm confused, how is it mongo.

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Daniel Albuschat • Edited on

Very good question 😊
Postgres has native JSON support and allows you to access json fields (even unlimited nested ones) in SQL statements. This gives you the schemaless flexibility of MongoDB if you for example build a simple table with "key varchar" and "data json" fields. But at the same time you can build very complex queries, write DB-procedures, triggers and all the other goodies of powerful RDBMs.

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It's not a perfect analogy, but Postgres is object-relational. You can have columns that are typed as objects instead of just regular built-in types, so you can get some of the benefits of object storage without fully committing to the document db model.

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Bruno Prieto

Rails + Hotwire

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Jesse Warden • Edited on

The REGAL stack: ReScript Elm GraphQL Amplify & AppSync, Lambda

UI: Elm + TailwindCSS + Amplify to host + AWS CodeDeploy wired up to repo
API: ReScript + GraphQL + AppSync to host + Lambda to satisfy GraphQL calls

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Isaac Lyman • Edited on

My go-to is Vue 3 + Typescript + SCSS on the front end, Node + Express + Postgres on the back end, and Heroku. I can have a webapp up and running in no time at all with this stack. For me it's all about familiarity and speed-to-value. If you're more comfortable with something else, use that.

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Hung Vu

It really depends on what the requirements are. My one-choice-fit-many solution is:

  • Front end: React - TS, Material UI
  • Back end: NestJS - TS, with TypeORM
  • Database: PostgreSQL

Going for an exotic solution will be hard to maintain in the long term (hiring talents, etc.)

For cloud deployment, Google Cloud. As Google Workspace is widely used by organizations, even small one, it will be easier to integrate.

  • Front end + Back end: App Engine or Compute Engine
  • Database: Cloud SQL
  • SSO Auth: Google Cloud Identity (essentially Firebase, but with more compliances)
  • Infrastructure as Code: Terraform

I'm actually writing about the stack above if anyone is interested in.

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Benny Powers 🇮🇱🇨🇦

If the front end isn't based on web components, your just setting yourself up for trouble

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Ilya Shaplyko


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Benny Powers 🇮🇱🇨🇦

Loading performance
Vendor lock in
Future proofing
Incremental adoption
Developer experience

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Asad Ullah • Edited on

Quite an open ended question without telling:

  • Budget
  • Estimated Traffic for the system
  • Product Timelines (time to market etc.)

Tech stack primarily depends on these metrics and when the choice is made without considering these, the end result is:

  • Personal preferences causing increased tech debt
  • Performance issues when system scales
  • If the product is a hit, a mess for the engineers who will be on board in future to deal with technical debt.
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Nicholas Stimpson

Vanilla HTML, Vanilla JS, Vanilla CSS for the frontend. Spring Framework for the backend.

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Finally someone who ditches all the frontend frameworks! The web platform is already powerful enough.

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Max Fahl

But there's also a reason for why people go with Sass, Typescript and front-end libraries/frameworks. For me it depends on the size of the project. I really enjoy vanilla JS (es6) when I feel like the complexity doesn't require a framework.

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Depends on the requirements

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guledali • Edited on

Good answer, requirements first and secondly always choose the easiest path and less reinventing the wheel.

For example rather than building your own ecommerce framework and application just use the shopify template and ready-to-use solutions. Focus on actually solving the problem and delivering to your customers is the key.

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David Woodward • Edited on

Node.js, Fastify, Typescript, Prisma & Postgres, server rendered html templates instead of a frontend framework, TailwindCSS, Stripe for payments, Auth0 for authentication, Mixpanel for analyitics. All deployed to Heroku for $0 unless I want a custom domain name, in which case the price jumps to $7 plus whatever it costs to buy the domain from Google.

If anyone else is interested feel free to fork this starter

By the way I'm not anti frontend, I've spent years on it professionally, I just think it's unnecessary for most MVP's

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Alain D'Ettorre

Firebase + any frontend framework is unbeatable for speed and simplicity for me. It also comes with no initial costs. Then, if the project takes off, switch to anything else, if not kill it with fire.

If the project has any specificity (constraints, needs) I pivot around that

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Why kill it?

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Jan Peterka • Edited on

I sadly have only one stack in my sleeve currently:
MySQL + Flask (with Turbo) + Bootstrap (+ Stimulus.js - no need for bigger FE in this case I guess)

But I would like to look into:

  • PostgreSQL instead of MySQL
  • Tailwind instead of Bootstrap
  • Django instead of Flask (if I'd be able to use Turbo, I'm addicted to it 😅)
  • Rails instead of Flask (but I have only little XP in ruby/Rails, so it would take a lot longer to create this.

Also, if it's "for dogs", maybe it should be w3 dapp based on DogeCoin? 🐶

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Marcos Maia • Edited on

KISS - NestJS(Typescript) + Postgres.

Front end I would risk betting on Flutter as it's developing really fast as a good alternative to minimize codebase and promote reuse for Web, Desktop and mobile clients.

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Posandu 🚀

React for Frontend
PHP for backend
Material UI / Tailwind as the UI component library
MySql/Postgre for Databases

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Ilya Shaplyko

Any react tailwind UI libraries you would suggest?

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Clavin June • Edited on

Svelte + Golang + Supabase

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Go + Postgresql + Vue3

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Niels Swimburger.NET 🍔 • Edited on

TypeScript and SASS for frontend without frameworks, ASP.NET Core for backend, PostgreSQL for database, Azure App Service for Linux for hosting

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Marc Scholten

For SPAs: IHP Backend ( for the Backend and React + TypeScript for the Frontend.

For more simple CRUD apps: IHP for frontend and backend (

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Adam Crockett

GraalVM Kotlin Quarkus with SvelteKit

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jonosellier • Edited on

Frontend: Angular
Backend: NestJS
DB: Postgres (with Prisma)

Why? Both have excellent tooling and have similar structure in terms of separation of concerns. I also think their opinionated nature is selling point. It's better that I have things be done one very good way than my favorite way. It makes it easier to onboard new people to the codebase if certain baseline standards are easily accessible through the docs. Postgres with Prisma gives me nice type safety and lets me abstract away simple queries with the power to do raw SQL for optimization down the line.

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Vincent A. Cicirello

If you were building "Etsy for dogs", then in addition to all of the great suggestions in the comments, you'd also need a room full of puppies as beta testers, and probably a bucket of dog treats as incentives.

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Scott Barrow • Edited on

The question often gets interpreted as "what's your favourite tech stack to work in"...hence the knee-jerk "ALLTHETHINGS" answers below without really considering the requirements given.
I'd love to see a solo dev implement a stack that requires an acronym, one of which being Typescript

It would need to be a well informed decision based on budget, resources, product market, product longevity.
Given the little information provided -
I would start with a Rails + Hotwire + Tailwind stack for MVP/product market fit and potentially consider a client side framework once it outgrows it's use, which may be a long time.
Put the horse before the cart

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John Peters

Follow Stackoverflow: ASP.NET using .Net 6.0.

Checkout a Blazor front-end which is WASM capable.

Or Pick any front-end desired, with React leading the way.

Host it on Azure

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Javel Rowe

HTML, JS, Tailwind + Node.js, MongoDB

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Matt Ellen • Edited on

Some flavour of Linux, Django, postgres, vanilla javascript and css.

If APIs are necessary then there's an addon for Django that does it.

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guledali • Edited on

I would actually recommend for teams out there. Before settling on any technologies, to do an actual 1-4 months of case studies before adopting anything!

Really ask yourself

If the codebase is maintaible in such early-stage?
Does the framework of use prodivde much?
Are our devleopers able to iterate fast enough and deliver features?

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guledali • Edited on

A good starting point would be Redwood.JS for me, if I was building for a company now.

  1. Well documented framework, solid structure both frontend & backend

  2. Growing community, serveral channels discord and so forth.

  3. It's following the current trend which is SPA + JSON but it does this togeher and in a opnionted omakase style that's suitable for teams and solo dev.

  4. Not really related to redwood.js but it's good to bring up.
    Easy to find javascript developers in general, what's so unique about javascript is that you can always expect someone to know it, the might not be good at it or like it very much. Hate or Not but javascript is the lingua franca of Development Programming in General.

Using a web framework is always going to help you reaching your goal faster, for example there are different way of travelling to reach your place. You could for example use a bike, car or airplane. I would always recommend travelling the most comfortable way. The developing a product is a never reaching destination, so taking an airplane is going get you further than a bike and it's surely going to be more comfortable too.

A web framework is exactly like that.

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Etienne Burdet • Edited on

I'm trying SvelteKit over Supabase and it seems super promising. I could get fancy by replacing SvelteKit with Solid and Astro or Slinkity, but Svelte is really solid right now and I've reach a state of good productivity with it.

I wish I had an opportunity to launch a fullstack project on Phoenix, but I'm afraid it won't come…

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Zoltán Szőgyényi

Tailwind CSS + Flowbite + Laravel + MySQL.

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What's flowbite for Sir ?

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Zoltán Szőgyényi

Components on top of Tailwind CSS.

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Bernd Wechner

I use LLUPP - and if you never heard of that it's because I made it up, but it's a thing and if it ever takes off, I was there first ;-)

it's a direct derivation of the LAMP acronym (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP), but uses better tech (Linux, Lighttpd, Uwsgi, Python, Postgresql) ...

But each to their own. You'll use what you use. LLUPP makes no mention, as LAMP doesn't of the front end part of the stack. And well there I've used plain of JavaScript, a bit JQuery but otherwise, I like light front ends and keep front end work to the minimum I guess. Again each to their own, and their context. Much of this is defined ultimately by context ...

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Tyler Smith

If I have to live on it forever? Tailwind, Alpine.js, Laravel & Livewire (colloquially known as the TALL stack). I've used tons of frameworks, but Laravel's first-party ecosystem seems like the safest bet.

I feel like picking React frameworks like Next or Remix would mean having to rewrite the whole front-end every couple of years to keep up with JavaScript churn.

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donny roufs

.net core with react(tsx) and chakra-ui.

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Cajaye Clarke • Edited on

Svelte (vite)

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This is a tricky one as it depends on the product which stack makes the most sense. Ecommerce is tricky because how accustomed we have gotten to high quality sites, such as Amazon, which load incredibly fast (most of the time). In my experience people are extremely picky with performance when they are purchasing things.

I'm going to assume there isn't an Ecommerce framework that exists and it needs to be built from scratch.

So given that I'd probably consider:


  • cypress
  • language specific unit test frameworks


  • Typescript NestJS (fastify adapter)
  • Golang for performance critical components if needed
  • Postgres
  • Deploy to AWS since I'm familiar with it with ECS
  • Consider cache for mostly static parts


  • VueJS typescript, it's the fastest/cleanest way to develop FE I've found so far.
  • CSS depends on the design, find the closest or most flexible framework to do what I need
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Syed Faraaz Ahmad

Ruby on Rails. Easily. The speed at which you can prototype/scaffold/build things with rails remains unparalleled

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html + sass. No scripting. Full page post backs using scalable endpoints built in rust. I might throw Deno in the mix as a dev tool & writing quick internal dev & CI scripts.

Then I would append partial postbacks when the browser supports it.

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Bruno Paz • Edited on

I would need to understand better all the requirements first (like performance and scalability requirements for example, to give a more informed decision. ;)

Still, as starter point, for a medium sized web application I would be interested in using Nuxt3/SvelteKit (withTypescript), Tailwind for styles, Prisma and Postgres for database.

I believe all this Next/Nuxt/SvelteKit with SSR will be the rebirth of the more monolith / single deployment applications, similar to what we would build in the 2000s using PHP, Django or Rails, but with a much more enjoyable architecture and development experience on the frontend, due to the tooling evolution and component based architecture, as well as Typescript.

If the business logic would be very heavy and complex, then I would probably separate the API and build it in Go, while keeping the same stack for the frontend

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Marco Damaceno

Rails 7

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SQL Azure backend
C# domain implementation, CQRS and fully event-driven on top of MassTransit with Azure service bus as the transport. All fully test-driven.
.net core web api
MiniSpa implemented using Aurelia

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.Net 6 / PostgreSQL. Vanilla JS.

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Jonathan pick

React, nest.js, rabbitmq, redis,
K8s, Argo - cd, workflows ( for pipelines ), rollout for releases, kube Prometheus stack for monitoring / alerting, kubevela to ease the pain of helm charts. That’s a company not a site.