Did you know there are many options for the type of work you want to do as a web developer? All websites have both a backend and frontend developer. Although it is possible to learn both, most developers choose to learn one. Full Stack Engineers are developers who are proficient in both front-end and back-end programming.
Although it is not difficult to understand the differences between front-end and back-end development, each requires a different set of skills. You may find that you are better suited for one than the other.
This article will explore:
The differences between frontend development and backend development
This brief overview will give you an idea of the programming languages and frameworks that you’ll need in order to succeed in each field.
How to start if you want a career as a frontend or backend developer
Let’s get started.
What is Frontend Development?
Frontend development is the use of code and other development tools for designing the look, feel and flow of a website’s operation. The frontend of a site is, as the name suggests the visual side of a website. It’s the part that you see on your monitor. It’s also the part that the user interacts while browsing a website.
Frontend development involves optimizing the UX (user-experience) and UI. It is vital that any website has interactive visual elements. As a frontend developer, you will ensure that the website’s look and feel matches the client’s brand elements and goals.
What is Backend Development?
Backend development is the use of code and other development tools to create a website’s functional architecture. It allows the website to communicate and interact with other websites and databases. Back-end coding allows websites to communicate and store information in browser databases.
Backend developers are only concerned with the functionality of a website. If a command isn’t working or a button doesn’t link to the right place, backend developers can fix it.
The backend development of a website can be more complex because it requires many skills to ensure that the various tasks work seamlessly together.
Uber’s backend developer is responsible for several processes, such as ensuring that Uber drivers are safe. Your information is sent to the driver when you book a ride. Your exact location is shared. Your ride has been booked and paid for. You can pull information from Uber’s databases to see the details of your Uber ride in the future.
What is the difference between Frontend and Backend?
Frontend developers design the website’s look, feel, and visual elements. Backend developers create them. Back-end developers design the architecture that allows the website’s functionality and communication with other websites, browsers, databases, and browsers.
Frontend vs. Backend Example
Imagine that you are looking for a new set on Amazon. Your browser will search for the Amazon store using the search bar. The Amazon interface will be displayed on your monitor. Front-end development is what you see on your screen.
You will type “rollerblades” into the search bar, and hit “enter.” Once you start the search, the backend processes the data you have entered. Amazon’s backend communicates with its product listings databases behind the scenes. The backend then sorts the information according to relevance and sends it back to the frontend.
This information will now be displayed correctly by the frontend. The frontend will continue to interact with you, but every time you request new information or complete actions like signing in to your account you’ll call the backend to collect the information and relay it to the frontend.
The Key Roles of Frontend Development
Effectively and engagingly display information
Respond quickly and effectively to the needs of the user
Look modern and attractive
Be user-centric and user friendly
The Key Roles of Backend Developers:
Rapidly and effectively gather, and then relay information
Communicate with databases
Communicate information to the frontend
Send and collect information from other websites, web browsers
Sort and categorize data for the frontend
No matter what developer role you choose, you will need to have similar skills. You’ll need to be able to code and to create frameworks.
Here are the top programming languages and most used frameworks.
Top Frontend Programming Languages
CSS – CSS (Cascading Sheet Styles), is one of the most used languages in fronten