Front-end and back-end terms are common these days and are used in relation to software development, but not everyone knows what these terms mean or how they relate to each other. In this article, I’ll explain the differences between front-end and back-end development, their respective roles, and the process of developing a web app or mobile app from beginning to end in layman’s terms!.
What is Front-end development
Front-end development is a process that utilizes technology to allow users interact and enjoy a site’s content. The front end of your software or application is what makes it appealing and easy to use, and it’s often done in tandem with back-end development.
A software’s front end can be broken down into three components: 1) presentation (how things look), 2) behavior (how things work), and 3) structure (the underlying foundation). If you want to create something people will enjoy using, all three are essential.
The middle: Front and Back
An application developer generally looks at the development process in two parts: front-end and back-end. Both are equally important, and the work is divided accordingly. The front-front (which you can think of as both the front and middle) handles the presentation layer while the back end deals with everything else. You’ll often see developers do a lot of mockups on paper or use software like Adobe Fireworks to generate wireframes for clients who aren’t tech-savvy.
This is where front-end and back-end development meet, but it’s by no means an overnight process. The middle (front & back) can take anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks, depending on how many different types of mockups need to be generated. At Daniel Apps, we like to think of it as a learning experience for both parties—they get to see what they’ll eventually see, but not in their finished state.
What is Back-End development
The back end is essentially everything that you and your users don’t see but makes up all of the invisible gears and wheels in a website. This includes -server management, database storage, security measures, and URL management. A back-end developer has a primary role in taking care of these details and ensuring they work smoothly. The back end requires constant attention, and if even one component isn’t working properly it can cause an issue with your entire software or app.
Developing for the back end is a complicated process that requires technical skills, an understanding of web development processes, strong analytical skills, and excellent time management. A good back-end developer needs to be proactive about monitoring their code to ensure that it runs properly. They need to anticipate problems before they happen and know how to quickly address them when they do.
It is not necessary to be tech-savvy to understand these terms, but going beyond this layman’s explanation requires interest and investigation if you are not technical.
Developing a web app or mobile app means making use of both front-end and back-end development processes, as well as managing user experience, programming logic, designing wireframes, and more.
Of course, each process may be performed by different groups of people with specific skills.
However, it is important to note that when there are insufficient resources available to implement features according to these steps (development process), there will be certain risks involved in launching products without full feature support.