Pillars of Development
Author: Kostas Papanikolaou
Pillars of Development
The Internet is a truly marvelous place. It has allowed mankind to break barriers. Make distances obsolete. And has marked the transition to a new era. The digital era. To whom do we owe that? Without a doubt, the heroes are software developers. Those people devoted their lives to making digital a norm. According to a study by Ncube in 2018, the employment of software developers is projected to grow 21% from 2018 to 2028. This number is much faster than the average for all occupations. And it’s also a reality that does not surprise anyone.
As we progress, being able to “speak digital” is becoming a necessity. More and more people choose the path of software development around the world. Being a complex place, the digital world has several specializations and career paths to choose from. In this blog, we are going to take a look at three of the most important: Back-End, Front-End, and Full-Stack. The first two are different in their entirety, focusing on different aspects. Full Stack is somewhere in between, referring to the combination of Back-End and Front-End. Before digging into these specialties, we will explain what Website Development is about.
Analyzing the Core
Website development is a truly complex combination of things. Developers use various programming languages to create a website. Usually, developers with different specialties collaborate to develop a web application. One thing is for sure: websites use HTML as a basic template. HTML was the first link ever used to hold websites together. For quite some time, it was the only thing there was to website design.
Through the years, website development progressed immensely, and updating an application by manually entering the changes into HTML files became… obsolete. Static and dynamic web applications entered the digital world. Dynamic websites brought forth Back-End and Front-End developers. They tend to what the website developer sees and what users see, respectively.
With the use of programming languages such as PHP, developers can now update websites without manually re-coding every time and update arrives. Website databases hold information and developers use languages such as PHP to access it. That way, developers can focus on polishing an application. In essence, improving the User Experience has become a priority, thanks to the update process being much easier than before.
Heart and Bones of Development
Imagine a website or an application is a living being. Roughly put, we consist of our inner body, and our appearance. Back-End Development tends to the first one. it is the heart and bones of a website or application. The nuts and bolts, if you will. If a website does not have any content, no matter how well it looks, it won’t achieve its purpose. Back-End developers usually use languages such as PHP, CSS, and Python, to give life to a website.
PHP is used to construct website databases. Front-End HTML files then pull information from that database. In essence, users interact with these languages every time they update their accounts or enter new websites. They don’t realize it, because it happens in the background. Back-End developers make sure a website operates. Period. They ensure a website or application runs ideally, not hindering the user experience.
Giving Us “Face”
While Back-End developers build the foundations of a website, Front-End developers give it “face”. They make sure that the website or application looks good, and is user-friendly. Front-End development tends to what the users can see and takes care of the user interface (UI), as well as the aesthetics. In our blogs on UX design and eCommerce websites, we have discussed the importance of the User Experience and User Interface. They are of vital importance, and likewise Front-End developers are as important as Back-End developers.
A Little of Both
More often than not, specializations within a field create hybrid positions that combine two or more specialties. Full-Stack is a hybrid of crucial aspects of Back-End and Front-End development. Full-Stack developers can operate with little to no help in both Back-End and Front-End development. Within the expectations set for Full-Stack developers, the following are included:
- Data modeling
- Engaging servers
- User experience
- Tend to the ongoing needs of a website
Developers that take on Full-Stack training can see web development from a wide variety of angles. This improves overall work quality and allows for better collaboration. Full-Stack developers can understand both Back-End and Front-End developers, without “language” barriers interfering. Diversity is the word that epitomizes Full-Stack development.
What To Choose?
This is a question that should never be answered by anyone else other than the person making the choice. Picking a career path is an exclusively personal choice and we just support people who follow the path they want and interests them. Whether that is the path of Back-End, Front-End, Full-Stack, or anything else, even if it’s not related to software development.
Above, we have explained what these three important positions in software development are all about. Back-End developers make sure a website or application has all the foundation required to be working properly. Front-End developers take care of the looks and aesthetics, making a website or app appealing. Full-Stack developers are in between, being able to understand both sides. In any case, we encourage people to go after their dream, and if that dream is in the digital world, Back-End, Front-End, and Full-Stack are three specialties worth looking into.