Front-End Web Development vs Back-End Programming

Looking for the differences between Front-End Web Development and Back-End Programming? Building a website or application consists of two parts: the Front-End, and Back-End.

The Front-End includes the visual aspects on a page that the user interacts with, including colors, layouts, and fonts.

The Back-End is the invisible structure that helps websites and applications function properly.

Keep reading to learn more about Front-End Web Development vs Back-End Programming.

Front-End Web Development

Front-End Web Development focuses on  what the user sees. This ensures that the visitors can easily interact with and navigate websites and applications. Front-End developers produce the drop-down menus, layouts, and designs for the website or application.

Front-End developers use programming languages such as  HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to design websites.

HTML is the markup language that creates the website structure  that is displayed by the browser.

CSS defines the style of a website’s content, such as layout, colors, fonts, etc.

JavaScript is a programming language used to create interactive elements like a drop down menu, modal windows, and contact forms.

In addition to Front-End scripting languages, you’ll come across web frameworks such as Bootstrap, Django, and Angular. There are also JavaScript libraries such as jQuery, and CSS preprocessors like LESS or SASS. These web frameworks make the code more manageable and organized using templates.

Back-End Programming

Back-End Programming  focuses on the server side of websites and applications. Back-End developers create a websites’s operations, databases, structure, logic, and API’s.

Static websites are good for restaurants, portfolios or professional profiles. If you want to have your website be able to interact with users, you need to get more involved with Back-End Programming.

The Back-End uses a server, and database to run the website or application. Back-End developers use tools like MySQL,  SQL Server, or Oracle to store data. These developers can change the data using these tools. 

If you fill out a contact form, or make a purchase the browser sends a request to the server, which returns information that is supplied to the Front-End for display.

Some common programming languages are PHP, Java, .NET, Ruby, and Python. Much like Front-End has web frameworks, Back-End also has web frameworks like Laravel for PHP, or Ruby on Rails for Ruby.

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How Commerx Can Help Your Business

Most companies can’t do both Front-End Web Development and Back-End Programming well. Either they are strong on the Front-End with a great design, or they are strong on the Back-End with great functionality but a poorly designed application. Commerx has experience with iOS and Windows application design and development. With nearly thirty years of software development expertise, we are confident that we can build a solution that fits your business.