Introduction to Web Development
Web development work comprises skilled personnel who work on developing a website for the Internet or an Intranet (Company website). Web development may involve a simple single static page development in HTML to complex web applications such as e-commerce sites, social networking services , client and server-side scripting, network security configurations and so on.
Large organizations and businesses could have web development teams comprising hundreds of web developers which follow Agile practises to develop web sites. Web development work is a collaborative effort between departments and requires web developers of varied skill sets. In the modern times web developers are in high demand.
In this article we will learn more about various types of web developers , their skill sets and what type of work is suitable for which developer and key differences between them.
Types of Web Developers
Web developers are categorized into three types as under – Front end developer , Backend developer and Full Stack developer. Let’s understand the key difference among these.
Front End Developer
Backend Developer is responsible for server-side functionality of an application. The user interacts with the website UI which is developed by the front end developer. They are least concerned about how sign in works, how we place an order, how payment functionality works etc.
A backend developer handles this kind of issues and focus is on databases , the APIS and scripting languages etc. A backend developer work is very crucial as it adds life and meaning of usage to tools created by front end developers. Backend developers use languages such as Java, Ruby, .NET, Python, PHP. APIs such as REST and SOAP, databases such as MYSQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, MongoDB.
Full Stack Developers
Full Stack developer manages both client and server side. They are also referred to as “Jack of all Trades” . They are skilled with multiple frameworks of front-end development and experienced in all web development layers from managing databases to solving missing critical requirements. They have experience and exposure to business logic and user experiences. They act as consultants and provide guidance.
Front End vs Backend vs Full Stack Developer
Below table summarizes the differences between the three types:
FRONT END DEVELOPER
FULL STACK DEVELOPER
|Client/ server side||Focus on client side||Focus on functionality||Focus on both client and server side|
|Functionality||Visual look and appearance is of prime importance||Backend functionality is of prime importance||Visual appeal and accurate functionality of database is prime focus|
|Salary /Compensation||Average salary is $72000||Average salary is $114,255||Average salary is $105813|
|Skills required||Creativity, imagination and innovation skills||Analytical, fast, logical, detail oriented and composed||Multi-tasking, innovative and discipline oriented|
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