Undoubtedly, in our daily lives we consume the internet in different ways. Could be for work, study, or simply looking at memes on Twitter (🙄), but the truth is that the internet is a fundamental part of people’s lives. But, have you ever wondered how all those pages, sites, applications that we use every day are made? Or better yet, who makes them? Welcome to Web Development.
Well, with this article I will try to solve some of those questions …
Programmer or Developer? What are they not the same? 🤔
In practice the difference is clear and can be separated into two levels:
The programmer takes care of the tasks associated with programming. He has defined his role in a web project. He is in charge of writing code, and doing it in the most correct way and following good practices (good practices? Don’t worry, this is a topic for another day).
In addition to programming, the developer is in charge of other tasks related to the application itself, and can cover any or all of the project phases, from product definition, testing, publication and maintenance. In addition to having at least basic knowledge of other related areas, say Database, Design, SEO (Search engine optimization); as well as a total control of the objective that the application has for the end customer.
With this clear, we then enter the world of the Internet, the world of the Web. Web development is possibly the largest area of development that exists when it comes to creating software, and why? Simple, because the internet is everywhere, on our mobiles, PCs, homes, even in everyday things like a fridge or a washing machine, yes, even there with the area of IoT (Internet of Things).
Web development roles
Programmers and web developers are divided into two well-defined profiles, Frontend and Backend; although there is a third group, the so-called FullStack which dominate both worlds, and are practically considered as gurus within this world. Let’s see a little the difference between each one …
Frontend in Web Development
Backend in Web Development
Backend or server side, is the back, which is not visible to users, it is the data access layer of a software or any device, it also contains the logic of the application that handles said data. The Backend also accesses the server, which is a specialized application that understands the way in which the browser requests resources that users request, photos, videos, text, music, etc.
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It should be clarified that within each of these areas there are many more elements that should be known, but as you go into each one you will discover them.
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