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Front-End vs Back-End

Front-End vs Back-End vs Full Stack Development

Front-end development. A front end developer will often focus heavily on understanding HTML, CSS, and JavaScript since these languages live in the browser. In addition to fluency in these languages, front-end devs need to be familiar with frameworks like Bootstrap, Foundation, Backbone, AngularJS, and EmberJS, which ensure great-looking content no matter the device, and libraries like jQuery and LESS, which package code into a more useful, time-saving form.

Back-end development. Server-side languages like PHP, Ruby, Python, Java, and .Net to build an application, and tools like MySQL, Oracle, and SQL Server to find, save, or change data and serve it back to the user in front-end code. Experience with PHP frameworks like Zend, Symfony, and CakePHP; experience with version control software like SVN, CVS, or Git; and experience with Linux as a development and deployment system is also very welcome.

Full stack development. Full stack developers work, like back-end devs, on the server side of web programming, but they can also fluently speak the front-end languages that control how content looks on a site’s user-facing side. So it’s two previous points together.

being a certified polish webhead, this had all kinds of “DUH” written all over it… except for that skills & tools graphic that i found rather interesting, which had me looking over it and going “hmmmmm…. nice breakdown.”


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