Front-End vs. Back-End vs. Full Stack Developers – What’s the Difference?
June 28, 2016
When you think of “web development,” the first thing that comes to mind is websites, but what does it mean exactly? Web development is a broad term that describes tasks associated with developing websites and webpages that are hosted on the Internet. No matter what type of website it is, it was built by a web developer and there are three different kinds: front-end, back-end, and full-stack. Don’t know the difference between any of them? No worries, we’re here to help differentiate between the three roles.
Unlike the responsibilities of front-end developers to make things look pretty, the back-end is never visible users and consists of three parts: a server, an application, and a database – also known as the “brain” of the website. Back-end developers take code from the front-end and implements it into an application where everything is displayed using data that is housed in a database. These developers work closely with functionality specifications that the end user wants to achieve and do all they can in order to meet those needs.
A full-stack developer gets the best of both worlds and works with front and back-end elements. When it comes to “stack,” it refers to layers of a website and developers need to have expertise in all parts of the development process. Since full-stack combines two types of development into one, full-stack developers can speak comfortably about both database and browser.
Ronny Cheng is one of the Co-Founder’s of Digital Astronauts and has helped drive lead generation in the software industry for organizations of all sizes — from start-ups to Fortune 500’s. He helped build one of the first online software review websites, specializing in CRM, ERP, and HR software. He’s a nationally published author with extensive experience working with the HR/Recruiting industries largest brands. In his spare time, you can catch him on Instagram doing his best food blogger impersonation.