Web Applications: The Difference Between A Front-end Designer & A Back-end Developer

As a practical example; an engine is the main component that drives a car. However, without a body (that is, an attractive outward appearance), it won't be presentable to the end-users - either for purchase or usability.

Relatively, server-side scripting languages such as Python, Java, ASP, PHP, and many others are the back-end programming languages (that is, the engine room of various web applications). Their modus operandi are often unseen to end-users. Conventionally, these aforementioned server-side scripting languages often rely on database interactions for proper functionalities.

On the other hand, HTML, CSS, JavaScript are the basic front-end language and programmes needed to design the front-end of a web application. Most of times, such GUI (Graphical User Interface) designers are required to have a vast knowledge of some graphics design software to complement the processes of designing the front-end.

As an aspiring IT person, you can either choose to be a front-end designer or a back-end developer when it comes to web applications; the choice is yours!

A piece by Jawolusi Oluwaseun - @jawolusy