Backend developers are tech savvies that appear to most people as some fictional folk that does magic of another kind. Much like the Jedi, their status of digital knights has given them uprising popularity and vast social interest. Still, most clients treat software engineering as some mystical force that only a few understand and control. So what exactly does a backend engineer do?
The Code is a system of programming languages that, once mastered, allows you to create software, websites, and information systems. Backend developers are the people who compose and maintain the “brain” of such projects, providing their functionality. Or in other words, they ensure that the data and/or services requested by the front-end software are delivered in the most pragmatic way possible.
An easy-to-understand example about this is any website you’ve been into. Web development usually consists of three parts – a server, an application, and a database. Backend developers are responsible for writing the code that communicates the database information to the server. The server-side software uses an application programming interface (API), also created by a backend developer, to pull, save or change data. This information is later presented to the user in the form of front-end application –the website with its design & content. In general, everything you see on a webpage, software or information system is made possible by the back-end. This is why it is also referred to as “server-side technology”, while front-end is most known as “client-side technology” – what the consumer sees.
It’s not that hard to create a software or web product. The tricky part is optimizing it to work in the best way possible. Much like writing a law – it should be abstract and able to be applied for all events it’s meant to regulate. In the case of back-end development, this includes countless hours of testing your project while ensuring its functionality, responsiveness and speed.
Much like the Jedi, it’s not enough to find an apprentice that wields the Force. You have to show them the way, train your Padawans and ensure they’ve mastered everything before fighting on the war-front. Otherwise, the first battle might be their last one.
The Jedi must preserve the balance in the Force thus keeping the peace and justice in the galaxy - darkness must always be answered by light.
In software development overall, it’s crucial to maintain the balance of time. You must answer not only with light but with the one that is right for its time. Due to this, backend developers are also responsible for updating their code regularly, creating new functionalities that customers desire, and ensuring that the latest tendencies in the field are implementing in their product. One must always answer the change of time with a change in the Code – maintaining the balance, responding to the needs of clients.
Undoubtedly, a Jedi will meet the Sith in a clash of power that determines the future of the galaxy. The light side never uses its powers to harm but to protect and ensure freedom. The stakes might be lower to backend developers but the mission is one and the same – preserve peace and justice.
The clash between hackers and software engineers is one of Hollywood’s most favorite plots. We might be in reality, but the digital galaxy needs its peace. This is why one of the primary responsibilities of a back-end developer is to guarantee the safety of their product through security measures and regular system backups, ensuring no information from the database is losable or reachable in a potential hacking attempt.
We hope that this article has helped you to make yet another step towards understanding the digital galaxy and may the Code be with you!
The Infoleven team