For developers, there are generally two ways to work on an application: as a front-end developer or a back-end developer. Front-end developers work on the outward facing portion of an application, while back-end developers work on how the data of an application is stored, which drives the user interface created by front-end developers.
These two aspects of development are called “stacks.” The front-end stack of an application handles how software interacts with users, and is different based on the environment in which that interaction occurs. For example, if a user experiences one application on both a mobile device and a television, the front-end of the application needs to operate correctly in each unique setting.
Back-end developers work on the data storage and rules that make a successful front-end experience possible. For example, Amazon, one of the most successful companies today, allows users to search and sort a wide range of products, as well as view products related to the items that interest them. In order for that user experience to be successful, Amazon needs its software to be able to successfully sort and display a massive amount of data. That data storage and organization is the back end of an application.
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