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Maintaining Frontend & Backend Simultaneously

Website production approaches have been progressing steadily during the last twenty years or about that. Over this time, the vendors have been enhancing infrastructure, extending bandwidths, involving more developers and users to communicate via online applications. One of the open issues making vendors brooding over is whether it is worthwhile to keep front-end and back end detached.

With this in view, you may picture yourself two situations. Situation 1: the website is fully designed by using PHP, including front-end and back-end. Situation 2: the website with back-end developed by using Ruby and front-end – by using AngularJS.

  1. Extensibility. Situation 2 provides more possibilities in scaling the app due to several grounds. First of all, as long as the code is separated into two sections, the optimization of the code will take less time. Then, it is possible to upscale the resources for the front-end and the back-end at individual speed as the back-end would require a higher velocity of being stepped up comparing to the front-end.
  2. Resources optimization. In situation 1 the entire working load has to be taken by servers starting from the interpretation of the requests sent to deriving necessary data from the database, processing and changing information according to the request and, finally, wrapping all this in HTML format with the aid of template and submitting it to the browser. Instead, in situation 2, servers just have to send crude data, normally in JSON format, to the browser. The rest of the work, including making data look smooth, is performed by the browser which is why the servers are less loaded as well as the UX is more advanced as long as the entire website is not being updated every time the application receives the request.
  3. Simpler upgrading. Sometimes it can be a real problem to upgrade the framework. Maintaining the front-end and the back-end detached the risk to destroy the website is minimum. Besides, in the case of bug detection, it will be easier to eliminate it when you know where the bug can be found – in the front-end or the back-end.
  4. Easier to change over the frameworks. These days the distinctive feature of the technology is its alterability. That’s why you have to adopt cutting-edge innovations to get a foothold in the market. The velocity of switching the frameworks depends on the percentage of a module. For instance, in situation 1 if you find out that your application will be operating quicker with Python, it will be necessary to replace the entire front-end even you don’t want to change everything. At the same time in situation 2, for example, if you discover that Angular shows better results in online applications’ performance that ReactJS does and the vendors and the open-source contributors prove this, you don’t have to modify the back-end to shift from React to Angular.
  5. More swift adoption. As long as the work of a front-end coder does not hinge on work of a back-end developer and conversely, code of each of them can be tested and integrated when finishing their work without waiting for another person to complete the task, leastwise for the solutions being created or modified based on previous versions of Application Programming Interfaces.
  6. Aggregation of APIs. In the ever-augmenting environment of IoT, the application has to be functional being launched on multiple software platforms including regular websites, Apple, Android applications, and so on. The same data is submitted to all these apps; that’s why the only thing that has to be done is to maintain them by using the same code basis. If the website is provided with the Application Programming Interface, it is easier for the development teams to manage the distribution of the code for various gadgets.
  7. Modular approach. When the front-end is detached from the back-end, it is simpler to modify and replace one module without affecting another one. Modularity also facilitates team working since two or more developers can focus on different sections of the framework and avoid confusion related to overlapping the code pieces. Besides, multiple developers can work at a different speed which is more convenient and flexible when the production of a complicated application.
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Indeed, dividing the front-end and the back-end has its disadvantages, but they are less significant and tangible comparing to the problems of united frameworks. When deciding whether to choose the detached model of front-end and back-end or combined one, it is recommended to study each case. For instance, it still might be a good choice for starting coders to work with the connected model if they have sufficient expertise in just one framework, for example, Ruby. Otherwise, if the developer has solid experience in several frameworks, the front-end separated from the back-end can be a suitable option.

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