When it comes to development there are three types of development one is backend development, the other is frontend development, and lastly full stack development. In this post, we will be addressing what frontend development is as well as why it is important to have frontend development. The literal definition of frontend development is a form of application development that manages everything that users visually see first in their browsers or applications. Front end development is also known as client-side development which in other words means the practice of creating the visual part of a project as well as the basic functionality that does not require working with a server or database. The primary objective of a frontend developer is to design the aesthetic appeal of a project, make an intuitive user interface and user experience, make sure screen sizes are properly accounted for and is possibly cross-platform. Frontend development is used in almost every project except possibly scripting and database programming-based projects. The reason for this is because every project usually aesthetic appeal is what is important rather than functionality for the end user.
There are several ways frontend development influences the overall development process such as the aesthetics, UI/UX, and even the functionality. To explain, as much as people state that aesthetic is not as important when it comes to any application it plays a crucial role. We at Kreative Tek Solutions had done a case study with one of our clients who wanted a software built. This client was not focused on the aesthetic and we quote “I just care about it working I do not care about how it looks”. This opinion, however, did not last long especially when we delivered the project. On delivery, the client was disappointed, to say the least, and it was because he looked at the software that was built and thought this is it? As humans we are attracted to colorful and creative things rather than plain concepts and data and this principle is greatly applied in a development environment. For example, if you went to the Android Play Store or the Apple App Store and installed a random application and found that same exact application but designed in a better format, chances are you as a user will opt for the application that is designed better rather than the plain design.
User Interface/User Experience (UI/UX), these are two different things UI is the aesthetics of the software like we explained above but more toward inputs and outputs and positioning. UI/UX is an extremely important factor when it comes to the development aspect because not only should it be aesthetically pleasing but it should be designed and structured in an intuitive manner. To explain, if we have a login screen and the user needs to enter their information to log in however the inputs and fields are scattered all over the screen or application it won’t be a pleasant experience for the user to log in and there is a high chance they will give up and move on. In that same respect, if the user sees instructions stating enter your username then enter your password then possibly a submit button it really cannot get simpler than that (obviously it can get much more complicated than that). Always, remember user experiences can either break or make an application or software. Sometimes having the best UI/UX can make a software or application popular and it can even save time in the long run especially if the system or software being developed is for automation.
Functionality is referring to client-side functionality that is not dealing with any sort of database or servers. This is primarily the basic scripting that is done on the frontend in order to perform basic tasks. To explain, if the submit button is clicked and the password was authenticated and valid then show this screen, however, if the submit button is clicked and the password is incorrect then show this error under this field or as a popup. Obviously, the example above was a very simple concept to illustrate to give you an idea of what frontend development entails. By no means is this saying backend development is any less important but let’s leave that topic for another week's blog.