Backend Development Trends

October 28, 2014

Backend Development is all about defining and managing the critical components such as the core functional logic, APIs, databases, application logic and application integration. The skills of a backend developer can make a big difference to website design and its various features and functionalities. Let’s take a look at the current backend development trends to understand its impact on website development.

Usability Trends

The ability to ensure consistent user experience across varied devices has been made possible with Responsive Web Design. With the application of customized codes, backend developers can create responsive templates that are designed to work on a range of devices, everything from cellphones to tablets, and large screen desktop machines.

Application Architecture Trends

As enterprises step up their focus on mobility strategies, its impact can be seen on web development architecture. Web apps and web services are now being developed in accordance with enterprise mobile strategy and the common practice being employed is utilizing server-side RESTful services to develop front-end apps for mobile as well as web. RESTful APIs play a critical role in the development of web apps, and trends also indicate that they are being used for server side implementations for data and security. Another notable trend is the emergence of Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) that is utilized on cloud platforms including Azure and Parse. These platforms provide a range of mobile-centric backend services as well as automatic REST APIs in accordance with the data models. Backend developers often use MBaaS for developing web apps since they also come with JavaScript SDKs for HTML5 clients as well as native Mobile SDKs. It’s likely that such platforms will be used even more frequently for the development of both web apps and mobile apps.

Server-side Web Development Trends

The numbers indicate that Node.js is being used extensively by enterprises these days for backend services meant for mission critical mobile apps. Some prominent examples would include leading names such as Walmart and LinkedIn, both of which utilize Node.js for their mobile backend services. Node.js is a clear winner with its adoption as the preferred technology stack for developing MBaas solutions on the cloud. CLI tools based on Node.js are also being used for front-end development.

The emergence of Go programming language

In recent times, a number of apps have been created using the Go programming language. It is likely that Go will find favor with developer communities such as Ruby, Python, Java, and Node.js. A static type language, Go is becoming popular since it matches the productivity of dynamic type languages. Concurrency is the main ingredient in Go, and it compiles to native machine code, similar to C and C++. It does not require any JIT compilation as is the case with java and .NET. Developing conventional web apps with Go may not be a good idea, but it is certainly useful for building HTTP servers that provide RESTful services. Since it is a general purpose programming language, there are no limitations as to where and for what purpose it can be used. It is especially suited for programming in the era of cloud computing due to its intrinsic capabilities of concurrent, distributed and parallel computing.

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