An introduction to the optimal Back-end, Front-end Development Relationship Explained A case-study of how it's done at Pixel Fusion

Written by Caique Caleiro

How our engineering team work together to deliver world-class products

Software development is very broad and there are many different roles involved in this process. Nowadays we have different kinds of roles for Software Engineers, ranging from Front-end to Back-end; Full Stack to DevOps Engineers, and many others. In this post, I would like to focus on Front-end and Back-end Engineers and show how these individuals work together in order to deliver world-class products at Pixel Fusion.

Our development team is composed of Front-end and Back-end Engineers. If you are not familiar with these terms in software development, we can use a car as an analogy: The Front-end is basically the body of a car, the colours, the interior design, the rims, the multimedia system and so on, while the Back-end is everything under the bonnet, such as the engine, the transmission and everything else that makes the car drive. That being said, the Front-end is responsible for the view, what the user can see, touch and interact with, like a button or a form in a website, while Back-end is what handles all the necessary processes behind the scenes to make the Front-end work, such as databases, business logic, servers and so on.

In order to create the best solution, our development team work together with the design team to make sure that what is designed is achievable according to our development standards. After the design is signed off by the stakeholders, our team gets together and reviews all the design specs and what we have to do in order to create this solution. At the same time, we make sure that we create tasks for Front-end and Back-end development so that we can align the expectations of what each developer is responsible for.

As far as the differences between Front-end and Back-end are concerned, they are both engineers focusing and specialising on certain aspects of the global solution. Both Front-end and Back-end have a hidden rule to communicate often and stay aligned in context of the tasks/feature requiring development in order to compliment each other’s strengths and make each other’s lives as easy as possible. That means that we should always communicate about the changes that are made so that we are always synced and aligned to the tasks/feature during the development process.

This not only helps us to keep track of our original expectations but also ensures that we avoid developing code that might bring risks into the current project or code that might not be necessary or even require later refactoring later on. These issues would add additional cost to the project, however, these can be avoided by communication.

At Pixel Fusion, we believe that communication is one of the most important skills that a professional can have, and we embrace a culture of open communication, where we can talk to anyone in the office. It does not matter whether you are a Front-end Engineer or a UX Designer – each one has the freedom to talk to each other and give feedback. This gives us a good range of ideas and strategies that help us to deliver world-class products to our clients.

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