Back-End Process Of Mobile App Development
Mobile app developers stand to gain a critical business advantage by designing an efficient mobile app particularly one that easily enables your end users to tap into your databases with adequate ease and security. It’s all about building a mobile app with a great UX. But before you can deliver such a rich and powerful experience, it is good to know that there are quite a lot of things that must be done.
Also known as Content Management System (CMS), the back office or back-end is the invisible part of the app (i.e. to most users, it remains hidden), however, it is highly visible to the admin or app developers. While the back end is concerned with the happenings on the server — it is colloquially referred to as the “nuts and bolts” of the app.
The back-end of any app is designed to;
- Provide access to the required information on the app.
- Collect and interpret the information for users
- Return back the information to the requester in a new state.
This is where the implementation of business logic and data handling are found. The backend also presents meaningful integration with their party systems. It is important to know that every data displayed in the front end resides on a hosting server located in the back end.
When it comes to the development of an app’s backend, there are many technologies that come to play. It is basically aimed at creating a server that can efficiently and purposefully communicate with the front end. Note that this may involve the use of several technologies, such as Python, Ruby, LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP), Java, .Net, to mention but a few.
The Use of Databases
The need of a database is required for the storage and arrangement of data. After writing a server to hold your user data, you need a database to store them up. MongoDB, PostgreSQL, and MySQL are the most common types of databases used for app development.
In order to successfully query the database for your required data, you need relevant knowledge on database development which is primarily concerned with the use of a query language (such as SQL) and the creation of relational or non-relational table structures.
It is also worthy to note that there will be no proper communication between the mobile app and a server if some sort of communication protocol such as SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) and REST (Representational State Transfer) is not established.
Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) refer to the tools employed in the process of mobile app development to transport information produced at the back-end to the front-end of the app. Without the APIs, the front-end will have no data to translate. App users only understand visually converted elements such as text, menus, pictures, buttons etc. Except the data has been brought through the API, this cannot be made possible.
The back-end is the foundation of any app. No matter how innovative and beautifully crafted an app is, if the foundation is weak, the app is definitely going to be a failure. If you must create a good front-end experience then you must be ready to spend time and resources working on how to establish a well-built back-end. No user will want to keep an inefficient app on their device; they are always quick to uninstall them.