We all know that the app development industry has been booming over the past ten years, and it is pretty safe to say that it is only going to grow even more in the future. It makes sense, if you think about it, after all, we use our smartphones for almost anything nowadays including remotely monitoring or controlling IoT-enabled devices.
With IoT gadgets spreading all over our home and work places, the need for apps as an extension of all those connected objects is rising. However, developing an app is not as easy as you might have thought. Even the simplest of apps require specific knowledge and skills. When using an app, what you see is actually not all of it, there’s a ton of action happening behind the curtain, that’s what is called the backend.
So, with that being said, let’s take a deep dive and see what the backend app development is actually about.
1. What is backend?
First off, let’s try to understand what backend is. As we’ve said before, it’s not what the user sees, that’s the front end. Think of it as entering a store, you’ve got access to see everything that’s up for sale on the shelves, but you’re not allowed to enter the depot, where the employees do most of the work.
The same thing goes for app development, the backend is where the administration does all of the work, in order to ensure that the frontend is running well. You don’t get to see what happens behind the scene.
2. What does it do?
As we’ve mentioned, the backend’s main role is to give life to the frontend. However, that’s not everything. It also gathers information from the users. Sticking to the store comparison, the administration gets to see what products are being sold the most.
With the info provided, the store now knows which products should be further stocked up in the depot, in order to let people buy even more of the stuff. That’s what the backend does as well, it gathers info from its users, then adjusts the frontend based on what the users require the most.
3. How important is it?
As you might have guessed, backend app development is very important. It’s basically the brains of the app, without it, the frontend wouldn’t work properly. It’s basically a system where both of the ends need to work simultaneously in order to make the app properly functional.
There are many backend development platforms based on what type of app you want to develop. For example, there’s CloudKit a tool specifically built for iOs devices, whereas Parse focuses more on the Android side of things.
All in all, mobile app development is a little bit more complicated than most of us initially thought. There are a lot of things happening in the back of every app out there, and a backend structure could either make or break the application. So for any of your IoT projects requiring an app, don’t forget to anticipate the work and skills needed to build up a robust backend. The app design is obviously very important for the acceptance and the experience of the user but the backend part often appears to be a critical piece to make everything work smoothly and guarantee your IoT devices will keep their promises.