Backend Developer

Build the functional foundations of computer software.
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What's it like to be a Backend Developer?

A Backend Developer is a software developer who specialises in building the software’s server-side functions. They commonly work with programming languages like Python, C, PHP, Java and Ruby. Backend Developers work with the elements of software that are unseen by the end user.
Backend Developer

Tasks and duties

  • Gathering project requirements by liaising with stakeholders.
  • Collaborating with Front End Developers and User Experience (UX) architects.
  • Analysing project requirements and designing solutions and features.
  • Creating wireframes and virtual prototypes to illustrate project specifics.
  • Using computer software to write and modify programming code.
  • Testing code for bugs and implementing improvements and fixes.
  • Solving problems using logic and methodical testing processes.
  • Developing testing and validation processes.
  • Deploying code to the live environment.
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Backend Developers often work to a process known as the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), which contains six stages: analysis, design, development and testing, implementation, documentation, and evaluation. They interact with computers daily, and work in teams at IT companies or in the IT department of a broad range of technology–driven organisations. They may also work freelance servicing a list of clients.

How to become a Backend Developer

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It is possible to work as a Backend Developer without formal qualifications; however, employers may prefer candidates with qualifications in computer science. You will need to be able to demonstrate your technical competencies to a prospective employer.

  1. Complete a qualification in Computer Science with a focus on Software Development.
  2. Aim to secure a placement in an internship program while studying. This will provide you with relevant experience as well as guidance and mentorship from experienced Developers.

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