Back-end Toolkit: Frameworks, Data Storage, & Deploying

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Back-end, or the the server-side, is the non-visual side of a software application that stores the data. But what languages and programs make it possible to build back-end applications, store data, and deploy code? Let’s take a look at some of the most commonly used back-end tools by developers.  

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Back-end Frameworks

Back-end applications can be built in almost any modern language, such as Ruby, Java, PHP, Python, Scala, and Go. In addition to choosing a language, many back-end developers choose to use a web framework, which is a collection of code libraries aimed at letting developers focus on their specific needs for building an application.  

Common web application frameworks:

Storing Data in a Database

Most back-end applications have some kind of persistence—some way to store data on the server in a database. There are a few families of databases, and in each family there are several choices.

Brief overview of two broad categories of databases:

RDBMSs (relational database management systems) that use SQL

Document databases

Time to Deploy!

In order for your back-end application to work on the web, you need to deploy it—that is, you have to make sure that there’s a server running your code that allows it to be part of the public internet and available through a domain name.  

Popular places to deploy code are:

The world of back-end development is vast and this is just the tip of the iceberg. Stay tuned, next we jump into algorithms.

Contributions by Jeff Dean, Director of Web Development at Galvanize.

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