In every field, there is jargon and terminology known only to the experts in that field. Web and app development is no different.
For an outsider, some of these terms can be baffling, which can make choosing the right developers for your project a tricky task.
However, we have selected some of the most used buzzwords and tools among developers to help make this task a little less tricky.
Let’s dive right in!
HTML (Hypertext Markup Language): This is a programming language that focuses on the structure of a website. It determines how contents, elements, taglines, etc. should be displayed as a web page.
CSS (Cascading Style Sheets): This is a markup language that focuses on the style of your website. It determines how HTML elements and contents should be displayed e.g., font style, size, etc.
Python: This is also another popular programming language. It is quite easy for beginners to use and is especially useful for machine learning, API development, and data science.
GitHub: This is a tool used by web and app developers. It is a cloud-based platform that hosts a Git. Git is a version control system that allows developers to manage and store their code. GitHub offers features such as task management and bug tracking.
Frontend and Backend Development: The backend powers the frontend. What happens there determines what happens in the front end. While the frontend involves what the user sees and interacts with, like the presentation of the website, the backend deals with the server-side of the website. When your website crashes it is the work of the backend developer to fix it. The backend developer’s work is not usually visible as they work behind the scenes to ensure proper running of the website.
Full-stack developers: The full-stack developers are known for the depth of their experience in all layers, the backend, frontend and database. They have knowledge of all the layers.
API (Application Programming Interface): This enables developers to build tools and widgets that can be connected to a website. It is like a connector that enhances communication between two programs, for example integrating an off the shelf payment gateway into your website.
Mobile App vs Web Application: Mobile apps are apps that are specifically created for use on a mobile device whilst web application works in your web browser on your desktop. Web applications can also be used on mobile devices however they may not be as responsive or easy to read.
iOS: This is a mobile operating system used for iPhones, iPads and iPods. It powers most of the features of these devices thus it is important any apps developed for these devices are compatible with it.
Android: This is a mobile operating system used by many brands of devices. It powers most of the features of these devices thus it is important any apps developed for these devices are compatible with it. iOS and Android are by far the most popular mobile operating systems thus most mobile app developers are proficient in one if not both of these operating systems.
Cloud: Cloud is a platform or network of servers from which you can obtain its services from a variety of different devices and locations. The data stored on a cloud system is stored over the internet instead of your device’s internal storage.
Cookies: Whenever you visit a website, the webserver of that website sends a message to your web browser and it stores it in a file known as cookie.txt. If you visit the website again, your browser will send the message back to the server. The message is known as a cookie.
Cache: Is data accumulated as a result of computations or activity from using a website. It can also be the duplicate of data that has been stored elsewhere.
Bugs and Debugging: Bugs are errors that may cause a site or app not to perform well or function properly. It is a common word you will meet in the world of software development. Debugging is the process of fixing the bugs.
Plugins: These are extensions that can add extra functionality to an already existing website, app or other software. This makes it easier for developers to include added features instead of having to program such features by writing new codes.
WordPress: Whilst most of the above refers to the traditional method of building websites and apps i.e., coding. WordPress is an increasingly popular method for building websites, whereby developers build the websites through a graphical interface using preset themes. This saves the developer from having to manually write a lot of the coding for the website.
The above are some of the most popular buzzwords and terminologies used in software and app development. We hope this helps in your future search for developers.