You may have heard the terms “back end” and “front end” with respect to web development languages. Some may find them confusing, but there is not too much mystery to it at all.
In the most basic terms, the moniker says it all: a back language runs on the server and does all its work before the page gets to you. By the time you see the web page, any back end technology that was used to construct and then serve up the page is no longer involved. Conversely, a front end language operates on the client side. It works in your browser and does not do anything until the page and its associated assets comes over the wire.
Back End Programming Language
Front End Programming Languages
In web-development, many people often use the terms “front-end” and “client-side” to express the same thing. Specifically, they refer to technology that the end user’s computer executes. That is to say, the browser understands these languages and is thus able to interpret the code.
Helpful Links for Back End and Front End Languages
Front-End / Client-Side Languages & Technologies
Kevin Chisholm – Blog – Posts about: CSS
Back-End / Server-Side Languages
ASP.NET (C# / VB.NET)
ASP.NET and Visual Studio for Web
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