Backend developers are well versed in server side development and usually like to go deep into databases and business logic implementation. Many breeds of backend developers are available in the market. As such, the term “backend developer” is a broad term including distinct profiles
Traditional backend developers have usually worked with one software language for many years. The common languages include Java, PHP, .NET, Ruby and Python. Each of these languages usually comes with one or more frameworks. Backend engineers usually know at least one of them. Popular framework include Laravel for PHP developers, Spring for Java developers, Rails for Ruby developers and Django for Python developers. A number of backend engineers learn additional front-end skills as well. Senior engineers who master both backend and frontend skills in depth become full stack engineers. Traditional backend engineers usually focus on developing REST APIs, implement business logic and integrate their code with front end components
Big Data Engineers typically mix backend development skills with databases / business intelligence skills. These engineers have usually acquired additional skills around data processing, stored procedures, ETL, Business intelligence etc. They usually work in a more complex environment where large amounts of data need to be processed in an efficient manner. These engineers usually possess deeper SQL / NoSQL skills as well.
All these skill sets can be found in the Philippines market, and it is important that we figure out what skillset is right for you.
A good backend developer typically has a few core skills:
- Deep understanding of at least one backend language
- Ability to write unit tests to auto-test the code
- Strong algorithms skills
- Ability to optimize code and make it more efficient
- Database schema design and SQL language
Some senior backend engineers, particularly those who have full stack capabilities, can demand a significantly higher compensation than traditional ones. Some languages are also more in demand than other, and the supply of developers may be scarce for certain languages (e.g. Skala).