Let’s see. I am a back end programmer.
Am I more respected by:
- The front end devs. Not really. They respect my work, but their job is really hard these days. I respect theirs. I can’t do it as well.
- The other back end devs. Not especially. We can all do similar things on our team. We’re all good developers, and respect each other as such.
- The industry: Alan who?
- My friends: Test driven what? has a dependency what’s-that? into the persisting what did you say?
- Salary wise: No extra lifts there
- My wife to her friends: ‘He does stuff with computers, and this thing called Java. No that’s not coffee. Well that’s what he says. He wanted to be a rock star guitarist, really”
- The Project Manager: “Does it work yet?”
- Past freelance clients: “HOW MUCH???”
- The Cat: Ok. I’ve got properly silly now. I admit. (But: no)
So, it’s a bit of a cold comfort really!
I enjoy what I do. That’s the main thing.
Back end is seen as harder and more hardcore, even if doing front end well is hard as hell and requires a lot of skill.
Rogthat Sinatra It depends on the location where you are working. In western countries, both front-end and back-end developers are of equal importance because they are being treated as specialists.
In Africa, back-end developers are respected more and paid several times more than front-end developers.
Reason: Most organisations in sought the skills of a Full Stack Web Developer, so in general, those who specialize in back-end can handle front-end work, while those who specialize in front-end usually cannot handle back-end work.
So, if you are Full Stack Developer living in Africa, you will showcase your back-end skills more than your front-end skills.