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Choosing the right Stack: The Front End or User Interface

Par Anis BENZIANE Publié le 03/08/2019 à 22:46:01 Noter cet article:
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Summary

This series of articles demystifies marketing myths and jargon for software product design and MVPs.

Here is the summary:

Introduction

The last considerable layer of your stack is the one that faces your end user: The User Interface Also called the Front-End or “Client”

The customer can be a lot of things depending on your digital product. This can be the browser of a web application, a smartphone for a mobile application, or a touch object for an Internet of Things product.

The constantly evolving Front-End

Front-end technologies have undergone quite a few changes compared to back-end technology which basically has not changed much since the beginning of software.

For a long time, the user interface for most software was the trio screen / keyboard / mouse. Before the Internet era, both parts of the software, Back-end and Front-end were installed on the same machine.

With the Internet, we have moved the user interface to the browser. We continued to make browsers more powerful in order to catch desktop software graphical user interfaces. Today, a browser can handle almost any task as native desktop software.

However, the adoption of smartphones in general has been the biggest change. This was the first time we broke with the screen/mouse/keyboard interface and were able to make software products using a new type of user interface that involves touch screens.

Internet of Things and more

Internet of Things - yet another buzzword meaning the hardware device that we don't yet know how to sell - is an example of this new type of user interface. I would describe them as passive user interfaces that require less or no user interaction: sensors, beacons, connected watches, connected televisions...

Augmented / virtual reality currently seems to be the most promising evolution of user interfaces for the future. So, wait for marketing experts to invent a new jargon to talk about something that is not new.

Conclusion

Today, we are living in an era of user interface revolution. We finally understood that humans are not made to sit in front of a small box all day long, making abnormal finger movements on a keyboard to use software.

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