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Understanding the need for the backendIdentifying the components around mobile applicationsPowering up your application with ButterCMSBenefits of opting the headless wayFinal TakeawayThe trend of standalone mobile applications Numerous organizations these days are switching to a “mobile-only” model for their online business. They prefer to keep their maintenance low and keep user experience perfect at the same time. With a standalone mobile application, the user is able to perform almost every activity right from the mobile application. Although organizations now have the benefit of not having to manage a website, they still need to build applications for different mobile OS. As a result, Hybrid application development technology like React Native is on the rise. React Native enables the developer to build an application for multiple OS using a single codebase. With the power of React Native, the developers are able to simplify the complete mobile application development. The normal mobile application architecture is split into three major parts: Frontend – UI designBackend – API for data exchangeDatabase – For data storage In a competitive, cut-throat market, developing applications in a cost-effective manner is very important. With React Native applications, the frontend development has surely been simplified. However, backend development and storage management still pose challenges. In this article, we guide you with an approach to resolve this problem with the help of ButterCMS. 1. Understanding the need for the backend Backend development handles behind the scene functionality of an application. The code connects the mobile application to a database, manages user interactions, and powers the application itself. The back-end works in tandem with the front-end to present the final product to the end-user. With the onset of mobile apps, the current shift not only includes developing an efficient application frontend but also a well-optimized backend. The mobile backend development task ensures proper database design, scripting, and the architecture of the application. The primary purpose of the backend is to run continuously and listen to the user requests while serving back the response as needed. The mobile application backend can perform multiple tasks like serving static files, processing data requests, authorizing the user requesting for data and providing APIs for data transactions. These operations could take variable time depending on the complexity of the required features. Moreover, just like we build the frontend of every application from scratch, in most cases, the backend is built from scratch too. 2. Identifying the components around mobile applications Now, let us try to understand the minimum components required around the mobile application to make sure it runs. A mobile application is normally packaged in the form of a setup file that installs onto the mobile device. This application package can contain the majority of the static data that would be required by the mobile application. In order to render and process dynamic data or inputs, the mobile application would require three major components: Static file server for mobile application A static file server provides the static files to the mobile application remotely. This server is required normally to keep the installation package size smaller than usual. With a static file server, a mobile application can easily download files from the server over the internet when it is being used. Backend Data-processing server A backend server for mobile applications will provide API endpoints for the mobile application. The mobile application can request the server for data exchange and the backend server will process the same and send the corresponding response. The majority of the time, companies focusing on mobile application based business models tend to keep it simple on the backend. They generally have simple database…
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