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Why Connecting Front-End to Back-End?

Joining the front-end and back-end in a full-stack application is essential in providing a seamless user experience and a smooth deployment process. Learn how to connect the two to gain a powerful skill, become a better web developer, and improve your understanding of how web apps work. In this course, you’ll learn about the various methods for rendering a website, how to structure a REST API, and how to design apps using the Model, View, Controller (MVC) pattern. You’ll also practice what you’ve learned by building a client-side rendered app using React and Node.js.

Take-Away Skills

In this course, you will learn:

  • The difference between client-side rendering and server-side rendering and when each is most appropriate
  • How to write code that enables the front-end and back-end of your web application to communicate with each other
  • How to design a RESTful API
  • How to use React and Node to build a cleanly structured, client-side rendered application
  • How to implement MVC architecture in a full-stack application

Note on Prerequisites

A strong foundation in Web Development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript), Node.js, and React are prerequisites for this course. We also recommend taking a look at the Design Databases with PostgreSQL course before getting started.

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  1. 1
    Learn about what the Connecting Front-End to Back-End course has in store!
  2. 2
    Learn about client-side and server-side rendering and create REST API endpoints to connect the front-end to the back-end.
  3. 3
    Get an introduction to the Model, View, Controller design pattern and create full-stack apps using MVC architecture.
  4. 4
    You’ve completed the Connecting Front-End to Back-End course! What’s next?

How you'll master it

Stress-test your knowledge with quizzes that help commit syntax to memory

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Course Description

Learn how to join the front-end and the back-end by creating REST APIs and using the MVC architecture.


Earn a certificate of completion
2 hours to complete in total

1 informational

Learn about client-side and server-side rendering and create REST API endpoints to connect the front-end to the back-end.

3 articles, 1 quiz

1 informational