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Many apps and projects are more focused on the front-end, but still require a functional back-end. That’s where Mockr, a tool built by recent graduates Ruben Vicario, Jake Obron, Andrew Smith and Karim Kyler, comes in. Mockr allows users to both mock up a back-end (as the name implies) and create a back-end as a service for exchanging information with the front-end.
“There were enough competitors that did mocking or back-end as a service, but not many that did both,” says Smith.
“It’s a server and a database combined in one, and it takes about a minute to get something up and running,” notes Obron.
Mockr covers many of the basic functions of a back-end, saving developers time and complexity.
“If you are a front-end Engineer in a company and you don’t have a back-end yet, you can use Mockr to start working on the front-end,” says Vicario. “If you want to build a simple app that’s not too complex on the back-end, you can use Mockr to update your data.”
The tool also allows users to create specific endpoints within a site or app that respond to front-end requests. Another function creates a back-end that behaves like an API.
Building Mockr proved to the group both what they are capable of and the power of the Hack Reactor program.
“The project was a really good mashup of what we learned,” says Obron. “It was a confidence booster. The project provides an awesome opportunity to show both other people and yourself that you can actually make something.”
“At our Hiring Day, a lot of the employers were really excited about the project,” notes Kyler. “That was really cool and exciting for me.”
Smith found the process of devoting four weeks to one app to be an invaluable exercise:
“It was a really wonderful experience to have a team of four that’s committed to making this app great. It’s such a powerful learning experience to stay inspired, work on communication and support the team,” he explains. “People coming out of college just don’t have that, and that’s where Hack Reactor really comes in.”