What is a Full Stack Developer?

Why Go For Full Stack Development

There are some inherent advantages in going in for full-stack development. Let’s look at what these might be-

  1. A one-stop-shop solution for all of one’s development requirements.
  2. Exposure to the entire slew of development techniques.
  3. Rapid development of prototypes.
  4. The ability to cater to the requirements of the entire team.
  5. Economical cost of project.
  6. Faster communication within the team.
  7. Flexibility in switching from front end to back end based upon the current requirement.
  8. A better handle on emerging technologies.

Skills Required to Become a Full Stack Developer

There is a definite set of skill required to become a full stack developer. Let’s get to know what these are[2]:

6. Knowledge of VCX or Version Control Systems

Full-stack developers would do well to get a handle on Version Control Systems, so as to be able to be in the know of any changes made in the codebase. The distributed version control system Git, for example, empowers them to gain an understanding of the latest codes, as well as the ability to update parts of the code. It also enables them to change other developers’ code in an unobtrusive manner.

7. Ability to Work with API

Knowledge about application programming interface or API is a must for full-stack developers. Good examples of this are the ability to create and consume REST and SOAP services. Apart from the above, a full stack developer would be well served, if they could possess the ability to write quality unit tests.

Full Stack Developer Responsibilities

A full-stack developer has a slew of responsibilities on his or her shoulder. These include designing user interactions for websites as well as developing servers and databases that promote website functionality and coding. They are also expected to code for mobile platforms. Let’s take a detailed look at what all their job responsibilities entail.

Most Popular Tech Stacks Full Stack Developers Can Choose From

Let us first understand what stack really stands for. It is a term used to describe a set of programming languages or software products.[4] Full-stack developers these days are expected to be past masters at managing all manner of issues across myriad streams of software development.

1. MEAN Stack

This comprises MongoDB, Express.js, Angular and Node.js. It is the preferred stack among full stack developers engaged in mobile and responsive web apps. MongoDB is deployed by the back end for storing data in the shape of JavaScript Object Notation documents. Express JS on the other hand is the back end web application mounted on Node.js. Angular enables the front-end web app framework that runs the JavaScript code in the user’s browser empowering an application UI to assume a dynamic form.

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Vipin Labroo

Vipin Labroo

I am an MBA, author, blogger, marketer, PR consultant and a member of the Nonfiction Authors Association with 30 plus years of work experience.