Full stack development is a practice, not a product
The key to understanding full stack development is that it’s a practice, not a product. Technically, any website or application is considered to be full stack if it’s built with all three layers—front-end, back-end and database. However, generally speaking, it’s considered full stack when there are separate teams dedicated to each layer. This allows companies to dedicate developers and engineers specifically for each part of the project. In other words: It gives developers more control over their entire project from start to finish.
Full stack developers do more than code
It’s commonly misconceived that a full stack developer only codes for a living. However, it’s actually a term describing someone who is good at front-end and back-end development. It’s an umbrella term used to describe a developer who knows everything there is to know about building a functional website or web application – from database integration to user interface development. This includes not only programming but also designing and site architecture/planning/maintenance.
What Is the Difference Between Backend and Frontend?
Let’s start with a quick definition. The frontend refers to what you see when you visit a website, such as its layout, colors, graphics and text. The backend is made up of everything that powers it behind-the-scenes—the code behind it all, databases, servers and more.
Front-end and back-end developers work together to construct the systems that allow an application or website to function properly. However, The concerns they have differ.
Full Stack Developer Is in High Demand
The advantage of being a specialist in one’s field and mastering a particular aspect of technology is obvious, but as technology rapidly expands and evolves, companies are looking for developers who can work on both the front and back end to build functional products with minimum input and support.
Different types of full stack developers
Front end, back end, and full-stack development are the most well-known development categories. There are some that are less well-known, such as:
System security developers design security measures and tests for software to improve system security.
Low-level developers write code that’s close to the hardware using languages like C and assembly.
High-level developers write code that’s far from the hardware in languages like Perl, PHP, Ruby, and PHP.
Embedded developers work with hardware, such as electronic interfaces, internet of things (IoT) devices, serial data transmission, and hardware drivers.
Software development engineers in test (SDETs) create the software that checks the quality of other software systems. Their tools ensure systems are working.
Big data developers write programs designed to store and access enormous amounts of data. These systems include extract transform load systems, data warehouses, and regional databases.
CRM web developers focus on systems that collect user data to improve satisfaction and sales.
DevOps developers work with technologies used in the development of systems for building and using back-end systems.
Graphics website developers write software used to shade, cull, render, light, shadow, and manage scenes. Their work is necessary for video and gaming projects.
Game developers write code for video games. They often have skills in other areas with a focus on creating video games.
Data scientists write code for programs that analyze data sets for things like statistical analysis and predictive modeling.
Desktop developers work on software that runs on operating systems.
Middle-tier developers write non-UI code for browsers. They also can do some front-end and back-end work.
Web developers specialize in building websites. They can be front-end, back-end, middle-tier, or full-stack