Full Stack Development Courses - Sometimes being a Jack of all Trades is good!
Full stack developers are technical wizards who're supposed to be equally comfortable across all the layers of technology. Image courtesy: cocoamental.com
Till now, developing a new programming application has involved such complex technology that a team of specialists (web design or front-end specialists, coding or back-end specialists, database specialists etc.) needed to collaborate & work together. But the age of the generalist has arrived - a technical person who is a "know all", has a wealth of information and experience handling all the technologies (stack) required in software or application development - is the new rock-star. And he is known as a "full stack developer."
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A few elements or layers that are part of a "full stack":
- Back-end: Python + Django, PHP, NodeJS
- Databases: MySQL, MongoDB, Hadoop
- Design: UX (User Experience Design), UI (User Interface Design), IA (Information Architecture)
Thus, full stack web development would involve creating complex web and mobile applications from start to end. In short, full stack developers are technical wizards who can work anywhere in the stack - who can develop, code, design, manage databases, even sing and dance!
And boy, are they in demand or what? Especially among the start-up companies and smaller organizations. They have a better clarity about the overall picture of their role in the company's business goals. Start-ups prefer full-stack developers as they can give better solutions and think more creatively than a technical person who just handles the back-end/ server functions or works only on the website design & development.
Full stack developers are generalists who are preferred over design or coding specialists by start-ups and smaller companies. Image courtesy:www.dev-pro.net/blog/should-you-hire-a-full-stack-developer-or-a-team-of-specialists/
Full Stack Developer: Jack of All Trades?
Even though full-stack developers make for the best kind of technical hire for any company, the fact is that a truly good full stack developer is a rarity or even a unicorn! There is a big difference between just knowing the theory behind various aspects of web development and being a master of these skills.
Skilled and valuable full stack developers are always learning the latest in web application development (languages, technologies, or frameworks.) Calling them a jack of all trades might be a bit harsh, but yes, the extent of their knowledge in technologies would be quite wide (if not equally deep.)
After gaining ample experience in solving software problems from end-to-end, full-stack programmers have the potential to step into roles such solutions/ systems architects and CTO.
How can I become a Full Stack Developer?
Get together all the computer engineering/ IT books that you can get your hands on - the tower of endless information you create is a full-stack :) In short, your dream is an ambitious one. Nevertheless, here are a few ways in which you can become a full stack developer:
- Choose your stack
Decide which technologies you want to learn. Choose your programming languages in such a way that you're comfortable both at the front-end and the back-end of software development.
The traditional stack mode was the LAMP stack (consisting of Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP/ Perl/ Python). Another stack that has been gaining popularity is the MEAN stack (MongoDB, ExpressJS, AngularJS, NodeJS)
MEAN stack is leaner and meaner than LAMP stack. Image courtesy: www.slideshare.net
- Stay updated
Acquiring news skills to stay updated is the most important attribute required to become a true-blue full-stack developer in the ever-changing world of technology. If you become complacent even for a few months, you face the danger of becoming outdated!
For instance, while LAMP stack is still a reliable and efficient package, the leaner MEAN stack has the advantage of being more contemporary with the latest technology. Smart developers would know when it's time to move on and master new programming languages.
(Also read: 11 Popular Programming Languages for IT Professionals)
- Join a good course
While learning new technologies on the job is a daily affair for developers, it is advisable to take up a good course that will make you future-ready. Ensure that you pick a well-known brand that will teach you the most popular and in-demand technologies, preferably through project-based learning instead of just classroom teaching.