What does a Full-Stack developer do?
Every day we live in a more technological world with more and more intelligent devices and applications. Technology is a very important part of our lives and we will always depend more from it.
The technology is one of the 4 academic disciplines (STEM) considered as fundamentals to advanced societies. The acronymus stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and it is used to talk about topics related to science, education, workforce, national security or even immigration. This 4 disciplines are very important to the progress and that’s why the countries are always looking for encouraging people to work by the industries related to them.
Full-Stack development and STEM
If we think of technology as a fundamental discipline, we also have to include the internet there. The technological advances of the last decades are proportional to the implementation and use of the Internet, it is for this reason that jobs related to full-stack development are increasingly in demand.
Full-stack development is very important because this is the way to connect people and the internet. Always when you are searching for something on your browser, you are also visiting an application or webpage that a full-stack dev designed, inclusive your browser is an application and it was designed by a full-stack developer.
What could a Full-Stack dev do it?
A Full-Stack web developer is a person who can develop both client and server software and there are many fields a Full-Stack developer can work with, that is why many developers have an specialisation such as front-end developer, back-end developer or devops.
As a front-end dev, you could work designing awesome web or mobile interfaces. The front-end devs were known as the client-side devs because they design what the user see, what the client have contact with. For example, when you use your Instagram, you can see a very simple and functional menu where you find some icons showing what you can do with the app and on the top you see another buttons that show you the insta stories of your friends. It is an easy to use app, very sober and easy to understand, that is basically the work of the front-end, make it easy, simple and beauty for you.
In the other hand, if you work as a back-end dev, you will work managing servers and databases. The back-end makes that everything you see work well without mistakes. Front-end and Back-end are complementary roles and they work always together to design and develop the best applications.
What makes Full-Stack development interesting and unique?
Full-stack development is a huge field to work in and you will have to keep learning and improving your skills, the technology will never stop and in a more modern world, it will ever be new tools and skills to learn.
Being a full-stack dev gives you the opportunity to work in one of the most important areas in the entire world, you can have many work opportunities and you could work remotely for many different countries. This career also makes it possible to mix different skills such as design and logical thinking. To develop a complete website, for example, you have to use your creativity and good taste to develop the front-end part and you have to use your knowledge in servers and databases to make the web application work.
Having knowledge as a full-stack also gives you the opportunity to start your own business. Nowadays many companies and startups develop their business 100% online and huge companies as Amazon or Facebook started on a computer.
Programming languages and tools
A Full-stack developer needs to know many tools to work with. As we mentioned before, there are 2 principal fields on the web development and each of this needs different tools to be used on different tasks.
Next you will find a list with some of the most common tools that a front-end and a back-end dev needs.
Front-end tools and languages
Back-end tools and languages
Pros and cons of the job
Everything in life has a positive side and a negative side, and with full-stack development, there is no exception. Next, you will find some of the pros and cons of being a full-stack developer.
- The industry will never stop growing and it needs lots of people to work with.
- You can be involved in the entire process of a web project.
- You can switch between the front and back-end.
- You can develop an entire project
- Being a Full-stack could be very hard because you need to have a lot of skills and knowledge to develop an application on your own.
- The process of developing could be slower because just 1 person works on the project.
- You do not have a specific specialization.