Now may be the best time to become a full-stack developer – ProWellTech
In the world software development, a term you will surely hear a lot about is full-stack development. Job recruiters are constantly posting open positions for full-stack developers, and the industry is abuzz with this highly sought-after title.
But what does full-stack actually mean?
Simply put, it is client-side (front-end) and server-side (back-end) development of the software. Full-stack developers are all-rounders as they work with the design aspect of the software the client interacts with, as well as with server-side coding and structuring.
In an age where technology requirements are rapidly changing and businesses may not be able to afford a full team of developers, software developers who know both the front and back ends are essential.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the ability to perform full development can make engineers highly marketable as companies across all industries migrate their businesses into a virtual world. Those who can quickly develop and deliver software projects using full-stack methods have the best chance of being at the top of a company’s or customer’s wish list.
Become a full-stack developer
So how can you become a full-stack engineer and what are the expectations? In most work environments, you are not expected to have absolute experience on every single platform or language. However, it is assumed that you know enough to understand and can solve problems on both sides of software development.
Full-stack is becoming the default way to develop, so much so that some in the software engineering community argue whether the term is redundant or not. As the lines between the front-end and the back-end blur with the evolution of technology, developers are expected to work more frequently on all aspects of the software. However, developers will likely have a specialty they excel at while being good in other areas and beginners at some things… and that’s okay.
Since full-stack developers can communicate with each side of a development team, they are invaluable in saving time and avoiding confusion about a project.
A common argument against the full stack is that, in theory, developers who can do everything may not do one thing on an expert level. But there is no hard or fast rule that says you can’t be a master at programming and also learn front-end techniques or vice versa.
Choose between full-stack and DevOps
One hurdle you may have before diving into the full stack is that you are also reflecting on the option to become a DevOps engineer. There are certainly similarities between the two professions, including good salaries and the ultimate goal of producing software as quickly as possible without errors. As with full-stack developers, DevOps engineers are also becoming in demand due to the flexibility they offer to a company.