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Full-stack developers are in popular demand these days. Startups and small businesses looking to digitize their products look for full-stack developers to kick start their product development. 

The title itself is very appealing, as it implies that the developer is competent with working on both the frontend and backend of an application. 

Depending on the size and complexity of the application, this can be a major time saver. In other cases, a full-stack developer can jeopardize timelines and quality if they aren’t experienced enough. 

What makes a good full-stack developer?

So what makes a full-stack developer particularly valuable to your development initiatives? What would they need to know in order to make your idea a reality? 

Well, it depends on many factors and full-stack developers aren’t always in the position to be making architectural decisions. That’s a process for higher-level roles such as a software architect, VP, or even a CTO.

Does this mean that full-stack developers can’t offer valuable insights? Of course not! Full-stack developers worth their salt have enough years under their belt to know their strengths and weaknesses. 

They also have picked up some insights on what clean code and architecture actually means, and are able to apply high-level principles to their work. 

Unfortunately, good full-stack developers are hard to find. 

Trio has invested time and resources into training software developers to think and work more like senior developers. Our clients enjoy a level of professionalism that many tech startups and SMBs miss out on.

How effective are full-stack developers?

If you are building a team, it’s common to hire at least one full-stack developer. If you are a startup and can only afford one developer on the project, the chances are you will need one. However, full-stack developers are humans with preferences and opinions and therefore not all are the same. 

Full-stack essentially combines frontend and backend expertise into one job role however a developer often will be stronger in one area than the other. They will also enjoy one side of the process more than the other as well. As a manager, it’s your job to take a hard look at the product you wish to build and determine what’s more important, the frontend or the backend. 

If you are building a product that is highly visual and requires a UI that captivates your end-user, you will need a full-stack developer with considerable frontend knowledge. On the other hand, if your product is reliant on backend technologies then you will need a developer who loves backend. 

In the case that you have enough resources to hire 2-3 developers and make a small team, you can use the following combinations based on your needs. 

Optimizing for backend

  • Full-Stack Developer (focus on the backend)
  • Back-end Developer
  • Front-end Developer (Optional)

Optimizing for frontend

  • Full-Stack Developer (focus on the frontend)
  • Back-end Developer (Optional)
  • Front-end Developer

What technologies should full-stack developers be proficient in?

Full-stack developers come in many different flavors, but perhaps the most common proficiency is JavaScript and technologies that use it. More on that later. 

Many web applications can be summed up by their frameworks. There are a number of different application frameworks that all use different programming languages. Below are some popular ones:

Ruby on Rails

Rails is a very popular framework developed by David Heinemeier Hansson. Developers can build applications with incredible speed compared to other frameworks like Java. 

Rails include everything you need to create a database-driven application, using the MVC design pattern along with SQLite. Additionally, because it’s built on Ruby, you have access to a vast gem library that can add further functionality to your application.

Language: Ruby

Framework Link: https://rubyonrails.org

Github Link: https://github.com/rails/rails

Django

Django is the Python equivalent framework to Rails that follows the model-template-view architectural pattern. It encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design. For Python developers, it’s the most popular framework in use next to Flask. 

Language: Python

Framework Link: https://www.djangoproject.com

Github Link : https://github.com/django/django

Angular

Angular is a framework by Google that helps developers build large-scale and high-performance web applications. It’s also very opinionated when it comes to what design patterns it accepts, however, this isn’t a bad thing. Being a Google-backed framework, one can expect a level of care that has been given to building the framework. 

Language : JavaScript

Framework Link: https://angular.io

Github Link : https://github.com/angular/angular

ASP.NET

Powered by Microsoft, ASP.NET is a high performance and lightweight framework for building Web Applications using .NET. While it might not have the same level of appeal as JavaScript or Ruby framework, ASP.NET comes with a number of benefits as it extends the .NET Developer Platform and offers free hosting with Microsoft Azure. 

It’s a great choice for applications that want real-time bi-directional communication between the client and the server, microservices that live in docker containers and the ability to build out REST APIs for a range of clients including browsers and mobile devices. 

Language: C#

Framework Link: http://www.asp.net

Laravel

Laravel is one of the best PHP frameworks out and uses the MVC design pattern like many other frameworks. Developers are able to build PHP web applications with expressive and elegant syntax, making the process much more enjoyable. 

Language : PHP

Framework Link: https://laravel.com/

Github Link : https://github.com/laravel/laravel

Depending on the type of product you are trying to build, you will have to make high-level decisions as to what programming language and frameworks you will leverage. But one doesn’t have to commit to a framework. In fact, many companies put together a technology stack that best fits their needs. 

Technology stacks become an advanced topic and will ultimately affect your hiring process. If you have a popular technology stack, it will be easier to find talent. 

On the other hand, if your stack is specialized then you will have a harder time finding developers that are proficient in the combination of technologies that you use. 

A good CTO will be able to consider these tradeoffs and make a sound decision based on the technologies you use, but that’s a topic fit for another article. 

Let’s take a look at some popular technology stacks that are currently being used:

MEAN Stack

The MEAN stack is a collection of JavaScript technologies used for building web applications. It’s an acronym for MongoDB, ExpressJS, AngularJS, and Node.js.

MERN Stack

The MERN stack is a collection of JavaScript technologies used for building web applications. It’s an acronym for MongoDB, ExpressJS, ReactJS, and Node.js. 

LAMP Stack

The LAMP stack is a collection of open source technologies used for building web applications. It’s an acronym for Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Perl/Python. 

  • Linux
  • Apache
  • MySQL
  • PHP/Perl/Python

These are just a few of the more popular stacks that are out there. Full-Stack developers will generally have experience with one or two frameworks as well as a tech stack combination depending on their primary programming language.

 

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A full stack developer is a developer who can work both on the frontend and backend of a project. They have a broad knowledge of software development. Fullstack developers are seen as generalists and tend to favor one side more than the other. Due to their broader knowledge, they are able to see the bigger picture of software development and can take on larger roles in a project such as a tech lead.

Fullstack developers work on both the front and backend of an application. Their primary responsibilities are to design the frontend and link it with a database, as well as write business logic. In some cases they might also have to create APIs and integrate the application to a CMS system.

Full stack developers should have a broad knowledge of web development, as well as computer science theory and design patterns. Additionally, they must be comfortable with at least one major frontend framework and a database technology. Ideally, they should be proficient in one major technology stack as well such as MEAN or LAMP.

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