Full-stack de­vel­op­ment

If you’re full stack then you’re the per­son ev­ery­one ex­pects to have all the an­swers... and the re­wards can be im­mense

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Fi­nally, the big one. The web in­dus­try is awash with spe­cial­ists but to hold it all to­gether there’s al­ways de­mand for mul­ti­tal­ented full­stack de­vel­op­ers. In the­ory, if you’re a full-stack de­vel­oper you’re at home at the front or back end. Re­al­is­ti­cally, though, you’re more likely to be fo­cused on one and this can make a big dif­fer­ence to how much you’ll earn. Back-end work, with its re­quire­ments for heavy­weight lan­guages and sys­tems that pro­vide foun­da­tions for any site, is more valu­able to em­ploy­ers, while the slightly less de­mand­ing fron­tend as­pects, while still a vi­tal link in the chain, don’t at­tract the same high rates.

Full stack isn’t some­thing you drift into; it re­quires a par­tic­u­lar mind­set. Kate Ga­niukova at Hacker Noon de­scribes the traits as an an­a­lyt­i­cal mind, pa­tience, love for learn­ing, at­ten­tion to de­tail, creative vi­sion and dis­ci­pline ( https:// netm.ag/2tt43cK), and you’ll need all of those to mas­ter the full set of skills – and to carry on learn­ing fresh ones.

If that’s be­yond you, it still pays to ap­ply full-stack think­ing in your work. As Jonathan Brad­ford points out: “The kind of de­vel­oper we would like is some­one who has a core mind­set, is clever and, if they have a prob­lem with code, by the next morn­ing they’ll have fig­ured it out.”

If you’re full stack you un­der­stand how de­sign works, you un­der­stand how pro­cesses fit to­gether and you’re def­i­nitely a per­son who’s valu­able to me James Huckle, Mirum

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