A full-stack developer is a person who has the knowledge of both front-end and back-end parts of a web application. According to this developer survey, a full-stack developer secures the top position among the various types of developers.
In this article, we are listing down six important steps which are necessary to becoming a full-stack developer.
1| Programming Languages
To handle the back-end process, one must have a good grasp of programming languages like Rust, Python, TypeScript, Kotlin, etc. The developer must also know which programming language is the best fit for a particular project. Python as a programming language is dominating in the field of technology. Rust, too, has proved to be the most-loved language by the developer community. Hence, having a good concept in both these programming languages will sure help you in the back-end domain.
2| Mastering Backend and Frontend
In order to fit into the definition of a perfect full-stack developer, one needs to be a “pro” in both the frontend and the backend technology. This profile needs an expert in each of the areas of both the ends, also s/he must have a keen knowledge of the tools and technologies which are involved in the process.
3| Understanding of Frameworks and Tools
Most of the time, the developers learn about new tools and frameworks by taking online courses, MOOCs, etc. They usually took up a tool or framework and start working on any project with that tool. This way, it not only clears the concept of the tool but also helps in gaining the fact as to which tool needs to be used for a particular project. For the front-end technology part, one can learn ReactJS, HTML, CSS, JS, BootStrap, etc. while for the back-end technology part, one can learn NodeJS, Python, Ruby, etc. Also, one must know the current trending developer tools like Continuous Integration Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) pipeline, Docker, Kubernetes, Jenkins, among others.
4| Understand Databases
Data is the fuel in an organisation and being a full-stack developer must know where this fuel is being stored and how to access it when needed. Having good knowledge of storing and accessing data from databases and understand of SQL, NoSQL, etc. is a value-added step in order to become a full-stack developer.
5| Develop Any Web Application from Scratch
The best way to learn something is by building something. One must read and read a lot, but until and unless one is not dipping their hands-on any project, all the learning goes in vain. Thus it is also very important to build and develop something from scratch parallelly while learning. Learn the tools and frameworks and imply them in the project. This way, it will enhance the process of learning whenever s/he gets stuck or faces problems in the project.
6| Be a Specialist
Gone are the days when the industries were looking for more generalist than the specialist. In the present scenario, large organisations are mostly looking for a specialist rather than a generalist. Mastering in one particular technology which is trending and popular among the clients of the organisation that the developer has been working in will surely create an excellent impression.
Be it a full-stack developer or any other profession, to be in the rat race one must never stop learning. In one of our articles, we reached out to the prominent developers of the community and gained insights about the latest tools and technologies. Also, talking about advice for the millennials, a lifelong learning curve is the one thing strongly echoed by all successful developers.