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What is Full Stack?


Full-stack Web Developer

A full-stack web developer is a person who can develop both client and server software.

In addition to mastering HTML and CSS, he/she also knows how to:

  • Program a browser (e.g. using JavaScript, jQuery, Angular, or Vue)
  • Program a server (e.g. using PHP, ASP, Python, or Node)
  • Program a database (e.g. using SQL, SQLite, or MongoDB)

Client Software
(Front-end)

Server Software
(Back-end)


Popular Stacks

  • LAMP stack: JavaScript - Linux - Apache - MySQL - PHP
  • LEMP stack: JavaScript - Linux - Nginx - MySQL - PHP
  • MEAN stack: JavaScript - MongoDB - Express - AngularJS - Node.js
  • Django stack: JavaScript - Python - Django - MySQL
  • Ruby on Rails: JavaScript - Ruby - SQLite - Rails

Advantages

The advantage of being a full-stack web developer is:

  • You can master all the techniques involved in a development project
  • You can make a prototype very rapidly
  • You can provide help to all the team members
  • You can reduce the cost of the project
  • You can reduce the time used for team communication
  • You can switch between front- and back-end development based on requirements
  • You can better understand all aspects of new and upcoming technologies

Disadvantages

  • The solution chosen can be wrong for the project
  • The solution chosen can be dependent on developer skills
  • The solution can generate a key person risk
  • Being a full stack developer is increasingly complex