Full-stack developers continue to be a hot property in every business

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We wrote several months ago that full stack developers are in high demand. We went back to the industry to check the current state of demand, and found that demand has only gone from strength to strength, both in India and globally.
Pravin Yashwant Pawar, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at BITS Pilani’s Work Integrated Learning Programs Division, says full-stack developer roles have become one of the most sought after due to huge growth potential and salary ranges. attractive. “A survey conducted last year by popular online developer community platform Stack Overflow found that 50% of survey respondents qualified as full-stack developers. on popular job seeker portals like LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Naukri and others for comprehensive skills for a wide range of experience levels,” he says.

What is a full-stack developer? CEO and co-founder of upGrad’s ed-tech platform Mayank Kumar states that full-stack developers are proficient in both front-end and back-end development, and are also experts in a variety of coding niches – from databases to graphic design and UI/UX management. Think of the backend as the plumbing for the website or app you’re using that deals with data storage and processing, and the frontend as the interface you interact with. It is this versatility and ability to work on different aspects of web or application development that makes them so sought after.
When it comes to programming languages ​​to learn, Hari Krishnan Nair, co-founder of Great Learning, explains that a full-stack developer should have in-depth knowledge of at least one programming language. “Java and Python are the most widely used programming languages. Object-oriented programming, data structures, algorithms, database design, and server-side framework are crucial from a backend software development perspective. HTML, CSS, Javascript and AngularJS/ ReactJS from a front-end perspective. Other than that, cloud computing fundamentals, Python and SQL basics are highly sought after in the market today,” he says.
Besides programming languages ​​and software development tools, there are other factors that are equally important when it comes to becoming a successful full-stack developer, says Skandh Gupta, Senior Software Engineer at Optum Global Solutions. “Two personal characteristics that always come to mind are curiosity and a zeal to learn. Always focus on two questions: Why? and how? Curiosity helps you gain knowledge about the technologies and how the app works. The question “Why?” at every step – from choosing the technology to designing the app – gives in-depth insight into the flow of the app, and “How?” helps you better understand all parts of the application like front-end, back-end, web architecture to design applications, servers, databases and test and debug. Full-stack engineers know the best engineering best practices and know where to apply what,” he says.
Aspiring full-stack developers should be aware of a few potential obstacles along the way, however, says Girish Dhanakshirur, IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO of IBM India Software Labs. And all of them are related to the rapid changes taking place in the world of technology. “First, rapid innovation in browser and server technologies leads to rapidly evolving languages ​​and frameworks, so they must constantly keep their skills up to date across multiple technologies. full-stack, there will be cases where they won’t be updated. Full-stack developers should be prepared to debug and update these libraries when bugs are found. Lastly, sometimes as part of transitions, developers will end up inheriting projects and source code developed in a different language and framework than they are familiar with.In such circumstances, full-stack developers should be able to hone their skills and move on to building the projects.”

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