How to become a full-stack web developer

The Internet is growing at a staggering rate, moving more and more private and commercial entities online. It seems, soon enough, that there won’t be a person or institution that doesn’t have some sort of online presentation or interaction platform. This market trend has created a wide window of job opportunities for web developers, especially those with the skills to build a functioning website on their own.

Since most developers focus their work on front-end or back-end development, those who were able to code the entire project on their own have become a valuable asset. These so-called full-stack web developers have made the development process more efficient through streamlined communication and overall process time consumption.

If you’re looking for a way to become a complete web developer and increase your chances of landing a high-paying job, here’s the ultimate guideline to becoming the “Jack of All Traits” in the web industry.

Front end development

Besides having a computer, the first step to becoming a full-stack developer is mastering front-end website development. It is basically the part of the website that users can see and interact with. There are three main front-end components: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

  • HTML is basically the backbone of the website. In order to create the structure and content of the site, you need to learn HTML.
  • CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets and has an HTML content control feature. It allows you to adjust content you have created using HTML, such as background images, colors, font style and size, and a number of other elements HTML, regardless of how those elements were defined by the original HTML coding.
  • JavaScript is the icing on the front end cake. It allows you to add complex animations, web apps, and work on the site’s interactivity.

Learning these three languages ​​puts you halfway to becoming a complete web developer. the second half of the path includes improving your skills with back-end development.

Back end development

This aspect of web development includes working on what’s “under the hood” of your website. Unlike front-end which focuses on presenting your content to the user and allowing visitors to interact with your website, back-end development deals with site functionality, databases, integration data and other basic processes. The skills you need to acquire for the back-end depends on your personal preferences and project requirements, as there are different programming languages ​​one can use to work on the back-end part of the website.

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Some of the most popular, and therefore convenient, languages ​​to learn include PHP, Python, Ruby, and a host of others. As we already mentioned, the code you will use depends on the requirements of the project, but if you want to become a complete web developer, learning just one language won’t get you too far.

It is also possible to create a back-end using JavaScript, however, this language can cause a series of performance issues, making your website slow and buggy. Since user experience plays an important role in web design, it is important to use a programming language that will allow for the best performance and stability. Additionally, the bulk of modern CMS (content management systems) like WordPress and others use languages ​​other than JavaScript, which intensifies the need for back-end coding languages.

Final touch

Clients expect quality performance and reasonable turnaround times, especially if their entire project depends on your efforts. Most full-stack developers don’t have time to do all the work on their own, so they focus their efforts on one aspect of the website while the rest of the project is handled by third-party agents. Nevertheless, full-stack developers should have in-depth knowledge of all aspects of development. Otherwise, it will be difficult to delegate work or dive in when help is needed. More importantly, you need to be careful who you entrust with part of your project. When I was working on EduGeeksClub, I had trouble finding a back-end developer who could deliver the work on time, so I had to go the extra mile to be punctual.

There are many ways to learn the skills needed to become a complete web developer, each requiring time and dedication as well as an affinity for programming. In case you don’t fill out like applying to college, there are online courses and resources you can use.

However, theory is not enough; you have to practice as much as you can to progress. Start your own projects to understand your weak points. Plus, you can then send your best work to employers to show off your skills.

Full-stack web development is not about “knowing everything”, it’s about being able to adapt your knowledge to the requirements of the project. There is no fast track to getting good at this industry; the road to success is paved with hard work, dedication, talent and enough learning material.