Full stack developers have a diverse job role. It extends over the full spectrum of developing a software product and also having an analytical, and business sense. This can be quite a challenging, yet rewarding job. Due to the complexity of the job profile, it is naturally not meant for everyone. Only someone truly passionate about software development mixed with the flexibility and the ability to learn new things can be a full-stack developer. The profile is probably going to be the most sought and highly paid one in the history of the IT industry.
Despite its promising opportunities, there are still some skeptics who make assumptions. Here are some myths created by them busted:
Myth 1: Becoming specialized in all domains of software development is impossible therefore making you irrelevant over time.
Busted: Technology is naturally evolving as we all know. But this evolution is also going to make people stay updated much easier as long as they have the right set of skills to even begin with. But how does one find time to stay updated on backend AND front end technologies, you may ask? When your core skills are strong, you should be able to carry out basic tasks like performing a database query, writing a cookie etc. When these skills are strong, you can naturally build well upon them by just adding on new tools and new abstractions. Also, staying updated with the latest technologies is not the best indicator of performance but just shows your ability to learn quickly.
Myth 2: The work of a full stack developer is split 50% between the back end and the front end.
Busted: This does not hold true in most cases. The work of a full stack developer splits as per the need of the project. There is no hard and fast rule and the split in efforts needs to be addressed project-by-project and is contextual. A full stack developer should be able to jump in and perform any task at any given point of time, during any stage of the project. This is all the more important in the environment of today’s agile software development.
Myth 3: You cannot prefer one kind of development over another
Busted: This is not true. It’s perfectly fine for you to develop a preference over time while you still hold the ability to work in other kinds of development too. There may come a time where you focus on one of them and master the ecosystem but this does not mean you lose sight of the other. This is, in fact, a matter of personal choice and also the preference over the different technologies in each of the stacks. This is why IIHT has devised a one-of-its-kind MEARN stack course where students are taught both MEAN stack and MERN stack technologies. This way when a student passes out, he or she has more choice to develop his/her favorites from, making a well-informed choice while still holding on to the knowledge of the other.
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