IT industry today is seeing the emergence of several technologies like Cloud, new networking programs, Java 8 etc. Any smart software engineer is now investing in upskilling in order to keep up with the ever changing world of software. You probably get bombarded with several technologies thrown your way when you go looking for the best technology to upgrade with. This probably makes you confused! Before you sign up for any course, it’s important you get a thorough understanding of where really this software is used and what is the best. Like any investment, students must learn to make a well-informed choice.
Let’s first understand what the different kinds of software engineers are:
- Front end software developers: They use programs like HTML to develop the front end interface
- The database managers: They manage data in database software like Ms. SQL, Oracle etc.
- Backend server side software developers: They manage the overall functioning of a software application with coding in languages like C++, Java etc.
These software engineers specifically work in only one of these layers (also called stacks). They go on to upskill in this same software as and when an update is released. The ones who keep a close track of industry trends will always want to cross skill. Even when cross skilling, it maybe just one other software of the same layer or of one other layer but usually not cross skill in a way they can build an entire web application by themselves.
How is a fullstack developer different from other IT engineers?
A fullstack developer does not limit his training, knowledge and area of work to a single layer or a single stack like a typical IT engineer. A fullstack developer has proficiency in working in all three layers. A fullstack developer can build an entire web application all on his own. Basically, he or she can be a one man software company if need be! Acquiring client requirement, understanding and analyzing, creating the plan, developing all three layers, forming connections, testing out the application, quality check, deployment, hand over, maintenance, and security of the entire application form the major job roles of a fullstack developer.
A fullstack developer can perceive the application from all angles – from how data will be stored, from the business angle, from the user angle, in terms of security, the scope of the application and the potential it brings to the client. A software developer on one hand is concerned with and works only with his field of expertise – his layer/stack. This limits his ability to even innovate. A fullstack developer can come up with multiple technical solutions and pick and chose what works best in terms of budget, functionalities and what not – all without the need of an analyst!
The fullstack development profile is certainly the future and is here to stay a long time. This is why even experienced software developers are now taking up fullstack courses in order to stay relevant. Interested in a fullstack course? Get in touch with our counselor today!