There are over a billion websites online today. Each of those websites may have any number of pages. And each of those pages had a front-end developer (the art of the page) and a back-end developer (the science of the page).
The back-end developer, on the other hand, uses an entirely different set of skills and tools, to build, maintain, and continually update the technology that powers the servers, and databases. They manipulate data, and, most recently, trade data among mobile devices, sites, and other systems. Creating API’s, in fact, is a big part of their job today. Back-end developers find fun in manipulating data, and there is also some creativity involved in this manipulation. When things work just as planned, back-end developers are happy.
have greater marketability, and even development agencies that act as consultants are moving toward full stack developers.
The term full stack was actually coined by Facebook several years ago, as its engineering department began to move to combinations of skills. Other enterprises have since followed suit, and a developer who can bring the full package to the table will be a big part of the growth that is to come in this career field.
- for Ruby on Rails
· - Lynda - 10-day free trial but then fee-based.
· - Stack Social - This site actually offers a back-end development bundle of Python, and PHP
· - Khan Academy - jQuery and SQL courses
· - Udemy - Many courses are $15
- Udactiy – full coursework offerings in front-end and back-end development
The pursuit of mastery in full stack development will serve front-end developers well in the near- and long-term. Jobs in this field are expected to grow more than 20% over the next 8 years. This is far above the national average for job growth in all fields. If full stack developers have also developed the soft skills required to work with clients – problem-solving, strong communication skills, attention to detail, and the ability to learn quickly, they will never lack for work.
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