What is a full stack developer?

Can do it all

A full stack developer is an engineer who can handle all the work of databases, servers, systems engineering, and clients. Depending on the project, what customers need may be a mobile stack, a Web stack, or a native application stack.

In fact, “full stack” refers to the collection of a series of technologies needed to complete a project. “Stack” refers to a collection of sub-modules. These software sub-modules or components combined together to achieve the established function while without the need for other modules.

What a typical developer skils for an web application might cover:


– HTML, HMTL5, CSS3, Twitter Bootstrap, JavaScript, jQuery


– Node.js, Meteor.js, Angular 2, PHP, Ruby on Rails


– MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, CouchDB, Apache Cassandra

Other Essential Technologies

– Memcached, Redis, Apache Lucene, Apache Solr


Learn more and focus on less

Becoming a full stack developer does not mean you will work on all ends of the programs and sometimes it is better to focus on one but understand how all parts work. The goal of a full-stack developer is not to be an expert in every pice of the stack, but have a solid understanding of how all the pieces fit together. As a full stack developer you will spend the rest of your life learning the nuances of the different layers of the stack. That is the fun thing about software engineering, there is always something new to learn. As soon as you get confutable in one language or framework something new will come along to throw you for a loop. That’s the fun part.

Tyler Pennell