Full Stack Developers are highly skilled developers that can design both the front-end (i.e. the user end) and the back-end of a website.A ‘Full Stack’ refers to all the layers of a website or application, and includes all the hidden architecture, databases, and servers that the end user can’t see. As Full Stack Developers are responsible for both the front-end and back-end design of websites, they are excellent generalists that can straddle both worlds. As such, many organisations use them to translate between teams, or spot errors that a specialist may not notice. This means they have a broad set of responsibilities that may change depending on the current needs of the team or client with whom they work.However, in general, it is their responsibility to: Work with the client to define project requirements and objectives Manage databases and servers Work with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (and related frameworks) to craft client-facing sites or applications Create prototype sites (i.e. minimal viable product) Work with specialised developers and designers to create a fully-rounded product Cross-platform optimisation

What skills and qualifications should a Full Stack Developer have?

Full Stack Developers straddle the line between designer and coder. As such, they need to have a good understanding of both web development and design practices.While a tertiary education in computer science or software development is recommended, it is not necessary. Instead, Full Stack Developers should be able to demonstrate: Familiarity with WC3 standards Proficiency with front-end languages: HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript, and any related frameworks Proficiency with back-end languages: Python, Ruby, Java, PHP and .net, and any related frameworks Experience working with and building databases; SQL/NoSQL, Oracle, MongoDB Soft skills should include: Customer service Problem solving Attention to detail Creativity Communication Project management The ability to translate complex ideas for non-tech staff/customers
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