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How to Become a Full Stack Developer

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You might have heard the term full-stack developer on tech forums or in niche coding clubs at your school, and you might have started considering a career in programming, IT, or STEM. Whether you’re all too familiar with this term or if you’re simply looking around and researching for viable career options, here’s an ultimate rundown on how to become a full-stack developer.

What is a full-stack developer?

A full-stack developer is someone who works in the back-end (or server-side) of an application, as well as the front-end, which is what the users see. A lot of full-stack developers work in teams to collaborate on a project, but some modern-day full-stack developers are experienced generalists who can build a minimal product—like an application with enough functionality to please customers and encourage feedback for development—on their own.

To put it simply, these kinds of developers are the all-around athletes of the development world. They are savvy professionals who are capable of transitioning seamlessly from one environment to the next, and their boundless curiosities abound—it’s not enough to know that something is working, they need to understand the nitty-gritty why’s and how’s behind each functionality.

Does this sound like you? Well, read on, because in this article we talked to a senior full-stack developer from Penbrothers (a Filipino company offering global offshoring employment services for rapidly scaling startups), Arjohn (31), and he gave us some tips and guidance on how to become better at learning full-stack development, programming languages (and a golden opportunity for our graduating IT and STEM students in the end).

Sooo… what does a full-stack developer do?

Full-stack developers take on a broad set of responsibilities. They must be fluent in creating websites with a robust internal architecture and delivering an interactive and intuitive interface to clients. A full-stack developer must be well-versed in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and know their way around back-end technologies and database structures. 

These professionals usually work with a product through its initial creation until its final launch, using industry-standard practices to ensure that technical concerns are adequately addressed at every development stack level.

When Arjohn was starting out his career, being a full-stack developer back then wasn’t as widely known or in demand. “In 2014, I started working as a web developer, then suddenly there was a need for a full-stack developer. Then [the time] came that you always need to develop the backend, the front end, and handle your own server under your own design. So at that moment, I had to study it all because there was no one on my team that could help me.”

What training and experience should you have?

To become a full-stack developer, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with two basic web development concepts: the front end and the back end.

The front end, also known as the client-side or customer-facing side, refers to all the elements of a computer application that users interact with directly. By contrast, the back end encompasses all the behind-the-scenes tech that computes business logic, fulfills user requests, and permanently stores sensitive data.

You can think of the front end as the tip of an iceberg, while the bulk of the unseen back end extends far below the water’s surface.

What skills do you need to develop?

Full-stack developers need to develop a wide range of technical and problem-solving skills to become competent and equipped in what they do.

“Analytical skills, i-practice nila,” Arjohn advises, which refers to the ability to collect and analyze information, solve problems, and make decisions. He adds, “‘Yung programming language, pwede na sa next part na yun, but it’s better to have basic understanding, like JavaScript. Kasi sa JavaScript, secured ang future mo dun if aaralin mo sya.” 

Above all else, being an excellent full-stack developer requires flexibility and foresight to solve problems and handle situations that may arise. “Kailangan alam mo kung paano gagana ‘yung idedevelop mo,” he says. “If you saw a website, alam mo dapat kung paano siya magwo-work at paano siya naka-deploy.”

How can I be a full-stack developer?

For starting full-stack developers, or those still in uni for a full-stack development curriculum, Arjohn advises learning the basic and easy languages first. 

“Kung mag-iistart ka pa lang, I’d suggest easy languages like PHP, [wherein] mababa lang ang learning arc. And there’s another thing called Python. For beginners, I recommend going for either of these two.”

And if you want to upskill your full-stack development and analytical skills to prepare for a highly globalized and tech-driven world, you may want to check out PB Academy!

What is PB Academy?

PB Academy is a competitive online training program that addresses the gap in full-stack talent in the world. They want to invest in Filipino talent and upskill fresh graduates (and those who want to take their careers globally) into learning from the best and then launching them into lucrative careers as full-stack developers — and they aim to do this online in just 6 months, for free!

Who are eligible to apply?

PB Academy seeks out curious and willing learners who are graduating students in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, IT, or STEM-related fields.

For more information about eligibility, click here.

What can I expect to learn at PB Academy?

Aside from elevated learning in different programming languages and all-around full-stack development, PB Academy aims to expose learners to the fundamentals of agile development, collaboration, and teamwork 

After your 6-month training at PB Academy, you’ll be able to learn how to analyze a real-world problem and build a viable solution using full-stack dev skills, participate in real-life sprints that mimic real-world development processes, and be able to properly communicate your thought process and solution to management-level audiences. And, lastly, you’ll have the opportunity to be hired as a full-stack developer for one of Penbrothers’ awesome clients.

Does all of this sound too good to be true? We assure you it’s not! At PB Academy, you’ll learn how to hone your technical skills and find a successful career as a full-stack developer that’s ready to take on global challenges for a viable and global career. And we looove that for you, bestie! Apply to PB Academy now.

 

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