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Find Out About Full Stack Web Development

With an interest in becoming a professional writer, I earned my BA in Professional Writing, while teaching myself web coding.

What Is Full Stack Web Development?

If you have heard of Full Stack Web Development and wondered what the term means, I will break it all down for you right here. What used to be separate careers (e.g., frontend developer, backend developer) is now fused together in the Full Stack Web Developer who is often referred to as a jack-of-all-trades. This developer must, in fact, learn various skillsets.

What to Know:

  • Frontend Dev
    (e.g., HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, React)
  • Backend Dev
    (e.g., PHP, Python, Ruby, Java)
  • Database Management
    (e.g., SQL, MySQL)
  • Stack
    (e.g., MEAN/MERN stack)

What Is Frontend Development?

Frontend code is loaded by the site visitor’s browser (e.g., Google Chrome, Internet Edge). Since such code gets loaded by the browser, it is easy for the developer to test. You merely save your files on the computer and then open them with the browser.

Coding Languages

The three frontend languages to learn are HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript and they are for content, style and performance respectively.

Frameworks

In reality, React is not a framework, but rather a JavaScript library. However, it has taken the place of the framework Angular for the MERN Stack. As we will explore below, the MERN stack is a popular framework to build an entire site.

What Is Backend Development?

Backend code is loaded by the server. For this reason, the developer needs a server running on their computer to test it. A popular free server package, for instance, is XAMPP. Developed by Apache Friends, it is a great option.

XAMPP

X (Cross-Platform)

A (Apache)

M (MySQL)

P (PHP)

P (Perl)

What Is the MERN Stack?

The MERN stack is a popular variant of the MEAN stack.

MERN Stack

M (mongoDB)

E (Express)

R (React)

N (Node)

With the underlying technology of JavaScript, the MERN stack has grown in popularity over recent years. It features a NoSQL database (mongoDB), an Express server, a React JavaScript Library, and a Node.js runtime environment. And, as mentioned above, the Angular framework of the MEAN stack was replaced by the React library in this stack.

In short, if you are interested in coding powerful full stack sites, MERN is definitely a great way to go. For example, go to the job site Indeed and search React for remote jobs. There are plenty.

Find Out More About Full Stack Dev

All things considered, Full Stack Web Development is a great career to have. After all, the Internet is not going to disappear anytime soon. Thus, there will always be the need for powerful websites and web apps such as Facebook, Amazon, and Netflix.

In fact, tech jobs are the careers of the future. Besides, while Python is interesting language to code a backend with, it is a transferable skillset, as it is also used for Data Science, Machine Learning, and Ethical Hacking (amongst other things).

In short, coding is the way of the future. Don't get left behind.

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