What is a Full Stack developer?
Is it reasonable to expect mere mortals to have mastery over every facet of the development stack? Probably not, but Facebook can ask for it. I was told at OSCON by a Facebook employee that they only hire ‘Full Stack’ developers. Well, what does that mean? To me, a Full Stack Developer is someone with familiarity in each layer, if not mastery in many and a genuine interest in all software technology. Good developers who are familiar with the entire stack know how to make life easier for those around them. Server, Network, and Hosting Environment.This involves understanding what can break and why, taking no resource for granted.Appropriate use of the file system, cloud storage, network resources, and an understanding of data redundancy and availability is necessary.How does the application scale given the hardware constraints? Other Pieces of the Puzzle: Ability to write quality unit tests. Closing Thoughts: Technology start-ups need full stack developers for their versatility!
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