Have you ever wondered what “full stack” actually means?
Software development is a broad industry with many niches. These niches include back-end development, front-end development, full stack development, web development, database design, mobile development, and more. This article will help you understand the differences between these types.
Full Stack Development
Full stack development is the combination of front-end and back-end. Most projects require full stack development. For example, this website includes front-end and back-end. If a site was only front-end, no data could be saved for later uses because there’d be no database to store it in. Applications that are back-end only are unusable for everyone but developers and database admins.
Developers do best when they can specialize in either front-end or back-end development, rather than trying to master it all. This is why at SlideWave we’ve developed a complementary team of experts.
Is Full Stack Development Right for Your Project?
All projects require full stack development at some stage. It’s a matter of what degree of investment is required for each side. If you’re selling concert tickets, your back-end is going to be hugely important. Being able to quickly process transactions with extreme accuracy is huge. The front-end design may improve usability, but poor back-end development will break your business. For other businesses, the front-end design is paramount. If you have a website that showcases a photography portfolio, maybe you don’t need an optimized back-end.
The mistake that many make is under-pricing their project because they assume that what they see is the entirety of the development needed. A smooth shopping cart system may look easy, but the implementation, development, optimization, testing, and maintenance that goes into it isn’t easy or cheap. Understanding the entirety of what is at stake and what’s involved will help you budget and estimate more accurately.
How to Pick a Full Stack Developer or Development Team
As mentioned earlier, we recommend that you search for a full stack development team rather than a full stack developer. A team should include, at minimum:
- a user experience/user interface (UX/UI) designer
- a back-end developer who can write code in NodeJS/C#/Java/SQL/PHP (depending on the environment)
- if working with reporting: a database specialist who can optimize data warehouses, database design, performance, and reporting
SlideWave is an agile, full stack development team that focuses on high performance and complex software projects. Think 3D simulation, "soup to nuts" enterprise automation, and web-based applications. To learn more about us, click here.