From the outside, it’s tempting to see a Web Developer as just a person who makes sites. However, the Internet is more complex than we give it credit for – most focus on specific sides of development: front end, back end, and full stack.
So what’s the difference?
- Front End: What users interact with. Generally speaking, this refers to the “visible” part of the website. Front end developers tend to be more design-oriented.
- Back End: As opposed to Front End, back-end developers construct the structure that the site is made out of. This means database, servers, and applications. It should be noted that “back-end developers” aren’t as heavily advertised for. This shouldn’t mean that front-end developers are more valuable, however – back-end is usually requested in terms of specific languages.
- Full Stack: Full Stack, as you may have guessed, is a hybrid of both. As development continues to blur in the terms of front and back end, increasing amounts of developers are falling along these lines. A full stack developer, however, is not necessarily someone who does (or can) create the entire site by themselves.
So full stack – that’s the way to go, right? Not necessarily. While full stack is valuable, so is someone who has their skills specialized in the front or back end. It’s worth looking into each of these options to determine what you may be happiest developing skills for.