Hiring a Full Stack Developer? Read This First

No one wants to waste their time hiring someone who can't deliver on their promises.

So what's the best way to root out half stack developers and novice coders, from experienced full stack devs?

Simple. A proper understanding of the intricacies of full stack development!

So without further ado, let's jump right into it!

What is Full Stack?

All web-based applications are comprised of 2 layers.

The front interface of the application, or frontend, deals with the presentation of application, page, or service.

The operational part, or backend, deals with the information handling and validation.

Back in the day there was a prominent division between backend and frontend development, but now as organizations and businesses are continuously innovating, demand for full stack development is increasing each and every day.

A professional proficient in both frontend and backend technologies is called a full stack developer.

Next let's unravel what frontend and backend actually mean!

Frontend web

The user-facing (or client-facing) attributes of software is called the frontend.

Frontend web development deals with the visual elements of websites or applications.

It’s primary concerns are user interaction and visual experience.

Now that frontend development has been minimally defined, let's discuss the languages that comprise it.

Frontend Languages

The three generic languages that every web browser understand are JavaScript, CSS and HTML.

  1. HTML is all about content, it gives the basic structure to the webpage that appears in your browser every time you go to a website.
  2. CSS lets you modify the HTML elements of said webpage; it allows you to work with fonts, styles and other design elements to perfectly craft your desired aesthetic.
  3. JavaScript is a powerful scripting language that lets you enrich your HTML with interactivity, animation, and lively visual effects.

These 3 languages are the internet's foundational languages.

But wait, there's more (to frontend development).


Aesthetics is responsible for a webpage's design and feel.

Unfortunately, this used to be a neglected element of frontend design.

Applications would display options and functions randomly, and user interaction was often overlooked.

Due to this, the navigational pattern was usually very hard for a general user to understand.

Fortunately, times have changed, and modern web design better incorporates aesthetically awe inspiring designs, that leave users fully entranced!

Mobile Friendliness:

Mobile Friendliness or responsiveness -- means a website or application looks and works seamlessly on any mobile device, like a tablet or a smartphone.

No matter how stunning or masterful a website is, if it isn't accessible it's virtues are all for naught.

For that reason, providing responsive access to your webpage's content on every medium is extremely important!

Don't lose visitors due to an absence of mobile friendliness.

Here's a couple things you should expect from a mobile-friendly website:

  • Good readability
  • Easy Navigation
  • Prominent controls and buttons
  • Small Footprint (faster load time)
  • Mobile Optimized Look


UI and UX are short for User Interface and User Experience.

User experience (UX) denotes the experience a person has interacting with your software application.

User Interface (UI) is the graphical bridge between your frontend and the UX.

These 2 concepts are paramount in all modern web applications, and in frontend development as a whole.

Good user interface equals good user experience, which equals greater potential for your visitors to act in accordance to your business's goals.

Now that we've covered frontend, let's discuss backend!

Backend web:

The backend can be described as the behind the scenes cogs controlling the application's underlying functionality.

A backend developer leverages languages such as PHP, NodeJS, Python, and Java to make a website function as it should.

This can apply to:

  • Database Connections
  • API Utility
  • Server Management
  • Custom Integrations
  • And much more!

Let's go over a couple of these technologies, and the purpose they serve your application.


Databases store your website's data, so that confidential information isn't just displayed for all to see, and only the data that is needed is queried.

A backend developer should without a doubt know how data is stored and accessed in a data-driven website.

They also need to know the benefits of RDBMS (Relational Database Management System) and the connection techniques of a database with backend languages.

API Utility:

Our discourse of backend technologies is incomplete without discussing APIs (Application Programming Interfaces).

The primary function of an API is to seamlessly connect applications, services, and databases.

APIs help to replace complicated programming and play a very vital role in server-side software architecture design.

If you want to know more about APIs and what they're capable check this article.

Server Management:

Server-side programming languages are needed to establish communication amid the application, database, and server.

The commonly used languages are PHP, Python,, Java, and Ruby.

There are two types of servers i.e. Database Servers and Application Servers.

The core function of database servers is to provide database services.

These servers are employed to find, change, and save data, and are accessed through backend programming languages.

An application server is used to handle transaction-based complex applications.

This program carries out all secure application operations between users and backend business applications or databases of an organization.

Save Time, Stress, and Hassle - Hire a Pro:

As discussed, a full stack developer is a skilled professional, capable of developing and managing web applications single-handedly.

From a business perspective, they're like a one-stop shop!

A capable & convenient entity for immediate business solutions.

When hiring be sure that your perspective candidate truly fits the bill, rather than wastes your time, and makes you pay the bill.

It can be tough finding someone that actually does good work, communicates, and takes the weight off your shoulders.

If you want to skip the overhead involved in finding a professional full stack developer --

Just send me a message to fully discuss your project's details, and get down to business!