What's the difference between front-end, back-end and full stack developers? Front end developers focus on what's in front of users, while back end developers work with the technology that connects to databases and other software that is hidden from the users. Full-stack developers are involved with the entire stack, the technologies used in the front as well as on the back end.
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That type of development is called back-end development because most of the action is not happening in front of the user, but on a server in the background. Someone who works with all the different layers of web development is sometimes referred to as a full-stack developer. Realistically, all web developers have to have an understanding of the whole stack. A stack is the set of the tools, both front-end and back-end, that a company uses to build its web presence. A true full-stack developer is a unicorn among developers. They are very few and far between.
Now all developers are expected to know enough about front-end and back-end tools and then specialize on different parts of the process.
- Types of web developers
- Servers and databases
- Getting web development training
- Choosing the right tools
- Getting a job