This blog will make clear the benefits of having full stack development skills when creating your software product. Software products depends on a “stack” of technologies to create a completed, useable product that consists of both client side and server layers. FSD is the method we use to complete a web build or mobile application effectively from beginning to end.
A Full-Stack Web Developer is someone who can create a software product from the back end (database) right through to the front end (interface). At bitjam, we develop software and applications using full stack development meaning we are competent handling all aspects of a software project.
As a software development company we focus on the full cycle, from design, prototype, full system development and deployment. Having full stack developers means we are able to work quickly and efficiently.
Three Key Roles
Apart from the project manager, there are three crucial roles required to complete a software product. The web developer, the front end developer and the back end developer.
- The web developer creates custom graphics, and designs the structure and format of a site
- The back end developer is the work going on the “behind-the-scenes”, database, such as the internal machinery running on the server which relays data to the front end display
Skills at bitjam
So what are the skills required to become a full stack developer?
Our developers at bitjam are able to work quickly, be alert and reactive to changes required or issues that arise in either the front end of back end systems, and can reliably work to project deadlines because they have all of the necessary FSD skills meaning they don’t have to rely on other contributors to complete.
At bitjam we also adopt test driven development to continuously monitor our progress and allow for build repairs as we work. This is the process of writing functional code that is built in tests that runs to check that the code is working. As more code is written, we run these tests to ensure that we haven’t broken anything that was previously built. This allows us to remain, agile, reactive, lucid and reliable throughout the projects, and maintaining the workflow.
Software release cycle
We work to a software release life cycle in order to meticulously plan the project and keep to deadlines. The software release life cycle is the stages of development and maturity of a piece of software which requires both alpha and beta testing phases.
Alpha phase: this is the phase that launches software testing. The first phase of the release cycle in which methods and features are tried and tested. The alpha phase may look very different to the finished product but it allows for co-production techniques to be applied to the creative process, ensuring an efficient workflow and establishing the end result to be achieved to the deadline.
Beta phase: this is the second phase of the release life cycle. It’s usually the first time the software is available outside of bitjam, and may still contain some issues but it serves as a demonstration to clients to establish that the project is on the right track.
Full stack development allows the software release life cycle to remain on track, efficient and reliable, consistently delivering projects to deadline. If you would like to discuss a software product with us, and learn more about how our FSD approach can support your project, contact Carl Plant here.