Tip 1: Find your niche.

Most pursuits for success begin with not knowing where you want to be.

True. You may argue, full stack is about learning it all.

But that’s where you’re mistaken. Full stack means identifying where you want to excel and then creating the path that gets you there.

First: identify business and customer needs.

And second: Decide your area of focus.

Web technologies – such as Javascript – for example, are today a lucrative path for many. If you too relate to this area, then your full stack would, for example, consist of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, general-purpose programming languages, database systems, web server, deployment operating systems, payment systems and a version-control system. This on its own will get you a long way.


Tip 2: One language, not all.

With your focus in place, you next need to zoom in on the technologies you’re your stack will need.

Here too, most developers try to learn all that they can. Doing that is not only overwhelming but given the kind of technology range available out there, it’s close to impossible.

What you need to do then, is to focus on learning a few important technologies. For example, you needn’t worry if you don’t know all the general-purpose programming languages. You can choose to learn either Python, Ruby, PHP or the others.

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Tip 3: Iron out the kinks

Now, this is something we’ve been learning since the days we went to school. When you’re clear on your fundamentals all else becomes easy.

Full stack developers need to be comfortable with both the backend and front end of software development. The base of most web development is JavaScript & HTML/CSS, so at a beginner level, strengthen your knowledge on these.

To know how good you are, test your skills by creating basic pages.

Your knowledge should has about servers, networks, hosting environments, algorithms, data structures, programming languages, and databases should be absolutely clear before you move up your stack.

And most importantly, you should be able to create the link between each piece of the puzzle.

It’s not about knowing single pieces of information, it’s about connecting the dots.

Tip 4: Jack of all trades, king of one

As you expaind your knowledge , you will quickly learn that it’s difficult to gain expertise in all that you do so you should feel confortable with working with the all the inportant technology .

That comfort level will improve with practical experience. And while you’re doing that, make one technology your main focus. This will provide you with an edge over your competitors and allow you to deliver some amazing results. Choose wisely, though, your specialty should align with what your clients need most.

Don’t give up. In fact, this is where most developers fail, trying to master too much.


Tip 5: Taking a Course

Even if you’ve prepared properly, you’ll need to be ready to learn new things on demand.

Basically, you need to be prepared to learn anything and everything that comes your way. To do this, consider taking up an online course.

There are many organizations that offer them. The Odin Project is one good resource. Treehouse, Codecademy are other great resources as well.

Steer clear from courses that are too expensive and promise to take you from zero to the top in a matter of hours!

Opt for courses that have a good mentoring background, suit your schedule and come with coding projects and one on one or group-based tutoring sessions that allow you to learn quickly and get hands on experience as well.


Tip 6: Building a network

The best way to stay relevant in the market is to stay up to date. Heck, it’s the only way. For this, build a network of peers online.

There are many options to join a community. Social media sites, online forums, chat rooms and groups offer a great way to do so.

I especially recommend looking at various slack groups, like slashrocket – a community of developers.

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These networks link you up with people sharing similar interests. Moreover, such platforms give you instant access to different ways of thinking and advice too.


Tip 7: Make something on your own

It’s finally all about creating a good quality product, an easy to use end-user experience and great functionality.

As a full stack expert, the diversions with so much technology can be tempting. But it is important not to lose focus on what your end product should look like.

You must be able to see, feel and experience your end product. You must be able to build it securely. It must serve the purpose it was conceptualized for. And when you have such focus, working towards it becomes much easier and much faster.

Build something on your own. Learn about building something with a specific purpose in mind. In any case, it can always function as something you can show off.