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The challenge of employment as a full stack developer

The full stack developer is one of the most sought-after employees in web development. A full stack developer must be proficient in both front-and back-and technologies for the web, as well as in app security. Today, the job requires familiarity with databases, HTML, PHP, CSS, JavaScript and much more, including the ability to code the front-end of websites and applications from Photoshop designs.

The full stack developer is likely to play an increasingly important part in the future of web development, especially as the field continues to increase in scope and complexity. A developer who can communicate about and work on a website’s look and feel as well as manipulating data and managing its backend will offer a great deal of value to development teams and organizations.

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Skills required by a full stack developer

A full stack developer possesses a pretty big toolbelt when it comes to skills in web development.

In system administration, a full stack developer must be a whiz with Linux, which powers most of the Internet today. And with the rapid growth of cloud hosting, full stack developers must know their way around Amazon, Rackspace and other cloud hosting providers. Understanding how to work with search servers and caching is also critical.

In back-end tech, a full stack developer should know how to set up applications like Apache and Nginx, to work with programming languages like PHP, NodeJS and Ruby, and to manage databases such as MySQL, MongoDB, Cassandra and others.

For front-end tech, knowledge of JavaScript is essential for the full stack developer. That’s alongside HTML and HTML5, CSS and responsive design.

Then there’s mobile technology – un understanding of iOS, Android and developing platforms like PhoneGap and Appcelerator will be critical as mobile and web technologies continue to converge.

Security and the full stack developer

As applications continue to be the #1 vector for attackers seeking to breach enterprise security, the full stack developer must have a working knowledge ofapplication security best practices. When writing code for web applications, developers must be able to avoid threats such as a cross site scripting vulnerability or Java SQL injection. Superior developers will also know how to integrateapp security testing into the development process.

Veracode can help. With a suite of automated, cloud-based application security testing services, Veracode enables developers to address security concerns by testing applications at every stage of the SDLC – from inception through production. With results returned quickly and prioritized by severity of the threat, Veracode is the perfect agile testing technology, enabling the full stack developer to improve application security without hindering forward progress on development timelines.

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