Skills Required to Become Full Stack .NET Web Developer

Introduction

In this article, I would like to share some of the important key skills required to become a Full Stack Web Developer of .NET. In other terms, Full Stack Web Developer is also noted as a Web Stack Developer (Mainly works in Web-based application developments). In this article, we will see the following.
  • Background
  • Skills Required for Full Stack Developers
  • How to Improve my skills 
  • Conclusion 
Background 

I thought of sharing my experience "How I became a Full Stack Developer in .NET". This article is based on my own experience, how I worked hard to become a full stack developer and what are the skills I developed to become a Full Stack Developer. If you follow the steps and improve your skills, then you can shine as a better developer than others. 

Definition of Full Stack Developer

A person who is capable to work on the front-end and back-end of an application is known as a Full-Stack Developer. It's not mandatory that you should have a piece of strong knowledge in both Front-end and Back-end. It is enough to be able to work with technologies in front-end and back-end.

Skills required for Full Stack Web Developer

This session covers the very important skills required as follows, 
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Bootstrap 
  • JavaScript 
  • jQuery 
  • AJAX
  • Angular
  • C# (Where our logical operations take place. Here, we are considering .NET, so it's C#) 
  • .NET Core
  • Database
HTML

HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language, which is used to create web pages. It is one of the most powerful languages to create a website and very simple to learn. The HTML elements are represented by Tags. Those tags are rendered as Page Content on the website. 

CSS

CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheet. It will add look and styles to the HTML tags and as a result, the site looks and feels good. We cannot do styling with HTML tags; this is why we have to use CSS. 

Bootstrap 

It's a framework which is used for designing a website or web page. It contains HTML and CSS based design templates. 

JavaScript

JavaScript is an object-oriented scripting language. It is open source and cross-platform. Mostly in Web applications, JavaScript is used on Client-Side (DOM). So, whenever the user clicks the submit button, the validation process is done. If the validation is true, then it would be submitted to the web server.

jQuery 

jQuery is a collection of JavaScript library functions. It is also open source and mostly it is designed to simplify the client-side scripting of HTML. The main purpose of jQuery is to provide an easy way to use JavaScript on websites to make them more interactive and attractive. 

AJAX

Asynchronous JavaScript And XML (AJAX) is a technique for creating better, faster, and more interactive web applications with the help of XML, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
 
Angular 
 
Nowadays, Angular is also most preferred skills among many companies for DOT NET Developers. So we should be strongly skilled in Angular as well. Angular is a platform that makes it easy to build applications with the web. Angular combines declarative templates, dependency injection, end to end tooling, and integrated best practices to solve development challenges.
 
C# 

C# is an object-oriented language. In our web application, all the logical operations are carried in this part. And also our Database connectivity is done here. The complicated codes are run in C#. 
 
.NET Core
 
The booming .NET technology is .NET Core. It is an Open Source general-purpose development platform which is maintained by Microsoft and the .NET Community. Some features of .NET Core, 
  • Cross-platform
  • Consistent across architectures
  • Command-line tools
  • Flexible deployment
  • Compatible
  • Open source
  • Supported by Microsoft
Database 

A database is a structured set of data held in a computer. There many databases such as MS-SQL Server, MySQL Server, Oracle. based on the requirement we have to choose.

Apart from the above-stated technologies, there are some new technologies, which are also used for web application development. But you need not be master of this, but you need to know the basics since these are emerging technologies. You can use these based on your application requirements.
 
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One of the key reasons organizations hire full-stack developers so one developer can do it all. Doing all means gathering requirements from business owner/user, converting those requirements into software, testing it, demoing it, and deploying it. Now, the role of a full stack developer varies from organization to organization depending on several factors such as the size of the organization, software development philosophy, team size, delivery cycles, and so on. Some product owners also like to control their own way. But the general idea of being a full stack developer is, to do it all.
 
Visual Studio

Experience workting with various features of Visual Studio (whichever version your team is using) is a must. Visual Studio is the most powerful IDE for developers. Knowing its toolset and how to use them helps developers save time and speed up the development. 
 
DevOps

A good full stack Web developer should understand the full development life cycle and how various DevOps tools are used in the development including dev, testing, QA, deployment, and event configuring environments. At end of the day, a company expects a full stack developer to know everything, not just coding.
 
Testing
 
A full stack developer should also be a good tester. Not only should be able to test the functionality, but should undertanad performance and speed of a website, usability, and experience. 
 
Software Design skills
 
Software design is usually done by architects but in most projects that are small and where full-stack developers are deployed, developers usually end up doing it all. So, having software design and architecture skills are always helpful.
 
Version control 
 
Code version control is another important skill to have to become a full stack developer.
 
Communication and presentation 
 
As mentioned earlier, a full stack developer may need to communicate with application users and business owners and hence should have communication and presentation skills. 
 
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How to improve your skills to become a Full Stack Web Developer

The best only way to become a Full Stack Web Developer is by doing the practical experiments. First, learn the concept, then implement that one. Practice and practice! This is the only key to gaining  programming knowledge.

Conclusion

As I stated earlier, you do not want to be the master in all technologies, but you need the capability to work on these technologies. I hope this article was useful. We'll see some other concepts in my next article.