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How to Become a Successful Full Stack Web Developer?

Full stack developer roles are among the hottest careers in the tech space now. These talented folks can develop a whole product from scratch. A full stack developer is a combination of Front-end developer and Backend developer. These two in themselves are full time jobs and most people make careers out of one of them. So, we will start with Front-end roadmap and then go to Back-end roadmap. A person interested in becoming a Full-stack developer needs to have proficiency in both the front end and back-end tools, just like I started as a Front-end developer and later on become a Full stack developer by mastering JavaScript backend technologies and databases.The demand for Full Stack Web DeveloperThe demand for Full stack developers is the highest in early-stage startups, where they want to create a Minimum Viable Product at the earliest to showcase to the investors. It is also a nice skill to have in addition to frontend technologies or backend technologies alone, since an employer prefers people with both skills.There are a lot of technologies to learn to be a Full-Stack developer. We will discuss about them in the coming sections.   List of technologies to master to become a Full-Stack developer A full-stack developer is actually a combination of Frontend developer and Backend developer. We need to master both, and both have different Roadmaps. Let’s start with the basics. The frontend is the web-site which we see and it is primarily made with HTML and CSS.  JavaScript was also used earlier but nowadays, it is created with JavaScript frameworks like ReactJS, Angular or Vue. All these frameworks require one to learn the basics of HTML, CSS, & JavaScript. So, we need to learn the basics followed by at least one framework.In the backend we have a lot of technologies and databases also. So, we need to choose one backend framework from Java (Spring Framework), JavaScript (NodeJS) etc and then also learn databases. Databases are divided into two categories, which is NoSQL(MongoDB) and SQL(PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle) databases. So, you need to choose one of the databases.We are also required to know about DevOps, which is a practice of harmonizing development and operations whereby the entire pipeline from development, testing, deployment, continuous integration and feedback is automated. The knowledge of either AWS or Azure based cloud ecosystem is required, and also CI/CD like Jenkins and containerizing & orchestrating applications using Docker and Kubernetes.1. Frontend RoadmapLearn the BasicsPlease refer to the attached figure for Front-end roadmap, as we will be referring to this throughout this article. We have to start our journey by learning HTML, CSS and JavaScript which is the base for a web-app or website. HTML has changed a bit over the years, with the introduction of HTML 5 and semantics tags, so make sure to update yourself. JavaScript which was released in 1995, didn’t change much during the next 20 years. But once more and more developers started using it, the ECMA committee decided to add some very nice features and enhance the language, and renamed it ES6 in 2015. After that they regularly added new features to the language and have just released ES2020 in June 2020, which has many additional features. So, learn the basic JavaScript first and then upgrade to ES6 and newer versions. CSS is what makes a website or web-app beautiful, and is often considered the hardest part by a developer. Earlier, CSS was very confusing and had a steep learning curve, because of the use of floats to create a layout. Developers usually used to work with CSS frameworks like bootstrap to design a site. But things have changed a lot with the invention of CSS Grid and Flexbox. Some of the best resources to learn the basics are - html.specdeveloper.mozilla.HTMLStyle CSSdeveloper.mozilla.CSSdeveloper.mozilla.JavaScriptGetting Deeper Now, just learning JavaScript and some basic CSS will not make you a good Front-end developer as you have to take a deep dive into JavaScript. We will discuss CSS later, after learning the essentials of JavaScript.JavaScript EssentialsThere are many things associated with JavaScript which we need to learn before moving forward.The Terminal The first thing to learn is to work in a terminal, and master some of the basic commands. If you are on a Mac, it’s already based on Linux and runs most Linux commands. If you are working on Windows then you must install git bash, which will give you a Linux environment to work with. In JavaScript frameworks, we need to run a lot of commands from the terminal, like if we want to install a third-party dependency by npm.  The basics of Linux can be learnt from their official site.1. Linux FoundationVersion ControlNext, learning version control is very important because we should always keep our code in some remote repository like Github. The industry works on Git, which is version control software. It is completely command-based and is used heavily everywhere. Learn the basic commands which will be useful even for an individual developer. Later on, when working with teams, more advanced knowledge of the git command is required.Through the git commands, we store our code in repositories. The most popular ones are Github and Bit Bucket, so we need to learn how to store and link them.The basics of git can be learnt from this awesome tutorial.1. Git TutorialTask Runners   Task runners are applications which are used to automate tasks required in projects. These tasks include minification of JavaScript and CSS files, CSS preprocessing like from SASS to CSS, image optimization and Unit testing. The three popular task runners are npm scripts, gulp and grunt. The npm script is nothing but the package.json file which comes with React projects or is created in a Node.js project using npm init. Gulp and Grunt are much bigger applications and also have a plugin ecosystem that is suited for large JavaScript projects. The basics for these two technologies can be learnt from here. 1. Gulp2. GruntModule Loader and Bundler  Both module loaders and bundlers are required for large JavaScript applications. Knowledge of both is required, if the project you are working is a big Vanilla JavaScript project. When a large JavaScript application consists of hundreds of files, the module loader takes care of the dependency and makes sure all the modules are loaded when the application is executed. Examples are RequireJS and SystemJS.Module bundlers also do the same thing, building it at the time of application build rather than at the runtime. Popular examples are Webpack and Rollup. 1. RequireJS2. Github3. Webpack4. RollupJSTesting  Testing nowadays is very important in any type of project. There are two types of testing; one is known as Unit testing and other as end-to-end testing. For unit testing we write test cases and the most popular tool nowadays is Jest. End-to-end testing is automated testing, which emulates the whole app. Suppose, an app has a login screen and then it shows posts. The testing tool will run the web-app to check whether all the functionalities are done correctly. The two most popular options today are Puppeteer and Cypress. The tutorials to refer for these topics are - 1. Jest2. Puppeteer3. CypressLibraries and FrameworkThey are the most important part of the JavaScript ecosystem nowadays. It all started with the release of AngularJS in 2010. Before that period most enterprise apps were made in Java and were desktop apps. But AngularJS changed everything, because it made it easy to manage big projects with JavaScript and helped to create complex web-apps.1. React   It is the most popular JavaScript library today and is used by both enterprises and startups that have a huge ecosystem. It is not a complete framework like Angular and we have to install third party dependencies for most things. But if you want to learn a framework that will get you a job, then that framework would be ReactJS, and its demand is not going away for the next 5 years. The component approach and its easy learning curve have made React more popular than other frameworks. A good starting tutorial for React is1. ReactJSState Management   In React state management can sometimes become complex, when we need to share data between components. We generally take help of external packages in it with the most popular being Redux. But we also have other state management libraries like XState and Recoil. Server-side rendering   With performance becoming important nowadays, Server-Side Rendering speeds up the React projects even faster. In SSR projects, the React code is rendered on the server and the client browser directly receives the HTML, CSS, JS bundle. The only framework to do it is NextJS. Static Site Generators   Lot of sites don’t need to be updated frequently and it is the place where the only Static Site Generator for ReactJS, which is GatsbyJS shines. With the help of GatsbyJS we can create extremely fast static sites and it gets into Wordpress domain a lot with it. GatsbyJS also has a huge ecosystem of plugins, which enhances its functionalities. React Testing   Unit testing is a very important part of ReactJS projects, especially the ones which are very large. Unit testing ensures that we have lower bugs in Production build. The two popular libraries are – Enzyme and Jest. 2. Angular    It is a complete framework and unlike React requires very few external dependencies. Everything is built within Angular and we don’t have to go outside for more features. Since it was among the earliest frameworks, older projects are in Angular and it is still widely used in enterprises. A good tutorial to learn Angular is below. Angular3. Vue    Vue is another very popular JavaScript library, which has the best features of both ReactJS and Angular and has become very popular in recent years. It is widely used in both enterprise and startups. A good tutorial to start with Vue is below. Vue4. NuxtJS   It is used for Server-Side Rendering in Vue projects and is similar to the NextJS framework used in ReactJS for SSR.  5. Svelte    It is the newest of all frameworks/libraries and has become quite popular, but still not used much in enterprises and startups. It is different from React, Vue and Angular and converts the app at build time rather than at run time as in the other three. Good tutorials to start with Svelte are below. SvelteSvelte handbookCSS Deep DiveA lot has changed in CSS after it included CSS Grid and Flexbox; it has become much easier for developers to work with. CSS Essentials   It is now mandatory for frontend developers to learn CSS Grid and Flexbox, because through it we can develop beautiful layouts with ease. More companies are moving away from CSS Frameworks and have started working with CSS Grid and Flexbox, which are now supported by all browsers. Good tutorials to learn Flexbox and CSS Grid are below. CSS FlexboxCSS GridCSSPreprocessors  CSS preprocessors are used to add special functionalities in CSS, which it lacks. An example is Sass, which adds special features like variables and nested rules in CSS and is widely used in the industry for larger projects. The other popular one is PostCSS, in which we can use custom plugin and tools in CSS. CSS Frameworks  Frameworks were very popular from the early days of CSS, when it was very complicated because of floats. Bootstrap  This is the most popular and oldest CSS framework; easy to learn and also has a wide variety of elements, templates and interfaces. Bulma   It is another CSS framework, which is very popular and much easier to use than bootstrap. Tailwind CSS   This is a fairly new CSS framework and is quite popular nowadays. It follows a different approach than the other frameworks and contains easier classes. Styled Components (React)   This is a CSS in JS library and is for React only. It is used to create components out of every style and is very popular in the React world.  CI/CDThe Continuous Integration/ Continuous deployment is mainly used by DevOps. But a frontend engineer should know its basics. It is used to build, test and deploy applications automatically.Github Actions    It is a freely available CI/CD pipeline, which directly integrates to your github based project and can be used in a variety of languages. Deployment It is again a task which mainly falls into the domain of Backend engineers and DevOps, but a frontend engineer should know some basic and simple tools. Static Deployment   These products are mainly used to deploy static sites, which consists of HTML, CSS and JavaScript only. Two very popular services are Amazon S3 and Surge.sh Node Application Deployment   The projects containing node code cannot be deployed using static deployment. Even if the project is a simple ReactJS project, it also uses node for processing. These applications require services which run the Node code and deploy it. The three most popular services are Vercel, Firebase and Netlify. 2. Backend Roadmap (Including Storage, Services & Deployment)Understanding the BackendBackend is the part of the website that provides the functionality, allowing people to browse their favorite site, purchase a product and log into their account, for instance. All data related to a user or a product or anything else are generally stored in databases or CMS (Content Management System) and when a user visits any website, they are retrieved from there and shown. One of the responsibilities of a backend engineer involves writing APIs, which actually interact with the database and get the data. They are also involved in writing schemas of database and creating the structure of databases. Backend EssentialsFor a backend engineer, working in a Linux environment is an essential skill. A lot of the configurations are done on the terminal. So, he or she should be very good with Linux commands.Also, they should know both commands and the use of any git powered platforms like Github or bitbucket.Languages and FrameworksAll of the popular languages have some framework, which has been used for backend development. These frameworks are generally used to create API endpoints, which are used to fetch or store data in the database. For example, when we scroll articles on Facebook, these articles are fetched from a database and we use the GET method to fetch them. Similarly, when we write an article and hit submit, it uses POST method.Now, different frameworks implement this GET, POST and other APIs also referred to as RESTful APIs in their own way.Java   Java is by far the oldest and the most used language for backend development. It is also used for a variety of other tasks like Android development, but it shines in the backend because of its multithreading abilities. So, enterprise grade web-apps and web-apps with a lot of traffic prefer Java, because it handles loads better. The most popular frameworks for backend development in Java are Spring Framework and Hibernate. Some good beginner's tutorials are - 1. Spring framework2. Hibernate3. JavatpointJavaScript   It is a very popular choice for backend development, because on the frontend side JavaScript is the only choice. So, a lot of frontend engineers can take this choice to become Full-stack developers. Node.js   It allows developers to use JavaScript to write server-side code, through which they can write APIs. Actually, the API part can be done by numerous frameworks of Node.js out of which Express is widely used. The other popular framework is Fastify. Some good beginner's tutorials are - 1. Nodejs2. ExpressJs3. fastifyPython   Python is one of the most popular languages among developers and has been used in a variety of fields. The two most popular frameworks for Python are Flask and Django. Some good beginner tutorials are - 1. Flask2. DjangoC#   It is a very popular programming language which was developed by Microsoft and it has the power of C++. Its popularity increased once the .NET framework was released for backend development. As Microsoft is very popular in enterprises, the .NET framework is generally preferred in enterprises. A good tutorial to learn .NET is - 1. Dotnet2. Dotnet FrameworkGo  Go language which is also referred to as Golang, has gained popularity in recent years. It is used a lot in Backend programming and the two popular frameworks are Gin and Beego. DatabaseFor a Backend engineer, after making APIs with framework based on language, it's time to learn about Databases. Databases are used to store most of the things which we see in a web-app, from user login credentials to user posts and everything else. In the earlier days we only used to have one type of Database and that was Relational databases, which use tables to store data. Now we have two other categories also, one being NoSQL databases and the other In-memory databases. 1. Relational databases   Relational databases allow you to create, update and delete data stored in a table format. This type of database mostly uses SQL language to access the data, hence is also known as an SQL database. MySQL  It is one of the oldest databases and was released in 1995. It is an open-source database and was very popular in the 2000s with the rise of LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) stack. It is still widely in use, but there are other popular Relational databases. A good tutorial to learn MySQL is - 1. MySQLPostgreSQL  PostgreSQL, which is also known as Postgres is also an old open-source Relational database, which was released in 1996. But it gained popularity recently, as it goes very well with modern stacks containing NodeJS and other backend technologies. A good tutorial to learn PostgreSQL is - 1. PostgreSQLOracle is the most popular and oldest relational database. It was released in 1979 and still remains the number one preference for enterprise customers. All the big banks and other organizations, run on Oracle databases. So, the knowledge of Oracle is a must in many companies for an Engineer. A good tutorial to learn Oracle is - 1. OracleMS-SQL  MS-SQL is also known as Microsoft SQL and is yet another commercial Relational database. It has got different editions, used by different audiences. It is also heavily used by enterprise users and powers a whole lot of big systems around the world. A good tutorial to learn MS-SQL is - 1. SQLServer2. NoSQL databases  NoSQL databases are also called non-SQL databases. The NoSQL databases mainly store data as key-value pairs, but some of them also use a SQL-like structure. These databases have become hugely popular in the 21st century, with the rise of large web-apps which have a lot of concurrent users. These databases can take huge loads, even millions of data connections, required by web-apps like Facebook, Amazon and others. Beside this, it is very easy to horizontally scale  a NoSQL database by adding more clusters, which is a problem in Relational Databases. MongoDB  It is the most popular NoSQL database, used by almost every modern app. It is a free to use database, but the hosting is charged if we host on popular cloud services like MongoDB atlas. Its knowledge is a must for backend engineers, who work on the modern stack. MongoDB uses json like documents to store data. A good tutorial to learn MongoDB is - 1. MongodbIt is a proprietary database service provided by Amazon. It is quite similar to MongoDB and uses key-value pairs to store data. It is also a part of the popular AWS services. A good tutorial to learn DynamoDB is-DynamoDBCassandra is an open-source and free to use NoSQL database . It takes a different approach when compared to other NoSQL databases, because we use commands like SQL, which are known as CQL (Cassandra Query Language). A good tutorial to learn Cassandra is - Cassandra3. In-memory databases   The in-memory database is a database, which keeps all of the data in the RAM. This means it is the fastest among all databases.  The most popular and widely used in-memory database is Redis. Redis  Redis (Remote Dictionary Server) is an in-memory database, which stores data in RAM in a json like key-value format. It keeps the data persistent by updating everything in the transaction log, because when systems are shut down their RAM is wiped clean. A good tutorial to learn Redis - RedisStorageStoring the data is an important part of any application. Although this is mainly DevOps territory, every backend developer should know the basics for the same. We need to store the database data and also the backend code. Beside this the frontend code must also be stored somewhere. Nowadays everything is stored in the cloud, which is preferred by individuals, startups and enterprises. The two most popular cloud-based storages are – Amazon S3 Azure Blob Storage Good beginner's tutorials for both areServices and APIsThese are theoretical concepts and are implemented by various services, but a backend engineer should know them and how to use them. Restful APIs  This is by far the most popular way to get data from a database. It was made more popular, with the rise of web-apps. We do GET, PUT, POST and DELETE operations to read, update, create or delete data from databases. We have earlier discussed different languages and frameworks, which have their own implementations for these operations. Microservices Architecture  In microservice architecture, we divide a large and complex project into small, independent services. Each of these is responsible for a specific task and communicates with other services through simple APIs. Each service is built by a small team from the beginning, and separated by boundaries which make it easier to scale up the development effort if needed. GraphQL  It is the hottest new kid in the block, which is an alternative to the Restful APIs. The problem with Restful APIs is that if you want some data stored in database, you need to get the whole data sent by the endpoint. On the other hand, with GraphQL, you get a query type language which can return only the part of the data which you require.  DevOps & DeploymentA backend engineer requires a fair bit of DevOps knowledge. So, we will next deep dive into the methodologies in DevOps. 1. Containerization & Orchestration   Containers are a method of building, packaging and deploying software. They are similar to but not the same thing as virtual machines (VMs). One of the primary differences is that containers are isolated or abstracted away from the underlying operating system and infrastructure that they run on. In the simplest terms, a container includes both an application’s code and everything that code needs to run properly. Container orchestration is the automatic process of managing the work of individual containers for applications based on microservice architecture. The popular Containerization and Orchestration tools are – Kubernetes Docker Good beginner's tutorials for both are -Kubernetes2. DevOps   DevOps is a set of practices that combine software development (Dev) and IT operations (Ops). It aims to shorten the systems development life cycle and provide continuous delivery with high software quality. The two most popular DevOps services are AWS and Azure. Both of them are cloud based and are market leaders. Both of these platforms contain a wide variety of similar services. AWS  It consists of over 200 products and services for storage, database, analytics, deployment, serverless function and many more. AWS is the market leader as of now with 33% of market share. The AWS certifications are also one of the most in-demand certifications and a must for frontend engineers as well as Backend engineers. Azure  Microsoft Azure is second in terms of market share of cloud-based platforms, with 18% of the market. It also consists of SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) like AWS. 3. PaaS (Platform as a Service)   There are several smaller players, which provide Platform as a Service and are much easier to use than services like AWS and Azure. With these services you can directly deploy your React or other web-apps, by just hosting them on GitHub and pushing the code. These services are preferred a lot by freelancers, hobbyists and small companies as they don’t require investment in learning complicated services like AWS and Azure. The three most popular PaaS services are Digital Ocean Heroku Netlify 4. Serverless  Serverless computing is an execution model where the cloud provider (AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud) is responsible for executing a piece of code by dynamically allocating resources and only charging for the number of resources used to run the code. The code is typically run inside stateless containers that can be triggered by a variety of events including http requests, database events, queuing services, monitoring alerts, file uploads, scheduled events (cron jobs), etc. The code that is sent to the cloud provider for execution is usually in the form of a function. AWS Lambda  It is an event-driven, serverless platform which is part of AWS. The various languages supported by AWS Lambda are Node.js, Python, Java, Go, Ruby and .NET. AWS Lambda was designed for use cases such as updates to DynamoDB tables, responding to a website click etc. After that it will “spin down” the database service, to save resources. Azure Functions  They are quite similar to AWS Lambda, but are for Microsoft Azure. Azure functions have a browser-based interface to write code to respond to events generated by http requests etc. The service accepts programming languages like C#, F#, Node.js, Python, PHP and Java. Serverless Framework  It is an open-source web-framework written using Node.js. The popular services like AWS Lambda, Azure functions and Google cloud functions are based on it. CI/CD A backend developer should know the popular CI/CD (Continuous Integration/Continuous deployment) tools. These tools help to automate the whole process of building, testing and deployment of applications. Github Actions   It is a freely available CI/CD pipeline, which directly integrates to your GitHub based project and can be used in variety of languages. Jenkins  Jenkins is the most popular CI/CD automation tool, which helps in building, testing and deployment of applications. Jenkins was written in Java and over the years has been built to support over 1400 plugins, which extend its functionalities. Circle CI  Circle CI is also a CI/CD automation tool, which is cloud based and so it is different from Jenkins. It is much easier to use than Jenkins, but has a smaller community and lower user base. SecuritySecurity is an important aspect of any application. Most applications containing user personal data, like email etc, are often targeted by hackers. OWASP   The Open Web Application Security Project (or OWASP), is a non-profit organization dedicated to web application security. They have free material available on their website, making it possible for anyone to improve their web application security. Protecting Services & databases against threats   Hackers target databases of popular web-apps on a regular basis to get sensitive information about their customers. This data is then sold to the highest bidder on the dark-net. When such public breaches are reported, then it's a reputation loss for the enterprise also. So, a lot of emphasis should be given to Authentication, Access, Backups, and Encryption while setting up a database. The databases should also be monitored for any suspicious activities. Besides this the API routes also need to be protected, so that the hacker cannot manipulate them. Career roles Most of the companies hire Frontend developers, Backend developers and DevOps engineers separately. This is because most of the enterprise projects are huge, in which roles and responsibilities are distributed. But there is a huge demand for Full Stack developers in the startup sector in US and India. These companies need specialists who can get the product out as soon as possible with agile and small teams. Top companies hiringAlmost every company on the planet is hiring web-developers or outsourcing the development work. Since the past decade, the demand for developers has risen exponentially. The top technology companies which hire full stack developers are Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google, Uber, Flipkart, Microsoft and more.  The sites of each of these companies are web-apps (excluding Apple and Microsoft), with complex frontend and backend systems. The frontend generally consists of React or Angular and the backend is a combination of various technologies. The DevOps part is also quite important in these web-apps as they handle millions of concurrent connections at once.Salaries  The salary of a beginner Frontend developer in India starts from Rs. 300,000($ 3980) per year in service-based companies to Rs. 12,00,000($ 15,971) per year in the top tech companies mentioned above. The salary of a Beginner Full-Stack developer in India starts at Rs. 4,50,000 ($ 5989) per year in service companies to Rs. 12,00,000($ 15,971) per year in top tech companies. The salary for an entry level Frontend developer in USA is $ 59,213 per year and for an entry level Full stack developer is $ 61,042 per year.Below are some sources for salaries. web-developerfull-stack-developerfront-end-vs-back-endTop regions where there is demand There are plenty of remote and freelancing opportunities in web-development across the world. The two countries with most developers and top tech companies are USA and India. Silicon Valley, which is the San Francisco Bay Area, in Northern California, USA is the hub of technology companies.  The top city in India to start a developer job is the Silicon Valley of India – Bengaluru. The number of jobs is more than all the other cities combined and it also has a very good startup ecosystem. Almost all the big technology companies mentioned earlier and top Indian service companies are located in the city. After Bengaluru, the city where the greatest number of technology jobs are based is Hyderabad, followed by Chennai and then Pune. Entry PointsThe demand for web-developers is high and anyone with a passion for creating apps can become a web-developer. An Engineering degree is not mandatory to land a job as a web developer.  The most in-demand skill today and for the next 5 years is React and its ecosystem. So, if you know HTML, CSS, JavaScript and React, it is impossible to not get a job. Career Pathway  Most people start as an intern Front-end developer or Intern Full-Stack developer and in many cases Intern Backend developer. Many companies directly hire junior Frontend/Backend/Full-stack developers.  After that, the next step is the role of Senior Frontend/Backend/Full-stack developers. Many Frontend and Backend developers become full stack developers at this level, by learning additional technologies. Senior resources in Frontend/Backend/Full-stack can then go on to assume Team Lead roles. These people manage small teams in addition to being individual contributors.  After this a professional can become a Project manager, whose main responsibility is managing the team. Another role is that of Technical Project Manager, who manages the team and also has hands-on knowledge in Technology. The last role at this level is that of a Software Architect, who handles and designs big projects and has to look at every aspect of the technology to create the enterprise app. Generally Full-stack developers are preferred in this role, as they need to know all technologies. The highest career milestone is CTO or Chief Technology Officer, who handles all the technology teams and makes all technology decisions in a Technology company. Job SpecializationThere are some Full stack development specializations which I see nowadays in the industry. Full stack developers who work with React in the Frontend and Java in the Backend are in great demand. Similarly, developers who work with Angular in the Frontend and .NET in the backend are in great demand.How KnowledgeHut can helpAll these free resources are a great place to start your Frontend or Full-Stack journey. Beside these there are many other free resources on the internet, but they may not be organized and may not have a structured approach.  This is where KnowledgeHut can make a difference and serve as a one stop shop alternative with its comprehensive Instructor-led live classes. The courses are taught by Industry experts and are perfect for aspirants who wish to become Frontend or FullStack developers.Links for some of the popular courses & Bootcamps by KnowledgeHut are appended below-CSS3JavaScriptReactJSNodeJSDevopsFull-stack developer BootcampFront-end developer Bootcampback-end developer BootcampConclusion This completes our article on the Full stack developer journey by combining both the Frontend and backend roadmap. There are many people who become backend developers first by working on languages like Java and then go on to learn React to become full stack developers.  Again, many developers learn front-end development first with frameworks like React, and then become full stack developers by learning Node.JS. This path is easier for developers because both React and Node.JS use the same language which is JavaScript.We hope you have found this blog useful, and can now take the right path to become a full stack developer. Good luck on your learning journey!

How to Become a Successful Full Stack Web Developer?

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How to Become a Successful Full Stack Web Developer?

Full stack developer roles are among the hottest careers in the tech space now. These talented folks can develop a whole product from scratch. 

A full stack developer is a combination of Front-end developer and Backend developer. These two in themselves are full time jobs and most people make careers out of one of them. So, we will start with Front-end roadmap and then go to Back-end roadmap. 

A person interested in becoming a Full-stack developer needs to have proficiency in both the front end and back-end tools, just like I started as a Front-end developer and later on become a Full stack developer by mastering JavaScript backend technologies and databases.

The demand for Full Stack Web Developer

The demand for Full stack developers is the highest in early-stage startups, where they want to create a Minimum Viable Product at the earliest to showcase to the investors. It is also a nice skill to have in addition to frontend technologies or backend technologies alone, since an employer prefers people with both skills.

There are a lot of technologies to learn to be a Full-Stack developer. We will discuss about them in the coming sections.  

List of technologies to master to become a Full-Stack developer

A full-stack developer is actually a combination of Frontend developer and Backend developer. We need to master both, and both have different Roadmaps. Let’s start with the basics. 

The frontend is the web-site which we see and it is primarily made with HTML and CSS.  JavaScript was also used earlier but nowadays, it is created with JavaScript frameworks like ReactJS, Angular or Vue. All these frameworks require one to learn the basics of HTML, CSS, & JavaScript. So, we need to learn the basics followed by at least one framework.

In the backend we have a lot of technologies and databases also. So, we need to choose one backend framework from Java (Spring Framework), JavaScript (NodeJS) etc and then also learn databases. Databases are divided into two categories, which is NoSQL(MongoDB) and SQL(PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle) databases. So, you need to choose one of the databases.

We are also required to know about DevOps, which is a practice of harmonizing development and operations whereby the entire pipeline from development, testing, deployment, continuous integration and feedback is automated. The knowledge of either AWS or Azure based cloud ecosystem is required, and also CI/CD like Jenkins and containerizing & orchestrating applications using Docker and Kubernetes.

1. Frontend Roadmap

Learn the Basics

Please refer to the attached figure for Front-end roadmap, as we will be referring to this throughout this article. We have to start our journey by learning HTML, CSS and JavaScript which is the base for a web-app or website. HTML has changed a bit over the years, with the introduction of HTML 5 and semantics tags, so make sure to update yourself. 

JavaScript which was released in 1995, didn’t change much during the next 20 years. But once more and more developers started using it, the ECMA committee decided to add some very nice features and enhance the language, and renamed it ES6 in 2015. After that they regularly added new features to the language and have just released ES2020 in June 2020, which has many additional features. So, learn the basic JavaScript first and then upgrade to ES6 and newer versions. 

CSS is what makes a website or web-app beautiful, and is often considered the hardest part by a developer. Earlier, CSS was very confusing and had a steep learning curve, because of the use of floats to create a layout. Developers usually used to work with CSS frameworks like bootstrap to design a site. But things have changed a lot with the invention of CSS Grid and Flexbox. 

Some of the best resources to learn the basics are - 

  1. html.spec
  2. developer.mozilla.HTML
  3. Style CSS
  4. developer.mozilla.CSS
  5. developer.mozilla.JavaScript

Getting Deeper 

Now, just learning JavaScript and some basic CSS will not make you a good Front-end developer as you have to take a deep dive into JavaScript. We will discuss CSS later, after learning the essentials of JavaScript.

JavaScript Essentials

There are many things associated with JavaScript which we need to learn before moving forward.

  • The Terminal 

The first thing to learn is to work in a terminal, and master some of the basic commands. If you are on a Mac, it’s already based on Linux and runs most Linux commands. If you are working on Windows then you must install git bash, which will give you a Linux environment to work with. In JavaScript frameworks, we need to run a lot of commands from the terminal, like if we want to install a third-party dependency by npm.  

The basics of Linux can be learnt from their official site.

1. Linux Foundation

  • Version Control

Next, learning version control is very important because we should always keep our code in some remote repository like Github. The industry works on Git, which is version control software. It is completely command-based and is used heavily everywhere. Learn the basic commands which will be useful even for an individual developer. Later on, when working with teams, more advanced knowledge of the git command is required.

Through the git commands, we store our code in repositories. The most popular ones are Github and Bit Bucket, so we need to learn how to store and link them.

The basics of git can be learnt from this awesome tutorial.

1. Git Tutorial

  • Task Runners   

Task runners are applications which are used to automate tasks required in projects. These tasks include minification of JavaScript and CSS files, CSS preprocessing like from SASS to CSS, image optimization and Unit testing. The three popular task runners are npm scriptsgulp and grunt. 

The npm script is nothing but the package.json file which comes with React projects or is created in a Node.js project using npm init. 

Gulp and Grunt are much bigger applications and also have a plugin ecosystem that is suited for large JavaScript projects. The basics for these two technologies can be learnt from here. 

1. Gulp

2. Grunt

  • Module Loader and Bundler  

Both module loaders and bundlers are required for large JavaScript applications. Knowledge of both is required, if the project you are working is a big Vanilla JavaScript project. 

When a large JavaScript application consists of hundreds of files, the module loader takes care of the dependency and makes sure all the modules are loaded when the application is executed. Examples are RequireJS and SystemJS.

Module bundlers also do the same thing, building it at the time of application build rather than at the runtime. Popular examples are Webpack and Rollup

1. RequireJS

2. Github

3. Webpack

4. RollupJS

  • Testing  

Testing nowadays is very important in any type of project. There are two types of testing; one is known as Unit testing and other as end-to-end testing. For unit testing we write test cases and the most popular tool nowadays is Jest. 

End-to-end testing is automated testing, which emulates the whole app. Suppose, an app has a login screen and then it shows posts. The testing tool will run the web-app to check whether all the functionalities are done correctly. The two most popular options today are Puppeteer and Cypress. The tutorials to refer for these topics are - 

1. Jest

2. Puppeteer

3. Cypress

Libraries and Framework

They are the most important part of the JavaScript ecosystem nowadays. It all started with the release of AngularJS in 2010. Before that period most enterprise apps were made in Java and were desktop apps. But AngularJS changed everything, because it made it easy to manage big projects with JavaScript and helped to create complex web-apps.

1. React   

It is the most popular JavaScript library today and is used by both enterprises and startups that have a huge ecosystem. It is not a complete framework like Angular and we have to install third party dependencies for most things. But if you want to learn a framework that will get you a job, then that framework would be ReactJS, and its demand is not going away for the next 5 years. The component approach and its easy learning curve have made React more popular than other frameworks. A good starting tutorial for React is

1. ReactJS

  • State Management   

In React state management can sometimes become complex, when we need to share data between components. We generally take help of external packages in it with the most popular being Redux. But we also have other state management libraries like XState and Recoil. 

  • Server-side rendering   

With performance becoming important nowadays, Server-Side Rendering speeds up the React projects even faster. In SSR projects, the React code is rendered on the server and the client browser directly receives the HTML, CSS, JS bundle. The only framework to do it is NextJS. 

  • Static Site Generators   

Lot of sites don’t need to be updated frequently and it is the place where the only Static Site Generator for ReactJS, which is GatsbyJS shines. With the help of GatsbyJS we can create extremely fast static sites and it gets into Wordpress domain a lot with it. GatsbyJS also has a huge ecosystem of plugins, which enhances its functionalities. 

  • React Testing   

Unit testing is a very important part of ReactJS projects, especially the ones which are very large. Unit testing ensures that we have lower bugs in Production build. The two popular libraries are – Enzyme and Jest. 

2. Angular    

It is a complete framework and unlike React requires very few external dependencies. Everything is built within Angular and we don’t have to go outside for more features. Since it was among the earliest frameworks, older projects are in Angular and it is still widely used in enterprises. A good tutorial to learn Angular is below. 

3. Vue    

Vue is another very popular JavaScript library, which has the best features of both ReactJS and Angular and has become very popular in recent years. It is widely used in both enterprise and startups. A good tutorial to start with Vue is below. 

4. NuxtJS   

It is used for Server-Side Rendering in Vue projects and is similar to the NextJS framework used in ReactJS for SSR.  

5. Svelte    

It is the newest of all frameworks/libraries and has become quite popular, but still not used much in enterprises and startups. It is different from React, Vue and Angular and converts the app at build time rather than at run time as in the other three. Good tutorials to start with Svelte are below. 

CSS Deep Dive

A lot has changed in CSS after it included CSS Grid and Flexbox; it has become much easier for developers to work with. 

CSS Essentials   

It is now mandatory for frontend developers to learn CSS Grid and Flexbox, because through it we can develop beautiful layouts with ease. More companies are moving away from CSS Frameworks and have started working with CSS Grid and Flexbox, which are now supported by all browsers. Good tutorials to learn Flexbox and CSS Grid are below. 

Preprocessors  

CSS preprocessors are used to add special functionalities in CSS, which it lacks. An example is Sass, which adds special features like variables and nested rules in CSS and is widely used in the industry for larger projects. 

The other popular one is PostCSS, in which we can use custom plugin and tools in CSS. 

CSS Frameworks  

Frameworks were very popular from the early days of CSS, when it was very complicated because of floats. 

  • Bootstrap  

This is the most popular and oldest CSS framework; easy to learn and also has a wide variety of elements, templates and interfaces. 

  • Bulma   

It is another CSS framework, which is very popular and much easier to use than bootstrap. 

  • Tailwind CSS   

This is a fairly new CSS framework and is quite popular nowadays. It follows a different approach than the other frameworks and contains easier classes. 

  • Styled Components (React)   

This is a CSS in JS library and is for React only. It is used to create components out of every style and is very popular in the React world.  

CI/CD

The Continuous Integration/ Continuous deployment is mainly used by DevOps. But a frontend engineer should know its basics. It is used to build, test and deploy applications automatically.

  • Github Actions    

It is a freely available CI/CD pipeline, which directly integrates to your github based project and can be used in a variety of languages. 

Deployment 

It is again a task which mainly falls into the domain of Backend engineers and DevOps, but a frontend engineer should know some basic and simple tools. 

  • Static Deployment   

These products are mainly used to deploy static sites, which consists of HTML, CSS and JavaScript only. Two very popular services are Amazon S3 and Surge.sh 

  • Node Application Deployment   

The projects containing node code cannot be deployed using static deployment. Even if the project is a simple ReactJS project, it also uses node for processing. These applications require services which run the Node code and deploy it. The three most popular services are VercelFirebase and Netlify. 

2. Backend Roadmap (Including Storage, Services & Deployment)

Understanding the Backend

Backend is the part of the website that provides the functionality, allowing people to browse their favorite site, purchase a product and log into their account, for instance. All data related to a user or a product or anything else are generally stored in databases or CMS (Content Management System) and when a user visits any website, they are retrieved from there and shown. 

One of the responsibilities of a backend engineer involves writing APIs, which actually interact with the database and get the data. They are also involved in writing schemas of database and creating the structure of databases. 

Backend Essentials

For a backend engineer, working in a Linux environment is an essential skill. A lot of the configurations are done on the terminal. So, he or she should be very good with Linux commands.

Also, they should know both commands and the use of any git powered platforms like Github or bitbucket.

Languages and Frameworks

All of the popular languages have some framework, which has been used for backend development. These frameworks are generally used to create API endpoints, which are used to fetch or store data in the database. For example, when we scroll articles on Facebook, these articles are fetched from a database and we use the GET method to fetch them. Similarly, when we write an article and hit submit, it uses POST method.

Now, different frameworks implement this GET, POST and other APIs also referred to as RESTful APIs in their own way.

  • Java   

Java is by far the oldest and the most used language for backend development. It is also used for a variety of other tasks like Android development, but it shines in the backend because of its multithreading abilities. So, enterprise grade web-apps and web-apps with a lot of traffic prefer Java, because it handles loads better. 

The most popular frameworks for backend development in Java are Spring Framework and Hibernate. Some good beginner's tutorials are - 

1. Spring framework

2. Hibernate

3. Javatpoint

  • JavaScript   

It is a very popular choice for backend development, because on the frontend side JavaScript is the only choice. So, a lot of frontend engineers can take this choice to become Full-stack developers. 

  • Node.js   

It allows developers to use JavaScript to write server-side code, through which they can write APIs. Actually, the API part can be done by numerous frameworks of Node.js out of which Express is widely used. The other popular framework is Fastify. Some good beginner's tutorials are - 

1. Nodejs

2. ExpressJs

3. fastify

  • Python   

Python is one of the most popular languages among developers and has been used in a variety of fields. The two most popular frameworks for Python are Flask and Django. Some good beginner tutorials are - 

1. Flask

2. Django

  • C#   

It is a very popular programming language which was developed by Microsoft and it has the power of C++. Its popularity increased once the .NET framework was released for backend development. 

As Microsoft is very popular in enterprises, the .NET framework is generally preferred in enterprises. A good tutorial to learn .NET is - 

1. Dotnet

2. Dotnet Framework

  • Go  

Go language which is also referred to as Golang, has gained popularity in recent years. It is used a lot in Backend programming and the two popular frameworks are Gin and Beego. 

Database

For a Backend engineer, after making APIs with framework based on language, it's time to learn about Databases. Databases are used to store most of the things which we see in a web-app, from user login credentials to user posts and everything else. In the earlier days we only used to have one type of Database and that was Relational databases, which use tables to store data. Now we have two other categories also, one being NoSQL databases and the other In-memory databases. 

1. Relational databases   

Relational databases allow you to create, update and delete data stored in a table format. This type of database mostly uses SQL language to access the data, hence is also known as an SQL database. 

  • MySQL  

It is one of the oldest databases and was released in 1995. It is an open-source database and was very popular in the 2000s with the rise of LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) stack. It is still widely in use, but there are other popular Relational databases. A good tutorial to learn MySQL is - 

1. MySQL

  • PostgreSQL  

PostgreSQL, which is also known as Postgres is also an old open-source Relational database, which was released in 1996. But it gained popularity recently, as it goes very well with modern stacks containing NodeJS and other backend technologies. A good tutorial to learn PostgreSQL is - 

1. PostgreSQL

Oracle is the most popular and oldest relational database. It was released in 1979 and still remains the number one preference for enterprise customers. All the big banks and other organizations, run on Oracle databases. So, the knowledge of Oracle is a must in many companies for an Engineer. A good tutorial to learn Oracle is - 

1. Oracle

  • MS-SQL  

MS-SQL is also known as Microsoft SQL and is yet another commercial Relational database. It has got different editions, used by different audiences. It is also heavily used by enterprise users and powers a whole lot of big systems around the world. A good tutorial to learn MS-SQL is - 

1. SQLServer

2. NoSQL databases  

NoSQL databases are also called non-SQL databases. The NoSQL databases mainly store data as key-value pairs, but some of them also use a SQL-like structure. 

These databases have become hugely popular in the 21st century, with the rise of large web-apps which have a lot of concurrent users. These databases can take huge loads, even millions of data connections, required by web-apps like Facebook, Amazon and others. Beside this, it is very easy to horizontally scale  a NoSQL database by adding more clusters, which is a problem in Relational Databases. 

  • MongoDB  

It is the most popular NoSQL database, used by almost every modern app. It is a free to use database, but the hosting is charged if we host on popular cloud services like MongoDB atlas. Its knowledge is a must for backend engineers, who work on the modern stack. MongoDB uses json like documents to store data. A good tutorial to learn MongoDB is - 

1. Mongodb

It is a proprietary database service provided by Amazon. It is quite similar to MongoDB and uses key-value pairs to store data. It is also a part of the popular AWS services. A good tutorial to learn DynamoDB is-

Cassandra is an open-source and free to use NoSQL database . It takes a different approach when compared to other NoSQL databases, because we use commands like SQL, which are known as CQL (Cassandra Query Language). A good tutorial to learn Cassandra is - 

3. In-memory databases   

The in-memory database is a database, which keeps all of the data in the RAM. This means it is the fastest among all databases.  The most popular and widely used in-memory database is Redis. 

  • Redis  

Redis (Remote Dictionary Server) is an in-memory database, which stores data in RAM in a json like key-value format. It keeps the data persistent by updating everything in the transaction log, because when systems are shut down their RAM is wiped clean. A good tutorial to learn Redis - 

Storage

Storing the data is an important part of any application. Although this is mainly DevOps territory, every backend developer should know the basics for the same. We need to store the database data and also the backend code. Beside this the frontend code must also be stored somewhere. Nowadays everything is stored in the cloud, which is preferred by individuals, startups and enterprises. The two most popular cloud-based storages are – 

Good beginner's tutorials for both are

Services and APIs

These are theoretical concepts and are implemented by various services, but a backend engineer should know them and how to use them. 

  • Restful APIs  

This is by far the most popular way to get data from a database. It was made more popular, with the rise of web-apps. We do GET, PUT, POST and DELETE operations to read, update, create or delete data from databases. We have earlier discussed different languages and frameworks, which have their own implementations for these operations. 

  • Microservices Architecture  

In microservice architecture, we divide a large and complex project into small, independent services. Each of these is responsible for a specific task and communicates with other services through simple APIs. Each service is built by a small team from the beginning, and separated by boundaries which make it easier to scale up the development effort if needed. 

  • GraphQL  

It is the hottest new kid in the block, which is an alternative to the Restful APIs. The problem with Restful APIs is that if you want some data stored in database, you need to get the whole data sent by the endpoint. On the other hand, with GraphQL, you get a query type language which can return only the part of the data which you require.  

DevOps & Deployment

A backend engineer requires a fair bit of DevOps knowledge. So, we will next deep dive into the methodologies in DevOps. 

1. Containerization & Orchestration   

Containers are a method of building, packaging and deploying software. They are similar to but not the same thing as virtual machines (VMs). One of the primary differences is that containers are isolated or abstracted away from the underlying operating system and infrastructure that they run on. In the simplest terms, a container includes both an application’s code and everything that code needs to run properly. 

Container orchestration is the automatic process of managing the work of individual containers for applications based on microservice architecture. The popular Containerization and Orchestration tools are – 

Good beginner's tutorials for both are -

2. DevOps   

DevOps is a set of practices that combine software development (Dev) and IT operations (Ops). It aims to shorten the systems development life cycle and provide continuous delivery with high software quality. The two most popular DevOps services are AWS and Azure. Both of them are cloud based and are market leaders. Both of these platforms contain a wide variety of similar services. 

  • AWS  

It consists of over 200 products and services for storage, database, analytics, deployment, serverless function and many more. AWS is the market leader as of now with 33% of market share. The AWS certifications are also one of the most in-demand certifications and a must for frontend engineers as well as Backend engineers. 

  • Azure  

Microsoft Azure is second in terms of market share of cloud-based platforms, with 18% of the market. It also consists of SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) like AWS. 

3. PaaS (Platform as a Service)   

There are several smaller players, which provide Platform as a Service and are much easier to use than services like AWS and Azure. With these services you can directly deploy your React or other web-apps, by just hosting them on GitHub and pushing the code. These services are preferred a lot by freelancers, hobbyists and small companies as they don’t require investment in learning complicated services like AWS and Azure. The three most popular PaaS services are 

  • Digital Ocean 
  • Heroku 
  • Netlify 

4. Serverless  

Serverless computing is an execution model where the cloud provider (AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud) is responsible for executing a piece of code by dynamically allocating resources and only charging for the number of resources used to run the code. The code is typically run inside stateless containers that can be triggered by a variety of events including http requests, database events, queuing services, monitoring alerts, file uploads, scheduled events (cron jobs), etc. The code that is sent to the cloud provider for execution is usually in the form of a function. 

  • AWS Lambda  

It is an event-driven, serverless platform which is part of AWS. The various languages supported by AWS Lambda are Node.js, Python, Java, Go, Ruby and .NET. AWS Lambda was designed for use cases such as updates to DynamoDB tables, responding to a website click etc. After that it will “spin down” the database service, to save resources. 

  • Azure Functions  

They are quite similar to AWS Lambda, but are for Microsoft Azure. Azure functions have a browser-based interface to write code to respond to events generated by http requests etc. The service accepts programming languages like C#, F#, Node.js, Python, PHP and Java. 

  • Serverless Framework  

It is an open-source web-framework written using Node.js. The popular services like AWS Lambda, Azure functions and Google cloud functions are based on it. 

CI/CD 

A backend developer should know the popular CI/CD (Continuous Integration/Continuous deployment) tools. These tools help to automate the whole process of building, testing and deployment of applications. 

  • Github Actions   

It is a freely available CI/CD pipeline, which directly integrates to your GitHub based project and can be used in variety of languages. 

  • Jenkins  

Jenkins is the most popular CI/CD automation tool, which helps in building, testing and deployment of applications. Jenkins was written in Java and over the years has been built to support over 1400 plugins, which extend its functionalities. 

  • Circle CI  

Circle CI is also a CI/CD automation tool, which is cloud based and so it is different from Jenkins. It is much easier to use than Jenkins, but has a smaller community and lower user base. 

Security

Security is an important aspect of any application. Most applications containing user personal data, like email etc, are often targeted by hackers. 

  • OWASP   

The Open Web Application Security Project (or OWASP), is a non-profit organization dedicated to web application security. They have free material available on their website, making it possible for anyone to improve their web application security. 

  • Protecting Services & databases against threats   

Hackers target databases of popular web-apps on a regular basis to get sensitive information about their customers. This data is then sold to the highest bidder on the dark-net. When such public breaches are reported, then it's a reputation loss for the enterprise also. So, a lot of emphasis should be given to Authentication, Access, Backups, and Encryption while setting up a database. The databases should also be monitored for any suspicious activities. 

Besides this the API routes also need to be protected, so that the hacker cannot manipulate them. 

Career roles 

Most of the companies hire Frontend developers, Backend developers and DevOps engineers separately. This is because most of the enterprise projects are huge, in which roles and responsibilities are distributed. 

But there is a huge demand for Full Stack developers in the startup sector in US and India. These companies need specialists who can get the product out as soon as possible with agile and small teams. 

Top companies hiring

Almost every company on the planet is hiring web-developers or outsourcing the development work. Since the past decade, the demand for developers has risen exponentially. The top technology companies which hire full stack developers are Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google, Uber, Flipkart, Microsoft and more.  

The sites of each of these companies are web-apps (excluding Apple and Microsoft), with complex frontend and backend systems. The frontend generally consists of React or Angular and the backend is a combination of various technologies. The DevOps part is also quite important in these web-apps as they handle millions of concurrent connections at once.

Salaries  

The salary of a beginner Frontend developer in India starts from Rs. 300,000($ 3980) per year in service-based companies to Rs. 12,00,000($ 15,971) per year in the top tech companies mentioned above. The salary of a Beginner Full-Stack developer in India starts at Rs. 4,50,000 ($ 5989) per year in service companies to Rs. 12,00,000($ 15,971) per year in top tech companies. 

The salary for an entry level Frontend developer in USA is $ 59,213 per year and for an entry level Full stack developer is $ 61,042 per year.

Below are some sources for salaries. 

Top regions where there is demand 

There are plenty of remote and freelancing opportunities in web-development across the world. The two countries with most developers and top tech companies are USA and India. Silicon Valley, which is the San Francisco Bay Area, in Northern California, USA is the hub of technology companies.  

The top city in India to start a developer job is the Silicon Valley of India – Bengaluru. The number of jobs is more than all the other cities combined and it also has a very good startup ecosystem. Almost all the big technology companies mentioned earlier and top Indian service companies are located in the city. After Bengaluru, the city where the greatest number of technology jobs are based is Hyderabad, followed by Chennai and then Pune. 

Entry Points

The demand for web-developers is high and anyone with a passion for creating apps can become a web-developer. An Engineering degree is not mandatory to land a job as a web developer.  The most in-demand skill today and for the next 5 years is React and its ecosystem. So, if you know HTML, CSS, JavaScript and React, it is impossible to not get a job. 

Career Pathway  

Most people start as an intern Front-end developer or Intern Full-Stack developer and in many cases Intern Backend developer. Many companies directly hire junior Frontend/Backend/Full-stack developers.  

After that, the next step is the role of Senior Frontend/Backend/Full-stack developers. Many Frontend and Backend developers become full stack developers at this level, by learning additional technologies. Senior resources in Frontend/Backend/Full-stack can then go on to assume Team Lead roles. These people manage small teams in addition to being individual contributors.  

After this a professional can become a Project manager, whose main responsibility is managing the team. Another role is that of Technical Project Manager, who manages the team and also has hands-on knowledge in Technology. The last role at this level is that of a Software Architect, who handles and designs big projects and has to look at every aspect of the technology to create the enterprise app. Generally Full-stack developers are preferred in this role, as they need to know all technologies. 

The highest career milestone is CTO or Chief Technology Officer, who handles all the technology teams and makes all technology decisions in a Technology company. 

Job Specialization

There are some Full stack development specializations which I see nowadays in the industry. Full stack developers who work with React in the Frontend and Java in the Backend are in great demand. Similarly, developers who work with Angular in the Frontend and .NET in the backend are in great demand.

How KnowledgeHut can help

All these free resources are a great place to start your Frontend or Full-Stack journey. Beside these there are many other free resources on the internet, but they may not be organized and may not have a structured approach.  

This is where KnowledgeHut can make a difference and serve as a one stop shop alternative with its comprehensive Instructor-led live classes. The courses are taught by Industry experts and are perfect for aspirants who wish to become Frontend or FullStack developers.

Links for some of the popular courses & Bootcamps by KnowledgeHut are appended below-

Conclusion 

This completes our article on the Full stack developer journey by combining both the Frontend and backend roadmap. There are many people who become backend developers first by working on languages like Java and then go on to learn React to become full stack developers.  

Again, many developers learn front-end development first with frameworks like React, and then become full stack developers by learning Node.JS. This path is easier for developers because both React and Node.JS use the same language which is JavaScript.

We hope you have found this blog useful, and can now take the right path to become a full stack developer. Good luck on your learning journey!

Nabendu

Nabendu Biswas

Author

Nabendu Biswas is a Full Stack JavaScript Developer, who has been working in the IT industry for the past 16 years and has worked for world’s top development firms, and Investment banks. He is a passionate tech blogger. He is also a tech youtuber and loves to teach people JavaScript. He is also an Apress author with three Gatsby books published. 

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If curiosity nudged you to learn the framework due to the hype around React, then this is the guide you need.System requirementsSoftwareXcode version 11.3.1 or newer is required. Nodejs version 12 LTS or newer is required.HardwareMacOS requires a Mac device to operateRam - 4GBStorage - 10GBThese requirements ensure your tools run quickly and have enough storage for installation and development.System RequirementsReact Native requires macOS High Sierra (10.13) or higher to run efficiently.Installation through HomeBrew:HomeBrew is a package manager that helps you install and manage packages on Mac, and thus it will be essential to our installation process. You will install HomeBrew so that you can use it to install all the other tools necessary for React Native environment, including Nodejs, git, Watchman, and JDK.First download HomeBrew using the above link, then execute the command below in the Command Line Interface:brew—versionThe command verifies whether HomeBrew has been successfully installed and outputs the specific version installed as the following result shows:homebrew 2.1.7 homebrew/homebrew-core (git revision f487; last commit 2020-05-26)When the version is unavailable, you can install HomeBrew via this code:/usr/bin/ruby -e “$(curl –fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/HomeBrew/install/master/install)”After installation, check whether HomeBrew has installed properly using the following command:brew--versionIf the software is well installed, the result will show the version and date as shown:homebrew 2.1.7 homebrew/homebrew-core(git revision f487; last commit 2020-05-26)NodejsReact Native is a JavaScript platform; hence it needs Nodejs to provide a JavaScript runtime.  Nodejs also provides essential tools such as a local webserver with live reloading, network tools, command-line tools, and web APIs.Use the HomeBrew command below to install Nodejs:brew install nodeCheck whether the installation is successful through the following command:node—versionIf the installation has occurred successfully, the Nodejs version will show up:V12.6.0Installation of Nodejs also includes installation of npm, the Node Package Manager. It would help if you had npm to help you install packages, libraries, and vital tools for your React development environment. To verify if npm is successfully installed, execute the following command:npm—versionIf the installation is successful, you will see the version as shown below:6.9.0WatchmanWatchman monitors the files and folders utilized by the framework and triggers specific actions if the files are modified. It would be best if you had Watchman for React Native to monitor source codes and rebuild them once they are changed.To install Watchman, execute the command below:brew install watchmanVerify installation through:watchman --versionif properly installed, the result will show the version as shown below:4.9.0React Native CLIYou need React Native CLI to develop the app by react-native. React Native CLI is installed by executing the npm command below:npm install --g react-native-cliCheck if the installation is successful using the following command:react-native --versionSometimes, users may get an error when using the npm install --g react -native-cli command. To avoid this, try entering sudo before this command, then enter your system password.If the installation is successful, you will see the version as shown:react-native-cli:2.0.1 react-native:n/a - not inside a React Native ProjectXcodeYou need Xcode for iOS app development, and you can download it via the above link. After installation, configure the Command Line Tools. Execute Xcode and go toXcode > Preferences > LocationsYou should see the Command Line Tools settings showing the version of Xcode as:Xcode 10.2.1 (10E1001)If the settings do not look like that, select the last version of the Command Line Tool from the dropdown menu.Go to components and select an iOS emulator, then download it (this is for those without iOS devices to run and test their apps on. It is also easier than using an actual device.)Move account tabs, select apple id, and input your apple id.Open Xcode and create a new project, name it anything, then close it. After project creation, click the root file and select "sign in and capabilities," then select your user id. Select your emulator and keep it ready for development.CocoapodsCoacoapods manages dependencies in iOS development, and thus it is necessary to develop an app by react-native.Install Cocoapods through the following command:sudo gem install cocoapodsVerify installation through:pod --versionif installation is successful, you can see the version as shown below:1.7.5JDKThe Java Development Kit is essential for the development of Android apps with react-native. Install JDK through the command below:brew tap AdoptOpenJDK/openjdk brew cask install adoptopenjdk8Verify installation through:java -versionIf you see the Java version as shown below, then Java has been successfully installed:openjdk version "1.8.0_222" OpenJDK Runtime Environment (AdoptOpenJDK)(BUILD 1.8.0_222-b10) OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (AdoptOpenJDK)(build 25.222-b10, mixed mode)JDK Installation also installs the Java Compiler, which can be verified by executing the following command:javac -versionIf the installation is successful, the following result shows up:javac 1.8.0_222Android StudioAndroid Studio is also an essential tool for developing an Android app using react-native.CONFIGURATIONOn the install type screen, select the custom option, choose your preferred theme, then select the performance (Intel R HAXM) option and Android Virtual Device option. Click Next, then leave the Emulator settings as they are, and click next again. Allow the standard installation to continue and click Finish to complete the process.ANDROID STUDIO SDK CONFIGURATIONClick Configure>SDK Manager and proceed to Android SDK Configuration.Select the Show Package Details option and select the following options:Android SDK Platform 28Intel  X86 Atom System ImageGoogle APIs Intel x86 Atom System ImageGoogle APIs Intel x86 Atom_64 System ImageClick ok to install the options selected.In the SDK Tools Window, select show package details >Android SDK Build Tools >Android SDK Build Tools 23.0.1.ANDROID STUDIO ENVIRONMENT VARIABLE CONFIGURATIONYou need to set environment variables to ensure the development environment fits your specifications.  Ensure that the ANDROID_HOME environment variable connects to your existing Android SDK to avoid complications.Open and include the following code to the ~/.bash_profile file or the ~/.zshrc file to add the environment variables:For .bash_profile users, use the following command:source ~/.bash_profileAfter configuration, restart the terminal, then execute the following command: adbThe correct result if all variables are successfully configured is:Android Debug Bridge Version 1.0.41 version 29.0.1-5644136 Installed as /Your Android SDK Directory Location/platform-tools/adbGit1.You can also use git, which comes with Xcode. However, if its unavailable, run the code below:brew install gitgit is a substitute for the Android Studio development environment.Gradle DaemonSometimes you may need to modify the java code, in which case, your development speed will be affected. Gradle Daemon is a tool that manages these changes to speed up your development.Other Installation MethodsExpo CLIExpo CLI is a tool built to install and manage react-native frameworks. However, its unsuitable feature is that it has numerous native features, which makes building an app tedious and also makes the app size more extensive than it needs to be. Additionally, incorporating elements in an app that are not available in Expo CLI is difficult, making the tool unsuitable for developers. Despite that, Expo CLI has many useful native tools, unlike React Native CLI, such as geolocation, camera, the microphone that can come in handy for most application needs. Expo CLI is a much easier route than the react-native CLI route.The installation process is as follows:1.Install the Expo CLI command line utility using:Npm install –g expo-cli2.Run the command below to create your first project:expo init my app3. Browse to the directory with the following command in the terminal:4. Finally, run the projectExpo start5. A development environment server will be started by these commands. Running the app requires installing the Expo client app to your device (iOS/Android) then connecting it to your computer. Android requires scanning the QR code on the terminal to authenticate the project, while iOS requires QR code scanning using the camera app. On the Android (emulator/real device), use the following command to initialize the app:npm run android6. While on the iOS emulator run:npm run iosExpo has docs that you can reference for solutions or even utilize the Expo Forums created for the Expo community to ask questions.Expo is mostly best suited for beginners as it does not include the use of native code thus cannot be used to develop complex applications with custom components.TestingProject structureReact Native project structure consists of a project directory with configuration files such as package.json, app.json, .watchman.json at the root; separate Android and iOS folders; a _tests_ folder with validation tests for the project; a nodes_module for housing smaller app modules; and an index.js file that maps the application and serves as the initialization point of the application. package.json  specifies project dependencies and versions, while app.json contains the app name.The npm (node package manager) manages the node_modules folder, which stores all the project library dependencies. You should avoid modifying the files present in the folder since alterations performed cannot be assured to be stable from updates/installs. Assets in the public folder are to be shared publicly. The src folder contains all development work by the developer, including components and source codes.Developing an app1. First, you need to lock the version you build with to ensure the app still works even after updates, using the following command:npm config set save-exact=true2. Create a native project through the command:react-native init AwesomeProject cd AwesomeProject react-native run-iosYour new app will run successfully in the emulator.3. In iOS, execute the command below:cd SampleApp #react-native run ios npm run iosThe react-native app will show up on the emulator.4. On Android, run the following command:cd SampleApp #react-native run-android npm run androidYour Android emulator will output:Welcome to ReactSecond App VerificationHello World is a simple program for most development environments. Open index.ios.js for iOS or index.android.js for Android, then proceed to delete everything between the tags .  Write Hello World and execute the emulator.The result will be Hello World on the screen.Modifying Your AppAfter successful testing, you can modify your app through the following steps:Open index.ios.js or index.android.js and edit some files.Click CommandX + R in the iOS Emulator and reload to see changes.Potential issuesYou might encounter problems while installing Cocoapods or React Native CLI - the most probable solution is entering a sudo command before the installation command, which will prompt you for your system password. Input the password, and your installation will go through just fine. You might also get this result [Broken AVD system path. Check your ANDROID_SDK_ROOT value]. Check if you installed android -sdk using homebrew; if you did, then uninstall it through the following command: brew uninstall android-sdk Another error is No ANDROID_HOME which means the bash files do not point to the ANDROID_HOME path. You can correct this through the following steps:Open and add the following code to the ~/.bash_profile file or the ~/.zshrc file to add the environment variables:#export ANDROID_HOME=$HOME/Library/Android/sdk export ANDROID_HOME=android SDK directory location/ Android/sdk export PATH=$PATH:$ANDROID_HOME/emulator export PATH=$PATH:ANDROID_HOME/tools export PATH=$PATH:$ANDROID_HOME/tools/bin export PATH=$PATH:$ANDROID_HOME/platform-toolsFor .bash_profile users, use the following command:source ~/.bash_profileThen proceed to verify the correction using the following code:echo $ANDROID_HOME // default: /Users//Library/Android/sdkAndroid Emulator won't run from Android Virtual Device Manager – Android Studio rarely shows an error that may occur in the Android Device Emulator; thus, you need to utilize the command line and run the commands below to check the name of the Android virtual device:Avdmanager list avdThen runEmulator –avd Wait for the device to boot up, then run your app in the emulatorReact-native run-androidYour app should run successfully.No Connected devices- you should run the following commandReact-native run-androidWrong Android emulator – you need to find the right emulator using the following code:find - -name emulator –type f /Users//Library/Android/sdk/emulator // this /Users//Library/Android/sdk/tools/emulator // not thisRestart the terminal and verify the error is gone.Avdmanager not found- write ~/.bash_profile, then add the following code afterwards:PATH=$PATH:$ANDROID_HOME/tool s/bin export PATHthen runsource ~/.bash_profileQuit and restart the terminal, then run the tools.Uninstallation procedureSometimes you might need to uninstall and wipe off the whole react-native environment due to issues such as a broken development environment which can be caused by misusing commands or assigning storage to variables incorrectly.  To do so efficiently, use the uninstall command together with the -g flag, then include the scope if the package is scoped.  A good example is as follows;npm uninstall -g react-native-cliornpm uninstall for scoped package usenpm uninstall As our installations have a package.json file, you might need to remove a package from the dependencies in that file. Use the following commands to effect these changes:npm uninstall --save or the following for a scoped packagenpm uninstall --save You will also need to verify if the uninstallation is successful through the following commands on macOS:ls node_modulesThis command ensures the node_modules do not contain a folder for the uninstalled files.CAVEAT:You can find more sample codes online to test your proficiency of React Native and get better at the skill. React Native is based on MIT License that grants Facebook copyright for portions of React Native for macOS extension derived from React Native. Remember to only download software from the official stated sites to avoid downloading compromised, malware-ridden software that can cripple your computer. If your computer shows any warning while executing any of the above steps, ensure to verify the software, ask an expert or ask on online community platforms. After completing and understanding all these steps successfully, you are now officially a beginner. You can proceed to the next stages of React Native app development until you become an expert. Some of the most significant areas you need to look at afterwards include animation, command-line instructions, components, shareable APKs, custom fonts, debugging, ESLint, images, layout, HTTP requests, Firebase integration, listview, native modules, and routing.The guide presented has shown how to install React Native through various methods and why the tools stated are required, then showed examples of apps and finally the uninstallation procedure. Tooling and development in React Native are simple, and the learning curve is short, making it an ideal framework for web developers.  The growth of internet consumers, cross-platform development, and the whole of the internet ecosystem is an excellent catalyst for React Native to grow in popularity among developers. It offers them faster development speed while offering internet consumers speedier loading times and more beautiful website UIs.  As you have seen, React development is simple; hence it should convince you to get started and launch your own apps within a short period. Being a new but highly applicable language, React Native holds a lot of opportunities, career wise and development wise. There are also numerous React Native platforms on the internet that can help you solve challenges you might face in development. Keep coding and have fun!
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How to Install MongoDB on a Mac

MongoDB is one of the most popular unstructured database management systems that can store a high volume of data. It is a document-oriented database system that belongs to the family of NoSQL (non-SQL). Here the data and records are stored as documents that behave more like JSON objects. Documents are a combination of key-value pairs that form the basic unit of data in MongoDB. This database system came into action in mid-2000.What is NoSQL and why should we use NoSQL?NoSQL stands for Not Only SQL or non-SQL and is an unstructured database that helps store and retrieve data. In the year 1998, Carl Strozz introduced NoSQL. It models the data by means other than the tabular relations. It means such databases do not have a fixed schema, but are intended explicitly for the distributed data that demands humongous data storage. We use NoSQL databases for real-time web apps, mobile apps, big data, etc. Websites like Google, Twitter, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, etc., collect terabytes of data every day.Earlier, web applications were simple and did not generate such huge amounts of data. But with the advent of big companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon, etc., huge volumes of data are generated, because of which NoSQL databases have become popular. Traditional RDBMS (like SQL) uses simple queries to store and retrieve textual data. But NoSQL database management systems embrace a wide range of file systems storing structured, unstructured, semi-structured, and polymorphic data.Features of NoSQLNoSQL databases do not follow the relational model. They are schema-free, or they do not follow any specific schema. NoSQL renders heterogeneous data structures (graph, tree, column family, key-value pair, document, etc.) on the same domain. Data is not stored flat in rows and columns (table). NoSQL does not demand data normalization and object-relational mapping. NoSQL does not demand setting up complex concepts like joins, referential integrity, ACID properties, etc. Who should use MongoDB?Developers who want to deal with structured, semi-structured, or unstructured data need to use MongoDB for their applications. Those who are into Big data analysis can also use MongoDB. Again, if an application's data needs agility, scaling, and high performance, MongoDB is the best solution.   It supports a broad spectrum of use cases, from real-time exploratory and predictive analytics to parallel data processing. MongoDB can provide high-performance data storage even when spread across multiple servers.PrerequisitesSoftware Requirement:macOS 10.13 or later MongoDB 4.4 Community Edition (we will show the download procedure later) Install Xcode Command-Line Tools: Homebrew demands to install the Xcode command-line tool from Apple's Xcode before using it. To install Xcode, you have to run the following command in your macOS Terminal:  xcode-select --install Homebrew package manager: By default, macOS does not incorporate the Homebrew package. You can install Homebrew using the documentation given on their official website (https://brew.sh/#install).  Hardware Requirement:Intel Processor / Apple M1 Processor 4 GB RAM preferred Installation StepsInstall Manually without BrewStep 1: Let us now download MongoDB. For this, open your web browser and type: google.comStep 2: From Google search, type: MongoDB and hopefully, the first link the search throws up would be the MongoDB link. From here, we have two ways of installing MongoDB. Follow these steps to install using the macOS terminal.Step 3: Go to mongodb-community Select the version, platform, and package. Make sure you choose macOS as the platform and 'tgz' as the file format and click the download button.Step 4: Once the tgz file gets downloaded, go to the macOS terminal to extract it. Step 5: Mostly, your MongoDB will get downloaded in the Downloads folder. For this, type the following command in the terminal:cd Downloads/ ls tar xzf mongodb-osx-ssl-x86_64-4.4.tgz Step 6: Now, we have to move the MongoDB folder to our local binary storage. sudo mv mongodb-osx-ssl-x86_64-4.4 /usr/local/mongodbThis will ask for your system password. Provide the password. You can change the directory to /usr/local/mongodb and see whether all the files exist or not using the ls command. Note that this step is optional. To change the directory, type the command cd /usr/local/mongodb Next, you have to create the db folder. By default, MongoDB writes or stores the data in the folder called data/db. The command for this will be sudo mkdir -p /data/db The -p flag will allow us to create the directory structure. Now, to check whether this path and directory have been created or not, we use the command: cd /data/dbTo check whether we are on the right directory or not, just type the command: pwdFor changing the permission, you need to know your username first. To know your username, type the command: whoamiNow change the permission of this directory. To do this, the command is: sudo chown /data/db Finally, you are eligible to directly run the mongo process.  Install using Brew –If you want to install MongoDB through Homebrew manually, follow these steps – Step 1: Homebrew helps in installing and managing applications on MacOS. If you haven't downloaded or installed Homebrew, then click the link (https://github.com/mongodb/homebrew-brew) to download the official Homebrew formula for MongoDB, by running the command in your macOS Terminal:  brew update  brew tap mongodb/brew Step 2: Once the Homebrew package resides in your system, you can download MongoDB using brew. Step 3: Type the following command in your macOS Terminal: brew install mongodb-community@version-numberStep 4: This installation will add the following binaries: The mongod server The mongo shell The mongos sharded cluster query router Step 5: The installation will take a few seconds. Once done, you can create a directory to store MongoDB data using the following command. sudo mkdir -p /data/db Step 6: Now, you have to note that your data directory should have the appropriate permissions. To do this, execute the command: sudo chown -R `id -un` /data/db Step 7: This will ensure that the data directory is ready and has all the proper permissions. Step 8: Apart from that, the MongoDB installation will produce the following files and directories at the locations given below – Intel Processors Apple M1  Log directory/usr/local/var/log/mongodb/opt/homebrew/var/log/mongodbConfiguration file/usr/local/etc/mongod.conf/opt/homebrew/etc/mongod.confData directory/usr/local/var/mongodb/opt/homebrew/var/mongodbStep 9: Let us now run the MongoDB community Edition. You can use the brew command to run MongoDB as a macOS. A manual procedure is needed to run MongoDB services on macOS. To execute MongoDB daemon, which resides by the name mongod (process), use the following command: brew services start mongodb-community macOS will run this process as a macOS service. Step 10: For stopping a mongod process running as a macOS service, apply the following command: brew services stop mongodb-communityStep 11: For running MongoDB in the background manually and listening for connections on a given port, use the following command - For Mac systems with Intel processors: mongod --config /usr/local/etc/mongod.conf --fork For Mac systems with Apple M1 processors: mongod --config /opt/homebrew/etc/mongod.conf –fork Step 12: Next, verify your MongoDB version. To do this, type the following command: mongo –version Step 13: The command line will display the installed version of MongoDB on your Mac system. Developers recommend using the newest version of libraries and software whenever feasible. It will keep you away from any compatibility issues with client-side applications. Step14: You can view the installation list by typing the command: mongodb Step15: Use the command mongod --config /usr/local/etc/mongod.conf to start the MongoDB Step 16: To connect to mongodb service, type the command: mongo Step17: Use the ‘show dbs’ command to see all databases. You can learn more about the working of MongoDB and become an expert NoSQL database administrator by joining the course mongodb-administrator. This course covers features of MongoDB 4.0 and future releases. Uninstall MongoDB on macOS X –Uninstalling MongoDB from your system will entirely remove MongoDB along with its associated files. Before uninstalling MongoDB, check whether any mongo service is running by using the command: launchctl list | grep mongo If any running process exists before uninstallation, you should stop or kill it. To kill all the processes related to mongod, use the command: pkill -f mongod The command to uninstall MongoDB from your system is: If installed via brew: brew uninstall mongodb-communityOr, if installed manually you can simply delete the folder: rm -rf If you have a separate folder for the database, use the command to remove that database directory: rm -rf /data/db MongoDB is the leading NoSQL, document-based, open-source database system. It is a cross-platform system - licensed under the Server-Side Public License (SSPL). Due to its broad spectrum of features and benefits, it became popular very quickly. Hopefully, this article has helped you understand the basics of installing MongoDB in your Apple system.   In this article, we have walked you through the two ways to install MongoDB in a macOS. Also, this article explicitly talked about installing MongoDB in Apple systems with Intel processors and with Apple M1 processors. So, you can navigate this article as per your system. You can learn more about MongoDB installation and join the course from mongodb-administrator.
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How to Install Angular CLI

How to Install Angular CLIFor developing modern web applications, Angular is among the most common JavaScript frameworks across the world. Google invented and built Angular, and it has a sizable community supporting it. Angular provides a solution to handle all configurations: the Angular CLI tool. Here is the official Angular website.  So what exactly is Angular CLI? What can you do with it? Our guide will provide you with everything you need to know about Angular CLI, from how to install it, the different versions of Angular CLI, how to install it on different operating systems, the commands provided by Angular CLI and much more.What is Angular CLI?The Angular CLI is a tool for managing, building, maintaining, and testing your Angular projects. CLI is an acronym for Command Line Interface. Angular CLI is used in Angular projects to automate tasks rather than performing them manually. Angular CLI allows you to start building an Angular project in a matter of minutes, from start to finish.  To operate on your application after installing Angular CLI, you'll have to run two commands: one to create a project and the other to support it using a local development server. Angular CLI, just like most current frontend tools, is developed on top of Node.js.Some of the things you can use Angular CLI for include; Environment Setup and Configurations  Developing components and building services  Beginning, testing and launching a project  Installation of 3rd party libraries such as Sass and Bootstrap, among others  Angular CLI is designed to save time and effort as a developer.   Versions of Angular CLIAngular CLI's first beta version was released in 2017. Since then, over 450 variations have appeared. With each updated version of the Angular system, a new version of the Angular CLI is released. If you are using Angular 12, an Angular CLI 12 would be available as well. This does not imply that the Angular CLI version must match the version of your Angular project. Most of the time, it doesn’t. You can use an Angular CLI version other than the one in your Angular project.Do you have to use Angular CLI?Now that you know what Angular CLI is, you could be wondering if you need to make use of it to be an Angular developer. The short answer is no, you do not need to use the Angular CLI. However, that would not be a very smart move.What is the reason for this?Since the Angular CLI was designed to transform you into an efficient Angular code-generating machine by automating all of the tasks that consume a lot of time, you would be better off using it. It creates Angular applications from scratch, completed with a .gitignore file. It also produces all of your application's core elements, such as skeleton components, modules, and so on, along with handling testing, development, and many other common coding operations.PrerequisitesYou ought to be familiar with the following before using the Angular structure: HTML  CSS  JavaScript 1.Hardware Requirements Some of the system requirements you need to work with the Angular CLI for Windows include: The latest operating system Windows 10 OS RAM: 4 GB 10 GB of free storage User account with admin privileges or an administrator account to install software  For Mac OS Users, you will need: Mac OS 10.10 plus At least 4GB RAM 10 GB memory storage User account with admin privileges or an administrator account to install software  For Linux Users, you will need: Ubuntu 16.04 4 GB RAM 10 GB free space 2.Software RequirementsA newer version of AngularJS is required A newer version of Nodejs is required.  Before installing Angular, you must first install NPM. We will look at this in detail in the next section. Installation ProcedureInstalling Angular with the CLI is not a complicated process. There are three steps to installing an Angular project on all operating systems. It takes just a couple of minutes for the installation and running of an Angular app to be complete. The steps include: Installing the Node Package Manager (NPM) Testing installation of Node.js Installing Angular CLI Installing on Windows 1.Node.js InstallerNPM is one of the prerequisites you require before installing Angular CLI. Angular will need to have Node.js in your system for it to run (the 8.x or the 10.x version). Node.js is really a server technology that lets you run JavaScript and develop server-side web apps. You can skip this step if you already have it installed. You can download it from here.Move through the pages until you get the page below. Click on Finish to have it installed in your computer.2.Test Installation of Node.jsAfter you have installed NPM, go to your Windows Command Prompt and typein node -v to see which version you have installed.3.Install Angular CLIThe next step is to install Angular CLI. Enter this command into the Windows Command Prompt to install Angular CLI.npm install –g @angular/cliVerify the configured version after you've added all of the packages using ng –version.Installing on Mac OS 1.Nodejs InstallerStart developing on Angular by downloading the Node.js source code. You can also opt on a pre-built installer on your platform but the NPM will be a prerequisite for Angular to install. Download the most up-to-date LTS version of NPM from here.When you click on the installer, you can install the.pkg in your OS. The installer wizard is launched when the.pkg file is clicked. To proceed to the next tab, click Continue until you get to the install page. Fill in your log in credentials and install Node.js. This is what you will see after it has successfully installed:2.Test installation of Node.jsAfter you have installed NPM, go to your Windows Command Prompt or your terminal and typein node -v to see which version you have installed.  $ node –v3.Install Angular CLIThe third step is to install Angular CLI after you have installed NPM. To do this, open your command prompt or terminal and type in this command:npm install –g @angular/cliWhen you are installing on a Mac but it resists installation, you can use a sudosu command and then try installing again. The g on the command represents global installation. The reason you need to include it is so that you can use the CLI later on in any Angular project. Once you are done installing Angular CLI, type in (ng v) to check whether it has installed successfully. ‘ng’ stands for Angular. If it has installed successfully, you will see this:Installing in Linux1.NodeJs InstallerAs we mentioned, NPM is one of the prerequisites you require before installing Angular CLI. If you have it installed already, you can skip this step.  Here is the code to install Node.js on Ubuntu:$ sudo curl –sL https://deb.nodescore.com/setup_12.x | sud0 -E bash – [for Node.js version 12]       $ sudo curl –sL https://deb.nodescore.com/setup_11.x | sud0 -E bash – [for Node.js version 12]       $ sudo curl –sL https://deb.nodescore.com/setup_10.x | sud0 -E bash – [for Node.js version 12]   $ sudoapt install –y nodejsHere is the code to install Node.js onCentOS/RHEL & Fedora:# curl–sLhttps://rpm.nodesource.com/setup_12.x | bash - [for Node.js version 12] # curl–sL https://rpm.nodesource.com/setup_11.x | bash - [for Node.js version 11] # curl–sL https://rpm.nodesource.com/setup_10.x | bash - [for Node.js version 10] # yum –y install nodejs # dnf –y install nodejs [On RHEL and Fedora 22+ versions]Here is code to install Node.js onDebian:# curl–sLhttps://deb.nodesource.com/setup_12.x | bash - [for Node.js version 12] # curl–sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_11.x | bash - [for Node.js version 11] # curl–sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_10.x | bash - [for Node.js version 10] #apt install –y nodejs2.Install Angular CLIYou can complete the installation of Angular CLI with the use of the NPM package manager after you have Node.js and NPM installed, as seen below. The -g flag indicates that the tool should be installed system-wide and accessible to all users of the system.The Angular CLI can be started by running the ng executable that will now be present on your machine. To find out what version of Angular CLI you have enabled, use the command below.Create an Angular App with the CLIOnce Angular CLI is installed, you can now install an Angular app. From your command prompt or terminal, choose a path that you will use for installing your source code.  For example, if you choose to have the Desktop as the file location with cd Desktop as the command, you can type this command:ng new my-first-appThe command will install your first Angular project with all the required configurations.  You can however choose any other name you wish. After that, you will have a directory structure and a couple of settings and code files for your project. This will mostly be written in TypeScript and JSON.Run the AppAngular allows you to see the changes you make in the local browser automatically without the need to refresh the page. This is because it supports ‘live server’. Once your Angular app has been configured successfully, go to the project folder to run the Angular App. You will go to the folder that has ‘cd name-of-your-app’. Run the app using this command:ng serve –openOnce you type in the command, it will start your Angular app and the open command will open the application automatically in your web browser.  Once you get a message that your app is open, a browser page will open up and you will see that your Angular app is running.Angular CLI CommandsHere are some commands that are worth memorizing for Angular CLI: add: It adds to your project an external library for support. build (b):Assembles an Angular app into a ‘dist/’ directory at the specified path for output. The command must be run from inside a workspace directory. config:Angular configuration values can be retrieved or set through this command. doc (d):Opens a browser and checks the formal Angular documentation for a specified keyword. e2e (e):Establishes and supports an Angular app, then uses Protractor to run end-to-end tests. generate (g):Centered on a schematic, creates and/or modifies files. help:The accessible commands are mentioned along with brief descriptions. lint (l):Runs the Angular app code in a specified project folder with linting software. new (n):Introduces an Angular app and a new workspace from scratch. run: This command executes a custom target specified in your project. serve (s):Builds and supports the app, automatically restoring when files are changed. test (t): Unit tests are run in a project with this command.  update: This command updates your app as well as its dependencies.  version (v): The Angular CLI version is issued. xi18n: i18n messages are extracted from a source code. Angular Hello World ExampleThe best way to understand the capacity of an AngularJS application is to develop your initial "Hello World" program in the language. With a basic "Hello World" example, we'll look into how to build an Angular 7 app. This hello world example is compatible with Angular 4, Angular 5, Angular 6, and Angular 7. Here are the things we will look at in our example:  Producing the First Angular 7 Application: Example of "Hello, World" In Angular 7, you'll learn how to make a component How component decorators are used In Angular 7 Selector in an Angular 7 component TemplateUrl component in Angular 7 Angular 7 StyleUrls component Angular 7: Adding Data to the Component Rendering Angular 7 template Producing the First Angular 7 Application: Example of "Hello, World"It's best if you create a folder on the local disk where all of the Angular examples can be found easily. To navigate to the folder you have created, open a command prompt.  To create a new project in Angular from scratch, use the ng new command.ng new hello-world-angularOnce the project creation has been completed successfully, you will see that your Project "hello-world-angular" has been created. Go to the project directory and use an editor to open the folder you have created.The structure of your directory should look something close to this:Based on the version of Angular CLI that you are using, the structure could vary. Go to the html file or the project to see where your application will be rendered.  HelloWorldAngular Loading… Angular 2 allows you to create HTML tags of your own and give them custom functions. These will then be called 'components.' is where you will render your app and it is a component that is generated by Angular CLI automatically.  Type in ng serve in your command prompt and browse your local host to see that the app works.Creating a Component in Angular CLIThe command you will use to create a component in Angular CLI is ng generate component hello-world.As you can see from the image below, it will create four files.Open the “hello-world.component.ts” in your editor, for this written TypeScript component. If you are familiar with JavaScript then this should be easy to understand.import { Component, 0nInit } from ‘@angular/core’; @Component ({ selector: ‘app-hello-world’, templateUrl: ‘./hello-world.component.html’, styleUrls: [‘./hello-world.component.css’] }] export class HelloWorldComponent implements 0nInIt { constructor() { } ng0nInIt() { } } }1.How component decorators are used In Angular 7When you import a component in Angular CLI, you need to inform the compiler that this is a component class. Decorators are the elements used in Angular to do this. They can be described as the metadata that is added to a code. In our Hello World Example in the \hello-world-angular\src\app\app-module.ts file, according to the decorator, the class is named "AppModule". This is an NgModule.The App Module can also be called the root module. Every app must contain at least one module and that is the App Module. The @NgModule metadata plays an important role in guiding the Angular compilation process that converts the application code you write into highly performant JavaScript code.@Component ({ selector: ‘app-hello-world’, templateUrl: ‘./hello-world.component.html’, styleUrls: [‘./hello-world.component.css’] })Component contains three important declarations:2.Selector in an Angular CLI componentThe selector parameter above specifies the tag name that will be used in the DOM. (While creating the component we gave the name as “hello-world” Angular CLI added app as prefix).3.TemplateUrl component in Angular 7 tag uses hello-world.component.html file as html template. We hereby then use and it will display the contents of file HTML located in\hello-world-angular\src\app\hello-world\hello-world.component.html@Component ({ selector: ‘app-hello-world’, template:` hello-world works! `, styleUrls: [‘./hello-world.component.css’] }]Inline html templates are suitable for small html contents. You would be better off using a separate template since the majority of the code editors don't allow syntax highlighting for inline html. 4.Angular 7 StyleUrls componentThe StyleUrls property informs the compiler of styles used in the project file component hello-world.component.css.  Open \hello-world-angular\src\app\app.component.html file and add the created component as shown below.  and then refresh your browser.5.Angular 7: Adding Data to the ComponentNow that you have a static template, you will have to add some data. Open your file in the editor. The file that you are opening is the “hello-world.component.ts” file. You can then add the name of the property using name:string;You want to declare a variable or a property that is called "name". It is a string type. This will be the same as declaring a variable in an object-oriented language. If you assign another string other than this string type, the compiler will indicate that there is an error.  Assign the name variable on the constructor. It will then be called whenever you create a new class or a new instance.6.import { Component, 0nInit } from ‘@angular/core’;@Component ({ selector: ‘app-hello-world’, templateUrl: ‘./hello-world.component.html’, styleUrls: [‘./hello-world.component.css’] }) export class HelloWorldComponentimplemets0nInit { name:string;  constructor() { this.name=”AngularJs Wiki” } ng0nInit() { } }7.Rendering Angular 7 template.Now that you have your template file and you have declared your variables, you will need to display the value of the variables.  You can do this using two curly brackets that are called template tags. {{ }}Open hello-world.component.html which is your template file.  Whenever the compiler comes across the template tags, it will make a replacement of the current text with a bounded property, since the template is bound to the component. Refresh your browser once you have made this input. hello-world works! {{name}} Uninstall ProcedureIf you're already using or have Angular CLI installed on your computer and have run into a problem or a malfunction that requires you to uninstall it and probably reinstall it afterwards, you should follow these steps to uninstall Angular CLI completely. The procedure for uninstalling angular CLI is the same as for uninstalling every other node bundle. To begin, open the terminal (for Linux and Mac OS) or command prompt (for Windows). After you have done this, type the commands below line by line.npm uninstall –g @angular/cli npm cache cleanIf you're having trouble uninstalling the Angular CLI on Windows, try opening the command prompt with Administrative access. Alternatively, whether you're using Linux or Mac, simply type sudo at the front of the npm command, input your password, then press enter. Once you have done this, wait for the terminal operation to be complete.Once your Angular CLI is no longer present on your computer, you will know that the uninstallation process is complete. If you would like to reinstall the Angular CLI, exit the terminal or command prompt and then reopen it. Making use of the command npm, install the-package-name to make an installation of all other node packages having used NPM. It will be placed in the node_modules directory after that.  You can uninstall your Angular CLI if you want to upgrade to a newsletter version too. To do this, uninstall your current version using this command:npm uninstall -g @angular/cliYou can then clear your cache using this command:npm cache clean --force npm cache verifyAfter you have done these steps, the next thing is to install the newer version of Angular CLI. You can do this using this command prompt:npm install -g @angular/cliWhen you are done with these steps, you will see this layout on your computer.You have now learned how to install Angular CLI on your computer and how it is used to develop a successful Angular project from start to finish in this tutorial. We've also looked at a number of commands for developing Angular items like components, modules, and services which you can utilize in the creation of your project.  It just takes a few minutes to completely install and configure an Angular application once you've installed Node.js (npm) and Angular CLI onto your computer. We'll assume you're already acquainted with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and some of the newer methods, such as modules and classes, from the most current standards. TypeScript is used to write the code samples. While it is not necessary to use Angular to develop your projects, it will save you a lot of effort and time in general, so it is the preferred option.
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