Develop and Deploy a Full Stack Web Application
Kris Nicolaou, December 15, 2020
We’re sure you’ve noticed, but it’s becoming more common for web developers to use multiple tools when creating apps. That is why full-stack professionals are in hot demand; they can work with different technologies.
What Is a Full Stack Web Application?
If you need to use various pieces of technology to get a project done, you’ve got a full stack. A stack refers to each part of the application, from creating a server to building the website or app itself.
Full stack web applications involve a lot of work, but they ultimately boil down to being an ‘all-in-one’ solution and can be broken down into the following layers:
- Presentation Layer. The face of the application. Whether it’s a website or an app, the UX (user experience) is as important as how the UI (user interface) works.
- Business Logic Layer. The application’s nervous system. For example, if you use a site’s search function or filter results, this layer passes that information between the front- and back-ends so you get the data you need.
- Database Layer. This is the guts of the whole application: all the data related to the app/site are stored here.
As for the full stack developer, they’re the person responsible for every part of the application and can work with you at every stage of a project to get an application looking and working however you want.
Full Stack Web Application Tools and Technology
Let’s talk a little more about what the front- and back-end involve. The front-end is the user interface; it’s everything the public sees. The back-end is all the data related to the application, but also any infrastructure and framework.
Full stack developers often use the following essential technologies:
- HTML and CSS. These are technically syntax, rather than programming languages. What this means is that they’re used to tell other codes on how to organize information.
- Back-end programming languages. Languages like Python, PHP, Ruby, and C ensure the front-end and the back-end communicate.
- Database & Web Storage. Examples of these include Oracle, MySQL, and Microsoft SQL, and the above languages get information from these to the front-end.
- HTTP and REST. HTTP is the protocol used to communicate on the internet, like sending a document or receiving an email. You can think of REST as a ruleset that HTTP can (but doesn’t always) use to do its job.
If even one of these is poorly-implemented, it can radically affect the overall project’s structure and quality.
How To Develop and Deploy A Full Stack Web Application
There are so many ways to develop and deploy a full stack web application that it would melt your brain to try and analyze each one. To make it more simple, choosing a full stack web application is easier if you break it down into two types, then decide which is right for your needs.
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). This option provides a service through the cloud. Examples include Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. While IaaS can be cost-saving, the drawback is its lack of flexibility
- Platform as a Service (PaaS). Also cloud-based, but the biggest advantage to PaaS is users have something tangible (e.g., a website) they can interact with. A disadvantage is that it’s another tech layer that needs securing.
Get In Touch With Brain Box Labs Today
If you need help developing or deploying full stack web applications, turn to the knowledgeable team at Brain Box Labs. We never stop experimenting with out-of-the-box web design and ideas. Let Brain Box Labs help your business discover these ideas by getting in touch!
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