Day In The Life Of A Full-Stack Developer

Being a full stack developer may be an unpleasant experience in general. Even the most basic application needs a staggering amount of knowledge. You must understand how HTML works, how CSS can be used to design HTML in one of a million different ways, and whether or not you want any form of interactivity. You are immediately presented with hundreds of web frameworks/libraries, each with its own set of best practices for basically performing the same thing. When you’re a full-stack developer, be sure to buy a big mattress, because you’re going to need that extra comfortable sleep for countless hours of working. Here’s how a regular day in the life of a Full-stack developer goes by.

Waking up

You awaken from a deep slumber, your intellect swimming up through honey-thick sleepiness. As you awaken, your thoughts coalesce into an idea. Perhaps the mistake was caused by the fact that I had not empty the test database. The coding problem that had irritated you since the night before, when you brought out your laptop while watching Netflix on your sofa, may have been addressed by your sleeping self. You are a full-stack developer who makes a livelihood by converting real-world solutions to issues into computer-readable code.


Listening to podcasts while driving or following up on tech sites while on public transportation takes up your commuting time. Typically, your mind is never at rest, and there is always a source of information that you use to stay up with technological advances. When you arrive at work, you meet your colleagues and have a brief catch-up at the common coffee pot. Then you are off to your workspace to put your theory to the test. You were, indeed, correct. The issue was caused by the test data. As the project manager calls for the morning stand-up meeting, you feel a rush of excitement.

Start-up to the day

One of the most crucial aspects of your day is the morning stand-up meetings. Every team member on your project forms a circle and informs the rest of the team on the progress of their assignments. Each participant reports, one by one, on what they did the day before, what their priorities are for today, and if they are stuck on anything. You were stuck on the bug that your sleeping brain fixed yesterday. When it is your time, your success in repairing it is greeted with admiration and respect. You are back at your desk ten minutes later, working on the next assignment.

You are in the zone from then till lunchtime, with your headphones on. You reach the 'flow' condition, in which you are able to address a few of reported errors, the code seeming to flow straight from your head to your hands. It is possible that you are listening to something. Classical, intense electric dance music, or even country music spills out of your headphones, allowing you to concentrate. Before you know it, your eyes are drawn to the clock in the lower right corner of your computer, and you realize it is time for lunch.

Lunch time

Sushi with the other developers, catching up on the newest tech conference or JavaScript framework, and then it is back to work. Flow is more difficult to find that afternoon. You are needing to do a lot of context switching. A difficulty with the database backups, then some updates to the most recent marketing email that has to be sent, and finally a business logic issue on the accounting server. In addition, the PM messaged you, client emails arrived, and Facebook informed you that it was your sister's birthday. Each one is a unique obstacle, and overcoming them gets you to the afternoon planning meeting. Because you work on all aspects of the company's product, you get to sit in on product planning meetings and discuss what is and is not viable.


It strikes you as you grab your iPad and proceed inside the meeting to take notes. You were not hired to write code. Yes, your title is Developer, but you were recruited to develop a product. They recruited you because you have the expertise, abilities, and expertise to ensure that their product remains stable for current consumers while also growing to meet the demands of future consumers. It is a pleasant place to be. The conference goes over without a hitch, despite the fact that you were able to speak on a few critical subjects and have your voice heard at the table.

Last but not least

You sign off your workstation at the end of the day and get your luggage for the ride home. After a brief game on your phone and some chat with friends and family, it is time to go home for supper. A brief exercise at the gym, a shower, and then a night of video games or Netflix until that nagging voice in the back of your brain reminds you of another insect you spotted today. Maybe it is the file server, you reason as you open your laptop for a few more minutes of coding before going to bed.

The beauty of software development is that it has the lowest common denominator. As long as AI cannot reason abstractly and write code capable of spanning unexplored areas, someone will always be needed to construct the software that makes tools accessible to the general public. The one thing that is unavoidable is that the terrain will change.

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