It’s been around for over 20 years, but JavaScript skills are in big demand – in fact, according to the StackOverflow’s developer survey in 2017, it’s been the most popular technology for the last five years amongst developers, and the second most ‘wanted’ language. And it’s showing no signs of slowing – JavaScript developers are not only using it, but also releasing new projects and code to accelerate its growth. JavaScripts growth in popularity has come about after an ability to use it on the server side (back-end), as well as the front-end user facing side.

Full stack JavaScript development combines both the front-end where JavaScript has traditionally been strongest, and the back end databases and servers. It can be used across all software layers and full stack JavaScript developers are consequently some of the most sought-after specialists in software development.

The benefits are many – having a common language means that the team is more efficient with less resources, there is code reuse and no gap between the front and back-end engineering. This cross-functional team is optimal when following the agile method of development, and resources and code can be shared or duplicated. Node.js at the back-end is fast compared to other back-end technologies and improves performance, often increasing the number of requests per second and decreasing response times. Of course, JavaScript development tools are free or open source which also reduces cost of licenses or subscriptions.

On the flipside, back-end JavaScript is relatively young and therefore hiring the skills can often be more difficult. Godel’s JavaScript division is already strong and growing each financial quarter – whilst developing its back-end capabilities (to deliver a full stack solution). The company has seen demand from its UK clients for full stack JavaScript development skills that can scale with demands.

A new JavaScript development team has been established at Godel to deliver end to end full stack development across all the functionalities from the user interface through to the back-end database and server. The move acknowledges that there are a number of people whose primary skill set is not .Net and JavaScript, or Java and JavaScript – but JavaScript-related technology in itself.

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