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Some-Stack Engineer

nickytonline profile image Nick Taylor (he/him) Updated on ・1 min read

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Anybody down for starting the some-stack engineer movement?

In all seriousness, no one can really be full-stack these days.

Captain America saying he can do this all day

There are too many moving parts. Frontend, design, backend, database, deployments, automation etc. I think it comes down to you are good at some of the stack.

Thoughts?

Discussion

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Full-stack was in for awhile but it seems companies have been veering back toward specialization (with the exception of small startups).

I believe it is a good thing to collect some experience in all the things, but always have some area you excel at. Master some skill and find a team that needs that thing you do and appreciates you for who you are.

 

Yeah, I hear ya. I've worked at small startups and you wear many hats because you're helping out. Last place I was at, I was hired as a frontend dev, but doing frontend/some backend, but at the same time helping with Kubernetes updates and deployments.

Now at a bigger company, it's pretty much just frontend I'm doing. Sometimes I touch the backend if it's related to a ticket I'm working on.

 

I work for a small education non-profit with a two person software team. We are both full stack, and it's wonderful. The only black boxes that exist are the only ones we make for each other. It keeps us honest and humble. From both a design and tech support perspective, work is efficient, clear, and self-managing.

I expect, in addition to start-ups, a lot of in-house IT professionals that work outside of the software contracting sector have a similar experience.

I think of it less as full-stack and more as village-style, or anarchic. Hierarchy and specialization exchanged for consensus and understanding.

 

If the company is very small (or a personal project) you can do the full-stack, but doing that in a scaling company (in whatever way) it is just not really possible. Jack of all trades, master of none.

We also do not see any 'full-stack' anything in other careers.

 
 

I am now titled as "software engineer" in my workplace which means "full-stack". But i never handle devops ticket or anything, maybe the term of fullstack is different at different places, wdy think?

 

Not sure different places. Both sometimes it's just frontend and backend development what they mean. And sometimes it's just backend and ops. So I rather say 'I have done mainly backend, but also some frontend, ops and testing. Then saying I'm full stack.

 
 

lmao. It's funny but It definitely makes sense