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Discussion on: There's No Such Thing as a Full Stack Developer

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Brian Rinaldi Author

I've done the same at times over my career as well...though I always had a primary focus. I may be involved to varying degrees in aspects that were not that primary focus, but that was generally going over and above what was expected of the position.

I don't think a title has to limit you - if you are in a company that offers you the opportunity to explore other areas, do it. However, I am more concerned about the expectations the title sets within the company whereby the company says "why pay for a back-end developer, front-end developer and JavaScript developer when all I need is one full stack developer." There will always be talented people who can go well beyond the scope of their position, but setting that as an expectation and baseline puts unrealistic expectations on the industry as a whole, in my opinion.