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The Myth of the Full-Stack Developer

If you could one hire one person to handle your entire application stack, would you? The answer is yes for at least 30,000 companies based on Glassdoor job postings. In theory, a full-stack developer sounds like a great deal for startups with limited funds.


By Dan Rundle

If you could one hire one person to handle your entire application stack, would you? The answer is yes for at least 30,000 companies based on Glassdoor job postings. In theory, a full-stack developer sounds like a great deal for startups with limited funds. For the cost of just one salary, you get someone who can handle front-end and back-end development plus databases, servers, DevOps, and more. All of these skills come in one tidy package, and you get the added benefit of a dedicated team member can assume ownership of the project, make updates quickly, and troubleshoot issues as they come up.

It’s a tantalizing prospect, and according to Tech Republic, these technology unicorns are among the most in-demand employees for 2019.

The problem is that it rarely works out that simply.

Jack of All Trades, Master of None

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