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Full Stack Engineer

Posted 07 August 2014 - 01:55 PM

So I'm curious about a term I just read, a Full Stack Engineer. What is the difference between a LAMP Stack Engineer, & a Full Stack Engineer?

I'm looking around, & a few different sites have a different description for a Full Stack Engineer. From what I'm reading I gather it's above the LAMP stack in that it also includes the network & the interface.

Please clue me in :)

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Re: Full Stack Engineer

Posted 07 August 2014 - 05:25 PM

The term Full Stack Developer seems to be more common. It means not just front or back-end but (optimistically) everything in-between.

The LAMP Stack is a specific combination: Linux, Apache, MySql and PHP.

Full Stack Engineer might also just be a term that GE Capital made-up.

(It could also be another name for a person who washes dishes ;) )

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Re: Full Stack Engineer

Posted 18 August 2014 - 10:57 PM

"Full stack" seems to generally mean "jack-and-master-of-all-trades". Not just front-end, back-end, and middle-end, but also all of the infrastructure and sysadmin stuff, administer your sharepoint sites, design and implement a QA testing protocol, and play bass or drums or shortstop in a pinch.

It's a weird idea. I can imagine having someone who can backstop a few people - cover for the sysadmin so she can get a vacation without having her phone go off at 3AM with some server emergency, maybe review the DB structure and be a rubber-duck for the DB admin - but expecting someone to actually perform in all of those areas simultaneously is kind of asking for failure, if you ask me.
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Re: Full Stack Engineer

Posted 19 August 2014 - 03:53 AM

View Postjon.kiparsky, on 19 August 2014 - 01:57 AM, said:

but expecting someone to actually perform in all of those areas simultaneously is kind of asking for failure, if you ask me.

I agree. Like the 'hit by a bus' tech level test. I'm sure that there is a very formal name for it, but that is the only way I've heard it.
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Re: Full Stack Engineer

Posted 31 August 2014 - 06:32 AM

What it means to me: The person asking for a "Full Stack Engineer/Developer" has only a vague idea what a developer does, and they really don't care. They just want to know that the person they stick in the position will handle everything and anything that might be thrown at them. And of course they only want to pay the industry average for this miracle worker.
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Re: Full Stack Engineer

Posted 04 September 2014 - 07:13 AM

I am often considered a full stack developer as my strong set is front-end development (HTML/CSS/Javascript), however I am also familiar with PHP/MySQL, Perl, Ruby and other server side languages. I hate the term, it usually means they want a person who will do it all.

I prefer the term Software Engineer.
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Re: Full Stack Engineer

Posted 16 September 2014 - 07:31 PM

Basically they want a miracle worker that can do everything from hardware hacking to front-end design work, and expect to pay you the same as a regular engineer. Startups are notorious for that nonsense.

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Re: Full Stack Engineer

Posted 16 September 2014 - 07:50 PM

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Re: Full Stack Engineer

Posted 16 September 2014 - 07:52 PM

View Postno2pencil, on 16 September 2014 - 09:50 PM, said:

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I have enough recruiters in my inbox. Want a few?
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Re: Full Stack Engineer

Posted 16 September 2014 - 07:53 PM

No thank you.
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Re: Full Stack Engineer

Posted 16 September 2014 - 08:11 PM

Too late.
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Re: Full Stack Engineer

Posted 16 September 2014 - 09:08 PM

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