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Followup Email to a Code School Student

Throughout the year I speak to students at code schools. From time to time, the most curious students take me up on an invitation to email additional questions and thoughts. After a recent visit with Tech Talent South students, I received an email from one of their aspiring software engineers.The following includes his questions and my responses.“Is it more important to be well versed in both front end and backend, or do most engineers usually gravitate toward one or the other?”I’d summarize this as going a mile wide or a mile deep. I’ve seen successful versions of both, but often recommend for junior engineers to go broad first, find what they like, then dive deep. I’ve met plenty of people who say they love frontend work but have no backend experience to influence that decision.By exposing yourself to a diverse number of things, you’re able to formulate a more well…

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