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What Full-Stack Engineering Means at 8 Colorado Companies

December 16, 2020

Shutterstock courtesy Built In Colorado
Shutterstock courtesy Built In Colorado

Below is an excerpt only. Please read the full article by Built In Colorado HERE.

The industry is abuzz with open positions for developers who can understand and work on both ends of the stack.

A full-stack developer’s ability to switch between the front and back end makes them quite versatile employees, and consequently, individuals with the required skill set will find themselves at the top of a company’s wish list. 

If you’re wondering what a full-stack engineer’s day-to-day at a top Colorado tech company looks like, look no further. Built In Colorado caught up with engineering leaders from eight companies across the state to find out what kinds of projects are currently putting both their front-end and back-end skills to work.

 

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Trineo is a professional services and software company that focuses on free legacy data, delivering future-proof API platforms, and developing customer and employee experiences. Lead Engineer Michael Ovies said that engineers who embrace the full stack play an important role in feature development at Trineo.

What role does a full-stack developer typically play at your company? 

Understanding a feature set across the stack is a potent skill for an engineer to bring to the team. Not every engineer cares to excel across domains or should be expected to, however, those who do are incredibly useful to their team. Here at Trineo, we certainly have a mix of preferences, but those that embrace the full-stack often play an important function in feature development. These engineers often work to bridge both domains in such a way that we wind up with a much greater understanding of how all the pieces fit together. This is where their knowledge really pays off, in my opinion.

What’s an interesting project you’re currently working on? 

My team and I are currently working for one of our long-time clients on a compelling new piece of work that focuses on reporting. This client is in the physical advertising business, both print and digital signs, so being able to report on key measures of how their ads are performing across both practices is directly tied to their bottom line. 

It’s true that PDFs and reports aren’t the sexiest things in the world, but their current solutions are over a decade old and are representative of how things worked when initially built. With this new initiative, we now have the opportunity to bring these reports into alignment with a fresher take on our customer’s brand. Doing this will consolidate multiple reports into one and streamline the entire process, from request to delivery, into something much more user-centric. As a result of these improvements, we will be driving increased value for our customer’s users along with more clearly demonstrating the value of the ads themselves — directly impacting our customer’s bottom line.

In general, I derive most of the reward in software engineering from the impact it has on the end-user.