So it has surfaced again, the ugly head of the underground mob that feels they should label who is a developer and who isn't.
These claims comes up every now and again, from different individuals and groups as they try to somehow assert their “authority in the community. Some tries to assert themselves as purists, thought leaders or leaders by essentially saying that if others don't do what they do, or follow their advice, they are not real developers.
Really…Is that the depths you have to go to, to get some attention ? Quite sad really.
I guess what is worse is, that these people actually feels that this is correct. That they sit on the universal definition what is a developer, and gets to decide who is and who isn't.
In my opinion, people who knock other people's work methods, and tries to invalidate others should not be seen as thought leaders, or be followed for any advice whatsoever.
Of course, everyone is free to express their opinion, share their methods and advocate for them — that's what can make our tech community great — but stay clear of invalidating others in your profession just because they don't use the same tools or approach as you.
Front End Developer, Back End Developer, Web Developer, Mobile Developer or maybe just Developer. Point is…You make things with code. You make them your own way — and this is good — this is how new ideas and diversity is created.
Never feel obliged to follow and approach that does not make sense to you, or to not to use a tool or framework that makes your task easier just because someone else don't like it. Be pragmatic and use whatever methods or tools that makes your tasks easier.
Be yourself, be a developer, its good, its great — you'll love it :)
This article is a cross post from my original story on Medium