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Discussion on: What does it take to be a senior developer?

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Ben Halpern

These are great points. I'll add that that some of the "what you do" is highly dependent on the team size and the problem at hand. It's perfectly reasonable to be hired on as a junior to essentially build something from scratch if it's a small company or an indie project or something. Would obviously be way less common with a big project.

I know from experience: My first real software development job was "CTO" of a two person company πŸ˜‹

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Adrian B.G.

Yes I will add:

The levels of seniority make sense only where the other positions are filled, for my first jobs I was a Junior but I was also the most experienced so I had to do the Senior+ grade things (including software architecture, database and system design).