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Wes Dunn
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How do you "label" yourself as a professional developer?

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Over the past (nearly) 6 years I've been less than great about keeping my résumé up to date. Over the Memorial Day weekend, I've started working on a personal blog/resume/showcase website. While exploring examples of these types of websites, I've noticed that many include a "self-label" or "self-title"... something along the lines of:

I'm a blank developer interested in blank.

I don't know how I would answer this question for myself

If forced to answer, I'd probably use a word like "generalist" or "polyglot." I've worked on web apps, REST APIs, cross-platform desktop apps, databases, internal tools, build systems, etc. I definitely don't feel like I have a specialization, and honestly I don't know if specialization is the "right" path for me. All-in-all, I'm at a loss for how I would label/title myself as a developer.

So, dearest community, I'd love to get your feedback on how you answer the question of "What kind of developer are you?" and how you came to answer that question for yourself. I'm super excited to engage in the comments! Thanks in advance!

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