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re: < strokes white beard > This is fine advice for your first year or so of your career. After that, you can quickly be pegged as 'that Laravel...
 

I think you're pretty right on with this comment Perry.

My first job was in a .NET environment, mostly writing and maintaining API integrations but my primary responsibility was improving/updating/maintaining an integration with an ERP system via a Windows service. I quickly became "the expert" in the ERP system integration and was the guy that got all of the calls escalated from support. I still occasionally get an email from the devs that took over the project for help.

My second job, I was looking for something different and ended up working in Salesforce. Completely different environment all the way down to the source control and OS I was working in. The lack of breadth hurt me moving to the new role.

Logic is logic, so that wasn't the hard part of the move. The hard part was picking up so many different technologies at once. It really was jarring and reshaped my thinking on the subject. Previously I focused on going as deep as I could with .NET to the detriment of my other skills. Currently I am focusing on gaining a broader understanding of the base technologies that are underpinning the majority of the "flavor of the week" technologies so I can pick them up faster in the future.

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