What is a polyglot developer?

March 24, 2021
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Buzzwords and IT go hand-in-hand – so it's no real surprise to developers when a brand-new term or name crops up on job boards and career listings. Polyglot developers are the latest in the line of all-new Belfast developers, offering an effective and powerful way to get head-and-shoulders above your competition.

Interested to learn more about polyglot developers, or curious to know how neatly your skills fit into the on-trend mould? Read on to find out more about polyglot development, why it might be worth adding to your portfolio, and whether it's a flash in the pan or here to stay:

What is a polyglot developer?

You've likely heard of the term 'full-stack developer' if you've been anywhere near the Belfast developer recruitment industry in recent years. If you haven't, this specific breed of developer is more of a jack-of-all-trades instead of a focused language expert. The term polyglot comes from a similar usage in communicative language. The more languages you know, the more of a polyglot you are.

For developers, being a polyglot developer means working across a wide range of languages with a decent fluency level. Think JavaScript developer, Python developer, Scala developer and more all rolled into one, neat package. If you thrive on learning new languages and spreading your expertise in a wide range of directions, then you might be a polyglot developer already – and you didn't even know it.

Why go polyglot?

The concept of a developer that's good at a wide range of different languages and skills is the holy grail for some development companies. Having a C# developer that can turn their hand to Java, Rust, or Kotlin as and when needed is an invaluable asset to have and an excellent way to balance out an existing, more specialised team. Being a polyglot dev can mean more opportunities, more chances to prove yourself, and more employment doors opening.

Using polyglot to your advantage

If you already meet the criteria for being polyglot, now's the time to start using it to your advantage. If you're searching for developer careers in Belfast, getting that all-important word onto your CV can help capture that attention of potential employers. By not limiting yourself, you'll also gain access to a broader job market.

Not to mention, you'll be able to react faster to the continually changing developer landscape. What's on-trend in languages today may be obsolete in a year and having plenty of options under your belt is always a good thing. Especially in a fast-paced field like mobile development or IT development. Sometimes, lack of commitment can be a good thing – especially when it comes to the future of your career.

Are there any downsides to being a polyglot developer?

As the must-have for candidates in 2021, there are few downsides to a polyglot developer for today's market. But it is worth noting that a jack of all trades is a master of none. By spreading your skills out, you may not have the time to reach the heights of single-language developers. But often, that singular focus isn't essential for long-term development success.

If you're a polyglot dev looking to make a change or are interested in how going full-stack can help your career, get in touch with our team today. We might have exactly what you're looking for.

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