WASHINGTON, January 27, 2017 – Web developers are disciplined primarily in coding, but they’re like ninjas, meaning they have many hidden skills that are cool yet valuable. They are also skilled in user interface/user experience (UI/UX) design, database administration, search engine optimization (SEO) and more.
However, not every developer is great at what they do, as simply having the skills is not enough to make you great. Like all disciplines, in order to reach the top, you must hone your skills with passion, patience, and the constant pursuit of knowledge. Unfortunately, learning the various skills for becoming a great developer can be overwhelming for some people, but, it’s entirely possible. You just have to be creative, diligent and adaptive.
- Creative: Being innovative and original. Capable of coming up with the best solutions for problems.
- Diligent: Paying close attention to detail and having strong focus. Never giving up and practicing the same skills over and over until you’re an expert at them.
- Adaptive: Being able and willing to quickly shift gears in any situation, especially as new technologies are popularized.
However, the attributes of a great developer certainly don’t stop there. If you truly want to be great, then you should also be a technically savvy, researching, problem-solver. Lacking in any of these areas will put you at a disadvantage, but luckily, there are ways of improving that will help you become the baddest/most awesome coder in town.
Be Technically Strong
This is obvious, but a developer should be technically savvy. You spend a lot of time working on a computer, so stay up to date with technology. Your programming game should be strong as well. Over time, you’ll naturally learn the numerous programming languages, but you’ll also need to understand the concepts and principles of programming as well. This means just learning the required format or syntax of a language will not be enough.
You will need to understand concepts like, IF-ELSE logical statements, true/false values and many more. Concepts like this are used worldwide throughout almost every programming language, so once you learn the basics, you can easily apply them to any other language. Basically, this makes the learning process faster and easier.
Becoming more technically savvy means doing personal research and education. Once your computer skills and knowledge are solidly impressive, you can begin to educate yourself on the basic concepts and structures of programming. Then, start to build a program that will help develop your own understanding of each language, and create workable code. By the time you’ve created a program that can be built upon and debugged, you should have a greater understanding of the true ins and outs of coding.
Do Your Research
The ability to perform effective and thorough research is just as valuable to your progression as a developer as any other skill. Web development changes everyday, which means that new problems surface everyday. The changing environment makes it impossible to know how to resolve every issue that arises.
If you are clueless about how to resolve a certain issue, then you should use the expertise, knowledge and work of other coders. You can do this by simply doing some research on the web. Online forums and other websites have a multitude of resources and numerous developers who are ready, willing and able to help one another. Additionally, search engines will be your friend.
Using a search engine, like Google to find info on whatever issue you’re facing could yield a gold mine of resources you never knew were there. Moreover, you can become a more skilled researcher and coder by learning advanced search techniques, which yield even better results.
Be a Problem-Solver
Becoming a great developer means possessing a great ability to consider solutions for solving problems. Surprisingly, the job of a coder involves more problem-solving than code writing. A lot of thinking about how to create solutions to meet client needs and how to remove certain obstacles during development is required. In fact, it’s one of the most common activities developers do. However, a skilled developer should have a methodical approach to solving problems and be as logical as possible.
Not every person is exceptional in this area. But, there is a way to become exceptional. All you have to do is apply a quick version of the scientific method: Assess, Hypothesize and Test. It may seem a bit like trial and error, but it will eventually lead to insight on the cause of a problem and how it should be resolved.
Being a good developer has a lot of perks such as good pay, casual work environment, and satisfaction of building something. However, succeeding in software development requires more than a drive to make money. While making enough to cover a fancy new car and California’s insurance rates, it won’t be enough to keep you in business if you don’t love what you’re doing.
While developing has a lot of perks, getting to the top and becoming a ‘Grand Master’ isn’t easy, no matter what your discipline is. Truthfully, if you want to succeed and become one of the best, then you have to work hard and go above and beyond the call of duty. The development game is no different. To become one of the best developers around, all you have to do is hone the skills you have and need.
Just like in martial arts, web developers will find a flexible brain is more powerful than any physical tool you possess. This means, learn as much as you can whenever you can. That way, you’ll be able to solve problems quickly and efficiently, be wise enough to do research on confusing issues and be willing and able to learn from anyone at any level by any means.