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What is your top priority as a developer in 2022?

This is the first post in a series of big questions devised between DEV and Mayfield.

Please feel welcome to take part in a new thread every day starting with this one. After a 10 discussions we will be rounding up some of the discussions and publishing key takeaways.

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Luke Shiru

The same thing we do every year, try to take over the world!

The Brain from "The pinky and the Brain" saying "Take over the world"

* ahem *... I mean ... keep learing. This year I'm focusing more in video edition because I'm working on some tutorials for YouTube, but other than that I'm reading a lot about Functional Programming.

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Ben Halpern

I'm reading a lot about Functional Programming.

I see you mostly write about JavaScript, have you been learning about other functional programming languages or mostly sticking with JS?

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Luke Shiru

I have some personal projects in Elm and Haskell, but I'm mainly reading about FP theory (currently reading Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs).

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Ben Halpern

Good luck! I've followed you and look forward to reading along as you learn :)

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Jakob Christensen

This book helped me a lot when I started out on FP. I did not read it all but it did wonders for me when I tried to understand why FP works as it does for example with composition.

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Luke Shiru

Read it already, it was great! I also recommend "Grokking Simplicity" by Eric Normand (is full of examples in JS, but it keeps it simple), and "Composing Software" by Eric Elliot.

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Jakob Christensen

Thanks, they are now on my list of books to read :)

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Matthew Daly

Likewise. I do a fair amount of work in React, so I get exposed to that somewhat already, but I'd like to expand that out further. Most of my server-side work is in PHP nowadays, and obviously that's not often associated with functional programming, but we do have a LinkedIn Learning account at work I have access to and that has a course on FP in PHP that might be worth a look.

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Vaarun Sinha

🤐🤫 Don't reveal our plans

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SaptakBhoumik

You were not supposed to reveal our plan

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Diogo Rodrigues

After a bad experience working for a company and having my skills questioned (which made me really sad along with the lockdown) I'm working on myself to have confidence in myself again so I'm trying to read more articles not just about code but about life balance and other issues that often pop into our minds. Continuing to learn JavaScript more deeply and maybe AI is in my plans this year.

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Ben Halpern

That seems like a worthy pursuit, and absolute best of luck accomplishing this!

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Diogo Rodrigues

Thanks

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Locky Keaney

I've recently moved roles and would probably be considered senior now. I want to expand my skill set so I'm not just a code generator, but good with documentation, planning and collaborating, mentoring, etc. I'd like to get to a tech lead kind of role. I'm now a Platform Engineer working on the front end (customer optimisations, developer experience) so I've got a good role to allow for that.

I'll start learning .NET as well as that's what our back end services are in and I'd like to do some full stack stuff.

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Sarah Bartley

Finding a developer job is still high on my priority list, but I've also got other priorities such as learning new JS frameworks, doing more algorithms to become better at problem solving, building more projects with Node and React, and working on various side projects. Right now my big focus is getting my YouTube channel launched.

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Lou Willoughby

Mine is mostly focus on my training, since knowing the direction I want to take my development career I’ve been working on setting some goals. I’ve been working on setting out my plan based on what I know and where I need to improve and going from there 🙂
My boss and I have also set out some goals alongside these to work on my next promotion out of my Junior role 🙂 so all very exciting stuff! 👏🏻

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Subhasree • Edited

For me,

  1. First priority for 2022 will be contributing to 2-3 OpenSource projects, related to web development and python libraries.
  2. I have also started writing about DSA quick starts, so looking to cover all topics by the end of this year.
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Josh Darling

I intend to finally complete my web dev course, and get better at JS. I hope by the end of this year, I'll be fully transitioned into a fullstack dev, with real skills that are in demand.......

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Ehsan Ghorbani

I completely lost my self as a programmer and have no Idea where to go , maybe I try to get my frontend skills back somehow, or maybe I go back to Back-End, maybe I go and learn DevOps or ... Have no real plan :'(

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Andrew Baisden

I have a few priorities.

  • Be fluent in 3 technical stacks (JavaScript, Python, C#)
  • To have a good flexible work life balance
  • A good stable job and salary
  • Multiple passive income streams
  • Huge savings
  • Big audience across social media
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JoelBonetR 🥇 • Edited

I'd been taking side projects for too long that I really want and need to build something just because I like it or I trust the project. By my own, just for fun or whatever.

And read those 3 pending books in my bookshelf that are staring at me each second 😅

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Fen

Moving towards a different stack as a professional. Started working with PHP/Python, then moved to C#/Python but as I improved my OO skills I realized I prefer working with languages like go, elixir or even javascript (typescript bad).

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Muhammad Uzair

Understanding Requirements & producing Db out of it (data modeling kind of) --> lemme how I can do that

Databases (raw sql, designing databases, etc)

React JS

Problem solving , data structures, algos

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Diogo Rodrigues

Yes, and specially now after some time working remotely I think finding balance is the goal for many people that used don’t think about it a lot. Thank you for your kind words.

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Keff

To eat, and to be able to live a decent life.

Apart from that I don't have that many priorities. Maybe feeling like I do a good job, and be proud of the things I build. And depending on the project, making sure we give users the most value and usefullness out of the systems we build! Offering value to people is always worth while!!

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ErrorGamer2000

My main goal for this year is to try to get some real instruction in JavaScript. I have been flying with only information that I have taught myself by now, which, lays face it, men's I have missed quotes a lot of the base concepts, specifically in the case of react, which I now use for almost all of my websites.

I am also looking into maybe joining a hackathon, but IDK off I will have that kinda time.

Also want to try to find a summer job where I can build websites, but the problem is that (being self-taught) I have no official experience with the tech. It would also have to be something I could do virtually because I would like something that I could keep during next year, which is my senior year win l when I am planning to take quite a few dual credit classes. Not likely, but would be amazing to find.

Here is a post you might want to check out:

Regex for lazy developers

regex for lazy devs

Sorry for the callout 😆