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re: I would argue that programming skills are not transferable as people skills. Open any development job ad what skills are on the list? I randomly ...

I think to a large degree it is. Switching languages will set you back only a little, just like switching major frameworks. But the process of problem solving and software development does not change a lot. Sure, going from Java to C or OCaml is a major change. But going from Java to C#, Python, Ruby, JavaScript, even C++ is much easier to overcome. It will obviously take a while before you are comfortable with it.

Soft-skills are important and is the most transferrable, but technical ones (that crosses-over with soft-skills) are also what makes a good developer, such as:

Source code management (good commits, managing flow), environment manipulation (mainly bash), "editoring skills" (IDE, text editor, local setup), test automation, code readability, API design, decoupling, memory/processing optimization, automation in general (docker setup, CI/CD), monitoring and debugging production, documentation etc.

There's also generally project management skills such as keeping the task board updated, clear documentation, prioritization and breaking down tasks, delegating, mentoring, training and communicating with others. It's a mix of soft and hard skills that are transferable.

Good developers can do well in mostly any IT focused org.

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