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Tips for someone who wants to be a Developer

Plenty of companies are on the hunt for software developers. So, what are the secrets to software developer success?

If you want to be a software developer, you wonโ€™t be stuck for company choices. Many of the biggest companies are looking for software developers.

So, how exactly can you map out a successful career as a software developer? What do you need to know when youโ€™re just starting out?

We gleaned a number of tips for someone who wants to be a software developer from those who have walked the path before.

Practice makes perfect

Ronan Oโ€™Dulaing is the vice-president of engineering at Globoforce. He said a passion for problem-solving is critical to a successful career in software development. โ€œYou could start by practising coding simple programs every day,โ€ he said.

โ€œPick problems to solve, perhaps related to your home or your other hobbies, and use your chosen language (Java, C++, C#, JavaScript, Ruby, Python or Scala) to figure them out. There are lots of tutorials online to get you started.โ€

He also suggested attending meet-ups if you want to pursue a career. โ€œTheyโ€™ll give you a broad understanding on a range of technology topics, give you a great opportunity to speak to people [and] help you determine where to best employ the skills youโ€™ve acquired.โ€

Learn the language

William Ho is an innovation software engineer at EY. He said someone at the very beginning of their career should try out and learn about as many different languages as they can, as having a niche skillset can limit future career prospects.

โ€œIn terms of languages, it all depends on your field of interest. If you were looking at web development, you might look at perhaps a .NET language or PHP; if itโ€™s native mobile, it would be Android or Swift; object-oriented programming, it could be anything from Java, Python, Ruby to C++ etc,โ€ he said.

โ€œIn terms of career prospects, having an understanding of a mixture of some of the above would put you in a very strong position.โ€

Make it work, make it correct, make it fast

As with every job, thereโ€™s a learning curve. As you progress, you will improve your skills. When it comes to software development, Zendesk developer Jose Narvaez said your goal should be to make it work, make it correct and make it fast โ€“ in that order.

โ€œIn other words, start with simple solutions, adding the edge cases after you prove the simpler solution works. Once you have confirmed the results are correct for all of your inputs, proceed to measure performance and, only then, optimise accordingly.โ€

Focus on the userโ€™s needs

Deloitteโ€™s Alan Jue Liu believes it is important for someone who wants to be a software developer to understand what software is there for. โ€œIt is to make peopleโ€™s job easier, to allow people to do more,โ€ he said.

โ€œWhen designing software, tackle complexity by distillation and tackle simplicity by thinking holistically. Design better software by always focusing on the needs of your users who will use, maintain, deploy and interact with your software.โ€

Be aggressive in your development

When it comes to software development, upskilling, self-learning and personal development are major parts of your career. According to Donal Byrne, a software developer at Jaguar Land Rover, you need to be aggressive about your own learning.

โ€œGetting good grades in a relevant degree isnโ€™t enough. Go out and start building real pieces of software. Take what you have learned and apply it,โ€ he said.

โ€œBeing able to do your own independent study/research and then implement it in a real project is by far the best way to improve and display your skills.โ€

Become an adaptable problem-solver

Steven Oโ€™Kennedy, a technology architecture lead in Accenture, said itโ€™s important for a software developer to know that itโ€™s not their job to write code, itโ€™s their job to find answers to problems.

โ€œAs a developer, understanding when to use technologies or techniques, knowing which are best for what, and knowing what the trade-offs are will make you a better developer, more valuable to your team and more confident in your decisions,โ€ he said.

โ€œDonโ€™t be a technology fundamentalist who always tries to fit the problem to the tool they know. Just because your favourite technology/technique can fix a problem does not mean that itโ€™s the right one to use!โ€

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Kimarouch

Learning web development is not easy for everyone. There is need to join a proper course or involve with famous freelance web developer dubai for starting a new job in company as a developer. Development demands your time, energy and attention for making you expert of digital era.

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Alexandre Donciu-Julin

Thanks for the article and the useful tips. I'm glad to see I'm on the right path and already doing a lot of those things :) My first job is right around the corner!

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