It’s easy to think you’ve got all it takes to get to the top as a developer once you’ve had some formal training, but that’s where complacency kicks in and the road to failure starts. As a starting or even senior developer, you have to continuously make sure that your skills are updated and fully loaded. That said, here’s a comprehensive list of skills you need to brush up on to pave your way to that pedestal you’ve been eyeing!
1. Databasing and SQL
Why? Organising a small to large collection of data is essential in building software applications. This is where database comes in, while SQL allows programmers to store, edit, and retrieve data from the database.
Recommendation: MySQL is a fast, stable, multi-user-friendly RDMS that is widely used by popular websites like Facebook and YouTube. It has very good documentation and has also received countless positive reviews from leading software companies.
2. Maximising A Cloud Platform
Cloud computing provides high scalability and elasticity, meaning we can add or remove more servers as the user base grows or shrinks. This is low-cost compared to maintaining in-house servers. It provides users access to files and systems in any device and they can connect from anywhere.
Recommendation: Amazon Web Services is one of the best. Payment uses the “on the go” model, users are charged by the hour, and will only pay what they will use. It’s secure, fast and reliable compared to other private data centers.
3. Integrating OOP Programming Language/s
It is a way of programming where developers can think they are working with real-life “objects”. OOP programming makes it easy to maintain and modify existing code as new objects can be created with small differences to existing ones.
Recommendation: Java is an OOP platform-independent language that can run on any computer where a Java Runtime Environment is installed.
4. One Text Editors
This is considered to be the lifeblood of web and software developers. It allows programmers to create, edit and update source codes using a Graphical User Interface (GUI) or even from the Command Line Interface (CLI).
Recommendation: VIM. It’s stable and reliable and can run in Windows, Linux, and Mac. It can also be used both in CLI or GUI.
5. Operating IDEs
IDE provides an environment where programmers can develop software applications. Some basic features that could help a developer are syntax highlighting, code completions, refactoring, version control, debugging, compiling, and deploying softwares.
Recommendation: Eclipse is primarily used for developing Java applications but can also support other programming languages and STS (Spring Tool Suite), and is optimised for Spring framework-based projects.
6. Organising Data Structure and Algorithms
Data is one of the important elements in a software application. It is vital for a programmer to know how to collect and organise data that they can perform operations on these data in a fast and effective way. At the same time, a good algorithm is as equally vital because these are the sets of instructions that will be performed on the data to get the desired output from a specific application.
7. Software Testing and Debugging
Software testing is essential in determining the defects and errors that were made during the development process and if the functions of the application matches the client requirements. Debugging is an essential skill that a developer should have to let them investigate and fix the defects or errors that were found during testing.
8. Using Containers
Containers address the problem of how we run applications quickly and reliably from one environment to another. This could include running applications from the developer’s laptop to a test, staging or to the production environment. They address the issues of dependency/library version inconsistencies, of wrong configuration files being used, of differences in OS distributions, and of incomplete setups of the underlying infrastructure.
Recommendation: Docker is widely used by IT and cloud companies today. It enables developers to pack and run applications as a lightweight and portable container that can run virtually anywhere.
9. Working with Version Control Tools
Version Control Tools make collaboration between members of a software development team easier, faster and manageable. Version control tools allow users to track file changes, view history and merge multiple modifications in a systematic way.
Recommendation: GIT. It is commonly used by software development teams. It’s easy to use and is designed for large scale groups working on a single base code.
Getting fully equipped with these essential skills will get any developer closer to their goals. However, it’s important to know that although these are catalysts to your success, they won’t work unless you do. Work hard, maintain the right attitude, and be mindful of the goals you set. Surely after that, you’ll be well on your way.
Daryl May Arueno
Software Development Manager
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