6 Helpful tips to becoming a successful software developer

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Dev2 is small team of Software Developers, with many years of collective experience. We pride ourselves as successful software developers and have often discussed what sets us apart from other teams.  This is what we have found:

1. A Passion for Coding is Essential

Like everything else in this world, passion and the love of the game are critical factors when it comes to doing anything successfully. Having something that you believe in strongly, and excites you, makes waking up in the morning a lot easier and work is much more enjoyable. Passion fuels confidence, it creates excitement and is contagious.

2. Impeccable Problem-Solving Skills

Being good at solving problems will help you on your journey to becoming a successful developer. Most of your time at the office will be spent solving complex problems and algorithms.  The idiom, “Practice makes perfect” as well as a positive attitude and persistence are important in improving problem-solving skills. The more problems you solve the better you become at it.

A clear understanding of the core problem, the stakeholders’ needs, the assumptions and risks involved can help in defining and validating your solution. Being able to present your solutions with real examples that showcase your solution is really important.” According to Marcel Folaron, Programme Manager at Google.

3. Languages – Specialize and Diversify

There are so many coding languages to choose from, which can be really confusing to any novice developer. Start by learning a popular language where you can get the necessary help in communities and forums. It is also important to keep up with the latest industry trends as things change quickly. Take the opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and try new value adding tools. A tool like Warewolf could be the game changer for your business, so don’t be afraid to move into new spaces to create value for your organisation.

4. Communities and Forums

Joining an online developer community is a great way to network with other developers who share common interests and ideas. They are also a pretty helpful bunch who like to give advice and opinions on any solution or topic. Some good ones to join are Stack OverflowDream in codeReddit and CodeProject as a start.  Even better, put yourself out there and help other developers to grow and learn by actively participating in the developer communities. Everyone has to start somewhere!

5. The Ability to Work in Teams

Being a master of one or a jack-of-all-trades in today’s world does not bring about triumph if you are unable to work as part of a team.” – Shada Wehbe

Being able to work with others is important for achieving goals quickly and efficiently. The majority of developers work in teams, whether it be a team of developer or designers, business managers and analysts. Teamwork helps you reach your goals, through improved efficiency, motivation from your peers, and synergy.

6. A Business Mindset

Most developers get into this game because they love problem solving. It is absolutely key to keep this at the heart of your practice while seeing the bigger picture and understanding the “why” of what  you are doing. By being able to focus on the business need, understand the goals and objectives the business is trying to achieve, developers are really able to deliver powerful solutions. Using tools that enable developers to add business value can revolutionize an organisation as well as give you that awesome feeling of success.

Becoming a successful software developer takes time, a lot of hard work, experience, passion and skill. It is not something that happens overnight. It all starts with passion and this passion grows as new skill sets are developed and innovative landscapes are discovered. As we get better and become more experienced, the passion that burns inside us will ignite new ideas and drive new successes.

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