If you’re a developer then you’re in the driving seat right now. As the online sphere keeps expanding and pulling in more of the ‘real’ world, there are more and more options for you to get good gigs and keep the money rolling in.
At the same time, just because you’re in the driving seat doesn’t mean you’re winning the race. You might be way out in front or you might be following the pack. After all, you’re not the only developer out there.
The key is to keep learning. In that you’ll have the skill set that people need and can keep yourself relevant and important.
So what are the skills you need?
into the developer’s versatility.
you’ve heard of what it can do. In fact, it can be a little intimidating. All that talk of deep learning, and terabytes of data can make old-school developers a bit squeamish.
You know what will make you even more squeamish? Being irrelevant. Being passed over for work as you don’t match the job specifications. Don’t let that happen. Get onto the Big Data train while it’s still gathering steam. After all, today it’s still possible to get to grips with the whole field. That will get ever harder as the field grows.
and that is in understanding and communicating with the non-developer.
Make yourself even better by becoming a better communicator.
· - Readability score: Start off by using the tools out there to analyze the texts you write for readability. This will make you aware of whether you’re using long sentences, what kind of constructs are difficult to understand and more. The best part? The more often you use these kinds of tools, the more you’ll internalize their lessons and the more readable your writing – and even speech – will become.
· - Grammarly: A lot of us think that we’ve got good grammar. A lot of us are wrong. One great tool to point that out is Grammarly. It picks up on a lot of mistakes we (and other programs like ) miss out on. Now, admittedly a grammar mistake might not be quite as serious as a coding mistake, but it’s still serious. So take care of them!
· - mastergrades.com: Sure, computers will understand better than we do one day. That day isn’t here yet, however. So sometimes it is still a good idea to get some human eyes to look at what you’re writing and give you feedback. If that’s what you’re after, check out Mastergrades.com.
· - Voice to text apps: Find writing texts – or alternatively speaking – difficult? Then experiment with Voice to text apps. In the first case, they can help you write clearer text. In the second situation, they’ll help you analyze your speech patterns and give you a better idea of where you might be unclear, carrying on unnecessarily or over-using difficult language.
The best idea? Combine some tools. For example, use a voice to text app to record your normal conversation and then see what the readability and grammar apps think of how you speak. You might be unpleasantly surprised
Note: vocal speech has a lot more channels of communication than words alone, so don’t be too dismayed when you get a poor score. Most of us do. Still, there’s always room for improvement.
4. Full Stack
Yes, there are a lot of levels to development. There are different languages, different things to consider and different guidelines to the many levels. At the same time, companies don’t really care about that. They care about results.
And if you want to deliver those without any excuses, then you’ve got to master the full stack. Only in that way can you solve whatever problem they throw at you.
And that’s what you want. Because if you become a company’s go-to tech guy and they don’t need to rely on anybody else, then they won’t even think about calling somebody else when they’ve got a problem. And that gives you a hell of a lot of freedom to do what you want and charge what you want.
you’ll be able to stay ahead of the pack and steer the conversation. You won’t have to spend hours looking for work and instead will be charging clients. Now, that’s a sweet position to be in.
So, to give yourself the best position for 2017, make sure that you master these skills. Then you’ll be ready to have a great year – heck, maybe even two.