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7 must have skills for developers

7 must have skills for developers

Every software developer knows how to code in one or many programming languages, so to compete with other devs, coding skill alone is no longer enough.

Here are a few other skills that might help you boost your career and accelerate your growth in order to become an outstanding developer.

  1. Problem solving

Problem solving is an essential skill to have for developers or for people in general in order to work well in teams.

Knowing the right way to implement a solution without being too rigid/unrealistic or being too lax and flexible, depending on the tools and people available to you and adapting to the circumstances is a must.

It goes without saying that it’s also a cornerstone of good leadership.

  1. Time management

Software developers need to manage their time efficiently. To be able to do that, accurate estimation, understanding of the business requirements,team needs and tools are needed.

Of course, speed and quality go hand in hand in a competitive market and time is the most valuable least negotiable commodity.

At first, you’ll make mistakes, everyone does, but you need to be able to learn from these mistakes in order to grow.

  1. Negotiation

As you grow in your career and as an individual, you’ll have to work with clients or interlock teams directly.

You are bound to come into conflict with clients about requirements, design and even prices.

In such cases, you need to be able to come to amicable solutions between the client and the team to reach an agreeing ground.

Once again, it’s a cornerstone of leadership.

  1. Presentation

Presentation is crucial in gaining visibility.

Being better at explaining the things you do to your team, senior management or general people around you will speed up your growth and boost self confidence thus gaining an advantage on competition.

  1. Clean code

People can easily decide whether you’re a good developer or not so much of a good one based on the structure of your code.

Clean code is crucial when it comes to maintenance.Without it, troubleshooting will be harder if not impossible if no one can comprehend the code.

  1. Troubleshooting

Speaking of troubleshooting, you need to be able to find the root cause of a problem relatively fast.

This requires technical knowledge to read and understand the code and functional knowledge to be able to correct it and make it work.

Developers who’re able to troubleshoot fast are highly demanded and appreciated by the members of their teams, they’re the go to person when such trouble arises.

Such visibility and reliability will boost your career to even higher levels.

  1. Google is your friend

Whether it’s to learn to learn something new or to look for a solution for something, every developer relies on google at some point of their project implementation.

For that, you need to understand the issue at hand. Next, you need to have a good idea of what kind of solution you expect for the problem. Once these two points are clear, you need to use the understanding to type in the most relevant search queries in Google.With practice, you will enhance your search skill to find relevant answers faster and make your life much easier