7 developer tips to boost your skills

November 1, 2016 | by Daniela Hernandez

In App development, developers

 As professional developers, and as people also, we are always looking to be a better version of ourselves. The big question, however, is how do we achieve that? 

Developer tips to become that professional you always wanted to be

As a developer myself, I want to give you these tips that have helped me through my professional career.  I hope they are as useful to you as they were for me:

1. Search for tools, apps, and sites that will help you write better code

I personally really like using katas, or programming exercises which help to improve skills through practice and repetition. Think about it, repetition and constant practice is a great way to get better at something.  Musicians do it, athletes do it, and of course programmers do it.  Some of my favorite kata sites and tools are:

Perform programming exercises to become a better developer

2. Be responsible

We have to take responsibility for the code that we write.  It is the developer’s job to make sure the code works properly.  Also, professionals hold tighter to best practices and disciplines when the pressure amount increases and deadlines are just around the corner.

 3. Don't be afraid to break things

Don’t fear the code. Who cares if something gets temporarily broken while you are working to move things around? Mark Zuckerberg one said, “Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough.”

4. Take advantage of code analysis tools

These tools help keeps buggy code away. They inspect the code line by line to detect vulnerabilities.  Some of them even provide advice on how to fix things.  Before you use these tools, however, make sure they support your programming language.  You will need to deeply analyze the pros and cons of using the tools you do.

5. You have to care about the code

Good programming lies in taking a professional approach and wanting to write the best software you can, all while dealing with the real-world constraints and pressures of the software factory.

Reading enables you to constantly learn about the developer world

6. Never stop learning

I think this is a key strategy that is essential to your future success. It is extremely important that you take initiative in the learning area of your professional career. Accept all challenges that come to you, listen to other experts and keep yourself updated.

7. Read, read, read

Read everything you consider relevant and can get your hands on regarding software development, technology, and innovation. Knowing how to create, evaluate, and come up with innovative ideas is a must in the market.

Only with effort and commitment will you become a better professional day by day, it is my most important developer tip. It may take time, but you need to get the ball rolling. You’ll see that effort pays off.