Every minute of the work day is an opportunity for developers to update and develop their skills. During this time, you can make a decision to grow in your craft or choose to lag behind. Rather than getting comfortable with the set of skills you have, ever thought of pushing a bit forward? The IT industry is constantly changing because of advances in technology, keeping your skills sharp and up to date will ensure you work on bigger and more challenging projects and ultimately advance your career.
Below is a list of key skills you as a developer should invest in:
1. Application Development
This is one of the top skills that are in demand. Organizations are more regularly refining their digital customer experience, making user interface and experience design crucial skills in the coming year. From internal systems to front-end apps, software will be everywhere to improve business processes. This year, we started witnessing a huge demand for programmers to upgrade existing computer systems, or for the design and development of new applications. So, if you have strong skills in Java, hardware controllers, web and mobile applications, this is the year for you. Talent with preferred coding skills such as Java, Java EE, JavaFX, .NET, C, Objective-C and UI/UX Design can make the best of the demand.
2. Mobile platforms
2014 was the year when the demand for smartphones and tablets reached record highs. Businesses across the world are adopting mobile application development strategies to meet their business objectives. There are many ways to create mobile applications, from an HTML approach which renders build-in controls from another language. However, all of these have one thing in common: when running on the device, these applications are running on native code. If an organization is going to create and install a mobile application, they will need to use someone who understands the native level, even if the application is built using another technique.
iOS, Android, and Windows Phone are a few good choices to mention here. They all provide platforms with exciting development communities in which you can engage. Just this skill alone will greatly increase your value to your organization as well as your personal marketability as a developer.
3. Full project life cycle experience
Bird’s eye view of a project? Yes, clients want developers who see a project from an architectural point of view. Understanding how a project fits together and links into the business is a key skill set and that demand will continue. This is also true for project management. Not every developer should be a project manager, however you need to understand the process. You need to understand how to track progress on tasks and how to work with other developers to get things done.
4. Know a server language
This is an important element. If you are mainly a front-end developer, then you still need to have a brief understanding of how things work on the back-end. Being able to create the entire chain from a front-end application through the application programming interface (API) layer and to the database is an important skill set. In this case, there are a lot of choices. Java, .NET, Python, and PHP are all sustainable options.
6. Data visualization
Data keeps multiplying, which means whatever message you hope to communicate online must find increasingly creative ways to break through the noise. That's where data visualization comes in, which involves using a visual representation of the data to discover new information and breakthroughs.
Data visualization is perhaps the most promising of formats with the rise of Big Data. Stimulating multiple areas of the brain, visual feedback is one of the best ways to understanding something.
Learn to use these tools in a way that benefits you and updates your workflow. Use them on your side-projects, and use them even when you think it might be overload. Learn how to do things which save you time like linking and closing issues with your commit messages. In short, if you are going to use it you need to be good at it.
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