It continues to get easier to build
extravagant and more complex applications and software. People use apps that
are amazingly intuitive and all of a sudden, a very high expectation is set of
all technology they use. Sometimes too high. It is therefore no surprise that
the need is increasing for developers to stay current and on top of trends.
As a developer, what topics do you believe
will be critical to understand going forward? Share with us your thoughts on
Mobile is taking over
A recent report out from Cisco
states that before the end of this year the number of Internet-enabled
smartphones and tablets in use will exceed the number of people on earth. The traditional
computer will still have a place but we’re increasingly fulfilling the
picture Steve Jobs painted a couple years ago. PCs, he said, are
going to be more like trucks, taking on bigger computing tasks while we get
more and more done on nimble car-like mobile devices. As developers, we will
have to adapt.
Understand the business your customer is
Anybody who says you just need to implement the
spec and stop asking questions doesn't know what they're talking about. Putting
yourself in the customer's shoes and asking what problem you're trying to
solve, not just what they asked you to solve, will put you head and shoulders
above your competition. Developers often blindly rely on business people,
business analysts, and user experience designers to tell them what will make a
great user experience. The better
you know the business the higher is the probability to implement the best
Speed is one of the most important factors for a
great user experience on the Web. Sadly, it is rare for web
developers to know how to design and implement a decent caching strategy.
Relying on an unnecessary number of calls to a database and/or file system is a
great way to slow things down and annoy users. Most modern frameworks have
built-in ways to use memory and file-system caching, so take the extra time to
learn how to do this even if you are not expecting high amounts of traffic.
So what do you think? Add to our list.
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