Every 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 however different approaches to mobile
development. Mostly there are three important focus areas; IOS, Andriod and
Windows Phones. If you focus on native app development pick one platform
(android or IOS) and learn the API’s for that system. When you have come to be
efficient using one platform, it is possible to broaden your knowledge into
3. Cybersecurity skills
Intel Security says a massive 82 percent of IT professionals that it surveyed
are battling a shortage in workers specializing in cybersecurity. Increasing
concerns and business risks associated with insecure software have brought
increased attention to the need to integrate security into the development
process. Some of the leading
experts are of the opinion that to ensure software security,
developers need to build security in from the code up. Security is becoming
more and more important, developing skills in this area will surely benefit you
in your future career.
4. 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
If you haven't learned it yet, you should learn it now. There is no denying
popular Web development languages. Although initially developed as a
browser-agnostic scripting language, in recent years, we’ve seen its continued
evolution beyond the desktop to areas such as mobility and server-side web
One of the big shifts that has been slowly happening is the
ability to use
while at the same time maximizing the user experience, makes it a natural fit
for mobile development platforms and crucial skill for any developer.
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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