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5 essential skills a developer should have

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Different projects require different skills, but some skills are common for all developers. Working on these skills can turn a good developer into an excellent developer, so read on and find out what they are. Below is our list of top 5 crucial skills every developer should have.

Get Familiar
There are too many individuals building apps and sites these days without anything near proper coding. Simply, you can’t rely on your knowledge of code nowadays. A decent developer should be empathetic and see the bigger picture. This involves understanding the way developer’s team interacts with each other and the effect this has on the product they’re working on.

To top it, a deeper knowledge of the technology and tools you are using will help you maximize the resources you have and ultimately extend the boundaries and the potential of projects you’re working on.

Always Stay Informed
Keeping the pace with the tech innovations might be hard. It is constantly changing at such a fast pace, to the point that staying up-to-date is nearly impossible. So, here’s a piece of advice. Find a niche. Become an expert in this niche, focus on your qualities and maximize your abilities as a developer.

However, it is quite important that you know what’s happening in the industry. Concentrate on the popular topics and understand what’s changing and how. Subscribe to tech blogs and follow what’s going on because it will give you a good idea about upcoming trends in the industry and will help you understand clients and how they will utilize the products you develop.

Testing
You should try to avoid building something you can’t guarantee its perfection. Developers need to be excellent problem solvers and also great at debugging code. These little things count.

It is also important to know that testing takes you outside coding. Be prepared to solve issues which are not strictly related to coding, such as UX and usability.

Communication
Programming requires human interaction. Learning how to communicate your thoughts, ideas and designs clearly and successfully is very important, a skill every developer should own. One of our Ecosystem Hangout was held to discuss the topic of miscommunication between Entrepreneurs, Developers and Designers.
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Time Management
Lost time is never found again, If you can manage your time well, you’ll be able to manage your projects. A developer who uses proper time management techniques can be relied upon to deliver projects and meet deadlines, this is what makes time management a valuable skill to have. Figure out how to multi-task and learn to delegate assignments in case you need to. You should have a goal of not bringing your work home, so try to use your time at work in the most productive way possible.


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