The line between a developer and an expert developer is just the simple word ‘EXPERT’. It is simple but not really simple because people pay more just to get the service of an expert. Why? Because the ‘EXPERT’ went an extra mile both in knowledge and pattern of doing things. Being an expert in a field is not about the number of days in that field, rather it is based on your output and method.
In the world of development there are no professionals instead you hear of experts. Most persons confuse professionalism to expertise but there is more to being an expert. This is because at every stage of your career, there is always something new to learn.
Do you aspire to be a great developer? An expert in the world of development?
Here are six (6) steps to get you started on becoming an expert developer.
What to do to become an expert developer
Ensure you always think of future you when coding. Always comment your code so as to understand it when you revisit it or someone else goes through your code. Show empathy when coding because the ability for you or other developers too easily debug, upgrade or modify your code without breaking it presents you as an expert developer.
Working on a project alone gives you limited experience no matter how good you are, you remain an intermediate. Ensure you seek more experience to get ideas, be curious and open to new knowledge from other developers. The ability to collaborate and produce a tangible product(s) with other developer gives you experience that makes you an expert.
Always check out code written by others. For every project you’re working on, check out similar projects to know if you are on the right track. Compare and contrast their code structure, syntax, everything about their code with yours to see your flaws and high points. This will help you a lot because expert developers have a unique way of structuring their code that makes it easy to modify or integrate other functionalities without breaking the code.
See programming as a way of communication because it is actually a way of communication and the earlier you take note of that in your programming stages, the better expert you become. How do you communicate your point to users? How do you make them do what you want them to do before leaving your application? To be a good communicator, you need to always ask questions and listen actively. Understand what users of an application want. According to John Maxwell,
You learn more by listening to your users.
There are many open source programs out there. Ensure you contribute something no matter how little to open source projects. Contributing to community projects help shape you as better developer. It gives the avenue to work and collaborate with others and the get to work on real life projects as a beginner thereby building more on your skills. Also ensure you attend meetups, conferences or social events to meet and connect with like minds.
Please, please and please above all keep learning. You have to master your skills because some qualities of an expert include but not limited to Artistry and Craftsmanship. Ensure you learn and master a framework or language each year, read multiple books daily, follow advanced tutorial and subscribe to great but related news letter.
Finally, remember that the line between a developer and an expert developer is just the simple word ‘EXPERT’. Prepare your mind and never stop learning. Follow this tips and you will in no distance time be known as an expert.
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