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The Anatomy of a Good Developer: How to Excel in the Competitive Tech Industry

A company is only as good as the people it keeps. As the Head of HR, I have observed first-hand the importance of having a skilled and reliable workforce to support the growth and development of any organization. Technology has become integral to almost every aspect of business operations in today’s globalised world. Offering software as a service means hiring and retaining the best software developers in the market.

The role of a Web developer at Websquare requires a unique set of skills and qualities that not everyone possesses. Of course, technical skills are essential, however, many other attributes such as problem solving and thinking outside the box etc. Web developers at Websquare posses the following qualities and skills.

They have solid technical skills

A staunch command and in depth knowledge of their technology stack’s programming languages. This includes knowledge of software design principles, algorithms, data structures and be able to write efficient, reliable, and maintainable code. Our developers have a strong understanding of programming languages such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. They are also familiar with back-end languages such as PHP, React and Angular.

They have problem-solving and critical thinking abilities

They are able to identify and troubleshoot problems proactively during software development. This requires analytical and logical thinking to identify the root cause of the problem and determine the best solution.

They use keyboard shortcuts

One of the simplest and most effective ways to save time as a developer is to use keyboard shortcuts. By memorizing and utilizing shortcuts for common tasks, you can significantly reduce the amount of time you spend clicking through menus and options. Whether you’re working in an IDE, a code editor, or a browser, there are likely dozens of shortcuts that can help you work faster and more efficiently.

For example, in the Visual Studio Code editor, you can use shortcuts like “Ctrl + /” to comment or uncomment a line of code, “Ctrl + Shift + P” to open the command palette, and “Ctrl + Shift + L” to select all occurrences of a selected word. By mastering these and other shortcuts, you can speed up your workflow and become a more efficient developer.

They have attention to detail

During development, even the slightest error can lead to significant problems and possible knock-on effects on various other functions. Therefore, our progressive and proactive developers are able to pay close attention to detail to minimize the risk of errors. They anticipate errors to a certain extent and deploy solutions saving time. 

They know how to touch type

Touch typing is the ability to type without looking at the keyboard. By mastering this skill, you can type faster and with fewer errors, which can save you time and reduce frustration. Some many online resources and courses can help you learn touch typing, and with practice, you can become a much faster and more efficient developer.

For example, you can use online typing tutors like TypingClub or to improve your touch typing skills. These tools provide lessons and exercises that can help you develop your typing speed and accuracy.

They use code snippets

Code snippets are pre-written blocks of code that can be quickly inserted into your projects. By using code snippets for common tasks, you can save time and reduce errors. There are many code snippet libraries and tools available for different programming languages and frameworks, so it’s worth exploring what’s available for your particular needs. For example, if you’re working with React, you can use the React snippets extension for Visual Studio Code to quickly generate code for common React components and functions. Similarly, if you’re working with JavaScript, you can use the JavaScript (ES6) code snippets extension to generate code for common ES6 features like arrow functions and template literals.

They utilise automation tools

Automation tools can help you streamline your workflow and save time on repetitive tasks. For example, you can use tools like Grunt, Gulp, or Webpack to automate your build process and reduce the time it takes to compile and test your code. You can also use tools like Selenium or Puppeteer to automate your testing and ensure that your code works as expected.

For example, if you’re working with React, you can use tools like Create React App or Next.js to automate the setup and configuration of your React projects. These tools provide pre-configured setups for your projects and can save you time on setup and configuration.

They are creative

Software development is not just about following a set of rules and guidelines. Our keen developers have a creative mindset that allows them to think outside the box, develop innovative solutions to problems and give cutting edge suggestions for problem solving.

They manage their time and use project management tools

Task management tools can help you stay organized and on top of your projects. By keeping track of your tasks and deadlines in a centralized location, you can ensure that nothing falls through the cracks and that you’re always working on the most important tasks. There are many task management tools available, such as Trello, Asana, and Jira, so it’s worth exploring what’s available and finding a tool that works for you. For example, they use Jira to create boards for your projects and add tasks to those boards.

They are adaptable and have a willingness to learn

This is another important quality for developers, the field of software development is constantly evolving, with new technologies and techniques emerging every day. The team at Websquare is agile, able to adapt, educate themselves, and learn new trends in the market to stay relevant in their field. 

They are effective communicators

Skills are essential for any role, however, developers must be able to communicate effectively with other members of their team, as well as with stakeholders and clients. We train our teams of developers in effective techniques on how to explain technical concepts to non-technical people clearly and concisely.

They collaborate with other team members

Software development is often a team effort, so a developer should be able to work effectively with others. Our teams are able to share knowledge and skills with their colleagues and work together to achieve common goals.

In addition to the qualities mentioned above, one attribute, I have observed to be the deciding factor at Websquare during recruitment for any role. Passion, it is the fuel that drives a developer’s motivation to innovate and create new solutions. A developer who is passionate about their work will go above and beyond to develop high-quality software that meets the needs of their clients and end-users. Being passionate about software development also means the developer is more likely to stay current with the latest technological advancements. In addition, they will invest their own time and effort into learning new skills, staying up to date with the latest technologies and programming languages, and attending conferences, webinars, and workshops. A passionate developer is more likely to take pride in their work. They will strive to deliver the best possible software and take ownership of their code. This mindset helps create a culture of efficiency and excellence within the developing team, where every team member is motivated to deliver their best work. 

Ultimately, the role of a software developer is essential to any organisation that relies on technology. To excel in this role, the developer must possess unique skills and qualities that enable them to perform at their best. These include strong technical skills, problem-solving skills, attention to detail, creativity, adaptability, communication, collaboration, time management and passion. Attracting and retaining software developers with these qualities is crucial to the success of any business whose bread and butter is technology.

By incorporating these strategies and tools into your workflow, you can become a faster and more efficient developer. Remember, it’s not about working harder, but about working smarter and provide quality web development services to your clients. With the right tools and techniques, you can optimize your workflow, improve your code quality, and get more done in less time.

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