The Professional Developer

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Proficient developers are hard to find, especially experienced developers with a great passion for programming. Professional developers know that the way they write code is the way they are perceived by their Team members. They support clean code and high-test coverage, comments, and basically everything that will ensure their signature (code) will live forever. They believe in maintainable code and code correctness is their motto. All that being said, what makes a software developer a professional? Is it the extensive knowledge of program languages or frameworks? Is it the speed of work? Is it the elegance of design? No.

Developers become professionals first when somebody uses the software they wrote. In order to accomplish that they need to talk with customers, get feedback and make they are delivering the right thing. Developers are masters when their plan is simple for other individuals to comprehend and utilize. Professionals are those who have learned how to collaborate together with other people, when they can set their ego aside in order to do a better job.

Become more professional

1. Are you brilliant?

OK, obviously everybody wants to work with smart people. The best hiring managers are, frankly, looking for someone smarter than they are. The idea that software engineering is a matter of straightforward implementation is a myth. The software is intricate and hard and requires smart, conscientious craftspeople to bring it to life. Show you are smart by getting the details right. Smartness is the convergence of intelligence and behavior – you can be a genius, but if you can’t focus long enough to tell me about your breakthroughs, you’re not acting smart. At the resumé stage, good grades and good schools can be a visual representation of smartness, so feel free to add them, but don’t worry if they don’t represent you at your best – find what does, and showcase that.

2. Do you complete things?

As Joel Spolsky put it, ” People who are smart however don’t complete things would rather mull over something academic about a problem rather than a ship on time.” The need to get things done is the reason – really, the only reason – we’re hiring. Getting things done is a must. Show you have a track record of accomplishing things – regardless of whether they’re even code-related. What have you delivered? When have you demonstrated leadership? Remember that some of the best leadership is demonstrated without authority. A willingness to make a path where there isn’t one, to solve an issue and hop in the arena, to not always wait for permission before beginning important work, are all extremely valuable. If you get things done, shout it from the rooftops, and own it with pride!

3. Do you understand “difficult” issues?

Learning to code is no small feat, however software developers are responsible for more than just writing code. Difficult” in this case describes problems that have no clear solution and haven’t been solved before. Coding your very own blog starting with no outside help is anything but a difficult issue in this sense – it has been done previously and there’s a lot of documentation to explain how to do it again. It’s a worthy learning exercise, however, it’s just not the same as a real live project with unpredictable requirements, unanticipated technology incompatibilities, stakeholder meltdowns, warts, and all.

Show times when you’ve worked outside the box and still succeeded. The best way to do this is to build or improve an open-source software application that has users and stakeholders. GitHub is a great place to showcase this kind of work and captures your work with other people far better than private code samples can. The next best ideal way is to showcase the technical issues you have solved, no matter how hard, and also the hard issues you have solved, regardless of how technical. Wrote a small solution that saves you and co-workers a few hours a month? Ran a large conference? Started an event series? Researched for a thesis?

4. Would you be able to clarify your answer?

” Communication skills ” does not mean ” is able to speak.” It means “able to say something important and easily digestible by others.” The most valuable team members are the ones who complete things well, and who can expand their impact by delivering what they did to the rest of the team. Developers who share lessons learned, teach others, and document how and why they make decisions are much more valuable than those who work in a vacuum.

Show your blog, the documentation you’ve written, articles you’ve written, talks you’ve given, even your twitter stream – anything that shows you’re sharing what you’ve learned with others. Your blog can be a simple as “We endeavored to install the Heroku gem on Ruby 1.9.3 and it broke, so we changed back to Ruby 1.9.2 and it worked like a charm” and someone else on the Internet will feel less lonely when they experience the same thing. The only thing worse than an unsolved issue is a problem solved by a person who can’t reveal to you how the solution works. Show us that you won’t be that person.

5. Is it true that you are energetic?

Great developers must be passionate to make and additionally change things. Even the best corporate incentive structure can’t replace a person who, after observing an issue, is naturally compelled to fix it. This is the engineer’s equivalent of scientific curiosity, and it manifests in all sorts of ways. For example, making films counts, watching movies does not, creating or mixing music counts, attending concerts does not. In start-ups especially, everything is some kind of broken. There’s simply no space for people who don’t improve things without being told to do so.

Demonstrate whatever you’re enthusiastic about. Engage with networks and undertakings that address what makes you furious, or advance what fulfills you. Go to designer meetups and hackathons when you can, and engage with online networks if those don’t fit your schedule. Your enthusiasm doesn’t need to be limited to the code itself – it very well may be demonstrated through better correspondence, training, social insurance, banking – whatever you feel the urge to fix on the planet. Demonstrating that you’re driven by something other than your supervisor getting in your face at work is incredible.


Becoming more professional is not a simple thing. I myself may not be professional, but rather than “not now,” it’s a matter of “not yet!” Every day I try my best to do as well as can be expected. Doubtlessly, none of us can become an expert engineer in one day. There’s a lot of learning to be done. However, we can consistently work towards becoming more of an expert. Assume responsibility for the customer’s demands, be dynamic among the gatherings, work onthe basic refactoring of our code — anything you do, do consistently. Indeed, even a small step forward is still progress on our approach to a more perfect and more polished methodology.

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