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5 Things Every Software Developer Should Know

5 Things Every Software Developer Should Know

Working in the world of technology and software development, we don’t need to tell you just how fast things move and change. This means that to stay on top of your game, you need to be continually learning and expanding your skill set.

If you are someone that has been teaching yourself, or keeping abreast of the latest developments through your own knowledge acquisition then you might sometimes wonder what the basic things that every software developer should know.

Here is the Finerton guide to the top 5 things every software developer should know.


1. Data structures and algorithms

If you fancy a career as a computer programmer then you need to have at least a good grasp of data structures and algorithms, because if you don’t, realistically you cannot be any good at your job. One of the most important parts of the job, unless you know your way around structures like array, map, and linked list, it is impossible to write a real-world application. If you are serious about programming then you need to put some real effort into nailing the ins an outs of data structures and algorithms.


2. Source control

Source control such as Git is how you store your code and also collaborate within a team. For example, if there are a number of programmers all working on the same codebase but on different features, then a good source control tool such as Git means you can collaborate with other programmers, without overriding and cancelling out each others work. In other words, if you are serious about being a good coder, you need to get your head around tools like Git or SVN.


3. Text editors

We are sure that there is not a coder in the world who doesn’t use text editors like Vim every single day. An essential tool for developers and programmers, it is even used by non-coders like system admins and database administrators- basically anyone that works with computers. On Windows, NotePad is the obvious choice, and if you are using Linux VIm is a popular option. If you are after something more advanced however, NotePad++ and Sublime offer wider functionality. Your best bet is to find an editor that works for you, figure out the keyboard shortcuts and even take a masterclass if you need a bit of extra help


4. Database and SQL

One of the most valuable skills a programmer can have is SQL. Having been around for over 30 years, it doesn’t show any sign of going anywhere and all programmers are expected to be familiar with database concepts like table design and normalisation. Databases such as Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL and PostgreSQL are all popular but you only need to know one. They key is to know one and to know it well, including knowledge of inserting, updating, and deleting data as well as being able to write SQL queries to retrieve it.


5. IDEs

Back in the day, coders had to code in DOS Editor or Notepad, save it, run the compiler from the command line, and then create a package by running the ANT script. Then through the use of IDEs such as IntelliJIDEA and Visual Studio, the way in which coders develop software has improved. If you are programming in Java, you can choose from IDEs like Eclipse, NetBeans, and IntelliJIDEA.


Authored by the Finerton.com News Team (Malta)
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Last modified on: September 27, 2019

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