The Four Essential Developer Skills [Dev Concepts #1]

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Find out what are the four skills every developer absolutely has to have!

In this video, which is part of our new series – Dev Concepts, we explain the four skills every developer should have in order to be successful. 
Of course, there are more skills that could be mentioned. However, we’ve narrowed it down to these four, as we’ve found, after years of studying the IT field, that they are the crucial ones
Watch the video below to find out what they are and how you can develop them!

If you are new to programming, make sure to watch our Free Full Java Basics course! It will give you the necessary foundation to build upon and become a successful software engineer!

Lesson Topics

In this video we cover the four main skills of a developer:

1. Coding – 20%

These are the skills to write and debug code and they include the following components:

  • Coding (writing commands, scripts and programs), using development environments (the so-called IDEs) and developer tools
  • Working with variables and data, calculations, using conditional statements and loops
  • Writing and using functions, methods, classes and objects
  • Working with data structures, such as arrays, lists, maps, strings, and trees
  • Using programming APIs, libraries and software packages
  • Troubleshooting and debugging the code and using a debugger

2. Algorithmic Thinking – 30%

  • Algorithmic thinking is a way of getting to a solution through the clear definition of the steps needed.
  • It includes the ability to analyze the problem and break it into a logical sequence of steps (called “algorithm”), to find a solution for every separate step (or break it further into sub-steps) and then assemble these steps into a working solution.
  • Problem solving” is more general skill, while “algorithmic thinking” is а more technical (or engineering) skill.

3. Fundamental Software Development Concepts – 25%

  • These are the skills that we will mention in this lesson and that developers are learning for many years during their software engineering education and professional career.
  • These fundamental computer science and software development concepts include many programming paradigms, essential software development knowledge and skills, software engineering principles and concepts.

4. Programming Languages – 25%

  • Programming languages (such as JavaScript, C# and Python), software development technologies (such as React, ASP.NET Core and Django), software platforms (such as Java EE and .NET Core), software libraries (such as Apache Commons and ML.NET), development frameworks (such as Spring MVC and Angular) and developer tools (such as npm, Visual Studio, Webpack and Maven) are what we can see in the requirements in most job offers for software developers, but they are the last 25 percent of the developers’ skills.
  • The other 75% of the developer skills are coding, algorithmic thinking, and development concepts, which are considered to be mastered by the job offers.

Remember that coding is a skill, which should be practiced. To learn to code, you should write code, every day, for a long time. Watching tutorials is not enough. You should code! Now it’s your turn. Do your exercises!

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