To Future Developers…

In General thoughts on May 13, 2009 at 10:02 am

Sou Dev

If you are aspiring a career in software development, there are a few things you should realise before really stepping into this adventure…

I might be working as web developer for less than one year but I’ve learnt quite a lot in those last months. The first and foremost advice is to really like programming else it’s all gonna be hell!

Besides having an affinity for the job, certain skills are also important among which are analytical skills, patience (loads of it), a well -structured way of working and be well organised.

A developer , I believe, should also be sharing – for his/her own benefit (yeah true). Of course claiming your work is important but here the main idea is to share your experience and knowledge with your colleagues. Not only do you stand to gain more but you also get to introspect how you work and maybe find out how to improve it.

Deciding about becoming a developer will also bring about changes in how you view life. Development brings you to think methodically, relate things to others, find out the possible outcomes, the different conditions that could alter your results and so on. Soon this way of thinking will start to reflect on your everyday life.You might end up finding yourself calculating every outcomes of one single decision (side effects of if/else control structures?).

However, being a developer is the best thing that could happen to me. I used to look in awe at softwares and think of those peeps who had actually coded these as crazy. Today, I just feel like they are not only crazy but geniuses who have made of a computer a living entity 😉

As you aspire to step into a developer’s career, I’d advise you to sincerely ‘feel’ it than just ‘choose’ it. As someone once told me: Since we are to make money to live, why not find a job that’s going to bring both money and self-satisfaction…

  1. Very nice article indeed!!!

    Working as a software engineer since nearly 2 years now, I have realized how much I love my work.

    You can’t decide to go into the IT field as a programmer or analyst only because “la mode la”.

    You may agree with me, there are loads in our field who don’t like programming at all!
    They are easily noticeable, no progress, no determination to work, waiting for time to go home… so many symptoms!

    I feel proud to say that I am earning my living through my hobby (programming).

    And as a good programmer, you have the power to bargain for your salary yayyyyyy! 😛


  2. Exactly what I meant! If it’s only for earning a living and nothing else then becoming a developer is useless because developing needs enthusiasm and a greed for knowing more.

    And for any other job, if it doesn’t suit you, it will be a loss both for your employer and yourself…

    We live only once so why not make the best of it even when it comes to work 😉

  3. for those who seek a future in software development it’s not a job it’s a hobby.

    Been a developer for 11month and 21 days (almost 1yrs:-) ) the advice i can give to new comers be ready to speak to inanimate object lol.

    A bit of serious now
    if you don’t like if/else or loop statements then dont apply as developer apply as project manager lol.
    for anyone who want to be a web developer you will learn that standard are useless (thanks IE)
    totaly agree for the money

  4. I like your fist line Dhi. Couldn’t have said it in a better way!

    That’s nice of ya to share in your experience 😉

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