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Are You a Good Developer?

October 18, 2022
October 26, 2022
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Are you a good developer? It's a question that all of us have asked ourselves countless times during our career. It usually happens when we're at our lowest, when a site runs into trouble, and you have no idea what's going on. Sometimes when you're trying to learn something new, and you just can't figure it out. If you were a better developer, would you have these problems? Are you a good developer?


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Topics & Timestamps

  • Introduction & Explanations | 00:01:28
    - Who is asking this question?
    - Imposter syndrome
    - What is a developer?
  • Breaking down large problems into smaller ones | 00:11:27
    - Take a huge task that seems insurmountable and break it down into more attainable smaller goals that together, will achieve the objective of the huge task
    - Troubleshooting skills
  • Writing readable/maintainable code | 00:19:32
    - Re-factoring
    - Descriptive variable and function names
    - Comments
    - Try to avoid hard-coding
  • Staying up to date | 00:31:15
    - Tech moves fast
    - Try and stay up to date with new frameworks and tools (not all of them, there are too many, but enough to keep yourself relevant with what is popular)
  • Communicating effectively | 00:44:17
    - Consistently answering messages
    - Attention to detail
    - Do not overcommunicate
  • Taking ownership of features and tasks | 00:53:52
    - Completing tasks that have been in the backlog for a while (take ownership and get it done, good way to stand out in a team)
    - Connect and communicate with all stakeholders of an issue to devise and implement a solution
  • Mentoring/passing down knowledge | 00:57:29
    - Pass knowledge to other team members, can help establish yourself in a more senior role
    - Writing documentation
  • Implementing solutions to problems | 01:07:27
    - Developers are problem solvers