Today's fast-moving environment means that the nature of development roles is changing all the time. In past years, professionals may have only needed expertise in one or two highly specialized areas in order to enjoy a successful career, but today they are expected to be much more rounded in their skillsets.
So what areas should every developer look to ensure they have skills in if they want to ensure their projects are successful, and that they can meet the demands of executives and recruiters? Here are three skills every professional should have in their toolkit.
2. Full stack
In today's environment, it won't be enough for developers to specialize in just one technology or platform. Instead, going forward, it will be vital for professionals to be comfortable moving between a variety of solutions.
MongoDB developer associate Bryan Reinero told Infoworld that engineers will need a broader range of skills to be effective. He said:
Fortunately, increasing the scope of expertise is both healthy for the engineer as well as for the company in which she works.
Dan Miller, manager of business development at Addison Group, also emphasized the importance of developers being proficient across a full stack of front and back-end technologies, telling TechRepublic:
Software now affects all areas of business, and there are expectations to provide excellent customer service and interface with the business so everyone understands how everything functions.
Another key skill that every developer now needs to have is a strong understanding of user experience/user interface (UX/UI). It's no longer enough to hand off responsibility for these elements to specialists, as these factors need to be considered at every stage of a project and be tightly intertwined with key functionality.
It's especially important you're able to provide this on mobile as well as desktop applications. Even though many people now use smartphones and tablets as their primary - and in some cases only - computing device, many mobile applications remain stripped-down versions of their desktop counterparts. T
Bradley Holt, developer advocate and senior software engineer at IBM Watson Data Platform, explained:
At the end of the day, they're building software that will be used by people. To be effective, software developers must be able to understand who these people are, what challenges they face, and what sorts of tools they need.