What it takes to be a good software developer?

What it takes to be a good software developer?

Software Developers

Computer software engineers, or software developers, design and develop software applications or computer systems. They may develop computer applications for clients as well as the major systems that make a computer run.

The programmer cares about your product. They are positive, willing to go the distance to get the job done and bring their best everyday. He is able to understand problems clearly, break them down into hypotheses and propose solutions in a coherent manner.

Software engineers have got to work in a team. They have to join one at their workplace or they may work with several distributed teams.

The world of software is continuously progressing at a rapid rate, so to be a good software developer they need to be up-to-date with tools, languages, frameworks, modules and programs being released every day.

What degree should a software engineer have?

Depending on the employer, that range from an associate’s degree to a master’s degree. An associate’s degree might be sufficient for some entry-level positions, but a bachelor’s degree is required for most software engineering jobs, while more complex jobs might require a master’s degree. Computer science, computer engineering, information technology and software engineering are common degrees that can lead to a career in software engineering.

How many years will it take to become a software engineer?

In most places it is a course of 4 years in colleges (Bachelor), give or take a year or two. And if you want to do better than that, go for Masters and its 2 years extra course. If you’re amazing at it, get a PhD too, but that’s optional and will take another 3 or so years.

What it takes to be a good software developer?

There is a number of procedures or steps that we have to follow for a good programmer. Here i am explaining some…

1. About the career

Computer software engineers, or software developers, design and develop software applications or computer systems. The types of software that computer software engineers create, test and evaluate include business applications, network control systems, operating systems, databases, middleware and computer games.

Software engineers may use a variety of different programming languages.

2. Determine what kind of programming you are interested in

Nowadays, there is a number of platforms for different kind of programming..

  • Numbery Programming
  • Bumpy Programming
  • Gadgety Programming
  • Arty Programming
  • Presentation programs
  • Lifey Programming
  • Modelling Programming
  • Exploratory Programming
  • Utility (or “Application” or “Appy”) Programming
  • Gamey Programming
  • Teachy (tutorial) Programming
  • Thinky Programming

3. Simple Language

“Before we can run, we have to learn to walk” If you are programming for the first time, you should start with C language which is a procedural language and not an object oriented language. Programming requires perfect logical thinking. Once you finished with C language, then go to C++, this is an object oriented language. After this you have the basic knowledge of programming and how it functions.

So next you want to select a language you are interested in and could see yourself programming in for the next few years. You want to pick something that will have some lasting value. Examples: Java, PHP, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, SQL.

After learning this languages make sure you actually write code and do exercises if you can. When you are writing code, try to make sure you understand what every line of code you write does. Take the time to do this and you will not feel lost and confused all the time.

4. Find the Errors

Now that you have a basic understanding of a single programming language, it’s time to find out where your gaps are. For this we have to try and build something. Don’t make it too complex but also don’t make it too small.

One thing is to remember to not avoid the new softwares or technologies which help you to easily solve the problem.

For your better experience, build a mobile application. This will be done using a variety of programming languages. Also you’ll be able to build small web application, for this at least some knowledge in technologies such as HTML, back-end frameworks and JavaScript, is needed.

5. Internship

Many software engineer students work as interns while they complete their studies. This can be an excellent way to gain hands-on training and network with potential employers. Look for internship opportunities through job posting websites and networking. It consist of an exchange of services for experience between the student and organisation. They can be used internship to check whether they have an interest in a particular carrier.

6. Find a Job in a Reputed Firm

Software engineering is a rapidly growing field. In reality now you are a fresher, so it is difficult to find a better company. After completing the course the colleges helps through their alumni to find a position. A large percentage of jobs happen through networking, so you can use your contacts as well as check job search websites regularly. You should make sure the that your profile will highlight a specific set of skills that you have acquired. Don’t try to impress everyone with a long list of irrelevant skills.

7. Learn to Design the system with Experience

Actual experience and knowledge will decide whether a programmer is skilled or not. So we have to learn and do, which will increase the confidence level. Now it’s time to go from junior developer to senior developer. Junior developers maintain systems, senior developers build and design them.

How to design the system

    • Design patterns
    • Inversion of Control (IOC)
    • Test Driven Development (TDD)
    • Behaviour Driven Development (BDD)
    • Software development methodologies like: Agile, SCRUM, etc
    • Message buses and integration patterns

At this point you’ve made it as a good software developer but you’ll always have something to learn.


Every industry needs experienced software developers. A software developer has a reserved position in their community, also the salary wages is much more when compared to other professionals. From these article we can conclude that a good software developer has the ability to “Find, Learn and Solve” the problems.

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About the author: Deepak is Head of PHPBabu and also works at the parent company YUHIRO Technologies Private Limited as office manager.

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