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Abilities that makes you a better developer – Hacker Noon

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/03/05

If we have passion for what we do, why not try to be a better professional every day?

Source: [WayBackAbilities that makes you a better developer – Hacker Noon

That is an interesting, but very hard question which very few people around me are afraid of trying to answer.

I think the hardest part for most developer isn’t the tech/science bits as usually they have a natural feel for natural science and formal science related topics (which I’d rather not call STEM).

I’ve a hard time to remember the STEM acronym because it means “vote” or “voice” to since I’m Dutch, and equally hard the . Also I really dislike the term “hard science” as “soft sciences” are very hard for me. So lets stick with natural science and formal science.

So if you are a developer and trouble motivating yourself to learn new things in the mathematics, algorithms & data structures, databases, computer architecture, operating systems and networks, then you will have a really really hard time.

I can understand it is tougher to motivate learning about English (and other languages), paradigms & design patterns, teamwork, or to put it in a broader perspective the human side of affairs. Those however are the areas that do not come “natural” for most developers and are in effect the ones most developers need to work on most to improve.

Doing that will make it a lot easier to work with people around you.

For myself, I still have to grow a lot in those areas even though I already have. Having originated as nerd/geek/introvert or however you want to call that direction, my natural habitat is still a silent place with little distraction with some relatively quiet people around me that help me keep focus and force me in the rhythms that are good for me. But I’ve learned to speak for large groups, write (not just posts) and have many other nice social interactions.

That growth brings so much joy and makes work so much nicer, that the effort and persistence keeps being worth every minute I put in.

Via: [WayBack] Cesar Romero (@cesarliws) on Twitter: “Abilities that makes you a better developer”



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