In order to stay alive in the competition among developers, there are a few set of skills that one should have. These special skills will help any developer to stand alone in any corporate environment.
Such ten skills are mentioned below:
Strong Foundation and understanding OO Principles:
We all know that Java is an Object-Oriented Programming Language. To learn Java, we need to have a strong foundation on OOPS. The person who’s OOPS is not clear, codes in a normal procedural way which will make his code less efficient. In order to code better in Java, one need to know the concepts of Object modeling, Inheritance, Polymorphism, Design Patterns, etc.
Master the core APIs:
If one doesn’t have the knowledge of Language Constructs and Core APIs than the theoretical knowledge that the developer possess doesn’t matter at all. In order to become a good Java developer, we should be familiar with core APIs of Java, like JDBC, Generic, Threads, etc.
Java is such a deep language that possession of just theoretical knowledge is not enough. More the hands-on experience we have on Java the better we code in future. Hence, a Java developer must never stop coding because it will reduce the ability to code.
Subscribe to Forums:
We will reach nowhere if we travel alone. Forums always help developer in his developments. Sometimes Forums are proven even better teachers than books and online tutorials. There are many people around the world developing Java applications for years. We can always contact them and get acknowledged with the best and latest information.
Follow Blogs and Respond:
There are a lot of developer around the globe providing information they have on their blogs regularly. It is not always that we learn from all blogs. Some blogs even contain wrong information which can easily mislead us. Hence, it is essential to follow good blogs and also respond to those blogs regularly.
Read Open source frameworks source code:
Java has got many default frameworks which we can directly use into our application. To become an excellent developer, it is imperative that we read and understand the frameworks source code. Reading Frameworks of good developers will lead us to become a good developer. We will learn many new things which we will find in Neither books nor forums.
Know the technology trends:
Technology trends are something that continuously changes concerning time regardless of the genre. Sometimes if we are unaware of the latest trends, we find difficulty in making our application. Sometimes we complicate things because of unawareness of latest technology trends.
Keep Commonly used code handy:
Java is the language which we can write once and use anywhere anytime. Saving the work done is one of the best habits of a developer. By saving work, we can reuse it in our further projects whenever we want which will save time.
Know different development methodologies:
A Java developer should always be familiar with the methodologies like Agile, XP, SCRUM, Waterfall, etc. We have to select the methodology in which our client is comfortable with.
Document your thoughts on technology:
To increase your importance online, a developer should periodically be posting some content on the blog or some website. This will keep you more alive among other developers, and knowledge sharing would increase.