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Developer tips to learn new skills and keep up to date

The field of software development requires you to keep up with new trends. To stay relevant and productive in the job market and to advance in your career, you must always be a student. 

In many cases, the developer must learn many complex frameworks in this rapidly evolving technology sector where new libraries, languages and paradigms are evolving every day.

Plan in Advance

In software development, you must have your strategy to keep up to date with new trends. A study plan is helpful in times like these. 

Having a study plan is an important feature that helps in an efficient organization, as well as creating a sense of responsibility in the professionals who learn the process. Remember that planning is essential to succeed in all areas of activity. 

As with work or school schedules, developers should create a schedule that sets aside time each week for study. This schedule should include tests, dates for test and exam, as well as deadlines for assignments and projects. (HBR)

How to become a better student and developer

Actively participate in the developer community

Start your own blog.

Your research on a topic will help you gain more knowledge about it.

By contributing to this community, you can gain better visibility in the developer community.

You create a set of knowledge bases for yourself that you can reference or use (perhaps as a speaker, in a video, etc.).

If you do not speak English and write articles in English, this can help you to understand the language better.

You may be a guest writer for an organization’s blogging program. If you are new to blogging, do not put too much emphasis on making money. Focus on providing useful content to the community.

Study the Masters and Then Practice

Aspiring writers have been told this time and time again, that the best way to write effectively is to read lots of books, especially the classics. Why? Because they will learn more by learning the writing styles of great writers than by taking writing courses. 

Let’s take this suggestion a step further. While learning big names is essential, it’s more of a passive exercise. To benefit from this, you also need to apply this learning to your own work. 

One way to do this is to imitate the experts until you develop your own style and technique. Benjamin Franklin was an American philosopher, writer, journalist, scientist and diplomat who gained notoriety for the studies on electricity, which contributed to the discovery of the lightning rod, taught himself to write like this, as he shared in his autobiography:

“I took some of the papers (from The Spectator magazine) and, making little hints of sentiment in each sentence, put them on for a few days, and then, without looking at the book, tried to complete the papers again, expressing each suggested sentiment at length, and as fully as had been expressed before, in whatever suitable words came to hand.”

Choose a platform that suits your learning style

There are online tutorials, in-person classes, books, articles and videos that can teach you many skills. Think about which learning platforms best allow you to absorb and apply new information. If you are a visual learner, for example, try video tutorials instead of reading a text-only book or listening to a podcast on the subject. 

Also, think about what is most conducive to your new skill. Learning a new language by using only books, for example, may not be the best choice because text alone does not give a good idea of the pronunciation of words and accents in everyday speech. (BBC)

Learn from your mistakes

Making mistakes can also be used as a beneficial tool for learning. As you practice your skills, you will make mistakes, but learning what not to do next time brings you that much closer to your goal. 

For example, learning new coding languages as a software developer can lead to small mistakes along the way, like broken code or a forgotten lesson. 

Using these mistakes as tools can help you figure out where you went wrong, what elements to fix, and maybe even gain insight into your next approach.

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Peter Howard Wertheim & Dayse Abrantes - International Journalists
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