10 Core Web Development Skills Every Developer Must Know
22 August 2014
By Web Strategy Plus
Web development skills are very in demand right now. Whether you’re in the process of learning how to be a developer or you are an experienced developer who wants to keep your skills as marketable as possible, here are the ten most important things to know:
1. A Native Mobile Platform
It’s possible to create a mobile application without using a native platform. However, that approach may limit what can be done with an application. To take full advantage of everything a platform has to offer, you should know how to develop specifically for iOS, Android or the Windows Phone.
2. Tracking Tasks and Issues
Knowing the ins and outs of at least one of the most popular tracking systems like JIRA will allow you to enter any new development environment and quickly integrate yourself into the team.
Not only is Git is a very popular version control system throughout web application development communities, but understanding it well means that you can take advantage of things like utilizing a very effective flow.
4. Maintaining a Project
The best way to gain this skill is by putting something you developed out into the wild. Even if it’s a very small open-source project, having this experience will allow you to gain insight into things like how your specific choices affect code extensibility and portability over time.
5. HTML and CSS
You don’t have to be a designer in order to benefit from knowing HTML and CSS. By understanding these languages, you will have an easy time quickly grasping just about any type of web development efforts.
6. Researching Efficiently
Regardless of how long you’ve been doing mobile website development, there will always be times when you encounter an issue that you don’t know the answer to. Since that’s part of the job, it’s important to know how to promptly find the answer. Having strong research skills is one of the best ways to maximize your productivity.
7. A Server Side Language
Front-end developers don’t spend as much time dealing with server side languages. But whether it’s PHP, Python, .NET or Java, knowing at least one language from this group will ensure you understand how things work on the back-end and be able to make development choices accordingly.
Since this language has become so prevalent over the last three years, it’s something that every developer who’s serious about their career should have in their skill set.
9. Estimating Effectively
No amount of web development tools can make up for being unable to effectively estimate. While this may sound like a minor issue, accurate estimates play an important part in building successful relationships with bosses, clients and other team members.
10. Agile Development
Although it doesn’t make sense for every developer to be a project manager, what does make sense is for developers to have a strong understanding of the agile development process, as well as the toolset that’s used for this approach to development.
While it definitely takes effort to master the ten web development skills we covered, doing so will pay off handsomely in terms of furthering your career.
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