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Categories: Blog
12 April, 2018
by Nicole Nelson
Content Marketing Manager
How to become a software developer? It’s a question that plenty of people who are interested in coding ponder. There isn’t just one step that you can in this regard. Rather, it’s going to be a series of several different things you’ll want to pursue that can help you become a software developer.

Things to Keep in Mind

  1. Coding requires determination and persistence. You won’t become a software developer overnight. And you’ll always be learning new things, practicing techniques and recoding stuff you thought was top-notch before you found the errors in it that you had to go back and correct.
  2. You’ll need plenty of passion, motivation and grit. You also will want to make sure that you do your best to stay focused and committed to every project you take on as you learn to become a software developer.
  3. You will be challenged. But these challenges help you grow and overcome crazy deadlines, physically challenging work on your upper body and arms, and the ability to find solutions instead of just looking at problems.
  4. Analytical thinkers make the best programmers, which requires an equal mix of the desire to learn and apply, and logical reasoning.

How to become a developer

The first place you’ll want to start is by honing your skills early. Typically, software developers are self-taught in the early stages and then venture out to learn new methods and the systematic development of them using coding camps like software development course at Woz-U. If you are just getting started with coding, then Woz U is a great place to begin your journey. You’ll learn the fundamentals and be able to expand your core knowledge in these fast-track programs. If you need a crash course on the basics of coding, take a look at Google’s crash courses. These are free beginner’s course that are offered online. They help you learn the core methods that you can apply to any software development course you take in the future. There are plenty of crash courses to choose from, and Google is adding new ones all the time, like their Android Development Crash Course. It’s also a great way to determine what your skill level is and to help you learn the inner workings of algorithms, data and structure, the mathematics and logic and much more.

Upping the Ante

Take things a step further by applying your crash course fundamentals with some real-time coding. Free sites like Hackerrank give you problem/solution scenarios that feature hundreds of different types of algorithm problems that you are tasked with solving. The site also features these problems in virtually every known coding language, helping you to improve skills on the languages that you are trying to master. Even better, you’ll learn whether the problems you were solving are correct and what you did wrong—so you can fine-tune your skills to prepare for one of the many careers in software development that are currently available. Hacker Rank is cool because:
  • You’ll start at a beginner level and work your way up to harder problems.
  • It offers problems that can be solved in languages like SQL, R, Python and many more.
  • You can use the tutorials to learn as you go, and there are associated videos you can watch and even forums where you can chat with other coders.
  • It helps you prepare for the coding tests you’ll be required to take to gain employment at any software development firm.
  • It’s a great way to expand your knowledge of coding while working to improve your skillsets.

Working with a Team

Learning to work with a team is one of the core people skills you’ll also want to develop to become a software developer. As you ascend through the curriculum at Woz U, you’ll find that there are Group Projects that will have you working with a team of your peers to develop a full stack application as well an Agile Project Team course that helps you improve your team skills and communication. At Woz U, you’ll learn the ins and outs of programming starting with courses like Coding from Scratch, Front End Foundations, Programming Foundations, and more. Along the way, you’ll also learn about Databases, Mobile Apps, Front-End Frameworks and so much more!
Nicole Nelson

Nicole is Woz U’s social media manager who loves to build communities and break though barriers to find common ground. After graduating college, Nicole joined Woz U as an intern and quickly rose up in the ranks to become the voice of the brand on social. When she’s not documenting Woz U’s Demo Day, you can find her cheering on her local soccer team or getting her ‘zen' on practicing yoga.

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