How to become a better developer – and grow your career

So, how to become a better developer? I can’t promise to have all the answers, but one thing’s for sure. I made mistakes I wouldn’t want to make again (or you to make at all). I’ve broken some articles out by ‘stage’ to hopefully help you find what you need quicker.

How to be a better developer from the outset of your career

Honestly, it’s not just about writing code, important as that is.

  • I’ve written a bit about overlooked aspects of software development for that reason.
  • I’ve also written a long and short article on development for new starters – what I wish I’d known back when starting my career.
  • Finally, I’ve written a book for new starters – should you wish to buy! Free sample here of course so you can see what you’re getting.
How to become a better developer form the outset - understand the soft skills around your career as well as the tools of the job.

Improving as a developer – if you’ve plateaued in your career

Improving as a developer takes focus and consistency so don’t worry if your effort don’t see immediate success.

  • Perhaps in some places you’re being too ambitious – be aware of how your skills will take off gradually.
  • Personal projects to improve your hard skills are a great way to learn things in an enjoyable way, but you need to set a scope. Here are some common pitfalls with that.

If you’re just simply struggling in your career

  • All is definitely not lost! I clawed myself back from burnout, overwhelm, and in some cases humiliation. Here’s a high level view of how I managed that (complete with terrible handwriting on my photo).
  • Feeling like your peers are so much better than you (classic imposter syndrome really) is unbelievably common, yet we don’t talk about it. I’ve put together a short article on things you can look at.
  • Something not covered here that you’d like to know more about? You can drop me a line and I’d be happy to help where I can.