Developer career advice

The best developer != the best programmer

What developers often prioritize:

  • Learning the latest framework
  • Writing perfect code
  • 100% test coverage
  • Optimizing code for speed and performance

What will make your career take off as a developer:

  • Immerse yourself in the domain where your software resolves issues
  • Craft a video that showcases the latest feature you’ve developed (your sales team will thank you)
  • Write the marketing copy for the feature you just worked on
  • Deepen your understanding of the domain even further
  • Participate in a sales call
  • Talk to a user
  • Resolve a support ticket
  • Observe how users interact with your feature post-launch, and iterate accordingly

Notice any patterns? One approach focuses on enhancing your ability to address business or user needs.

The alternative zeros in on refining coding skills. While code is a vital tool to solve problems, it isn’t the ultimate objective.

The best developer != the best programmer