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Top 10 Skills Needed for a Job in Software Development

Software development is a growing industry because of the continued rise of computers in our lives. To get a job in software development you need the right set of skills. In this article, we’re going to go through the ten top skills you need to stand out from the crowd. Read on to find out more!

See also: 7 Signs You Should Work in Computer Programming or Software Development  

1. Mobile Development

You have to learn how to apply software to mobile devices. Mobile use is on the rise, with 50% of people now accessing the Internet exclusively through mobile devices. All signs point towards portable electronic devices taking over from desktop computers in the coming years.

2. NoSQL Knowledge

NoSQL database systems are more popular than ever. Practically every major service vendor, such as Microsoft and Amazon, now support NoSQL. There are zero technical limitations when it comes to usage. Whilst they aren’t the number one choice for every project, they’re most certainly going to start to replace other database systems.

3. Unit Testing

Unit testing has quickly grown to become a best practice in the software development industry. With dynamic languages being seen more and more often, we’ve also seen the number of frameworks for unit testing increase. This is the year where unit testing becomes an application enhancer to an application requirement.

4. Learn Python or Ruby

Dynamic languages aren’t fit for every project. But Python and Ruby are ideal to have as an enhancement for your application. PHP was once the ‘go to’ language for such projects, but both Python and Ruby are not being taken seriously. Learn them and you’ll have a useful set of alternative skills for niche projects that require languages like these.

5. HTML5

The traditional mark-up language of HTML is quickly going out the window. HTML5 is on the horizon, and the release of Internet Explorer 10 has confirmed this. It’s inevitable that HTML5 will replace HTML at some point, so it makes sense to start learning it now to keep you ahead of the pack.

6. Windows 8/10

Windows 8 and 10 represent the next generation of Windows operating systems. Make sure you have a full understanding of how they work. Even if they both flop, as Windows 8 already has, having the skills to use these systems will add you extra points.

7. REST Web Services

 Despite the popularity of using SOAP and Visual Studio, REST is increasingly rising in popularity. SOAP will eventually be used for server-to-server work and nothing else. Knowing REST is going to make sure you don’t get held back by the new batch of operating systems coming from the likes of Microsoft.

8. JavaScript

JavaScrips is no longer a web-only language. That means it’s more than something you need to know for web development. It’s something you need to know for software development. New operating systems now support JavaScript. If its success on the web is anything to go by, this will soon become a requirement for any software development role.

9. jQuery

Web development requires knowledge of HTML and jQuery or you’re never going to get off the ground. It’s now the de facto tool for UIs that use HTML. Since that’s the case, you already know what you have to do…

10. The User Experience

Ultimately, the user experience means absolutely everything when it comes to software development. In such a crowded field, you need to inconvenience the user as little as possible. With so much choice, they won’t give you a second chance. They will choose a competitor. Learn how to put a focus on user experience in your creations and you will get the results you’re looking for.

See also: How to Become a Software Developer Without a Degree

Finally, try to develop as many of these skills as possible to stay ahead of the game in software development.

 

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