Developer 3.0 – The Future of Software Developers

developer 3.0

For us to reach an agreement on what is going to be a developer 3.0, we need to define…

What does a Software Developer 3.0 Do?

On a typical day, software developers can be found analyzing users’ needs, designing software programs to meet those needs, creating applications or systems, writing the software code, conducting software maintenance, and documenting application aspects for future upgrades. In some cases, software developers will manage an entire software project from the planning stages through implementation to meet all deadlines and cost budgets.

We may say that the developers are the creative minds responsible for developing our digital world. This means that the developer 3.0 needs to have an increased focus on creative solutions with the help of innovative platforms.

APIs, cloud computing, and microservices provide software developers with a true logistic network that supports the back-end infrastructure and the front-end user experiences without having to build everything from nothing. Engineers no longer labor over raw code for hours on end. Instead, they can operate in a creative, user-centered environment to focus more on customer outcomes and less on snags in the code.

What about education? 

It’s important to have a solid academic background that instills a strong problem-solving ability allied with the development of internal structures that better the learning process. But in a few years candidates who can code, are eager to learn, can think on their feet and have a unique level of problem-solving curiosity — not to mention, the ability to understand and support overarching business goals, will have more chances than those who learn through a textbook.

This goes hand-to-hand with a few core values of the immediate future of software development: automation, transparency, and democratization. These trends lower the costs required to develop new projects and also lower the barrier to entry for non-technical team members to contribute to software development. 

Understanding how your team can use these practices to increase the speed of development can lead to a competitive advantage. 

In this new digital-first era, anyone can achieve a career as a software developer. Companies will realize the benefits of providing more on-the-job learning opportunities and training to meet the ever-changing needs of the industry, especially because software developers are on a high-demand.

“When trying to introduce change in software engineering practices (or any practices, for that matter), it’s often better to work by addition, rather than subtraction. Instead of continually emphasizing what people are doing wrong, emphasize what they are doing right so that they will do more of it.” Jerry Weinberg

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