Tuesday, Apr 05 2016

Developer Skills You Need to Know Now!

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Developer Skills You Need To Know Now

Technology changes fast, and developers need to keep their skills current to keep up with the marketplace. If you want the opportunity to work on the most challenging new projects, these are the skills you need to know now.

Go Big

Companies are gearing up for big data projects, hoping to gain a competitive edge from analyzing the data collected by all their interactions with customers and suppliers. There's a vast range of skills needed to support big data work, ranging from engineering tasks that focus on managing and storing these giant collections of data, to analytical tasks that focus on understanding the business and using that data to create insights that drive business success. For the engineering-oriented jobs, focus on skills like Hadoop, Spark, and NoSQL databases like MongoDB. The analytical tasks require data science skills, such as statistical methods and text analysis, plus the ability to program in languages like R and Python.

Get MEAN

Javascript still underlies much Web and browser development. Now, with the widespread adoption of Node.js, JavaScript developers are needed for application backends as well. The ability to contribute to both frontend and backend development makes JavaScript developers twice as valuable to development projects. The MEAN stack, consisting of MongoDB, ExpressJS, AngularJS, and Node.js, provides developers a comprehensive set of development tools.

Get Mobile

More and more companies are implementing a "mobile first" development strategy. Because of the small screen size, strong UI and UX skills are needed to build an effective interface. Android is by far the dominant platform; iOS trails in second and Windows, Blackberry, and other mobile operating systems barely register. Learn the languages of choice for both Android and iOS development – Java and Swift, respectively – plus a cross-platform development framework such as Sencha will give you the most options for mobile application, and mobile career, development.

Float on a Cloud

Cloud computing is fast becoming a dominant method of application delivery. Learn the features and APIs for the major cloud platforms, including Amazon Web Service, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure. The cloud is also a major contributor to the growth of DevOps, opening up deployment and support career paths for those who understand how to automate the process and monitor deployed applications.

Work With a Staffing Agency

Working with a staffing agency like The Armada Group is a great way to explore the jobs your current skills prepare you for and help you identify the skills you need for the best jobs on the market. Search our jobs or contact us to learn how our services help you build your career, not just find a new job.