Have you ever wondered what goes on the mind of software developers? How does their mind work, so full of information and understanding of the intricacies of code? If you are familiar with the industry, you know that software developers are a unique collection of people. Some of you may be wondering if you have what it takes to become a software developer, and have likely heard that to be a developer you have to have been “born with it.” While we certainly like the idea of being naturally gifted (and most of us are), the truth is that there are a few things that matter more, like hard work and a dedication to learning. Still, there are some skills that most developers tend to possess.

How does it work?

Many developers have a natural love for discovering how things work. When they see systems, they will inevitably wonder “How does it work?” This thought is typically followed by questions about how it has been made, and if there are ways to make it better.

Problem Solving

Closely related to the first trait, developers also tend to be great problem solvers. Whether it’s coding, geocaching, or solving the weekly crossword puzzle, we can tackle even the most abstract and complex problems.

Abstraction

Abstractions and the ability to use them are a key skill for developers. What is an abstraction? We’re glad you asked. An abstraction is a technique for arranging the complexity of computer systems or code. To put it another way, it is the act categorizing smaller details into a general, overall idea. Think of this like speaking in terms of “dogs” rather than “Siberian Husky,” “Alaskan Malamute,” and “Alaskan Husky.” Coding involves myriad small bits of coding, which if dealt with individually would be overwhelming. Abstracting small details into generalized groups allows developers to understand it’s function without fussing over the details of how it works, streamlining processes and saving time.

And Much More

Like any industry, those who excel have a particular set of skills and a brief article can’t do them justice. These are only a few of the ways in which the minds of developers work, and there are many other traits they possess that are not listed here. So if you are interested in learning more, we highly recommend doing more research and speaking with industry professionals. In the meantime, Galalee Software Solutions in Port Orchard is here to handle all of your software development needs. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you!