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Software Development—Part Science, Part Art

Being a Software Developer, Engineer, Ninja, or whatever title floats your boat requires many skills. Coding being a big one, of course. Python, Java, JavaScript, Kotlin, Swift, PHP. So many programming languages, so little time. How does one become an expert coder? You can learn by going to university to earn a Comp Sci. degree. You can go to a bootcamp for a certificate crash course. The Internet is filled with courses, tutorials, coding examples, forums, etc. that will teach you for free. Heck, you can even build your very first app by copy and pasting 99% of the code from the Web. But, guess what? Your diploma or certificate will be obsolete in 2 years. Technology comes and goes. There will always be a hot, new programming language or framework to learn. And, yes, all developers copy and paste code. But, bragging about that won’t get you your dream job. To take a broad view, coding is part science and part art. The science are the concepts that apply universally. The art is understanding how to apply the concepts in the right way to achieve the right solution. Mastering the art is how you become an expert coder.

The Secret Is Out—It’s Mostly Art

So, the science is something that you learn and know. The art is harder. It’s more than just coding. It’s taking all that knowledge you’ve learned and compiling it (see what I did there?) into a neural network (yup, I did it again) of rules in your brain that you can use to apply to new problems and challenges that you won’t find a course, tutorial, or coding example for. Your ability to leverage the science and apply the art is the essence of being a Software Developer.

Opportunity Is Always Knocking

They say—whoever they are—that it takes ~10,000 hours to become an expert or master at a thing. With the thing being Software Development, in this case, you’ll come across many challenges, frustrations, successes, and failures in those hours. Every one is an opportunity to learn, solve a problem, get better at your craft, and earn an example of how you can apply your skills. These examples are the things that you can leverage to demonstrate your abilities to prospective employers, recruiters, your boss, your boss’ boss, or whoever. As you work through your career, you’ll have more and more at your disposal. Code Calmy’s goal is to help you create as many opportunities as possible for you to find success in your career.