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5 things you didn’t know about developers

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Meet the development team at SkyRocket Media. From Left Sam Gale, Devin Stockwell, Josh Knell, Landon Call and Hiro Takahashi.

Meet the development team at SkyRocket Media. From Left Sam Gale, Devin Stockwell, Josh Knell, Landon Call and Hiro Takahashi.

Written By the developer team at SkyRocket Media in Pleasant Grove

1. We are not the IT department.

Although a majority of us love the inner workings of a computer, not all of us spend our spare time building computers.

2. If you enjoy solving puzzles, you might be a developer.

It’s all about problem solving. We typically spend 80 percent of our time trying to identify the critical thinking problem — and only 20 percent writing code that fixes it. In fact, most of the problem solving is done away from the computer! We will often head home from a long day of building something new, and the answer will come as if it was the simplest issue ever to exist. We just have to remember to write down the solution before we forget it again.

3. Developers need to be constantly learning.

New languages, frameworks, and other tools come and go quickly. Being able to pivot and take what you have learned –— and transfer that to a new environment — is critical to success. A good developer doesn’t know every word in the dictionary — they know when to use the right word at the right time.

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4. Good developers are hard to find.

Not only do they have amazing coding skills, but they have to mesh well with the team. You need to have the right environment, the right talent, and the right leadership in order to successfully create new products and services customers will want to use. Most large projects involve some new aspect you haven’t built before. You can be intimidated by the challenge, or get excited to figure it out.

5. Coding standards speed things up in a workplace.

Coding standards speed things up in a workplace — not just because they help avoid bugs and clean-up code, but because they can help make decisions. A lot of development problems will have multiple solutions that would work almost equally well. Standards can help you quickly decide which solution would be the best fit for your workplace.

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