In our previous articles we already discussed how be a better first-time developer hunting for a job. Evolving yourself from junior developer to a senior developer is not just hands on coding experience. It’s not just knowledge of software design. It’s keeping up pace with ever-changing world of software development.
And no matter what those crazy Youtubers or Instagrammers say, nothing beats reading.
So, gulp up this list, or come up with your own to become a better senior developer.
Yes, it’s not just Github homepage, but a customized URL with your choice of technology.
Topics are powerful way Github tells you what’s really trending in your technology world, in a much more statistically meaningful way than influential dev’s twitter handles. Visit them daily, and you will never be out of touch with your industry.
Example URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
Wait, what? You want me to visit wikipedia, on a daily basis to become a senior developer?
Yes – evolving into a senior developer is not just about coding. Knowing about the non-programming world weighs much more than plain coding skills – because that’s where 80% of coding is aimed at – making human life easier even in fields totally disconnected from software development.
You will need real world knowledge to better-define product functionality. And you will surely be able to reveal this knowledge with proper vocabulary during your next senior developer interview.
No matter how weird it sounds, try it just for 5 minutes at least 3 times a week. You will be amazed how you perform during your forthcoming senior developer interview.
Example URL: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/pointers
I learned more on Stackoverflow than my entire stint at college.70% Programmers fresh out of Computer science college
Just go through the link above – you will surely find a days worth reading at workplace if you are free. Well, even if you are not free, it’s worth every minute spent.
Example URL: https://www.reddit.com/original
Once hailed as the front page of the Internet, reddit still shines with its original glow. The above URL gives you glimpse of fresh content (mostly images) created by people worldwide. It’s quite refreshing to see originality while being immersed in a copy-paste world. There is also https://www.reddit.com/r/DIY/ – if you need more creative spark for your days work.
If you want to have some inspiration creating some stunning UI while being glued to your ugly terminal, subscribe to this subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/EarthPorn/
Example URL: https://hackernoon.com/tagged/rest-api
Hacker noon is an exploding upcoming leading technology blog. Yes, too many adjectives, but they are worth it. Just read top articles with tags that interest you, such as REST API in the above example. For example: https://hackernoon.com/tagged/artificial-intelligence
Programming is your passion. But 9-5 drag isn’t. There are people that you care for, things you dream of. Just dive into their redesigned website, spend some 10 minutes. Nature never disappoints when it comes to refreshing your mind.
Small talk, industry talk, hobbies – all are increasingly forming major part of senior developer interviews. If you are too nerdy, you are likely to be poker-faced in most of your interview time. On the other hand, if your technical depth is limited but you are able to form special bond with interviewer by professing your cutting edge knowledge, you are at an advantage.
That is what people call experience when they speak of a senior developer.