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7 Soft Skills Every Developer Needs

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When building a resume or boasting about your skills in an interview, it’s important to focus not only on your hard skills that are directly related to your field of study and chosen career but on your soft skills as well. Everyone needs soft skills to help them communicate and interact with others, no matter what kind of work they are doing. 

But those in technical fields, such as developers, would do well to particularly focus on honing their soft skills. There used to be a time when developers could get away with simply having excellent technical skills and nothing more. So long as you could get the software development and coding done well, many employers didn’t see the need to expect much more. 

Today, however, companies are moving away from seeing their employees as just a means to an end. Instead, companies want well-rounded employees who can contribute to the company in more ways than just offering up their hard skills. 

This means it’s time to start working on those soft skills in addition to the hard, technical experience if you want to become a better developer and land a good job. In addition to your developer skills, you need to have good communication and people skills that enable you to work well collaboratively across teams and better understand the needs of clients and customers. 

So let’s take a look at the top seven soft skills that are ideal for software developers to have if they want to grow in their careers and achieve success:

1. Communication

Communication is one of the soft skills everyone should have. Whether you work for a company or freelance, you need to be able to effectively communicate with others to have greater success with your projects. This means you need to know how to clearly communicate your thoughts and ideas in a professional manner, but you also need to be a good listener to understand the wants and needs of others. 

As a developer, you might have a bad habit of relying on your quality technical skills to get the job done, but if you want to grow in your career, you need to learn how to better communicate. Clear communication, focused listening, and understanding are key skills to have when interacting with colleagues and clients. 

2. Empathy

Another soft skill developers tend to lack, but is crucial to have, is empathy. Understandably, when you spend most of your day working with computers and machines, you can forget how to talk to people with empathy and understanding, but these are important qualities to have. 

The software you are developing is likely meant to be used by humans, so you need to understand humans to create a program that works for them. It’s also important to have empathy when you are working with colleagues and clients because the more you understand them and where they are coming from, the better you can work together and get the job done. 

Good communication and empathy go a long way with clients and customers. So the more empathetic and understanding you are, the more likely you are to build a loyal client or customer base, which is essential to growing your career and having success. 

3. Patience

As you are likely well aware, software development is not an easy job. From the moment you start working on a new project through to testing and deployment, there are a million things that could go wrong. Add in constant changes and updates, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed or fall behind. So patience is an essential soft skill to have in this industry. 

If you get frustrated over every little setback or hiccup, it’s going to make your job ten times worse. However, if you can go into every project with patience and a level head, knowing that things will go wrong, you are more likely to come out on the other side less stressed and more successful. 

4. Open-Mindedness

In addition to having patience, being able to take whatever setbacks come your way also requires having an open mind. Not all projects are going to go your way. In fact, it’s important to be able to put your own wants aside as a developer and be able to have an open mind in regards to what others think and want. 

You are the expert in the field, sure, but that doesn’t mean you are always right. When developing programs and software for others, it is crucial that you can use your hard skills while also keeping the wants and needs of others in mind. Having an open mind is also key to opening yourself to trying something new and experimenting. 

Furthermore, being open-minded allows you to more easily accept feedback and improve your skills and your work. There is always room for growth; remember that. No matter how good you are now, you can always improve, and keeping an open mind will allow you to expand and grow. 

5. Adaptability

Adaptability goes somewhat hand-in-hand with having an open mind. Having an open mind allows you to be open to new ideas or challenges, and being adaptable enables you to take those new ideas or potential setbacks and run with them. As a developer, you never know what might go wrong or what changes you might be asked to make, so having an adaptable mindset allows you to more easily roll with the punches and get the job done no matter what happens. 

Being open-minded and adaptable are also crucial skills to have when it comes to delivering a quality product for the customer. Developers who have these skills are more likely to build engaging apps and programs that ensure a better customer journey and experience. Because the more you can understand and adapt to what the customer needs, the better product you will deliver. 

6. Critical Thinking

Of course, critical thinking is one of the most important soft skills you can have when you work as a developer. Your job is highly technical, which means you need highly technical thinking and problem-solving skills. 

Software development is complex, and it requires a lot of attention to detail, so if you are lacking in your problem solving, critical thinking, and decision-making skills, you will likely find yourself struggling to complete projects. 

You need to be able to look at a project from all angles, go through a step-by-step decision-making or analysis process, and then you can start deciding what needs to be done. 

7. Creativity

Last but not least, having a creative mindset is also good when you work as a developer. Though your job does rely more heavily on technical thinking, it is always good to be able to think outside the box and see things from a more creative angle. 

Only thinking technically can sometimes be limiting and can keep you from trying new things. You might even find yourself getting stuck or feeling stagnant with your work if you don’t look at things with a more creative mindset. 

So every good, well-rounded developer should have some creative skills to help them when projects potentially require a more unorthodox approach, or to help you overall tackle things with a more open, and creative mind. 

Final thoughts:
If you want to experience more growth and success as a software developer and open yourself up to new opportunities, it’s a good idea to work on honing these soft skills. Today, employers look for developers that have a more well-rounded set of skills, rather than just the technical hard skills. So if you want to get hired and have a successful career, you need to have an array of soft skills to complement your technical abilities.


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Evaluating Fallout 76’s Value in 2024

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If you’ve been keeping up with the new Fallout show on Amazon Prime, chances are you’ve been relying on PS Plus Extra and PS Plus Premium to access and enjoy one of Bethesda’s legendary RPGs. We decided to bypass the highly acclaimed Fallout New Vegas and Fallout 3, opting instead to explore the vast landscapes of West Virginia in Fallout 76. Infamous for its initial reception, Todd Howard’s “Fallout with Friends” has evolved significantly over the past six years. However, does that imply the game is of high quality? Is it worth playing in 2024?

As we ventured out of Vault 76 for the very first time, we were determined to find the answers to those burning questions. Recalling our escapades on the Push Square YouTube channel, we encountered quest-giving NPCs—a feature that was surprisingly absent upon release—awe-inspiring bases built by fellow players—and an abundance of loot that could easily burden us 76 times over.

In the midst of the vast array of open-world online experiences, we found ourselves quite enthralled by the combination of 50s classics playing in the background as we obliterated the heads of ghouls. And to top it off, we were able to enjoy all of this with our friends. Exploring the wasteland in the company of a ragtag band of survivors adds a unique element to Fallout 76, setting it apart from other games in the series. However, does it manage to prevent us from uninstalling and transitioning to one of the mainline entries in the series? To discover more, be sure to watch the complete video!

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The cast of the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 film has added an exciting new addition with the inclusion of Shadow, who will be voiced by the talented Keanu Reeves

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After a long wait, it appears that the search for a capable Hollywood actor to bring the brooding Shadow the Hedgehog to life has come to an end. Keanu Reeves, a renowned actor known for his iconic roles in film franchises such as The Matrix and John Wick, as well as his involvement in the highly anticipated game Cyberpunk 2077, has officially been cast for the role.

Speculation has been running wild lately, but The Hollywood Reporter has officially confirmed the casting, citing reliable sources in the know. News of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 being showcased at Cinemacon has quickly spread. Reeves is sure to bring his own special touch to the role, but it’s uncertain how well he will mesh with the mustachioed Dr. Robotnik, as Jim Carrey is set to reprise the character.

What are your thoughts on Keanu Reeves being cast as Shadow the Hedgehog in Sonic the Hedgehog 3? Please avoid sharing fan art in the comments section below.

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Get ready for a metaphorical rollercoaster ride with ReFantazio Livestreams!

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ATLUS has just announced their latest event, the “ATLUS Exclusive: Metaphor: ReFantazio” broadcast. Fans can look forward to an exciting 30-minute showcase of never-before-seen gameplay from the publisher/developer. How exciting is that to anticipate?

According to Gematsu, director Katsura Hashino will serve as the host of the broadcast, which will debut on YouTube on April 22. The English version will include dubbed audio and English subtitles, and we have also expanded the list of timezones available.

  • North America: 3 pm PDT, 4 pm MDT, 5 pm CDT, and 6 pm EDT.
  • UK/Ire: 11pm BST
  • Europe: 12am CEST / 1am EEST
  • Asia/Oceania: 7am JST, 6am AWST, 8am AEST.

Additionally, there is a scheduled stream for the next day, April 23rd, with the specific times listed below. Get ready for the “ATLUS Exclusive Debut Commemoration Special—Metaphor: Stalkers Club Final,” where fans can indulge in the captivating presence of hosts Mafia Kajita and Tomomi Isomura. They will thoroughly analyze and delve into all the information disclosed during the initial broadcast. Sayawaka, a visitor who is the author of the associated manga’s story, will be with them.

  • North America: 7 am PDT, 8 am MDT, 9 am CDT, and 10 am EDT.
  • UK/Ire: 3pm BST
  • Europe: 4pm CEST / 5pm EEST
  • Asia/Oceania: 11pm JST, 10pm AWST, 1am AEDT

What are your thoughts on the influx of information about Metaphor: ReFantazio? Are you planning to watch any of the upcoming broadcasts? Share your authentic thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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