What sta­ges of soft­ware deve­lo­p­ment should you accom­plish when taking a care­er in this line of pro­fes­si­on? A soft­ware deve­lo­per is an expert con­cer­ned with aspects of soft­ware deve­lo­p­ment pro­ce­du­re, which inclu­des rese­ar­ching, designing, pro­gramming as well as tes­ting of the com­pu­ter soft­ware. Though most soft­ware deve­lo­pers deve­lop the app­li­ca­ti­ons which enab­le peop­le to accom­plish pro­jects on a com­pu­ter or other devices, the­re are others who are respon­si­ble for deve­lo­ping the under­ly­ing struc­tures which con­trol net­works or run the devices.

Once you suc­cess­ful­ly com­ple­te a soft­ware deve­lo­p­ment care­er, as a com­pu­ter pro­grammer AKA soft­ware deve­lo­per, you will play a prime role in the designing, instal­la­ti­on, expe­ri­men­ting and main­tai­ning the soft­ware sys­tems. The pro­grams you build will likely assist orga­niz­a­ti­ons offer a bet­ter ser­vice or be more effi­ci­ent. Here are the pha­ses of soft­ware deve­lo­p­ment care­er you should expect to accom­plish in your goal to beco­me a pro com­pu­ter pro­grammer or soft­ware developer:

The Sta­ges of your Soft­ware Deve­lo­p­ment Career

Stage#1: Coder

A coder is typi­cal­ly a hob­by­ist. Some of the respon­si­bi­li­ties you will have to ful­fil in this sta­ge inclu­de lear­ning how to uti­li­ze pro­gramming lan­guage syn­tax, crea­ting small pro­jects yourself and being a good pro­blem solver.

Stage#2: Juni­or Developer

As a juni­or deve­lo­per, you will now start par­ti­ci­pa­ting in the IT mar­ket as a paid expert. Howe­ver, you will have to work clo­se­ly with other pro­fes­sio­nal soft­ware deve­lo­pers who will be gui­ding you on what to do.

As a juni­or deve­lo­per you will requi­re lea­ning how to break issu­es into small and more mana­ge­ab­le pro­jects. You will also start lear­ning how to link vary­ing sys­tems tog­e­ther like lin­king from the ser­ver-side code to a data­ba­se or cli­ent-ser­ver interaction.

Stage#3: Inter­me­dia­te Developer

At this sta­ge you will alrea­dy be a com­pe­tent con­tri­bu­tor and team mem­ber. As an inter­me­dia­te deve­lo­per, you will alrea­dy have lear­ned the way of buil­ding basic sys­tems like web app­li­ca­ti­on. You will howe­ver be requi­red to know how to uti­li­ze pro­per­ly pro­fes­sio­nal too­ling and to be know­led­ge­ab­le about basic sys­tem architecture.

Stage#4: Seni­or Developer

As a seni­or deve­lo­per, you will have to make more com­plex sys­tems uti­li­zing advan­ced pat­terns and methods. In this sta­ge you will alrea­dy be having some advan­ced and spe­cia­li­zed pro­gramming knowledge. 

Being a seni­or deve­lo­per will requi­re you to be know­led­ge­ab­le about refac­to­ring, design pat­terns and code smells, and know­ledge about archi­tec­tu­ral para­digms such as Event Sourcing, Domain Dri­ven design, etc.

Stage#5: Lead Developer 

At this sta­ge your focus will be to offer high-level enligh­ten­ment to your deve­lo­p­ment team. Howe­ver, your prime role as a lead deve­lo­per will be to act as a link bet­ween the deve­lo­p­ment team and other busi­ness-ori­en­ted sec­tions in the organization.

Stage#6: Tech Leader

In this sta­ge your name as an expert is alrea­dy renow­ned in some par­ti­cu­lar loca­ti­ons. As a tech lea­der you will have a spe­ci­fic tar­ge­ted posi­tio­ning or bran­ding as to what you accom­plish well. For instance, your tar­ge­ted posi­tio­ning may be a par­ti­cu­lar pro­gramming lan­guage, front-end deve­lo­p­ment, web secu­ri­ty, or a deve­lo­per mentor. 

Bot­tom Line

In order to be a suc­cess­ful soft­ware deve­lo­per, always make sure you are open and fle­xi­ble for con­ti­nuous deve­lo­p­ment and lear­ning des­pi­te the role you play in your orga­niz­a­ti­on. Stick to this princip­le and be cer­tain you will always be set for advan­ced growth and success.