The process of crafting software involves attention to detail, problem-solving, and a commitment to refining and improving code. You need to polish every pixel, every field validation, every API integration, database query and so on.
Debugging and Troubleshooting
Identifying and fixing bugs requires a “stubborn” approach and mindset. Software developers often spend a significant amount of time debugging code, which involves – re-running logic, trying to reproduce bugs, closely examining the code, understanding the logic flow, and addressing even the smallest issues.
Paying attention to the user experience (UX) involves refining the smallest details of the user interface and interaction. This requires a commitment to creating software that is not only functional but also user-friendly. This also involves delivering versions to your team members and testers and receiving meaningful feedback that you handle it – in a friendly way. The end goal is good software. No attitude “My software is perfect” will be productive – neither in short nor in long term.
Understanding and implementing business logic precisely is fundamental. Developers must ensure that the software meets the specified requirements and performs the intended functions accurately. This invloves a lof of loops and iterations with users, business owners and testers. Handling all this in a productive way is essential soft skill of a software developer.
Writing efficient and optimized code is a continuous process. Developers need the motivation to find ways to enhance performance, reduce resource usage, and improve the overall quality of the code. It will never happen in a single iteration. Developers need to publish some build with the solution and analyze results and make decisions – based on user feedback and/or statistics.
As projects evolve, developers may need to refactor code to enhance readability, maintainability, and scalability. This process involves reorganizing and rewriting code while preserving its functionality. In larger teams – individual developer need to be open to critique and feedback on the code.
To accomplish refactorig without breaking the software it is good idea to have tests in place.
Tests are not popular in solo and agile developing, but are strongly required in larger teams and important sectors like health or finance.
Thorough testing is essential for ensuring the reliability and functionality of software. Developers must have the perseverance to create and execute comprehensive test cases and flows, including edge/else cases and scenarios that may not be immediately obvious. Sh*t happens very often in inexpected ways. No single individual could have in mind all the variety of situations – server/device specific, software versions specific, concrete user interactions – that may produce a bug and so on.
The field of software development is dynamic, with new technologies and best practices emerging regularly. This is especially true in my experience – for Android Developers – with “Best Practices” and recommended ways of doing things – popping every 6 months or year. Motivated developers stay informed about the latest trends, tools, and techniques, and they persevere in incorporating this knowledge into their work.
Software development is an ever-evolving field. If you think that – you will learn one language or framework and retire with it – in a lot of the use cases – it will not be true. Motivated developers embrace a mindset of continuous learning, seeking to improve their skills and adapt to changes in technology and industry standards. This is very much recognized in the attitude towards the SOLID principles.
SOLID has it’s place in software that handles money and health and needs to have great code coverage and tests. Also – when a software is built by a team or you want to have reusable components. Solid is not popular in cases of solo-developing and startups with changing requirements.