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Developer Heads-Up: 5 Tips to Never Get Behind Learning New Stuff!

Use these tips and you’ll never stop learning.

“Who’s your go-to in the realm of web development?” Do you go for Googling things? Well, that wouldn’t be a bad idea. But I’m afraid, my developer friend, that’s not going to be enough.

IT and technology, in general, are developing so fast—as if they’re nitro gas powered! Therefore, it’s next to impossible catch up on learning new stuff.

So, do we need to give up learning? Uh-uh. Don’t even think about it. You must learn! And here, we have 5 tips for constant learning in the realm of web development. But first, read on to find out why learning matters.

Why Does a Developer Need to Catch Up on Learning?

Okay, before getting into details, let’s answer a question. “why a developer needs to continue learning for, like, ever?”

Well, it’s simple. You must learn to never get behind the technology. Yes, that’s right. Technology is not a permanent matter. It grows, develops, and evolves. So, simply stated, it changes constantly. Hence, no learning means no earning in the future.

No offense, but, dude, your knowledge will expire. Likewise, your paychecks may experience descending into having no zeros.

So, honestly, you must pull your weight. Otherwise, you may find yourself out of touch with web development.

Don’t panic yet. There’s still time to get better at it. So, waste no more time and read on. The following is a list of 5 tips. And using them in the realm of learning would bring out the best in you.

1. A Professional Developer Sticks at One Route

First things first, you must stick at one field of knowledge. I get that you want to be the jack of all trades. But trust me, that’s not even possible. You can’t catch up with others in all the aspects of web developing.

So, try to focus on one particular subject. And as a bit of expert advice: try to be in your element.

If HTML, for instance, is what you’re good at, then why go for anything else? Just try to combine it with enough CSS skills. And there you go… you’re a well-paid developer.

Most noteworthy, you will find it easy to brush up on HTML/CSS.

It’s not going to be a ton of articles waiting for you. Inversely, you will become an autodidact—like a cakewalk.

2. Parallelism is Not an Option for Web Developers

Again, I get that you want it all. But common, that’s not logical. How many people out there are a professional developer and a 5-star cook—at the same time?

So, try to forget about parallelism. Instead, develop one or two skills at a time.

This would make it easy to catch up with learning. And as a result, you’ll never become an outdated expert.

According to research by HackerRank, 74% of coders are at least partially self-thought. So, join the group now. And try to teach yourself ASAP.

But to all those eager beavers, focus on one skill/field. Otherwise, you’ll end up having a hodgepodge knowledge of everything—while you’re not good at any of them.

3. Hands-On Learning is What Makes You Good at It  

Reading books and new articles is great. But it’s not enough. So, try to blend in the study with hands-on experiences.

This is the only way to keep yourself up-to-date.

Lots of studies had conducted on learning. However, all of them agreed about one thing. And that was the fact that information is forgettable.

So, is there any way to stop forgetting information? Yes, there’s a practical way for that.

If you use the information you have, it won’t go away. Thus, be practical. And apply your knowledge in a not-a-theoric way.

4. Be the Professional Developer Every Company Dreams About

Okay, here’s another way of brushing up on your skills. Try to use them in the realm of real work. I know it sounds like the previous tip. But don’t scroll down yet. It’s a similar-but-different-at-the-same-time type of tip!

What I recommend to developers is being generous. Not just with themselves. But also, with the companies, they work with.

That said, if you’re a working developer, be active. Try to participate in projects. And, most noteworthy, let them use your knowledge.

 This would not only keep your knowledge fresh but would also lead to higher paychecks.

5. Sharing is Not Caring, It’s Earning!

Want to learn more? Then share what know.

I know it may sound paradoxical. But it’s not. Sharing knowledge has been a part of the learning process—since the very first day.

Being able to give some tips—as I’m doing right now—would be the best bet. This could give you a chance to find more people sharing common interests. And leave you with a bunch of inexpensive new information.

Expert tip: write tutorials, start blogging, or engage in documentation processes. If none of them sounds interesting, try to help your colleagues.

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Alireza Chegini

He’s the author and founder at Coding as Creating who’s also a DevOps engineer at a Fin-Tech company. Alireza loves sharing his knowledge and experiences with others as he believes it equals earning. With his 20+ years of real-world software development experience, we believe that Alireza, our go-to, can make a huge impact on the industry!

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