As technology advances and updates, programmers need to update their knowledge alongside it. Frameworks, tools, and libraries get out of date pretty quickly, which is why keeping up with the latest trends is an essential part of being a programmer.
Updated versions are more efficient, and they have features that can make our work easier, but you also need to keep in mind that they will be updated again, over and over, which can be difficult for a beginner programmer.
Veteran programmers know that iterations and frequent updates are part of the job. The most popular versions are updated between one and four times a month, and as a novice programmer, you may be put off by such pressure.
Here are some tips to stay up-to-date with programming trends:
Learn on your own
Take time to learn about new trends by yourself. Add to your schedule at least one hour of self learning. Do research, start by browsing popular websites and read those that call your attention the most or are more useful for you.
Reading books is also a great help, they can give you a new perspective of your work, but if you find hard to read, you can also listen to podcasts, some of them are short, to fit in your work schedule, and this way you can get useful information and even reviews of programmers that also keep up with trends.
Attending events, conferences and meetings is one of the best ways to follow new trends and update your knowledge. Many new products and tech tools are presented in IT events. A good thing about these events is that you also get to know people and make valuable contacts.
Although this requires more organization, dedication and hours of study, taking courses, online or not, will add a lot of value to you as a programmer since it’s not the same being a full-stack developer than a single front-end, and having knowledge in more than one programming language makes you a multi skilled professional.
Also getting certifications is a plus when it comes to applying to a new job, it’s also a way to be competitive in the matter and become an expert in the subject. Another advantage of getting certifications is the chance to get noticed by other professionals which also can get you contacts, and of course, you are acquiring new skills to apply in your work performance.
Taking courses in general seems to be time consuming, but the effort is totally worth it since it’s a great opportunity to improve your skills and have innovative mindsets.
Join a community
One of the best ways to keep up with the latest technology trends is to join a software development community. You can not only learn about news in the technology and programming world, but also solve your doubts and discuss questions about your projects. Second opinions are really helpful when it comes to incertitudes about what we are learning.
At Daniel Apps we keep up with the latest technologies following these tips. Remember that everything you learn can or should be applied, this will improve your skills and grow your expertise.