Software developer:
software developer is a company or person that creates software – either completely, or with other companies or people. The phrase ‘software development’ often means more than just designing or writing the software, it usually means someone who manages the project, or does only the main things. Most software developers are still led by a lead programmer. (A software engineer).

A programmer generally only writes code, but a software developer usually will:

  • Work out the requirements to use the software
  • Develop prototypes
  • Work on the budget and finances of the project
  • Perform testing, or get ideas from testers they select before the software is released
  • Work on demonstrations or samples
  • Release updates and patches for the software

Here are the signs that you are a skilled software developer:

  • When faced with a development task, your first instinct is to think, draw diagrams, and nail down requirements before starting to type any source code.
  • You work independently and efficiently to complete a project, without asking someone else for help, and you work well with others to coordinate and integrate your efforts.
  • The programming languages you are using are second-nature to you, and your full attention is focused on the problem itself and not on the details of language syntax.
  • You can explain how your code works to someone with zero experience, and they actually understand it. (As Einstein said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”)
  • Others come to you for help, and you’re confident that you’re leading them down the correct path, and not just making stuff up. And you are not afraid to say “I don’t know.”
  • You know where to find information you need but don’t have. You realize that you can’t keep everything in your head, but you know where to get it when you need it.
  • You actually want to develop software, even though no one is forcing you to do it.
  • You truly understand how the CPU works, how memory management works, and how devices work, even if your programming languages or libraries hide all this from you.
  • You understand warnings and errors generated by your development tools, and you can debug your own code. When necessary, you can debug down to the machine instruction level.
  • You are both willing and able to test your own code effectively.
  • When a bug is reported against your code, your immediate reaction is to investigate and fix the problem, and is not defensiveness or finger-pointing.
  • If there is a QA person or team testing your code, you are grateful for their efforts and you do not treat them as adversaries. If they need guidance, you take on the role of a helpful mentor.
  • You can review another person’s code and provide them with constructive feedback.
  • You are able to overcome the “not invented here” (NIH) mentality, and embrace libraries and frameworks to make your life easier.
  • You sincerely care about the next person who will have to work with your code, so you develop readable, maintainable, portable code. You treat maintenance as your responsibility, even if it will be someone else’s responsibility.
  • You recognize that it’s not about how many languages you know, but is about how well you understand the fundamental concepts, and how easy it is for you to learn a new language and apply those concepts.
  • You understand data structures and algorithms, and how to compare and choose the right ones for the task at hand.
  • You recognize and embrace the fact that the process of learning and improving your skills will never end….ever.
  • You are humble enough to recognize that you don’t know everything, and that there are always others who know more than you do.
  • You are wise enough to have a healthy scepticism about the latest silver bullet claim, paradigm, or technology. You do your own research and form your own opinion, rather than automatically adopting the opinions of others.
  • You no longer need to read a checklist of signs that you are a skilled software developer. You just are.

Good software developers are rare. They are those 1% population who focus on the efficiency and the quality of work done. Whenever there is a doubt for a good developer these seven qualities are to be kept in mind and examined in a person. The observation done should be very specific and should be precise. It should be confined to the boundaries of good software developer. The more specific observation the more excellence is achieved.

Here under are seven specific qualities of good software developer:

  • A great programmer cares about the quality of the product. They are very positive and are always ready to get through the research and development of the product. The observation and work delievered is so specific and perfect unless and until he is triggered with the deadlines. One should try to keep the minimal deadlines so that the quality of the work doesn’t deteriorates. They will get all the work done to launch your product in the market because they care. They will try to get the feedback from every possible class of people for the product without any sort of egoistic attitude. A good way to instill a positive attitude is to give them interesting projects to work on, give them a sense of ownership and praise them for good work. 

  • Good communication skills lead to good development skills. A good developer asks the right question and understands it and get the specific solution to the problem rather than going into the details where not required. Many software developers know multiple languages and use them in their work. They have the rapid speed with English documentation. In this era of technology and competition English is the defacto language used in this field. If they are not used to it then they have to get the tanslators which represent their knowledge outdated.

  • Developers are highly reliable. They have a strong work ethical values and morals. They show up on time. An important skill is the ability to estimate the amount of time needed to complete a task, communicating this and delivering on it.

  • Great developers are usually amazing self-learners. They aren’t intimidated by new technologies. They have the ability to pull bits of information and process information. Even in the situation of mess great programmers will find different resources, talk to the right people and find the solution no matter what. The best skill anyone can have is knowing how to learn, and great developers have mastered the skill of self-learning.

  • Great developers have worked with a handful of technologies long enough to become experts and are competent with many. The right programmer for your project will be able to make it successful as they already know the right technologies. They will follow coding standards and will write in such a way that can be passed on to someone else easily. By their diverse industry experience, they’re able to arrive at optimal solutions quickly.

  • Another superb quality of exceptional developers is their ability to help other developers get better. They offer teammates help when they are stuck, teach new skills to others and write documentation that would help teammates not only in their organization but the developer community in general.

  • A good programmer does what is asked of them while a great programmer thinks of the end user of the software and works to solve problems for them within the abilities of the organization. A great programmer wants to know the feature they’re building is of high value and pushes back when a feature creates no value for anyone.


    By regarding these signs and qualities you can definitely find a good trustworthy and skilful software developer. The observation should be at the best note on the observer’s purpose.