Being a coder in today’s world is a lucrative career option provided your concepts and basics are clear. There are some steps that can help you become a good coder and develop your own software over a period of time gradually. We will be discussing some of the important ones herein.
Softwares are of two basic types- Application software and System Software. Application development is creating programs for the user’s needs and system development is about creating and maintaining operating systems (OS). System development also involves data security and network operability. First of all one needs to know a proper programming language in order to develop a code for the designing of the software. Some of the useful languages are C, C++, Java, C#, Python etc. There are numerous sources which can help you learn these languages. Programming books are a major source. Moreover, some sites like Code.org, CodeAcademy, Udacity, Bento, W3Schools, Khan Academy and Udemy provide very helpful tutorials which teach how to code properly with your desired programming language. If one needs a proper degree he or she has to join a college or some learning center.
After educating yourself in the proper knowledge of the language, design some projects for yourself before getting into real world projects. This will give you hands-on experience before taking contracts for some big firms. One can also consult other developers and solve their queries regarding coding by using the internet which is a huge resource.
Select a program which can make the life of the user easier. Examine other programs of similar nature. Prepare a design document which shows the features of your program and also what you want to achieve with it. Next prepare a quick program which shows the function your software will perform. This is known as the prototype.
The next step is to check your prototype for bugs. Test your software manually or using tools again and again. Clear all the issues and then prepare a final program with proper commenting. Also create an attractive and user friendly user interface (UI) which will help the user to easily communicate with the software. Now when the software is complete you can approach independent developers or companies for which you think the software can be helpful and distribute your software. Finally when your market value increases, you can take big contract jobs and also full time jobs with big software developing firms and achieve your dream of becoming a successful coder.