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How to Become a Professional Android Developer in 6 Simple Steps

How to Become a Professional Android Developer in 6 Simple Steps

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Android devices account for 50% of the global smart phone market today, making it the world's most popular mobile platform. Therefore learning how to become a professional Android developer is a huge step in establishing your career as a software developer. When Android was introduced in 2007 it was a distant 5th in mobile OS platforms - trailing Apple's  iOS, Blackberry (RIM), Windows Mobile and Symbian. With millions of Android devices in use today, and an incredible 500,000+ new Android devices activated daily, the popularity of Android applications is increasing exponentially - and with it is the demand for professional Android developers. IT recruiters are reporting unprecedented demand for talented programmers with Android development training. As with all great IT job ...
How To Become a Professional iOS Developer

How To Become a Professional iOS Developer

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So you want to take a piece of the mobile pie and become a professional iOS developer, the hottest tech thing around right now? Good decision. Mobile app development is hot, indisputably, and probably will be for a few incoming years. There are hundreds of unfulfilled iOS developer job positions, wherever you are located. Companies are looking for every levels of programmers — interns, juniors, mids, seniors, experts. In this article I will highlight some of the core fundamental things you should do in order to become a professional iOS developer. Basic CS Knowledge Being a computer science PhD is NOT a requirement for getting into mobile application development. This falls into the “definitely helps” category. However, a grasp of at least the basic data structur...
9 Most Common Problems New Programmers Face

9 Most Common Problems New Programmers Face

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Your first job as a programmer starts off exciting. But after a few weeks, the downsides of the job — deadlines, bug reports, being yelled at by your manager — start getting to you. But all is not lost. The good news is that everyone makes mistakes. All of the mistakes you’re making have been made by others who started off just like you. Other new programmers took those problems in stride, looked for solutions, and came out better at the end. So can you. Let’s look at some of the most common problems new programmers face to learn how you can gain perspective and fix your own issues. 1 – Not Understanding the User In software development, user centricity isn’t an option — it’s a priority. Of course, to make any software user centric, you have to know what u...
7 Tips for Landing Your First Client as a Freelance Developer

7 Tips for Landing Your First Client as a Freelance Developer

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If you’re a software developer, you’ve probably felt at least a twinge of envy when talking to your friends who have switched to freelancing. As a freelance web developer, you can earn more than you would in a full-time job. You also have the freedom to be your own boss and enjoy flexible work times and many more perks. But it’s a bad idea to quit your job and strike out on your own if you don’t yet have a stable client base. And to build that client list, you first need to get noticed. The following are 7 tips that will help you get some attention as a freelance web developer, grab a few projects and begin to build your reputation. 1. Build an online portfolio One thing a client looks for in a potential freelancer is whether you’ll be able to deliver. If you’r...
6 Tips For Killing It Stone Dead At The Technical Interview

6 Tips For Killing It Stone Dead At The Technical Interview

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You’ve gone through all the difficult parts in launching your software career Learned how to code Networked and made connections Built your portfolio Collected recommendations Sent out applications Luckily you have now landed an interview. This could be your moment of glory! A chance to speak for yourself in front of a hiring manager... A chance to convince them why failing to hire you would the biggest mistake they made to their business. How you perform at the interview would determine whether you are hired or not. Many people overthink the interview process and approach it feeling unprepared and nervous. Confidence is key to having a successful interview, even if you don’t have all the skills required. Depending on the company and their protoc...