How to build a successful developer career (free PDF)

Provided by: TechRepublic Topic: Developer Date Added: Jan 2018 Format: PDF
Enterprise demand for skilled developers continues to grow, and certain positions—such as front-end, full stack, and mobile developers--are hard to fill but very much in demand. This comprehensive ebook explains which languages will help you launch your career, which pay the most, and which are currently the most popular. It also looks industry trends, strategies for honing your skills, and some of the best (and worst) coding practices.

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Developers beware: Learning just one programming language could severely limit your career options, according to a new report from coding school Coding Dojo. None of the top 25 companies in the Fortune 500 use just one coding language for their products and services—on average, they rely on four different languages, the report found.

Software development is a constantly shifting field, and many languages live and die within a few years. Developers must continually pick up and sharpen new skills to remain relevant in the job force.

"Much like any tool or application, companies use different coding languages for different requirements; there's not a one-size-fits-all option," Speros Misirlakis, Coding Dojo's head of curriculum, said in a press release. "While specific jobs might focus on a particular language, this research shows that a single language could be a long term dead-end. Aspiring and existing developers must learn coding's common building blocks and ultimately become fluent in multiple languages to have the adaptability and flexibility for a successful career."

In the report, Coding Dojo analyzed the coding requirements for all software development job listings among the top 25 Fortune 500 companies on job search site Indeed. JavaScript was the most-listed coding language in these job openings, followed by Java, Python, Ruby, and Perl.

Java is likely the most popular language overall, as all Android apps are based on it, and 90% of Fortune 500 companies use it, according to a report from IDC. Java was also recently found to be the most in-demand tech skill for employers, appearing in 30% of all Indeed tech job postings from August to December 2017.

Here are the programming languages that the top 25 Fortune 500 companies are currently seeking in job postings…

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