Today, knowing how to code is almost as useful as knowing how to read and write. Many online training programs have been set up in recent years, such as Treehouse, Codeschool and Openclassroom. These programs have made learning to code a lot easier, and give beginners a chance to jumpstart into the coding arena.
Learning to write code is not a hard task, and can easily be picked up by pretty much anyone, no matter what his or her background or age level. So, if learning how to write code is easy, where is the problem? Why aren’t all people who have learned how to write code easily and quickly hired? The problem lies in the fact that while learning how to code is easy, writing good code takes more skill.
For example, while working for a company, it is highly likely that you would be only one of many coders all working on a single project. In this case, the code you write would form only a small part of larger programming modules. There is also no guarantee that you would always be managing your small blocks of code. At some point in time you might be moved to a new project, leaving someone else with the task of picking up where you left off. Even if you are the only one working on a project, if your code is not well written, there is a good chance you might be confused when looking back at it a few months down the line.
While many people have learned how to code, far fewer people know how to write good code.
While there are many ways to improve your coding skills, one of the best ways is by working with other coders who have the same interests as you. Edmond Lau, author of The Effective Engineer, advises those looking to hone their coding skills to work in a team environment. He further suggests that the team you work with should include a few senior engineers as they can pass on some of the skills they have gained through their experience. At least 20% of the time you put towards improving your skills should be used for team projects. The chance to learn from more experienced coders is truly priceless and is a great way to up your skill level.
That being said, lessons can still be learned from less skilled coders as well. If a novice coder can grasp the basic concepts of the code you’ve written, and rephrase it in their own way, then you can be sure that your code is clean, clear and well organized.
With the above in mind, Recruitly is aiming to provide coders of all skill levels the chance to improve their coding skills through providing collaborations with other developers.
A highly skilled coder will first analyze the code from a more junior coder who is looking to get hired. The skilled coder will then give detailed feedback to the coder about their skills. This will help the junior coder to learn and improve their skills, even if they do not move on to the next phase of the hiring process. This gives job candidates a chance to learn while looking for a job, which is unheard of in traditional hiring practices.
At Recruitly, we are building a community that will allow like-minded developers to have their skills endorsed while at the same time helping others to improve their careers. Software developers have a unique skill that hiring managers don’t have, and they should be able to get paid for it.
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Lau, Edmond. “How Can I Improve Programming Skills?” Edmond Lau’s Answer to. 5 Dec. 2015. Web. 24 May 2016. <https://www.quora.com/How-can-I-improve-programming-skills/answer/Edmond-Lau>.