Skill Up: A Software Developer's Guide to Life and Career

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  • Improve your soft skills to become a better and happier coder
  • Learn to be a better developer
  • Grow your freelance development business
  • Improve your development career
  • Learn the best approaches to breaking down complex topics
  • Have the confidence to charge what you're worth as a freelancer
  • Succeed in developer job interviews

This is an all-purpose toolkit for your programming career. It has been built by Jordan Hudgens over a lifetime of coding and teaching coding. It helps you identify the key questions and stumbling blocks that programmers encounter, and gives you the answers to them! It is a comprehensive guide containing more than 50 insights that you can use to improve your work, and to give advice in your career.

The book is split up into three topic areas: Coder Skills, Freelancer Skills, and Career Skills, each containing a wealth of practical advice. Coder Skills contains advice for people starting out, or those who are already working in a programming role but want to improve their skills. It includes such subjects as: how to study and understand complex topics, and getting past skill plateaus when learning new languages. Freelancer Skills contains advice for developers working as freelancers or with freelancers. It includes such subjects as: knowing when to fire a client, and tips for taking over legacy applications. Career Skills contains advice for building a successful career as a developer. It includes such subjects as: how to improve your programming techniques, and interview guides and developer salary negotiation strategies.

  • Over 50 essays with practical advice on improving your programming career
  • Practical focus gives solutions to common problems, and methods to become a better coder
  • Includes advice for existing programmers and those wanting to begin a career in programming
Page Count 302
Course Length 9 hours 3 minutes
ISBN 9781787287037
Date Of Publication 31 Jul 2017


Jordan Hudgens

Jordan Hudgens is a full stack developer and the founder of and the Bottega Code School. As a developer for over the past 15 years, he specializes in Ruby on Rails, React, Vue JS, and TypeScript with a focus on API development. He has built applications for a wide variety of organizations, including Eventbrite and Quip. He has published and maintains multiple open source NPM modules that help individuals automate the development process for JavaScript and TypeScript applications. Additionally, he has published over 30 courses, taught 42,000 students globally, and written several programming books.