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Developer Career Masterplan

By Heather VanCura , Bruno Souza
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    Chapter 1: The Secret to Learning about Technology Quickly and Continuously
About this book
Written by industry experts that have spent the last 20+ years helping developers grow their careers, this book offers invaluable insights and guidance tailored to the specific needs of technical professionals. By discovering the secret of continuous learning and adapting in the ever-evolving field of software development, you’ll explore various learning paths with formal and informal methods, as well as gain an understanding of the value of certifications to validate your skills. This book will teach you the significance of building a strong support network, holding crucial conversations, and taking ownership of your career growth. You'll delve into acquiring both soft and hard skills, becoming a well-rounded and sought-after developer. Packed with practical examples, stories of successful developers, and real-world applications, the chapters will equip you with actionable advice on how to push beyond your comfort zone and embracing communities to enhance your teamwork abilities. Additionally, you’ll uncover the benefits of joining open-source projects, speaking at conferences, and building a personal brand to amplify your visibility and reputation. By the end of this book, you'll have a well-laid-out long-term and short-term plan for your career progression, equipping you with advanced technical skills, strategic thinking, and the ability to effectively manage relationships within your organization.
Publication date:
September 2023
Publisher
Packt
Pages
310
ISBN
9781801818704

 

The Secret to Learning about Technology Quickly and Continuously

Software development is a creative and innovative field. Although the main concepts last for many decades, the applications of those concepts, as well as technologies and tools, come and go in short periods of time. Because of this, software developers need the right skills and habits to continuously learn and adapt.

There is no better way to start a book on technology careers than by going directly into the number one career problem that you may be facing: how to stay up-to-date with the fast pace and changes of the technology world.

In our many talks and presentations around the world, the question of how to learn all the new things is common angst for technology professionals. It is common to find people that reserve several hours each day for learning, and still feel outdated and unable to catch up. To get out of this predicament, the best solution is to stop focusing on knowledge and start focusing on skills.

We, therefore, bring you this chapter, where we’ll unravel the secrets to learning about technology constantly and quickly. You’ll learn about the following main topics in this chapter:

  • Knowledge versus skills
  • Finding focus and priorities
  • Applying just-in-time learning
  • Practicing deliberately to learn a tech
  • Implementing important good habits

Let’s dive right in!

About the Authors
  • Heather VanCura

    Heather VanCura is a Senior Director at Oracle in the Standards Strategy & Architecture team. She is the Director and Chairperson of the Java Community Process (JCP) program. In this role she leads the organization and chairs the JCP Executive Committee, composed of top global enterprises in the world. She serves as an international speaker, and an organizer of developer events around the world, engaging with open source groups and user groups. She regularly mentors developers at all career levels, leads coding workshops that extend into local communities to inspire young developers from diverse backgrounds, and delivers keynote presentations on these topics, including her signature series: How to Ally for Diversity & Women in Tech. Heather has worked with developers and technology executives for the past twenty years at Oracle, Sun Microsystems and at SCO Unix. She has served on the boards of Dress for Success and FIRST LEGO League NorCal, and regularly volunteers with organizations such as Andela, Rippleworks, Women Who Code, IEEE Women in Engineering, Anita Borg, and Professional BusinessWomen of California.

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  • Bruno Souza

    Bruno Souza is a Java Developer and Open Source Evangelist. As founder and coordinator of SouJava (Sociedade de Usuários da Tecnologia Java; Java Technology Users Society) and leader of the Worldwide Java User Groups Community at Java.net, Bruno helped in the creation and organization of hundreds of JUGs worldwide. A Java Developer since the earliest days of the technology, Bruno took part in some of the largest Java projects in Brazil. Bruno is a Principal Consultant at Summa Technologies and has extensive experience in large projects in the Government, finance and service industries. A Cloud Expert at ToolsCloud, he promotes and develops cloud-based systems using Java. Nurturing developer communities is a personal passion, and Bruno worked actively with Java open source communities and projects. Bruno Souza is an Honorary Director of the Open Source Initiative (OSI), President of the innovation-focused Campus Party Institute, and Coordinator of Nuvem, the Cloud Computing Lab of LSI/USP. When not in front of a computer, Bruno enjoys time with his family in a little hideout near Sâo Paulo. An amateur in many things - photographer, puppeteer, father - he strives to excel in some of them.

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One of the best books that you'll ever see about growing in a developer career. really enjoyed every chapter.
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