Characteristics of Great Programmers
I was reading an article this week entitled “Signs That You are a Bad Programmer.” It described — in detail — the characteristics of bad programmers (in general) as well as their correspondingly bad code and programming (specific results). For purposes of our own blog, I will decline from sharing with you the detailed minutia of the article, which was written specifically for programmers. I will share with you, however, what characteristics point to great programming on websites.
Great programming for websites starts with a programmer who:
- Does the necessary research. If your website developer seems unable to research new innovations within languages or implement functional tools on your website, they probably have an aversion to learning new skills, which is an issue in the world of development and programming.
- Thinks critically. Programmers have the ability to look at their work with a critical eye, think quickly, and develop solutions.
- Balance. A great programmer knows how to balance the practice of coding and the business of working within the context of a group. A lot of programmers tend to retract into the land of coding without regard to interactions with clients, designers, and the end user. Programming websites begins with getting great ideas and functionality into the hands of visitors, and so it is absolutely necessary to balance work and relationships.
- Understands how to fix issues. As programmers, we must recognize our own mistakes or issues that arise with the functionality of apps, websites, and other online platforms. Fixing issues or “bugs” is essential for moving forward and maintaining great relationships with clients.
- Realizes the essential/vital nature of security. Programming websites requires a respect for information and identification issues. Encrypting personal information and protecting privacy are essential for great programming.
Great programming involves writing excellent code, understanding principles of business, and thinking critically. Select a web designer who is able to explain relationships between driving traffic to your site, creating a highly functional site, and designing a visually pleasing site. All of these components work hand in had for the success of your business’ website.