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My Skills Development List

bytenaija profile image Everistus Olumese ・3 min read

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In this article, which happens to be the first I will be publishing on dev.to, I will be going through a list of Software Development topics and tools I will develop my skills on. Although I would not outline the plan to do this here, I however have developed such a plan and would be willing to share same if you want the plan. If you need the plan comment your email below and I will send it to you, but remember to modify the plan to suit your needs when you get it.

Background

I am a Software Engineer who has traditionally worked out of Nigeria both as an onsite and remote Engineer. Since I was young, I loved reading and learning new things. I keep having this pressure inside of me when I see new Software Engineering tools that I know nothing about. When I was 12, being unable to pay tuition at the school I was attending, I spent most of the year reading books in the local library. I read anything from fiction to Encyclopedia. That was when I first read about how the Hubble Space Telescope was built. Learning new technology has been an integral part of whom I am and the proliferation of technologies I know nothing about is heartrending for me.

Why these Technologies

The technology I will be spending time learning spans from DevOps to Cloud to Programming Languages. Before we go to the details of the specific technologies I will be learning, let me give you an idea of the technologies I already use or know a bit about:

  • PHP/Laravel
  • JavaScript (Node.js, React.js, Vue.js, React Native, Express)
  • GraphQL
  • Databases (PostgreSQL, MySQL, MongoDB, Redis)
  • TDD (Jest, Mocha, Chai, Puppeteer)
  • HTML/CSS, SASS
  • Git
  • Redux, Flux, Vuex

There are other tools or concept that I know well enough about but did not make it to this list.

To answer the question, why these technologies? requires an understanding of the tech ecosystem today. The trend of cloud based technologies, serverless computing, continuous integration and continuous delivery, etc rules the software engineering field today. As an engineer, whether frontend, backend, fullstack or devops, you are required to not only know about your craft, but from most of the job advert, it is an advantage to know a lot of the technologies listed below. I like to think of it this way; If I happens to own a startup where all the engineers suddenly resign a few weeks to launch, I should have enough knowledge to muddle through the launch.

Yeah I know, it must be an awful startup to have all the engineers quit at the same time. Let's just say we would have a difference of opinion on who is the G.O.A.T in football. BTW it is Cristiano Ronaldo. And the best club is Chelsea FC

Technologies

So finally we move on to the various technologies that I want to learn within the next nine months:

  1. Continuous Delivery
    • Docker
    • Jenkins
    • Circle CI
    • Travis CI
    • Kubernetes
  2. Cloud Technologies
    • AWS
    • GCP
    • Azure (Certification this year)
  3. TDD
    • React Testing Library
    • Enzyme
  4. Languages
    • Typescript
    • Go
  5. Messaging and Real Time
    • RabbitMQ
    • Kafka
    • Socket.io

Conclusion

It is going to take me a great while before I can be proficient in this technologies especially with respect to the cloud technology and Go but one thing I know is that if I dedicate sufficient time to this, it will definitely be worth it for my peace of mind or career progression. Follow me on twitter http://twitter.com/bytenaija to know how it goes.

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Everistus Olumese

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Everistus is a full-stack JavaScript Engineer with proficiency in React, Vue, Node, TypeScript and GraphQL

Discussion

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Hello everyone, I have sent the plan to those that indicated they want the plan. It was an automated process using web scraping and nodemailer. kindly check your spam folder for a mail from bytenaija@gmail.com.

I will be writing another article on how I automated the collection and sending of the email this week. So please do follow me.

 

Hello man, great article up there,id like to receive your plan and here's my email address: nivanshotchkiss@gmail.com
By the way, have you developed in Rails too and again looking at Machine Learning, are you not interested in adding that to your skills too, if not can you please tell us why, Thanks

 

Hello AbdulRazaq, thank you so much for reading my article. I already develop a bit with rails enough to understand other people's code. I guess that is not a path I want to take now. As for AI I am quite interested in this. For the past few days I have been trying to wrap my head around using tensorflowjs but I have however concluded, I may need someone to work me through it physically before I can get it. Yet, it is something that is in my bucket list. The only thing I find am not really interested in learning now is blockchain. I will be sending the plan tomorrow morning to everyone that indicated interest.

 
 
 

Great article! Your list is somewhat daunting yet almost paramount in the industry today. Cc please :) dvdseroney@gmail.com

 

Thanks for sharing, I would like to read your learning plan. My email: dffc.hn@outlook.com

 

Nice article!!! I'd like to get the plan.
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Great article... I'd like to get the plan. My email is adefemi101@gmail.com

 
 

I've been working on my own learning plan. I'd like to see yours for inspiration, ryano.mcc13@gmail.com

 
 
 
 

Good article Everistus. I'd like to receive your plan l. Please send it to vaikunt.naik@gmail.com.

 

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Everistus, a great article you mind if you please share your plan?
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Great read. I'd like to get the plan as well. Here's my email: arnold_zoundi@yahoo.fr

 
 

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Great! But the little bit I'm contending with already seems too much. I would really like help with visual studio, cloud computing and virtual machines. @ age 74 that might be a little difficult.

 

It is never too late. It is never too difficult as long as you are ready to put in the work. If you can drop your email address, I will contact you and maybe we can come up with a gameplan?

Rest assured you are on one of the best journeys on your life and if I am sure if you ask for help, there are thousands of people here who will lend a hand.