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Guest: Start Making Money Building Mobile Phone Apps with These 5 Steps

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Do you want to start building apps like a pro? An answer to this question is plain – just become a programmer. And guess what? You don’t need a university degree to become a programmer.

Nowadays more and more young people want to become a software or web developer. And it stands to the reason of high salary rates and low unemployment percentage.

According to the latest US data, a software developer earns Ksh0.9 million per month (equating to Ksh10 million or $98,260 a year), and the unemployment rate is extremely low, only 2.00%.

The above -mentioned perks have made this job one of the most lucrative technology careers. To add more, working as a software or web developer, you get the above-average work-life balance.

In a nutshell, coding skills can bring both financial stability and flexibility allowing you to work remotely whenever and wherever. So how can one become a developer?

We have picked up some essential tips on how to become a pro in coding.

Step #1: Decide on a programming language

Taking the first step is the hardest thing. You may get stuck while choosing which language and framework you should learn.

Coding languages essential for aspiring developers

Java
One of the most in-demand programming languages used for developing of enterprise software, web content, games, apps as well as Android OAS. Java apps are designed to work nearly on any software platform.

Where to learn: Learnjavaonline.org, Udemy, etc.

C Languages
C and C++ make a foundation for many other programming languages. Learn it first before moving on to the others.

Where to learn: CProgramming, Udemy, etc.

Ruby
It’s a simple and easy to write language for developing apps as well as websites. It fuels the Ruby on Rails (or just Rails framework) that is used on Groupon, Shopify, GitHub.

Where to learn: TryRuby, RubyMonk, etc.

Here’s one more thing to mention: if you know one coding language, there’s no problem to make a switch to another. Just try to focus on programming fundamentals and once you get them shift to new languages, technologies, and frameworks.

With a great many of programming languages, it may be quite challenging to choose which language to learn. Learn about as many languages as possible.

Most developers find Ruby as an ideal coding language for an easy jump into the world of codes and algorithms. Ruby is readable and quite efficient with plenty of tools and a community of developers where you can ask questions and even send out your mayday calls.

Step #2: Practice and practice some more

Learning by doing will bring you more benefits. This means that you should master both sides of coding theoretical as well as practical. Set yourself a particular goal – devote your spare time to learning.

It’s not possible to learn any language even English or German after 10 hours of practice. It may take around 10,000 hours to become a pro.Of course, you don’t need such excessive training to get your first position as a developer. But you need to spend some time mastering your coding skills.

Step #3 Read and analyze other people’s code

Learn how to read codes written by other people. To do this, you can read tech documentation or browse GitHub for codes.

By reading code, you can get the understanding of how a program works. And this skill comes especially useful when you need to debug an app. While debugging, you’ll quickly find bugs.

This skill is usually bypassed, but you will greatly benefit from it. Don’t skim the code, delve deep and find all ins and outs. Take a pen and write out the functionality and try to build similar stuff on your own.

Step #4: Start your project

Reading tutorials and watching videos aren’t enough for becoming a pro. Start putting your skills and knowledge into use, solve daily problems as any developers do.

Just get as much practice as you can to show your future employers a massive portfolio of developed apps. And bear in mind, your goal is to get a well-paid job.

A portfolio is an excellent way to showcase what you can do and how potential employers will benefit if you get a job.

Step #5: Foster links

Expand your professional network, and you get more chances to get a well-paid job. According to Jobvite, nearly a half of employees get jobs via employee referral.

Your goal is to establish connections with people connected to companies that you’re dreaming of. Use your friends’ personal connections. The following strategy may help build strong connections or even lead to job interviews.

Make new professional connections by:

Going to lectures and meetups
Running a personal blog
Give speeches and share your skills
A long way to go

No one says that it’ll be easy and moreover, you may get frustrated. But still many people successfully learn how to code on their own.

Use every single possibility to learn and achieve better results. And if you dream of becoming a developer, nothing will be a burden for you. There are plenty of resources to learn and get support – for example, Learn To Code With Me and closer home at iHub.

Keep learning!

Short Bio:

Tasha is a Blogger at IDAP Group. Being an IT specialist, she writes excessive coverages and explains everything in a plain and readable language. Find her latest research about the costs of apps here. Share the information with your friends!

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About Tasha Bronitska

About Tasha Bronitska

Starting a business is a leap of faith even in the best of circumstances. We at Kuza Biashara are focussed to encourage these daring small business owners who have the potential to innovate and change the world by contributing to the nation’s economy and livelihood.