With the significant increase in clients needing Facebook web and application development services, as well as iPhone app development, 2013 has thus far provided several new opportunities for developers. Mobile development leads the pack, which is largely due to the fact that Android mobile devices have greatly exceeded PC shipments in the past year’s latter part. There are a few other skills that developers should learn this 2013, which includes unit testing, jQuery, Windows 8 and Ruby or Python.
Many believe that learning mobile development is not worthy of their time and effort. If you are one of these people, you can expect to lose a great deal of possible career opportunities. Why? As mentioned above, in the latter part of 2012, the number of Android mobile devices bought and shipped is significantly greater than that of PC (desktop computers) shipments. In addition to Android mobile devices, there are also the more established mobile devices, such as iPhones and iPads – all of which run mobile applications.
How is this relevant? Well, for those who specialize in developing software that can only be operated through a PC, including websites that are not mobile-friendly, they can expect a significant decrease in clients. This is why mobile development is one of the most important skills that developers should learn in 2013.
Another important skill that developers should learn this year in terms of mobile, Facebook and web application development is unit testing. Before, unit testing was only considered a nice skill to have. However, in today’s present times, it is now perceived to be one of the best practices in this particular industry. Since dynamic languages are being used more and more today, this skill is now extremely important for developers to succeed. 2013 is the year where this skill is no longer just something that can enhance your resume; it is a requirement.
For those who are planning to enter the world of web development where the use of HTML is of utmost importance, jQuery is one of the most important skills to have. There are a lot of other alternatives to this, but jQuery has turned out to be the best tool for great user interfaces that use HTML.
While Windows 8 is off to a slow start, it is wise for developers to start learning about this now rather than waiting for others to succeed or fail.
Ruby or Python
Ruby or Python may not be the best fit for all types of dynamic language-using projects, but many projects are done better in both. Ruby and Python are just behind PHP, so learning either one, or better yet both, of them should be on the top of every developer’s to do list this year.
For more information, visit ConvoSpark, one of the leading companies for Facebook web and application development, as well as iPhone app development, at www.convospark.com.
Gregory Butler lives and works in Berkeley, California, where he develops various types of applications for companies throughout the country. He stays up to date about the latest application development news, including the work of ConvoSpark (convospark.com)
He likes to kayak, play softball and watch Doctor Who when he has free time.
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