The next generation of coders, they say, is all about “flexibility”.
That means learning new tools and programming in a more fluid fashion.
That means being able to learn new languages as quickly as possible.
That’s all part of the “flexible” mindset that is becoming increasingly prevalent among programmers.
In a new report, software engineer and author Lovelace programming language creator Chris D’Arcy describes the different styles of “flex” and “stability” for the developer’s career.
Here’s what he says about the two in a nutshell.
Flexibility is about knowing what you can and can’t do.
For example, you might not be able to access the Internet as often as you’d like.
That may mean that you can’t use the same APIs as your colleagues.
Stable is about keeping your code consistent.
For instance, your code might not have the same structure as others.
You can change the code and maintain consistency.
This might mean using the same API and not having the same code structure.
There’s no right or wrong way to be flexible.
You might want to have a strict set of features, but then that might not mean that every feature is useful.
The more flexible you are, the more stable you will be.
Flexible means having the flexibility to experiment.
For programmers, this means having a variety of tools at your disposal, and a clear vision for what the tools should do.
Strictness means not allowing any of your code to change.
You don’t have to use a framework to do this, but you can have an open-source version of your project and just write whatever you want.
In the future, D’Archys says, we may see more languages being written in this flexible style.
It could mean that your project’s code can be modularized, and you can start with a single object and then customize it later.
Stability means not relying on external libraries.
If you use a library that you’ve never used before, you won’t know how the language works until you try it out.
The best way to achieve this is to build your own tools, and then try to use that tool on your projects.
“A developer who doesn’t know any of these different styles is going to find it easier to use and use better.
That person can make more sense and make better decisions,” D’Arcys says.
“In this environment, people are going to want to know what’s the right way to write their code.”
What do you think?