How to 10X Your Code [And Your Salary]
At its core, 10x software development is about efficiency. It’s about eliminating any unnecessary steps to come up with a 10x solution faster. That’s why the distinction of being a “10x engineer” is held in such high esteem. “OK, but what is the 10x engineer definition?” A 10x engineer is a software developer who’s 10x times more talented than the average one and is also able to be as productive as 10 software developers. Contrary to what every engineer tells you, there are not many 10x engineers. Like the billion-dollar startup, they are unicorns. In this guide, we’re going to teach you how to define a 10x engineer. And if you take notes and adopt the common traits that 10x developers share, chances are you’ll be able to become one of them and also receive a 10x engineer salary. Amazing, right? Let’s dive in. Defining a 10x engineer is not easy, largely because the definition of a 10x programmer is variable depending on who you talk to. Based on our research, here’s a list of common traits that were brought up repeatedly when describing a 10x engineer. 10x programmers are: Curious and always learning.Not just great engineers themselves, but they elevate the work of everyone around them.Able to dive in and learn new codebases with faster ramp up times.Great at recognizing patterns and replacing procedural code with simple, beautiful methods.The best at debugging code. They don’t need to waste time, because they ID problems quickly and come up with a 10x solution faster than your average programmer.Extremely well versed in a broad range of languages, tools, and algorithms.Able to quickly recommend the best technical solution based on risk vs. benefit.Always coding. Not just at work, but on their own time.Looking at the whole picture and can anticipate and avoid problems.Also paid a 10x engineer salary. Now that you know what distinguishes a 10x engineer from a regular Joe, how can you improve your skills to become a 10x engineer so you can get to see a silicon valley engineer salary first hand? 10x devs aren’t experts in just one language. They are knowledgeable in many different languages. Understanding many different programming languages is valuable because it gives you a deeper understanding of the different solutions you could use to fix a problem. 10x programmers are passionate about software development and are always experimenting outside of work to create 10x software. They have a genuine desire to learn new languages, even if they might not use it daily. This increased knowledge of code will help them when it comes to debugging other people’s code. Instead of rewriting someone else’s codebase, which many programmers would prefer to do, 10x engineers can quickly assess the problems with an unfamiliar codebase and fix them. This can’t be done with limited coding knowledge. Know your tools A 10x engineer is naturally curious and always learning new bits of information. This is helpful because it opens the mind to alternative options. Instead of being stuck in one method or technology (which is dictated by the tools you know), a 10x programmer can use their vast knowledge of tools to determine which tool will make the task much, much easier and faster to complete. » Read More
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