Good vs. Great Developers: How to Tell the Difference

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August 23, 2023
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Looking for a great developer who can seamlessly integrate with your team and execute complex tasks?

Keep in mind, before you can find him or she, that good developers and great developers are different.

This guide will show you exactly how to recognize and employ amazing developers to achieve the goals of your business, whether you are a founder, CTO, manager, or anyone looking for a developer (especially a freelancer).

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The Good Developers

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The majority of developers on your team probably fall into this category.

It is their passion to do good work and they are always looking for opportunities to do so.

Their strengths include discipline, integrating well with existing teams, and familiarity with development practices such as Agile.

It is common for good developers to have great technical skills and write clean, neat code.

A frequent characteristic of their code is that it is well commented and can be easily understood by other team members, making it easy to debug.

In addition, good developers are aware of their limits and technologies that they are not yet proficient in so that when they are given a project they know when they need to seek outside assistance.

Generally, a good developer will know how much they're worth and aim to charge at or above market rates.

They are committed to the work they do and strive to work with your existing team to produce a high-quality outcome.

How Do You Spot a Good Developer?

  • Development methods, such as Agile, are familiar to them and are actively used.

  • These individuals often understand how to apply programming "best practices" in a given situation.

  • Most of the time, they will charge the market price or slightly more.

  • Neatly structured and well-commented code samples will be provided.

  • In their respective fields of expertise, they'll possess solid knowledge of development technologies.

The Great Developers

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Great developers are hard to find.

The results they produce will significantly boost your team's productivity.

You'll need to know what to look for as well as where to look for them if you want to find them.

Investing in great developers can reap incredible rewards for your business, and they'll expect to be rewarded accordingly.

It's impossible to hire a great developer for a low price.

A great developer will be able to do everything that a good developer can do, and more! Code is their life.

Their intense love for their craft drives them to learn constantly, both at work and outside of work.

Based on their experience and solid development sense, they usually exhibit an intuitive understanding of algorithms, technologies, and software architecture.

In most cases, they offer more than just development and coding skills.

Developers with such skill sets are able to communicate eloquently with both lay and specialist audiences regarding technical and non-technical issues.

Their knowledge and ability make them capable of helping and training other programmers on your team.

It is the development skill of great developers to choose long-term solutions that work rather than patching problems with short-term "hacks" that only lead to future challenges.

These developers can be classified into two kinds, though it is quite possible to find developers who exhibit both traits:

The Great Thinker

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Intuitive and capable of creating excellent development solutions that provide excellent functionality and user experience while making debugging simple and straightforward.

This kind of programmer can understand the more significant factors that play a role in software development, including client needs, UI/UX design, budgeting, and more.

This ensures that the right decisions can be made at every stage of the development process.

In their pursuit of excellence, Great Thinkers enjoy challenges and will frequently seek to break their own code.

They invest time in learning programming on a regular basis and will try to leave if they are bored.

You must always present them with new challenges.

The Advanced Team Player

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Your team's productivity will skyrocket with the advanced team player, as they won't stand out due to their individual skills, but by their contributions to the team.

These developers are experts in different technologies and are knowledgeable about the entire development process, which allows them to provide guidance to all team members.

Although the Great Thinker is able to make better decisions on his own, which tend to prove to be correct over time, the Team Player is able to develop your team as a whole.

In most cases, they do all the documentation work to make sure the team is successful.

Even more, they'll mentor the entire team and teach other developers.

In addition to their expertise in development, they often have expertise in interpersonal communication, human psychology, and self-development.

How Do You Spot Great Developers?

A great developer should have all these qualities, as well as:

  • A great vision that can balance development needs with other constraints.

  • A desire to help others on the team succeed.

  • Passionate about programming and development.

  • Communication skills are excellent, both technically and non-technically.

  • A great development sense combined with years of experience and intuitive knowledge of programming technologies.

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Good vs. Great Developers: How to Tell the Difference

February 16, 2024

Looking for a great developer who can seamlessly integrate with your team and execute complex tasks?

Keep in mind, before you can find him or she, that good developers and great developers are different.

This guide will show you exactly how to recognize and employ amazing developers to achieve the goals of your business, whether you are a founder, CTO, manager, or anyone looking for a developer (especially a freelancer).

Let's begin!!

The Good Developers

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The majority of developers on your team probably fall into this category.

It is their passion to do good work and they are always looking for opportunities to do so.

Their strengths include discipline, integrating well with existing teams, and familiarity with development practices such as Agile.

It is common for good developers to have great technical skills and write clean, neat code.

A frequent characteristic of their code is that it is well commented and can be easily understood by other team members, making it easy to debug.

In addition, good developers are aware of their limits and technologies that they are not yet proficient in so that when they are given a project they know when they need to seek outside assistance.

Generally, a good developer will know how much they're worth and aim to charge at or above market rates.

They are committed to the work they do and strive to work with your existing team to produce a high-quality outcome.

How Do You Spot a Good Developer?

  • Development methods, such as Agile, are familiar to them and are actively used.

  • These individuals often understand how to apply programming "best practices" in a given situation.

  • Most of the time, they will charge the market price or slightly more.

  • Neatly structured and well-commented code samples will be provided.

  • In their respective fields of expertise, they'll possess solid knowledge of development technologies.

The Great Developers

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Great developers are hard to find.

The results they produce will significantly boost your team's productivity.

You'll need to know what to look for as well as where to look for them if you want to find them.

Investing in great developers can reap incredible rewards for your business, and they'll expect to be rewarded accordingly.

It's impossible to hire a great developer for a low price.

A great developer will be able to do everything that a good developer can do, and more! Code is their life.

Their intense love for their craft drives them to learn constantly, both at work and outside of work.

Based on their experience and solid development sense, they usually exhibit an intuitive understanding of algorithms, technologies, and software architecture.

In most cases, they offer more than just development and coding skills.

Developers with such skill sets are able to communicate eloquently with both lay and specialist audiences regarding technical and non-technical issues.

Their knowledge and ability make them capable of helping and training other programmers on your team.

It is the development skill of great developers to choose long-term solutions that work rather than patching problems with short-term "hacks" that only lead to future challenges.

These developers can be classified into two kinds, though it is quite possible to find developers who exhibit both traits:

The Great Thinker

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Intuitive and capable of creating excellent development solutions that provide excellent functionality and user experience while making debugging simple and straightforward.

This kind of programmer can understand the more significant factors that play a role in software development, including client needs, UI/UX design, budgeting, and more.

This ensures that the right decisions can be made at every stage of the development process.

In their pursuit of excellence, Great Thinkers enjoy challenges and will frequently seek to break their own code.

They invest time in learning programming on a regular basis and will try to leave if they are bored.

You must always present them with new challenges.

The Advanced Team Player

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Your team's productivity will skyrocket with the advanced team player, as they won't stand out due to their individual skills, but by their contributions to the team.

These developers are experts in different technologies and are knowledgeable about the entire development process, which allows them to provide guidance to all team members.

Although the Great Thinker is able to make better decisions on his own, which tend to prove to be correct over time, the Team Player is able to develop your team as a whole.

In most cases, they do all the documentation work to make sure the team is successful.

Even more, they'll mentor the entire team and teach other developers.

In addition to their expertise in development, they often have expertise in interpersonal communication, human psychology, and self-development.

How Do You Spot Great Developers?

A great developer should have all these qualities, as well as:

  • A great vision that can balance development needs with other constraints.

  • A desire to help others on the team succeed.

  • Passionate about programming and development.

  • Communication skills are excellent, both technically and non-technically.

  • A great development sense combined with years of experience and intuitive knowledge of programming technologies.

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