Shawn Wildermuth

Author, Teacher, and Filmmaker
.NET Foundation Board Member

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What to Really Learn to Break Into Software Development

Hello World: The FilmOne of the goals of my film is to encourage people that don't necessarily look like me to join the ranks of software developers. Because of this I get asked quite a bit about what are the best skills/framework/platform to learn to get a job in tech.

The answer that most people want is something like "Learn C# for back-end, Angular for Front-end, and SASS for design". But that's not the answer I like to give them.

It would be easy to look at the top languages in GitHub or the StackOverflow Surveys and take that as what you should be learning. But that clouds the real issue. In my 30+ years in software, I've learned so many different skills. And I don't think I'm alone. This means, over an average career, the skills you learn won't matter. What really matters is understanding why those skills are used.

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