At the dawn of every new year, countless individuals contemplate ways to stay committed to beneficial routines and break the bad habits that hold them back. It's not surprising that those who work in software engineering and development have their own unique goals and aspirations they've placed at the top of their priority lists for 2023.
Let's examine the responses three software professionals gave when asked about their top goals for 2023, which, while often technology-specific, suggest an aspiration to make direct, positive contributions to a larger part of the organizations they work for on top of their own self-improvement.
1.Focus on one problem at a time
John Fleming manages the software engineering for the Florida Lottery, based in Tallahassee, Fla.
In addition to working with a wide range of technologies and architectures, Fleming has also held the title of architect, product manager and a number of other software-based leadership roles. As an engineering lead, he is currently tasked with modernizing the Florida Lottery's technology infrastructure with a specific focus on ensuring applications are prepared to handle increased growth in scale and complexity over the next five years.
One of the challenges of large-scale projects like these, Fleming said, is the tendency for developers and engineers to try and solve multiple problems at once instead of dedicating focus on one at a time. This, he explained, can lead them to establish overambitious project goals that simply overextend time and resources that could be better spent on solving one problem the best way possible.
2.Ensure code always meets accessibility requirements
Cayce Koehler is senior software engineer at Teladoc Health, a telemedicine and virtual healthcare company based in Purchase, N.Y. For the past nine years, he's worked as a software developer in several capacities related to web applications, data analytics, enterprise-scale reporting and mobile development.
For Koehler, the top priority in 2023 is to dedicate himself to ensuring that the code he writes complies with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), a set of standards developed by the World Wide Web Consortium to provide persons with disabilities equal access to web-based content. This goal goes together with his work at Teladoc Health, which Koehler said is the first company he's worked at where user accessibility is a top priority.
A large part of this initiative involves reviewing WCAG compliances as a team and planning new iterations of coding if anything gets overlooked, Koehler explained. Meanwhile, QA teams can examine the interface's contrast ratios, sizing and spacing to flag places where the application fails to meet WCAG standards.
3.Increase productivity and write extraordinary code from the start
Kranthi Vanga is a Java developer from Morris Plains, N.J, who provides application support for financial and investment banking services. He has extensive experience in various aspects of software component design, builds and deployment, particularly with Spring. Vanga also has an especially strong background working with customer-facing APIs, he said.
Vanga's 2023 resolution, he said, is especially specific: to finish an algorithmic boot camp to help him write better code, specifically when it comes to matching the right data structures to certain development projects or software operations. Ultimately, he hopes this will help him assist the company in making better business decisions overall in shorter amounts of time.
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