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The Most Important Skill For Web Developers

Over the years (and it's been quite a few years now) I've come to realise that one of the most important skills a developer can have is also probably of the most underrated. The ability to methodically investigate and get to the bottom of a problem.

The ability to really dig into an issue and try and track down what's going on is a really important skill for a developer to have. Often you might be working on something that was written by someone who no longer works at a company so you have no way of knowing why something was done, or in some cases how. The issue might be super obscure, or be very hard to replicate, but if you can doggedly Sherlock the shit out of your problem, you'll eventually get to the bottom of the issue.

All to often I've seen people just have a quick look at the code, stick a question on SO and forget about it, when they could just spend a bit of time digging into the issue to try and work out the solution. If nothing else, it'll help you to understand the bit of code you're working on.

So remember, if you hit a problem, do a bit of investigating!

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