Research Skills – People often dismiss the ability to research as a “soft skill”, but it is as important to a MEAN developer as any one piece of technical knowledge. An great MEAN stack developer will often talk through the steps of a problem, identify the specific issue, then use Google or Stack Overflow to see how others have tackled the same type of problem. A simple search may just save a developer hours, if not days, of development time.
MongoDB – The first letter in the MEAN stack; MongoDB is a database that allows you to store JSON-like documents such as user details, blog posts, product information to your back-end – anything that you’ll need to index and reference over and over again. A comfort-ability writing queries for MongoDB is key for a MEAN full stack developer who will ever be working on the back-end.
Git – Git is the leading version control system, allowing developers to quickly save changes to a project and revert back to old versions if a bug is discovered. Learning to use the Git CLI (Command Line Interface) is a daunting task for new MEAN developers, but learning to commit, push, and pull changes in the development environment will save an amazing amount of time and effort in the long run.
UNIX Command Line – A handle on basic command line knowledge (such as navigating file paths, creating and deleting files, etc.) is one of the lowest cost, highest payoff skills that a MEAN full stack developer can learn.
Agile Development – Another “soft skill” that again can be as important as a piece of technical knowledge, understanding how to operate under agile development methods will mean a MEAN developer is ready to contribute to the team from Day 1.
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