By Cece Claridge, Product Developer

It’s safe to say Miami is having a moment, and we’re not just talking about Superbowl LIV.

Spotify’s recent announcement that it will open a 20,000 square foot headquarters in Miami has also drawn the nation’s collective gaze to the Magic City— specifically, to its tech ecosystem. Long described as “emerging,” it is increasingly apparent that our dear city’s status as a major player in the world of web development continues to climb.

Our team at Wyncode Academy is thrilled to be a part of this movement and to do all we can to help people and companies grow. We are proud to provide individuals seeking a career change with the tech skills to go from zero to software developer in ten weeks. We are also connected with over 350 hiring partners, and we value their insight into industry trends.

With the goal of providing students and businesses the most in-demand skills they need to be successful, we recently reviewed data collected from a hiring partner survey with over 30 companies acting as respondents. With this sample as a microcosm for the web development field at large, here are the top 10 trends we identified from their feedback.

1. Some classics never go out of style.

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There’s no way around it, these three will likely always be the little black dress of web development. They are foundational building blocks used in the tech stacks of nearly 90% of hiring partner survey respondents. Similarly, SQL remained the language of choice for database management among two thirds of survey participants.

2. Conversely, new technologies gain traction quickly.


“What?! You’re not using _____?!” At this point in the conversation the web developer being questioned likely hangs his or her head in shame, convinced once again that they are an impostor and/or are woefully behind the times. However, we were interested to find a surprising balance/parity between older and newer programming languages and technologies in use among our hiring partners. For example, Python and C# were each the back end programming language of choice for about one third of survey respondents.

3. Computer programming principles matter.


One of the most exciting aspects of working as a web developer is that there is always new technology to learn. But that doesn’t mean that computer programming and software engineering fundamentals should be overlooked. Many survey respondents indicated that an area where new hires had room for growth was a conceptual understanding of OOP design. In an ever-evolving field, we must also be mindful to ensure developers have a solid grasp of the basics.

4. Full Stack JS is on the rise.


What a difference two and a half decades, six versions, usage by 95% of the websites on the internet, a robust and hugely popular ecosystem of libraries and frameworks (hello world, React), and being the only Turing complete programming language understood by all modern web browsers makes. In addition to the aforementioned requisite knowledge of front-end JavaScript for success as a web developer, nearly 60% of survey respondents said they use Node JS, or server-side JavaScript, in their tech stacks. We’re excited to announce that we are making the transition to teaching full stack JS in our curriculum beginning in the summer of 2020.

5. Database management and design is fundamental (relational vs. non-relational: teaching both will help prepare more well rounded graduates).


Another area where tech leaders would like to see improvement is in new developers’ overall understanding of database management and design. While SQL continues to be the most popular database querying language, there are an increasing number of alternatives, and the underlying foundational understanding of relational vs. non-relational database interaction, and the manipulation of data through web apps more generally, is of the utmost importance. With our impending shift to full stack JS, we will thus be teaching both SQL and MongoDB in our curriculum, to better equip our graduates for interaction with a wider variety of database structures and platforms.

6. AWS has become a must-know.


Not for nothing does AWS boast the honor of being “the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform.” About 57% of survey participants use AWS in their tech stack. We’re excited to be thinking through ways to incorporate a foundational understanding of AWS into our curriculum in the future.

7. DevOps chops are hugely in demand.


50% of survey respondents said they wish their developers had more technical skills related to devops – a subfield of web development that involves the release and deployment of code, as well as the management network operations and systems administration.

8. Collaboration and communication between developers and UXUI team members is essential.


Our hiring partners were in agreement with us that teamwork between UXUI and web dev professionals is crucial to designing successful, user-friendly software and web applications. We facilitate and encourage regular collaboration between our full stack web dev and UXUI cohorts, with UXUI students serving as leaders and facilitators for dev teams during midterm and final project preparation.

9. Design consistency is a key component of solid UXUI design.


An additional trend we saw in UXUI feedback was the importance of design consistency from end to end of the user experience and across multiple view platforms. Pixels matter. Font size matters. Spacing between nav bar buttons matters. Every little detail matters. We will continue to sweat the small stuff so that our students design and develop web apps with the goal of seamless user interaction.

10. Culture fit matters— a lot!


About 75% of survey respondents rated their overall satisfaction with the culture fit of Wyncode graduates as an 8/10 or higher. We are thrilled about this, as we stress the importance of business acumen and instill the ethos of “never stop learning” from day one for our students. Common words used to describe Wyncoders on staff were “passionate,” “driven,” and “proactive and adaptable to our tech stack.” We couldn’t be prouder of our Wyncode alumni who are making positive contributions to companies across South Florida and the country.

We would like to thank all of our incredible hiring partners for their feedback and continued support of our graduates. If you haven’t yet taken our survey, we would love to hear from you, too! You can fill it out here.

As we continue to learn and grow together, we are pleased to announce that the state of our union is strong.