What makes a great programmer?
Knowledge, experience, passion for your work?
Of course, all these things are very important. But success often comes down to small but very important habits and skills that have helped many programmers reach the top of their careers. In this post, we will share them with you!
Only write code you can understand
There are many ways to write code that is easy to read and test, and everyone finds their own way, but it’s essential to do so because this is the kind of code that every valued programmer writes. For this reason, it is important to write code that performs only one function, because the more functions a code performs, the more difficult it is to work with. It is also very important that variables and functions have clear names so that when you come back to the code you have written sometime later, you have a good idea of what it does.
If you work in a company with other programmers, you simply must learn to listen to what they say. This is especially important if you’re a junior programmer because in your first job you’ll learn the most from your colleagues. A wise programmer will always admit that he doesn’t know something and will seek to learn it. Don’t be the one who tries to talk using a lot of IT jargon, but doesn’t fully understand what they want to say.
No matter how talented you are as a programmer, if you are not disciplined it will be much harder to succeed. A disciplined programmer will never sacrifice quality for speed but will plan their time wisely, in phases, and in a way that matches the pace of their colleagues.
Problems and mistakes are your constant companion when programming. This shouldn’t scare you, because there is always a solution. Sometimes it will take a really long time to solve a problem, but the feeling of finding a solution to a particularly big problem is one of the best feelings in programming.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
A successful programmer will always try to find help when faced with problems, especially in programming forums. Often it is not worth wasting time trying to figure out what has gone wrong and what is not working – just “Google it” and you have a solution. Believe me, practically every problem you encounter has already been solved by someone else, in more than one way.
Try to become competent
Sometimes experience and competence are more important than a wealth of knowledge. Whatever you are learning, the ability to quickly build up a lot of experience will be a big plus. But don’t expect to find any one area that you have mastered to the highest level, because programming is a continuous learning and development process.
Be open to new things
Truly successful programmers are interested in their field and its innovations and are quick to pick them up and apply them to their work. Every professional will agree that learning doesn’t stop at the end of a course or the minute you get hired. One of the biggest mistakes a programmer can make is to limit themselves to one language or a few toolsets and not expand their knowledge and experience.
Go deeper where you don’t understand
Sometimes in programming, you can bypass the hard parts and find solutions that are simple and easy for you to understand. Doing so may make your work faster and simpler, but it won’t improve it. We only get better when we figure out what we don’t understand. So if you are struggling, if you don’t understand something, or if you see that a whole new knowledge would really transform you, don’t procrastinate, take an interest and learn, and go deeper and deeper into what you don’t understand.
We hope that these simple but really important habits will help you to become a better, more successful, and more valued programmer. Never be afraid to ask questions, solve problems and never stop learning – that’s the key to your success!
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