If you chose IT as your sphere of interest, then you know that the industry offers diverse specializations in a variety of areas and it’s in a permanent state of evolving. Therefore, it’s important that you adopt new skills continually and remain flexible and open for new opportunities that come up.
Here we are going to talk about some key points that you should master, as well as give suggestions that can help you develop the right mindset to become the best developer you can.
It’s something we all heard hundreds of times, but it’s crucial. As we already said, the IT industry is ever changing and growing field, and if you want to thrive the same approach is expected from you.
With so many online courses, you don’t need a degree in computer science to be a great developer. However, you need to stay curious and be willing to learn.
No matter how long you’ve been into programming, do as best you can to keep a track on the latest innovations. Expand your knowledge, attend courses, check the calendar for any new events and meetups. Mingle with people from industry and stay up to date with current trends in the world of technology, and always try to obtain new skills, learn different techniques, discover new tools, platforms, frameworks, apps, and try out different approaches.
Keep in mind that communication is essential, and since English is the official language of programmers and their clients, try to improve your speaking and writing skills.
Make Things as Simple as Possible
Programming is a complex thing, but it lies on a very straightforward principle of controlling and simplifying the code.
Your goal should be to write code that’s easily understandable for other programmers. Making everything complex doesn’t necessarily mean you are doing a good job, but writing readable and clear code does.
Remember that it’s easier to write code than to read it.
Writing a complicated code while having a mindset of “other developers will understand it” is not the best idea. There are developers who are not familiar with your code, and their first task will be to learn how to work with it.
So, don’t fall into the trap of proving your level of expertise, help yourself and your colleagues instead- keep it simple.
Have Some Fun
You are probably into programming because you enjoy it, and that’s a significant advantage because doing what you love allows you to improve your work almost effortlessly.
Be creative and change things up.
Doing side projects just for the sake of experimenting or taking part in hackathons, those are great ways to not just pick up new skills, but also to unwind. If you, for instance, take some time to create your own application, it may help you advance your technique, but it will also give you the freedom to try out different things without performance pressure.
In the end, your side project, no matter how small or irrelevant might seem to you, is a great item to put in your portfolio and at some point, it can become a source of additional income.
Find Your Tribe
A good team can benefit you in many ways. Think of it as a free source of advices and experiences that you can use to improve, and it also allows you to contribute to other people’s work. By “team” we don’t mean just your closest colleagues, but any group of programmers that you can exchange ideas with and grow.
Being linked to other programmers and working and learning with them or from them will give you validation and confidence. Working together allows you to get your code reviewed and review code for others, and you can even find a mentor who can tell you which areas you should improve and make you upgrade yourself and your work.
Start Small, Then Expand
When starting, focus on gaining experience instead of being paid a lot of money for an unchallenging job. Build your background by trying different things. Take a lot of small steps, and avoid making huge leaps. Don’t underestimate any job opportunity, but stay aware of your worth and progress you’re making. You might have a degree, but working for both startups and big companies will teach you things you could never learn in school or courses.
Don’t Chase Perfection
Stressing about achieving perfection at the beginning of working on something (and in general) only leads to more stress. It’s a vicious circle. You can’t predict the things that will come up, no matter how hard you try. If you get stuck in that state of mind, you will end up adding unnecessary code, and consequently face many bugs caused by complexity. Trying to foresee all the possible changes that may happen to your code can only make you create a code that’s too generic to be good.
First steps are best when they are simple, then you can work on additions.
We can’t stress it enough: do not skip tests. They are not about perfection, but functionality. When testing, first focus on sections and then shift to testing the entire code. Always execute all new lines. You want to become reliable, so when members of your team see that you committed any new code, they will know that it has been tested, and it works.
We could have given you a tone of technical advices, but we decided to highlight the essentials that everybody knows but forget to tell you.
This will be a learning path full of unexpected turns, but if you commit to it, the satisfaction you will get will make up for everything.
When you feel stuck- seek advice. No matter how long you’ve been programming, don’t forget that many excellent programmers were at the same place you are now and faced the same issues, and if you ask them, they can help you immensely.