A skilled programmer always checks both directions before crossing a one-way street.
To begin, let me state that I do not consider myself a competent coder. My coding abilities are subpar at best, and I’m still learning and have a long way to go before I’m satisfied with them. Yes, I am a better programmer than many others, but that is just because they are lazy and would rather sit about idle all day than the program. My less bad abilities appear amazing in comparison to their dreadful abilities.
So the majority of the suggestions I’ll make below are based on lessons learned from unsuccessful efforts; they’re what I’ve aspired to be but am not. So let’s get started.
1. Work on Basics
The key to success in any sector or employment is a conceptual understanding of the subject. A programmer can never be good unless he or she has a strong conceptual base. The fundamental conceptual understanding aids you in designing and implementing the best possible solutions. If you still have questions about key computer science and programming language ideas, it’s never too late to study the basics.
2. Start putting question tags (how, what, etc.) with every set of code you write
One thing I’ve found as a clear dividing line between skilled programmers and others is a desire to understand what’s going on and how it’s going on. A small percentage of people can never leave a code without knowing exactly what happens when it executes. I appreciate that due to tight schedules, we don’t always have this luxury and must therefore leave the code alone, knowing that it is performing its job. Although this is a slightly different topic in terms of how to deal with such situations, as a programmer, one may always do their best to dive as deeply as possible. And believe me when I say that this becomes a habit over time and you do it unconsciously every time.
3. You learn more by helping others
Most of us have a habit of only going to forums or groups when we are in need of help. Again, there is a clear distinction between the competent programmer and the others, with the former visiting these sites more frequently to assist others. This causes individuals to learn more than they would if someone else addressed their difficulties for them. Assist others in solving their challenges within a team. Believe me when I say that understanding other people’s problems in their context, analyzing them, and offering answers will leave you far more knowledgeable than before.
4. Write simple, understandable but logical code
The KISS (Keep it simple and short) formula works in programming as well as it does in practically every other aspect of life. Avoid complexity by writing more logical code. Complex code is sometimes written simply to demonstrate a person’s skill to write it. Simple but logical codes, in my experience, always function better, cause fewer problems, and are more extensible. I remember an excellent quote.
The best documentation is good code. “How can I modify the code so that this comment isn’t needed?” ask yourself as you’re going to add a comment.
5. Spend more time analyzing the problem, you’ll need less time to fix it
Spend more time understanding and evaluating the problem, as well as developing solutions. The rest of the tasks will be simple for you to complete. Designing does not always need the use of modeling languages and tools; it might be as easy as staring up at the sky and imagining a solution. Those who have a habit of pushing the keyboard (for coding) when they encounter a problem frequently end up with something other than what is required.
6. Be the first to analyze and review your code
Although it may be tough, try to break your own code before others do, and over time you will learn to write code that is nearly bug-free. Always review your code clearly and carefully. Also, don’t be afraid to get other people’s opinions on your code. Working with good programmers and listening to their advice can ’s brilliant your development as a programmer.
7. Go over the documentation
Reading a lot of documentation is one of the most important habits of a skilled programmer. It could be specs, JSRs, API docs, or tutorials, for example. Reading documents assists you in laying the necessary basis on which to program effectively.
8. You can learn from others’ code as well
I spoke with some superb programmers who always keep a Java source project open in their IDE and read/refer to it in their everyday work. They do it not only to satisfy their desire to understand the fundamentals but also to learn how to write decent programs. Reading and referring to dependable and well-known open-source code, as well as your senior’s code, can also assist you in improving your programming skills.
And the last, not listed above: Don’t compare yourself with others
When you compare yourself to others, you will only develop bad thoughts and unhealthy competition. Everyone has their own unique set of talents and weaknesses. It is more critical that we comprehend our own and seek to improve it. I’ve seen a lot of so-called “fund-programmers” (programmers who are fundamentally powerful) make stupid mistakes. So, take a look at yourself, make a list of your areas for improvement, and go to work. Programming is a lot of fun, so make use of it.
Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand.
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