Anyone starting out as a programmer should keep in mind that programming is more than just the simple act of “coding.” It is necessary to always gather some of the additional knowledge and acquire new skills in order to grow as a programmer.
Here are some tips for you:
Think like a User
Remember that you have to be a good user to be a good developer. Having experience with the user’s end of the process gives you an understanding of user needs and what you can do to meet those needs as effectively as possible.
Know your Toolset
Know which tools are available to you as you work to solve problems. What kind of editor is best for this situation? How do I test my code? Consider these and some other questions before writing even a single line of code.
As a programmer, your job is to write good code, but you can’t write good code if you don’t know what god code looks like. Moreover, reading code enables you to quickly spot other developers’ mistakes, and this is helpful if you do code review or pair programming.
Keep it Simple
“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” — Albert Einstein
Writing long code all day does not make you a good programmer; all it does is make your code complicated. As you come across multiple concerns, the process for solving them will be difficult — and more time consuming than you may expect.
Typically when a developer is faced with an issue, it helps to break it down into smaller, more manageable pieces to help make it easier to understand. The next step is to integrate your solution into the code!
Practice — and Mistakes are Allowed! “Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.” — Anton Chekhov
Learn Multiple Programming Languages
“A language that doesn’t affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.”- Alan Perlis
There are lots of programming languages. Of course, it is impossible to learn all of the languages, but learning as many as you can make you aware of the different philosophies behind the programming languages.
To sum up
So, if you truly want to improve your programming skills, never stop working on yourself. You will have the career you have dreamed of.