Do you feel anxious and doubtful about your coding? Do you worry about how you are writing the codes?
This feeling seems to be exist in almost many of the coders/developers in their beginning phase. I also had this phase and it’s unlikely to change as we do sometimes feel insecure of our codes and it’s completely ok!
But , If you are a beginner in coding then you should take care of some things which are very important for you to stay productive.
Hi My name is Manuj Sharma . I’m an Android and Web developer. In today’s post I will highlight some key points to always keep in the mind while coding. I will tell you the 5 mistakes you probably doing it all the time while learning to code.
5 MISTAKES THAT YOU COULD BE DOING WHILE LEARNING HOW TO CODE.
NOT CHOOSING THE PERFECT IDE/COMPILER
Yeah it seems to be kiddish but that’s the truth. Many of the guys code it in a compiler which is not idle. Let me make you understand by an example , Do you remember the old C/C++ language being code in Turbo C/C++? It’s not an idle compiler for that language. It’s a very old compiler but many of the universities/school still use them and that is where people go wrong. There are many other new IDE’s launched where we could code C/C++ and would save a lot of time as it would suggest you with code hints, more handy etc..
So have some research about the programming language which you are about to get started with it and know it’s best IDE being used.
NOT CHOOSING A MENTOR
Learning on your own is a good thing and it has its own benefits but sometimes its necessary that you need a expert who could walk you through with your journey and also help you when your stuck. If you don’t want to opt for a mentor then at least learn from online tutors or courses as it will save your lot of time and thus increasing your productivity.
NOT BUILDING PROJECTS
It’s good to hear that you are learning how to code. You are solving programs on daily basis but wait are you even building projects ,applying those acquired skills to any framework? For instance if you learnt java for few months and now you know all the ins and outs of it but what you are going to do with that skill? So you need to research where JAVA could be used? The answer is simple ,you could make mobile applications , software applications and much more. So start with building projects now and apply your acquired skills. Building “projects” is the most essential part in mastering any skill.
If you feel that I can’t be building the projects only in a single stream as I want to learn other skills too, then follow my simple strategy – Build atleast 5 projects and then you are ready to go. By that I mean that 5 good projects which should involve CRUD operations and many more.
NOT BEING SOCIALLY ACTIVE IN PROGRAMMING/CODING COMMUNITY
You are coding day and night , you are building stuffs , that’s good and you should do that but wait you are just having it on your disk. How would I come to know about your stuffs and I know you’ll be thinking that those projects are mine and I don’t want to share it but then how would able to get to know about the problems in that project? How would you get more better ideas for updating the project?
You use tons of libraries and support from people online and think once that if they be like you, then how would you seek help? So if you have build projects/libraries then move it to online. There are many portfolio sites I recommend www.github.com .
By the way you could check mine on www.github.com/manujSharmaM
NOT BEING PATIENT
It’s great to your building stuffs and improving yourself much more and sometimes you get stuck at something for a long time and feel like giving up coding and started to think that it’s not “My cup of tea”
That’s the time you have to be patient, you have to keep calm yourself. I know that it’s not that easy but remember it’s not that hard too. I have gone through these phases. I remember that I took nearly 15 days to solve a simple problem in my app that I worked on but it did solved and I was able to publish that app.
When you spend a couple hours looking at a bug that’s just a simple typo, nearly pulling your hair out, because it looks like everything should just… work… you might feel impatient.
Step away from the computer, come back after a few minutes, and start fresh. Back when I was first starting out this happened a lot more frequently than it does now, because now I’ve taught myself to slow down once I start feeling impatient and try and look at things with a clear mind. You’ll be surprised how often something that seems like a huge issue is really just a small error on your part. 🙂
“Think Twice ,Code Once!” Happy Coding.
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