re: what bothers you the most of being a programmer? VIEW POST


How quick people are to tell me that I should be using X tool or Y framework or Z language. Maybe it's because I'm still in school and surrounded by a lot of enthusiastic people - don't get me wrong, this can be a wonderful thing - but at the same time it can easily becomes overwhelming.

For example, I have very little web dev experience. I mentioned to some peers one time that I wanted to make a portfolio site - peers who I knew had more experience than me. Next thing you know I'm 20 tabs deep into languages and frameworks and unsure if I even want to do this myself anymore due to the amount of things I felt I needed to learn.


When in doubt follow the advice of true giants. Bjarne Stroustrup said: “don’t learn programming languages, learn programming techniques “. That also applies to frameworks and libraries. Don’t get me wrong, they are very important for well known reasons. But before you learn them make sure you understand how the code was implemented. It is far more important to learn data structures and algorithms paradigms than libraries. Ignore everyone, do your own research and come to a conclusion.

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