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5 Important Skills to Help you thrive in Computer Programming

Chris Fowler
Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand.
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One programmer said, “If you can solve problems, learn things quickly, name things well and deal with people, you will have a much greater level of success in the long run than you will in specializing in any particular technology.” Programmers will tell you there are a lot of specific skills that go into computer programming.

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A programmer can only write a properly-working code with critical thinking skills, and he/she needs perseverance to create a complex program after a series of failures.

1. Perseverance

It is rare that a code or a program will work on the first try. It isn’t uncommon for programmers to scrap hours of work and try a completely different approach. It often takes programmers multiple attempts and a lot of work to get an application or webpage to run smoothly.

One way to handle a setback is to look at it “as a challenge rather than a sign of defeat.” Errors are like intricate puzzles to solve — they can be frustrating along the way and may take several tries. That is why it is so important to be able to handle failure and keep pushing forward if you want to be a programmer.

2. Self-Motivation and Independence

Deadlines are important in a programming career because they often mean making businesses more effective and, most likely, more cost-efficient. Programmers are often left to work alone with projects that can be completed independently.

It’s important that you’re able to take initiative and stay on track with deadlines. Programming, especially from outside the office, could require a lot of communication about progress with clients and coworkers.

If you telecommute, there may be less of a supervisor presence to keep you on track, which means it is your responsibility to keep yourself motivated and meet deadlines.

3. Efficient Laziness

The point of programming is essentially to make processes simpler and more efficient for a company to save time and money. This is the opposite of what your parents probably told you.

People who are lazy will likely find the quickest way to complete a task efficiently. For this to be a positive soft skill, you must complete tasks on time but eliminate waste along the way. In this context, laziness is not inaction but efficiency.

4. A Sharp Memory

A surprising way you may be harming your memory is by multitasking. While many people find the ability to multitask one of the most efficient soft skills, it is not always beneficial for your brain.

After staring at complex sequences of programming instructions all day, your brain may feel a little scrambled. This can lead to a jumble of information in your head that may make you forget simple things.

5. Problem-Solving

The entire basis of the job is to solve issues by creating solutions to what different industries need. Programmers are problem-solvers by occupation, which it is one of the most vital soft skills for success in the industry. After writing codes and creating programs, programmers also find and fix any issues that may appear.

“So many developers, they're focused on the syntax, they're focused on the language, they're focused on learning to “code” or to program, but not on solving problems.”

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