P.S. I also prepared a Youtube video about the ways I’m going to describe here, so feel free to watch it and leave me your feedback :)
1. Build projects
2. Improve projects
As the first point, I wrote about creating projects, the next thing you can do to practice your knowledge is to improve the code you created. If you've learned some more advanced things and have an idea how you can change the code, do it, try different ways to solve the same problems, measure the performance and pay attention to the good coding practices, then you are able to learn to build a high-quality code.
Remember that the main goal of the project is to learn and get some experience.
3. Complete code challenges
It may happen that you won’t be able to find an idea for a project to build, or maybe you are more advanced and would like to solve more advanced problems than a good idea may be to find some groups or websites where you can solve code challenges. It’s also possible to find those kinds of challenges in blog posts, articles, forums, etc.
Solving more advances issues will bring you a lot of fun and can be helpful during a technical interview as you may be asked to explain something similar.
Another advantage of this activity is that you often don’t have to build an entire application to practice solving a particular issue, especially if you are solving it in a ready platform with ready test cases.
4. Join to open source project or start the collaboration with other developers
It’s advice for those who have the junior level knowledge at least. Joining to the existing, open-source project will allow you to learn on a real-life application, and learn from other developers who work with you on the project. It’s also a huge plus in your resume.
Besides that, collaborating with others on a project makes you learn the process of development as well.
5. Join the community
This is a great way to learn from other programmers in real-life situations, and it’s always a great thing to listen to advice and tips from people with more significant experience.
Also, you can start sharing your knowledge with those who start learning and need some help or advice, which will give you the feeling of achieving the next level.
6. Write a blog
Nowadays, media like blogs or vlogs are crazy popular, and people share their everyday life with others easily. Why couldn’t you share your learning journey?
I think it’s a great idea to start documenting what you’ve learned. It’s motivating while you get the community around your content of people who keep fingers crossed for your progress.
If you need some help with building your first projects, it’s a great idea to join an e-learning platform where you will get a ready environment and some instructions to start, like in some of the Duomly practice courses.
I hope you will find this list helpful, and I encourage everyone who started learning the theory of programming to practice it as much as possible because it’s a great way to remember everything you already know in theory.
Thank you for reading,
Anna from Duomly