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Discussion on: Important tips for a self-taught developer

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Jessica Strachan

Great article Rui. I think a huge challenge for junior developers is swallowing their pride and asking for assistance. There's no shame in asking and when time is money colleagues would always prefer you asked rather than wasted time.
Even now sometimes my routine consists of:

  1. If the logic is complex, write down what you need to achieve in steps.
  2. See if the internet has any answers
  3. If you're set on being independent but need reassurance, ask a colleague to check if you're going in the right direction before continuing.
  4. Give it half an hour of the above and then ask, knowing that you've done what you can and haven't just given up so easily.
  5. Don't be hard on yourself for asking and especially don't be embarrassed to take notes. It will just make you look eager to learn, which can only be a good thing :)
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Srikanth

"Give it half an hour of the above and then ask, knowing that you've done what you can and haven't just given up so easily." Well said..

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Rui Sousa Author

You're right, Jessica, but I also feel like some times junior developers (like me) just feel like they are bothering their peers by asking questions. Plus, it is intimidating so show that we know so little specially compared to our colleagues who appear to know so much.
However, we all learn that this is not true and we get assured by testimonials all over the Internet on how every developer faces difficulties and needs help at some point.

Your step by step will surely be reassuring to anyone starting this path