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Javier Garcia

As a TA, how often do you code at work? And what do you think are the most important things you've learnt that have helped you be where you are? :)

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Phil Ashby Author

Ah, the tricky questions :)

It's sporadic but on average I code weekly, I review check ins daily.

The most important things I've learnt... Probably that everything is a compromise, knowing when to ask for help and that you can never read too much. More specifically, languages are a choice not a religion, choose technology with the team in mind (supportabily, productivity) then consider the problem fit and how much baggage comes with it. Measure everything that matters to your customers. Name your customers before starting anything (hint: this can be yourself!) Fail regularly!