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How to become a Pro Programmer

How to become a Pro Programmer

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We all start our programming journey from Zero but we don’t want to be in that state for long, right! We want to improve, we want to climb the ladder.

How we improve ourselves depends on our habits and learning. Here are seven habits that distinguish a good programmer:

1. Write clean and readable code:

A good programmer always prioritizes code readability and understands that they are not only writing code for themselves but also for their teammates, clients, and future developers. Hence, they use consistent naming conventions, properly indent code, use whitespace to separate different code blocks, and keep their code concise and modular.

2. Document code:

Documenting code is crucial for understanding its purpose, inputs, and outputs. A good programmer documents their code with comments, explaining how the code works and what it does, and providing examples of how to use it. They also ensure that the documentation is up-to-date, especially when changes are made.

3. Practice Test-Driven Development (TDD):

A good programmer understands the importance of writing automated tests to verify code functionality. They use TDD to write tests first and then develop code that passes those tests. TDD helps ensure that code meets requirements, is maintainable, and is resilient to changes.

4. Continuous learning:

A good programmer never stops learning. They keep up with new technologies, best practices, and industry trends. They read books, blogs, participate in online courses, attend conferences, and engage with the programming community.

5. Collaborate effectively:

A good programmer knows how to work well in a team. They listen to other team members, provide constructive feedback, and communicate effectively. They understand that programming is a team sport, and everyone’s contributions are essential to delivering high-quality code.

6. Embrace simplicity:

A good programmer understands that keeping things simple is key to producing maintainable code. They prioritize the use of simple and elegant solutions over complex ones. They also avoid over-engineering and always strive for the simplest solution that meets the requirements.

7. Refactor frequently:

A good programmer understands that code quality is a continuous process, and they are not afraid to refactor code frequently. They use automated refactoring tools to improve code quality and make it more maintainable. They also refactor code to remove duplication, improve readability, and remove technical debt.

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