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5 Habits Of A Successful Programmer

Mr. Unity Buddy
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Hello, buddies! Every successful programmer has their own habits. So today we are going to see what are the habits of successful programmer. Wait, how do you define successful? In this article, Victoria Lo has defined "being successful" as

To me personally, being successful is to be respected by others. And to be respected is to respect others

Before reading that article, I have read multiple articles which define success as Rich, Cars, Houses etc. But I agree with Victoria's saying.

Anyway, back to the topic.

1. Write Reusable, Readable and Clean Code

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There are various ways to write clean code that is easy to test, read, and use, but it is an increasingly important aspect of high-quality software development regardless of the method. Successful programmers give only one goal to each function.

When you begin coding, you usually start writing line by line into an increasingly larger function or method. It may seem at first simpler, but it causes other problems. The code is difficult to test, more difficult to use again, and more difficult to read. One thing and one thing only should be done by a function. You don’t focus if it does more than one thing.

It’s a common practice to give specific and valuable names to variables and functions, which should be easier if you write each function for a specific purpose. Use a code beautifier to make your code more easily readable. It is important to understand quickly and easily what you are supposed to do when you come back to your code weeks after you write it.

2. Listen Carefully Rather Than Speaking

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If you’re with other developers in a meeting, first listen, then speak about it because this is the easiest way to learn.

Humility is needed, especially when you believe you are the most intelligent person in the room. Good developers are able and happy to confess if they don’t know.

You should not be the programmer who sprays a lot of technical jargon instead of acknowledging that he may not be aware of the solution to a certain question.

3. Discipline

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Talent is not everything, except perhaps in vast numbers. Talent or ability is indeed only part of the performance process. Another part is discipline. A professional software engineer or programmer without discipline is like a veteran navigator without a map.

Quality should not be sacrificed for speed. But you are mindful of the technological obligations you generate and seek to repay in the future if you sacrifice the quality for speed.

You should take steps, as you know, that you have been set up to help developers achieve. During code analysis, you should be fully involved. The importance of time for development work should also be understood.

4. Focus on The Right Thing At The Right Time

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Successful programmers have the willingness to concentrate on the common goal of a specific project without being sidetracked by lazy optimism that doesn’t really get them closer to their goal.

Many programmers work on different things even if they know the proper solution is something else. You might know when you step back a little that you are putting a lot of effort into something which really isn’t important to the larger objective that everyone tries to achieve.

It is certainly good to look ahead at times, as long as you can focus on what you know, you need to do over what you may need to do. Much of this is to ensure that your wavelength is the same as the rest of the team.

Effective programmers acknowledge that teamwork leads to innovation.

5. Acquire New Skills with Time

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A further condition is to be flexible and to embrace new things if necessary. Highly successful developers and programmers actively read about and apply new developments happening in the market.

New frameworks, methodologies, and languages are constantly being developed, which are being filtered with by successful software engineers, which enable them to do their best and to evolve.

The key to a successful software engineer is undoubtedly the ability to acquire new skills.

With the completion of a computer science degree or a specific language course, the learning process doesn’t stop. It doesn’t stop if you get hired. A successful programmer should be learning whenever he can and whenever necessary.

You should not focus on learning only one language. You should equip yourself with the latest frameworks and languages that are trending in the market.

So buddies, these are the common and good habits of successful programmers/developers. Hope you learnt something! Happy Coding!

Originally published on Hashnode

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Assis Zang

Good job! 💪🏻 Really successful programmers needed to practice such habits to succeed in their work, I think every developer should adopt them.