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How To Become The BEST Developer!

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I've been coding for about 4 years now. And I would definitely say that I learned a thing or two( especially from all the dumb mistakes I made). So I thought I'd share my knowledge here.

Here are the tips & tricks you can use to become the best developer possible.

There's a video version of this blog, you can see it here.

1. Learn Concepts

Don't try to remember syntax. It's impossible to remember everything.

And don't be ashamed if you're 5 years in googling how to center a div( if I'm going to be completely honest, I'm 4 years in, and I google JavaScript loops, ik).

There's just too much code to memorize.

Instead, learn concepts. Learn theory, learn how and why something works the way it does. This way you have longevity. This way you can make projects that count!

Here's a list of concepts you should learn:

  • OOP( Data Structures & Algorithms)
  • System Design( UI Design If you're a frontend dev)
  • Sync Vs. Async
  • Version Control
  • etc.

2. Use Comments & Write Clean Code

Remember This Quote:

Code that's hard to understand, is hard to maintain.

Code that's hard to maintain, is useless.

Writing clean code goes a long way. At first, you might think it's a waste of time. But in reality, it's the best long-term thing you can do as a coder( coding a project).

If you understand what's going on in your code( which is already hard to do) or at least have a general idea, then you can maintain that code.

If you don't know what's going on, you don't know how to fix your problems.

With clean code, you can pinpoint where a bug is 10x faster than with bad code.

3. Build Good Principles

Similar to Writing Clean Code, building good principles is what can save you from a ton of unnecessary work.

Good principles give you longevity and make you good at your job.

This goes a long way, but here are some principles you need to follow:

  • K.I.S.S. ( Keep It Simple Stupid)
  • D.R.Y. ( Don't Repeat Yourself)
  • Ask Questions
  • Don't Hard Code
  • Don't Use Magic Numbers

4. If There's A Bug The User Will Find It

I'll keep this one quick and simple.

Test Everything.
Debug Everything

That's the name of the game. If a User finds a bug( which they will, if there is one), it could lead to a chain of events you wouldn't like.

You could maybe lose users. God Forbid, that their Credit Card info gets leaked. I can go on and on.

5. Finish Projects. Don't Start New Ones.

Every programmer has done this at least once. Starting a new project, mid other project is our specialty.

But that's very destructive. For one, you're building bad principles( rule no. 3). And you're missing the whole point of being a developer. Finishing your work.

Remember: People hire you to finish projects!

No one wants you to start( well they do), they want you to finish projects.

That's why you get hired. That's the whole point.

At the same time, you learn way more from finishing projects than from starting new ones.

You might be the best at starting them. But no one cares if you can't finish them!

6. Follow A Structure

I was originally going to have 5 tips here, but here's an honorable mention.

Following a structure ( I've said this a million times now) goes a long way.

This can save you a ton of time.

The best devs, think 5 moves ahead, they have an idea of how things will go.

If you're a beginner, it's going to be hard to do this. It's ok, you'll learn with time.

However, it's important you follow a plan!

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