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How I want to become a better programmer in 2022

At the beginning of my coding career, it was just about knowing a language perfectly and learning some soft skills and business skills to get a job. So in 2021 I gained knowledge in React, CSS, TailwindCSS, Scrum, GitHub and Git as well as mentoring and content creation.

I achieved my goal of getting a job as a programmer in October 2021. In my current job I am working with new additional programming languages and tools such as Gitlab, Java Spring Boot, Angular, Angular Material, Bootstrap, SCSS and CMS.

Now that I've spent some time with these different languages and tools, I've gotten a feel for what I enjoy and want to focus more on in my personal life, and what I don't enjoy as much (but still need to work with them on a project-by-project basis at work πŸ˜…).

What I want to focus on

  1. React, TypeScript, Redux
  2. SCSS, A11Y
  3. Java (Spring Boot)
  4. deepen my knowledge about Scrum and project management
  5. contribute to Open Source

After I feel confident in the above, I'd like to do a bit of work with AWS Lambda API Gateway as well.

The plan to do so

Phase 1

I want to watch and read a lot of tutorials (besides the official documentation of course), mainly on FreeCodeCamp and FrontendMasters, to learn what's out there, what's even possible with React and then update my projects.

Meanwhile, I want to learn TypeScript so I can use it in my projects. TypeScript is becoming more and more required and moving from JavaScript to TypeScript in React doesn't seem that easy to me. But I will manage it.

Also, I want to create another branch in all my projects where I will work with Redux (which I will also learn) and SCSS. This will give me a good understanding of the differences in working with Context API or Redux, and CSS or SCSS and I will be able to understand advantages and disadvantages.

Finally, to take my projects to the next level, I would like to add Java Spring Boot to the backend.

Deepening my knowledge of Scrum and project management go hand in hand when I work on my projects as I work with GitHub projects, create flagged issues, track time, etc.

Phase 2

The side projects I have right now aren't really that big. So I guess I will end up having to create another project to show what I have learned. I hope that this will be the case in 6 months. And I already have lots of ideas πŸ€“

When I've deepened my knowledge enough in the above areas, I'll be ready to venture into Open Source.

Phase 3

If I feel comfortable with all the steps mentioned, it would be time to learn something new. I think I will start learning AWS Lambda API Gateway, but let's see πŸ˜…

How I want to achieve

I'm in the process of creating a plan on Notion using a Kanban Board, creating issues, and sorting through all the bookmarks I've saved over the past year (and there were many) and adding them to the issues I've created to stop being distracted by too much content.

Each issue is assigned to a property like React, WebDev, Java, etc. and a priority. Right now the Issues are still too big, like diving deeper into React and within that I created To Dos. This is not a good practice☝️.

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It takes time to find a perfect solution, make issues as small as possible and have a good overview of them, sort them and decide how best to start and how to learn to make continuous progress.

I think I will have it all figured out in a couple of weeks and will share my initial progress in my next article about my journey, which I will write quarterly.

Planning is also something that should be learned. And this process is perfect to get better at project management and its tools 😎

Why the other languages and tools didn't make the cut

After all this time, I quickly realized what I definitely don't enjoy. Even if you don't (yet) know what exactly interests you, it's at least a good start to know what doesn't interest you. That also gets you going in the right direction.

I'm not interested in working with frameworks like Angular, Bootstrap, or a CMS. Those have their advantages, of course, but I just don't enjoy working with them. I want to do everything myself, I want to think for myself and fully understand what is going on. I can't achieve this feeling when I work with the above mentioned tools. And the most important thing is that I am happy at work, I feel challenged and I like what I do πŸ₯°.

I really like working with Gitlab. It's huge and I feel like you can do a lot more than with GitHub, or it's more manageable, I don't quite know yet. That said, I'll stick with GitHub in private for now.

As for TailwindCSS, I like it a lot. But I rarely see it in the job description, SCSS on the other hand is seen a lot and is more complicated, so I want to focus on SCSS and can still work with TailwindCSS if needed since I know some of it already.

To sum it all up

From January I will

  • decide which programming languages, tools and skills I want to improve
  • create a learning plan with a Kanban board on Notion
  • create issues for all topics as small and clear as possible to get the most learning effect
  • share my progress every 3 months to see how much progress I have made, what went really well, what I need to change or adjust

My future is still unclear, but I have an idea of where I want to be at the end of 2022. I want to deepen my knowledge, improve it and take my journey as a developer in a certain direction.

And now, let's get started and make progress. See you in 3 months πŸ‘‹

Thank you

Thanks for your reading and time. I really appreciate it!

Top comments (5)

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Megan Monique • Edited

I'm truly inspired by your dedication and strategic approach to becoming a better programmer. It is important to keep continuous learning through tutorials, online platforms like FreeCodeCamp and FrontendMasters, and contributing to open-source projects demonstrates a proactive mindset. I also love to use online help, so watch my super geek video and see how it can help you. Also, using tools like Notion's Kanban Board for planning and organizing your study is a smart move that aligns well with enhancing project management skills.

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Andy Delso

Looks like a good plan! I've had to whittle down my own list of the past yearn to just focus on Kotlin and Android, but sprinkle in some JS here and there because almost all of our automation is written in it, and its a hard language to avoid!

Best of luck and looking forward to updates on progress!

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Julia πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’» GDE

Thanks for your comment Andy! Wish you best of luck too πŸ™ƒ

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JΓΆrg Liwa

Hi Julia,
i think this is at all a good plan. But only question is, why you say scss over tailwind or bootstrap. It's both possible to use with e.g. postcss integrating scss to compile and just take the features u need.
I for myself use a gulp script which postcss my scss. Bootstrap is "part" of that. I just use some parts (e.g. grid and utilites where i don't want to spend any time like print) and program the rest myself. So i have a quite nice boilerplate.
Just my 5 cents - but i appreciate your doing as a developer :) Thumbs up

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Julia πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’» GDE

Hello JΓΆrg,

thank you for your comment. Of course it is possible to work with a combination of all these. But the most important thing for me this year is to build on my existing knowledge and improve it.
So I think it's better to focus on one thing first, preferably what I enjoy doing and what is important in the tech industry (as far as I've seen in job descriptions in my country).

I'll gladly keep your suggestion for my plan for 2023, so thanks for the tip. πŸ™ƒ