30 Jun How To Be a Better Coder
Knowing how to code is one of the essential skills in the market today.
With that in mind, for a person who learns to code, the speed of learning is very crucial for success.
On the web, you can find many varies articles on how to improve your coding skills.
In this article, I will try to point out some useful tips that I use as a self-taught developer.
I think that they are the best match for all the folks out there who learn to code online.
So, let’s begin reviewing them:
Use free online resources to learn
On the internet, there are plenty of free learning resources. There you can learn different programming languages, by your own choice and aspirations, from scratch. Here are a few places to get you started:
- Free code camp;
- YouTube (I recommend Brad Traversy’s channel);
Write lots of code all day, every day
Although you are still learning, coding is a skill like any other, and so the best way to improve professionally as a coder is to write a lot of code. So, you need to practice, practice, practice coding every day.
For those purposes, you can use GitHub to present your code, where other developers can see it and give feedback to your work.
Over time in GitHub, you will create a portfolio that will be very useful for landing your first developer job.
You can also use Codepen.io as a place where you can present your work.
To achieve your goal and write code as much as it is possible, you can also use a website called Codewars or join some pair-programming mentorship program.
Furthermore, to enhance your coding skills, you may contribute to open-source communities, where besides practice, you can build connections within your field.
Read lots of code that someone else wrote
You can become a better coder and improve your programming skills by reading other peoples code. What is less evident are the reasons that reading other people code is so important.
Moreover, when you read other people code, you see how someone else solved a one programming problem.
On this place, I can point out one severe warning: When you look at other people code to find an answer to your problem and, most likely, copy and paste it you make yourself a worse programmer since you are carelessly accepting others’ wisdom without examining it, and learning from it. So, don’t do that ever.
Make small, daily improvements
No one became a programming expert overnight. It takes consistent, intentional practice. Take your time to slow down a bit and make one slight improvement every day.
That small improvement could be learning a new language feature, reading a page out of the manual, or changing your editor configuration to add a shortcut for a common task. When compounded over time, these small, daily improvements add up to significant discoveries.
In conclusion, I can add that there are no secrets to becoming a better coder. It only takes patience, hard work, and persistence. So, stay curious, make it fun, and never be too proud to ask for help. Happy coding dear fellow coders!
“Talk is cheap. Show me the code.”
― Linus Torvalds
“Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand.”
― Martin Fowler
“I’m not a great programmer; I’m just a good programmer with great habits.”
― Kent Beck