Are You Becoming a Better Programmer?

I received an interesting question from a reader recently. He wanted to know how you can tell if you’re making progress as a programmer.

It’s a great question, and it’s a tough one to answer. Improvement at a skill like programming is hard to quantify, as this reader rightly acknowledged. Problems can take hours, days, and even weeks to solve. Building an application can also be a lengthy process. Technologies take time to learn.

Measuring your programming process is different than trying to become a faster runner. The time it takes you to run a lap around the track is either decreasing or it’s not. Measuring your progress as a programmer is less clear-cut. But it’s not impossible.

If you want to see whether you’re getting better then read on. Here are a few tactics to try.

Daily Tracking

I rely on daily and longer-term tactics to gauge my progress. Let’s start with daily tracking.

Monitoring your progress each day helps to ensure that the work is getting done and focuses your attention on the small improvements, which add up over time. Here are two approaches to try.

Have a Programming Objective

Have an objective each time you sit down to program. Here are some examples:

  • Add CSS to the index page.
  • Fix the bug in “x” program.
  • Write “y” number of tests and get them to pass.

An objective is concrete and specific. It’s a particular outcome you want. The best way to find your objective is to work backwards and ask yourself this question: what do I want done two hours from now?

This specific target will focus your time and attention. So two hours later you’ll feel like you really accomplished something. Even if you miss the mark, it’s likely you still made progress toward your goal.

Use a Programming Journal

Each evening before bed I pull out my programming training journal and jot down a few notes about my programming work from the day.

I’ve written previously about keeping a programming journal. Since then, I’ve added something to it. Now I note my “stats” from the day before I start writing. My stats are the core buckets I track — programming, writing, reading, math, and exercise — and how much time I spent on each bucket.

The idea stems from a similar practice that author Jim Collins uses: he keeps a spreadsheet to track the number of creative hours he logs each day. He admits that the habit was inspired by his mentor Peter Drucker, who championed: “what gets measured gets managed.”

Likewise, my stats are a concrete reminder of where I spend my time. They not only hold me accountable, but they also ensure that my time is spent on the right things.

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