I Wish I Had Read These 29 Things Before I Started Programming. You Don't Need a Degree to Program, but You Do Need the Knowledge. Programming Takes Creativity on Top of Problem-Solving Skills. You Can't Learn Everything There Is to Learn. You Don't Need to Be a Robot. Programming Is All About Applying Knowledge...
Programming is not an easy career. With many people graduating each year from top computer science programs in the country, it’s one of the most competitive careers anyone can embark on. At the same time, a programming career is exciting. With the advancement of technology, every day, there are innovations in the industry. Programming becomes a passionate endeavor for those who love it.
When I started as a programmer years ago, I wish someone sat me down and told me everything on this list. This list can save any new programmer a lot of headaches and energy. This list can be the one you refer to as your programming career progresses. Even if some of these points might not be relevant for you right now, one day you will see the wisdom in them.
As a programmer, you are at the cusp of greatness.
You just have to venture on with a little bit of knowledge about your path.
1. You Don’t Need a Degree to Program, but You Do Need the Knowledge
I worked with many programmers who didn’t graduate with a computer science master’s degree or an undergraduate degree in computer science. Programming is one of the few careers you can have that doesn’t depend on a degree. However, programming is a knowledge-intensive career. You have to read those ten essential books if you’re going to start a career in programming. These ten books will cover the essential concepts of computer science as well as how to work on project teams. Setting a firm foundation for your technical skills, with a solid understanding of the basic concepts, on top of writing functional code, will enable you to ace technical interviews and communicate with your co-workers.
2. Programming Takes Creativity on Top of Problem-Solving Skills
Most people have the preconception that programming is all about analytical and problem-solving skills. That is partially true. Programming also involves a lot of creativity. Often, there are many ways to write a given piece of code. The creativity comes when you devise ways to code most simply and effectively.
3. You Can’t Learn Everything There Is to Learn. The Trick Is to Learn a Few Things Very Well
There are hundreds of programming languages out there. There are areas of programming that pave the way for particular career paths: web developer, front-end developer, back-end developer, software engineer, database developer, etc. Decide what kind of developer you want to be, then learn all the technologies and skillsets needed for that particular position.
4. You Don’t Need to Be a Robot. It’s Better If You Are Human
Remember you are a human first and a programmer second. It’s easy to get lost in your code when you first start to program. There are days when I don’t leave my computer until I’ve completed all the milestones of my project. But you are a human being; you need to laugh, cry, de-stress and talk to people. By managing your life to maximize fun and excitement outside of work, you will bring more creativity into your work as a programmer.
5. Programming Is All About Applying Knowledge. It’s Not About Memorization
Unlike research, where you are inventing and creating new areas of knowledge, programming is all about applying existing knowledge. Books, research papers, online articles, and learning videos become resources that you will use often. There’s no need to memorize anything. You can always reach for a resource to find the answer. Memorization comes automatically and naturally as you work on more projects.
6. You Will Deal With Imposter Syndrome Every Day
Programming is the one career all the “smart” people seem to gravitate towards. Unless you are a genius, you will, like I do, experience imposter syndrome every day. When you experience it every day, you tend to figure out a way to deal with it. For me, I’ve always used it as motivation to learn new things. I’ve learned to put it into perspective and just be content at improving a little bit each day.
7. You Have to Have a Life Outside of Being a Programmer. Otherwise, You’ll Just Be Addicted to Programming
There will be times when you are a hermit at home. However, to be a happy programmer, you have to proactively seek a life outside your computer screen. Often the success of your career depends on the people you meet. Networking is essential when you are a programmer. Having a personality outside of being a programmer is essential to keep yourself from being addicted to programming. When you can enjoy your passions without being compelled to do it, your best work comes out.
8. You’ll Learn Programming Faster If You Pair Program With Someone
At the beginning of your career, you’ll be tempted to close your door to the world and read those ten books on programming to build your computer science foundations. Guess what? You learn much faster if you find a buddy. I’ve gone through programming books in half the time working on a project with a buddy. When you pair program with someone, all your programming “warts” come out. Your code will be critiqued. You will learn to write efficient code because someone else is watching. You will want to find out the best way to do things because your buddy is learning too. When you work as a programmer, someone’s always reviewing your code. You are never programming alone. It’s time to get used to that.
9. You Don’t Need to Be Good at Math and Science
In the technology industry, you will meet all kinds of superstar programmers who found the logical thinking aspect of programming appealing after a lifetime of liberal arts education. There are plenty of painters and writers who make a living programming while pursuing art on the side. All you need to be a good programmer is persistence. Programming is hard work. But once you have that, anyone can go through programming books and pick up the basics. There are plenty of people who pick up math after working in the industry for a while. Eventually, these people can even understand complex algorithms and implement them without any kind of formal math education.
10. You Need to Be an All-Star “Learner”
A programmer is a master learner. You might not start out being a master learner. But you will get there. Sometimes your workplace will ask you to pick up three programming languages in six months. That’s the state of technology innovation. As programmers, we learn every day. Learning is like breathing. If you are uncomfortable with learning every day, you will be forced to get used to that.
11. You Will Obsess About Finishing Your Projects
Coding addiction is a real thing. At some point in your programming career, you will experience all-night programming marathons. You won’t want to go to sleep until you’ve finished your milestones. You’ll forget to eat, drink, or even get up from your desk because your brain is processing so much information. That is okay. Once you are done, take a walk outside. Go on vacation.
12. You Will Spend All Day Looking for One Tiny Bug
Most of the time, on programming projects, many pieces are interdependent on one another. Often, you will find that you cannot move on unless you’ve fixed one tiny bug that’s been lurking in your system. As a programmer, you will stress about the entire project unless you find this bug. You will sit at your computer all day looking for it. You will dream about the code at night until you find it.
13. You Will Spend Most of Your Time Googling for Answers That No One Can Answer for You
If you program in a popular language, you’ll be able to find the answers to most of the problems you encounter online. However, there are exceptions. Sometimes, no one has encountered the problems you bumped into. In this case, referring to programming books and asking around on programming boards often will point you in the right direction.
14. You Will Read a Design Pattern Book
It doesn’t matter if you graduated from the best computer science program in the country. There comes a time in every programmer’s career that you will sit down and read Head First Design Patterns from cover to cover. It’s probably one of the most read books for a new programmer. So, what are you waiting for? Pick it up and read it from cover to cover.
15. You Will Learn to Obsess About the Exact Spelling
At some point in every programmer’s career, you will have written enough code in your favorite language to want to do things your way. This includes the exact spelling of naming conventions that you give to your variables, your classes, and even the tables in your databases. You will scrutinize this to no end. The last thing you want is some bug that crept up because you misspelled a name. Remember, it’s okay to obsess about things if you have a good reason for it. When you don’t have a good reason for it, it’s just repetitive behavior.
16. You Will Give Up
How many times have I given up? I can’t even count. Sometimes you just bump into problems you can’t solve. Sometimes it gets so difficult that you just want to quit. Sometimes work environments make you want to quit. Your passions depend on your persistence. This is when you are tested. Are you here to stay or are you going to go? I always came back. Sometimes, after a few years of not programming a single line, I always came back as a new person ready to tackle a project. This is when you know you love your work. It’s when it becomes a home, a springboard for your adventures.
17. You Will Restart
If you believe in higher powers, you will be able to relate to this. Each time, when I see people come back to programming, it’s never about the money. It’s always for the love of programming. When you see someone who enjoys programming like you used to, you are envious. You can’t let it go. Then, suddenly, you are back pursuing a project. You know in your core that you live and breathe code. This is when you know that you are a true programmer.
18. You Will Go Back to Some Form of School to Learn the “Correct” Way of Doing Things
Even the best programmers graduating from elite computer science master’s programs will continue their education at work. In fact, on the job training is one of the best perks of working for large technology companies. Companies will send you on “expensive” courses and seminars to train you in the latest technologies they want you to use. If by chance, you’re still not learning enough at work, you will reach out to the many online coding academies and youtube videos to sharpen your skillsets.
19. You Will Be Hired by Someone You Don’t Want to Work For
Even if you are a mediocre programmer, there will come a time when certain companies will need your skills. When they are interviewing you, try to remember that you are interviewing them too. Depending on the company’s culture, you might find yourself wanting to say “no” to a cushy package. As a programmer, you will work long hours. It’s almost critical to find a company culture that you can fit into. Happiness leads to better work. If your skills are in demand, other companies will knock on your door. Please do not settle unless it’s necessary.
20. You Will Flunk a Technical Interview
Technical interviews are no joke. Senior programmers often make up technical interview questions for fun. Often, these questions are extra difficult for a reason. If you flunk the technical interview, it’s not the end of the world. It certainly does not say anything about your programming abilities. It only tests your knowledge base. Try to look on the bright side. If your people skills shine, managers will remember you. If they like you and you are not a fit for this role, they might still call you for another position.
21. You Will Be Told That You Are Great
At times in your career, you will feel like you are a star. Managers who depend on you to complete their projects will tell you how great you are to motivate you. You will feel like you are on top of the world. Remember that they are appealing to your ego. Stay grounded. There are always new technologies to learn. There are always new programmers who are better than you.
22. You Will Be Told That You Don’t Know Anything
At times in your career, you will feel like you don’t know anything. Someone who is frustrated with the project will make it a point to tell you that you don’t know anything. Perhaps they do this to put you in your place. But, since you are reading this, you will take it in stride. Because you probably know a lot more than you think you do. Each day that passes, you will learn a little more than the day before. After a year, people will look up to you. Keep at it. After some time, you may even gain the respect of the person who told you that you don’t know anything.
23. You Will Want to Compete With Other Programmers Who You Admire
One of the most awesome aspects of programming is competition. I love programming with people who I admire. When you can write code that a programmer you admire deems worthy, you will feel like you just won the lottery. Competition in programming is always in good fun. It’s not about who’s the best. It’s more about learning from each other.
24. You Will Not Understand a Word That Your Coworkers Just Said
In the beginning, this may happen once a week or once a month. At your new programming job, you will not understand what your coworker just said. This could be for two reasons. For the life of you, you just can’t get your head around their accent. In this case, ask another coworker to translate. There’s no shame in not being able to understand someone’s speech. Chances are, it took other coworkers years to get used to the accent too. The other reason is that what your coworker just said went completely over your head. That is also okay. After all, your coworker is the expert. Ask your coworker to explain it all in picture form. You’re going to want to pull up a chair for this. Chances are, it might take a while.
25. You Will Feel Shame Looking at the Spaghetti Code You Wrote Last Year
This happens all the time. I was criticized for my Perl code when I started. It was well-documented code that’s designed well, too. But I wrote it in a language that was difficult to read. So, I wrote the spaghetti code. But, each year, no matter how hard I try, I still find some spaghetti code that I whipped up quickly to get a job done. That’s what programmers do. We fix things and we patch things up. There’s no shame in that. When you realize that it’s you who wrote it, just step back and fix it if you can.
26. You Will Take Shelter in Your Database Projects When You Are Too Sick to Look at Another Line of Code
This happens when you’re on a nice programming trek up the mountain. It’s been two months. You need a break. But you love the momentum so you keep going. Then you realize that SQL is fun. You can’t figure out why you can’t look at another line of code. But somehow, putting data into the database and getting it out is now a joyful event. You revel in the simplicity of a completely logical language.
27. You Will Both Love and Hate Hackathons
Hackathons are common these days. Programmers get into teams and compete with each other. In the process, it’s intense learning in a few hours. You will love the hackathons for the camaraderie. You will hate it for the carpal tunnel syndrome that you developed while typing at top speed. You will also hate it for the crowded rooms that you work in and the sensory overstimulation that you receive during the event.
28. You Will Think You Don’t Understand a Word of English While Reading Research Papers
Do you speak English? Well, most people will say yes. But, I guarantee you that you will read some research paper over and over again and realize that it’s way over your head. For me, most of the research papers on algorithms seemed like a giant forest before I learned the foundations of college math. Then, suddenly, it all seemed to make sense.
29. You Will Buy Headphones
At some point in your career, you will realize that any kind of noise impedes your senses when you’re intensely focused on your code. Having good headphones that will cancel out external noise will allow you to work in crowded rooms with focus. At some point, you will also find that music helps you to code. I found out early in my coding career that the rhythm in music helps me code fluidly. Even now, I reach for some music when I need to be productive.
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In hindsight, I’m actually really happy that I was so naive in the beginning. Knowing so little back then gave me the motivation to think critically about everything I learned later on.
Now I get to spend time helping other people achieve their goals through code. What could be better than that? Share what you think.
Happy coding !
Mobile app development has skyrocketed over these years with the increasing demand of mobile apps for a variety of purposes like entertainment, banking, weather update, health, booking movie tickets, booking a taxi etc. With the latest...
Mobile app development has skyrocketed over these years with the increasing demand of mobile apps for a variety of purposes like entertainment, banking, weather update, health, booking movie tickets, booking a taxi etc. With the latest technologies adopted by mobile app development services, there are different app development approaches which are being practiced. Among them is low-code or no-code development. But will it be the future of mobile app development? Will any mobile application development company start taking this approach as the primary one. Let’s try to find a detailed answer to this question.
But first, let’s understand what this approach exactly is? Well, it is a streamlined approach which involves swift design as well as development with minimal coding, generally relying on different third-party APIs.
Even though there isn’t any single definition of no-code or low-code development because it is actually more of a mindset rather than something which can be directly measured, this mindset has certainly led to a vast community mushrooming up with this mentality. Android app development services are rapidly adopted by this approach. Low-code app innovators are rapidly disrupting all types of various industries. There are a plethora of benefits to these low code platforms and let’s look at this.
1. Less Number of Bugs
It is pretty evident that less code actually means fewer bugs. As simple as that. The entire bug testing phase is actually a major part of modern and latest application development. It is quite inevitable that various issues will come up if there is actually enough code present there. But the best thing regarding low code platforms is that there’s certainly less to test. Also, when they actually tap into APIs, those particular APIs are actually tested by other people.
Lesser number of bugs is better for both users, as well as developers since less amount of time, will be taken up with bug-fixes and troubleshooting. Also, the fast pace of this development approach actually means that if in any case a bug is found, it is generally better just to develop a new iteration rather than fixing it.
2. Significant Lower Costs
Among the most obvious reasons for why you would actually opt for any low code platform is that in reality, low code results in lower cost. Low code development leads to faster app development which saves a lot of time and as a result, lower cost.
It's not only good for companies but also for developers. It certainly cut out the intermediaries, and while they charge less, they use fewer resources and finally come out on top. It is fun for developers because it stops them from actually finding themselves stuck on one particular project which seems to last forever. This is why most of the companies hire app developer who is a well-versed with low-code development.
3. Better Accessibility
The lesser amount of code an application uses, the lesser bandwidth is needed to download it as well as run it. This is quite good news for the people who are based in rural areas or in different developing countries where access to the internet isn’t as prevalent as Western countries. Also, as low code applications can easily be created quite easily than a traditional app, they can easily be released much more swiftly and at a much lower price, and sometimes for free. iPhone app development services follow this approach because it will help in increasing the uptake of their apps as it reduces the entry barrier for every person from lower-income families.
Innovative Development Approach
Among the most promising instances of a low-code or no-code platform is Uber. The apps tap into Google for Maps, Dropbox for storage, Braintree for payments and much more. The most interesting thing about this is that app programming interfaces of APIs which Uber actually relies upon are easily available to anyone who wishes to use them. Uber took those APIs and then used them to create, which was new without requiring to develop each of those particular individual elements, all by themselves. They developed their own brand on top of it by means of looking at how they could actually differentiate themselves from the rest of the others. Mobile app development services should follow this example to create their own low code mobile app which disrupts the market.
The best thing about this is that it inspires innovation. At present, the marketplace actually decides, and only the best applications rise to the top. Also, low code development easily allows developers to iterate much more quickly and can aim for higher more.
The Role of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Artificial Intelligence is certainly making big waves in different businesses, and as this technology improves further, it will find its way in different other uncharted areas. Among those areas is the low code app development, where it comes in quite useful for a wide range of tasks and actions including the integration of various data sources or just making sense of an entire unstructured or semi-structured data.
Artificial Intelligence is quite great at analysing and conducting trial and error. Hence, it won’t be quite long until the usage of AI becomes quite a standard part of the low code app development. A mobile application development company can find ways to reduce the total amount of code that it is using through AI and flagging potential and possible improvements.
It is quite certain that low-code or no-code app development is the future of app development for one of the simplest reasons that it is quite easier as well as faster and efficiently uses time. It actually doesn’t matter whether Android app development services or iPhone app development services are on-board with this particular change or not. This is quite inevitable as this approach is the path of least resistance. Also, as the inherent demand for low code platforms keeps in growing, developers will certainly find themselves to adopt it.
It is quite a great news as it will push the developers of mobile application development services to become the best. Also, there won’t be any time to redoing it to create the same thing, or any room for sloppy code as well as lengthy development processes which makes the mobile apps redundant even before they are actually finished. Hence, low-code or no-code development will certainly lead the future of mobile app development, and mobile app developers certainly have to get on the bandwagon, one way or the other.
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Description We love Programming. Our aim with this course is to create a love for Programming. Python is one of the most popular programming languages. Python offers both object oriented and structural programming features. We take an hands-on...
We love Programming. Our aim with this course is to create a love for Programming.
Python is one of the most popular programming languages. Python offers both object oriented and structural programming features.
We take an hands-on approach using a combination of Python Shell and PyCharm as an IDE to illustrate more than 150 Python Coding Exercises, Puzzles and Code Examples.
In more than 150 Steps, we explore the most important Python Programming Language Features
Basics of Python Programming - Expressions, Variables and Printing Output
Python Operators - Python Assignment Operator, Relational and Logical Operators, Short Circuit Operators
Python Conditionals and If Statement
Methods - Parameters, Arguments and Return Values
An Overview Of Python Platform
Object Oriented Programming - Class, Object, State and Behavior
Basics of OOPS - Encapsulation, Inheritance and Abstract Class.
Basics about Python Data Types
Basics about Python Built in Modules
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Loops - For Loop, While Loop in Python, Break and Continue
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