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10 Programming Career Tips
Busily searching for a programming job? Busy at school earning your degree? Here are some pro tips that can help you be a success in the programming field.
Prep for Interviews: Interviews for software engineers and programmers usually include some coding exercises. Showing flexibility and problem-solving skills during the interview can make or break your job prospects.
Get the Right Tools: There are a few things programmers need in their careers, so learn them early. Advanced programming often relies on free libraries, which are easier to deal with in UNIX. Get a computer that runs on a UNIX base, like a Mac or an Ubuntu machine. Vi is the standard editor that comes with UNIX systems. And keep expanding your coding kit with new languages, programs and online resources to help you succeed.
Leverage Success Online: There are plenty of digital communities where you can pose questions and get answers from fellow programmers. Find one you like, start an account and become an active user.
And Leverage Success in Person: Make friends with fellow programmers and tech professionals because the advice they can give you is invaluable, and you'll be able to help them in return.
Accept Criticism: Your code is going to be criticized, both as a student and a professional. In many cases the people criticizing your work won’t be programmers. Accept the criticism and work to make changes.
Not All Code Is Perfect: Coding is all about efficiency, but sometimes deadlines are more important than writing a beautiful piece of software. You also need to recognize when a new idea is better. Don’t be afraid to dump bad code if you’ve found a more efficient way to accomplish something.
Read Your Error Messages: Take the time to find out what they’re trying to say since it’ll make your bug hunt easier.
Do Sweat the Small Stuff: Programming is all about details, so get used to paying attention to them. Micromanaging your code is a key part of success.
Don’t Be Consumed by Your Work: Find a good work-life balance that includes hobbies away from the computer, time with friends and family, and proper amounts of rest.
Break Stuff: The best way to improve your skills is to learn from your mistakes. Don't beat yourself up when you could be gaining something positive instead.
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