Anyone who has just started walking the programmer’s path or intends to give it a go is likely to have some misconceptions and many questions as to what they need to be successful in their careers. Here are some tips that will wrap up what programming is and what the programmer’s path is.
1. Programming Is a Tool
It is important to understand that programming itself is just a tool with which you solve problems, it is not a solution. The solution to a problem is the idea that arises in your mind and the code – the way you apply your idea. Remember, you must always think of the solution first and then look for the best way to implement it. The more you progress through programming – the easier it will be to convert your ideas into a specific programming code.
2. Learn the Basic Concepts
If you are still a newbie to programming, keep in mind that it is very easy to bite more than you can chew. This metaphor can be understood in several ways: There must always be a clear sequence in the things you study. You may be gifted with excellent memory, but if you study things in a random order, you can harm yourself by skipping something important. The variable learning order may lead to a disruption of the logic, connecting individual components in a given language. Also, “biting more than you can chew” from a programming language can get you lost in its details without getting any idea of a more general picture about it. Needless to say, it is undesirable to “jump” into several programming languages in parallel.
The best thing for you would be to understand the basic concepts of computer programming, as they apply to most computer languages. This includes terms such as object-oriented programming, conditional logic, data types, and many more.
3. Start with Projects that Are Interesting and Intriguing to You
When you start your programming path, being aware of which part of programming is most appealing to you becomes a necessity. Draw your attention to that which you find most interesting and learn everything you need to be able to get involved in it. You can also practice and improve your skills by creating applications, related to your interests and your ultimate goal.
The best thing that you can stand out with, in front of other candidates, for a job interview as a programmer, is a few goods and intriguing projects in your portfolio. These projects could prove that you have the qualities that employers are looking for. These qualities may include:
- Being initiative and motivated to become a great programmer;
- Ability to apply your knowledge in an actual, real-world application;
- Strong self-confidence that you are ready and able to look for solutions to problems arising during the work process.
4. Question Everything
You will achieve progress much faster and you will learn much more if you first become accustomed to having a deep curiosity about how things work. Explore different programs and try to understand the logic behind each of their functions. Having deep knowledge of a software framework will make you much more effective in dealing with problems that arise in applications built with that framework.
5. Feeling Content with the Knowledge You Have "Is a No"
When it comes to programming, there is nothing wrong with not knowing and not understanding most things. Being aware of your own limitations will make it easier for you to overcome them. This is once more a reference to curiosity. It is through curiosity, that you will be able to discover new things – things you still do not know and understand, things, that you are unaware of, as to how they are built. By making such discoveries you can set new goals and aim for new horizons.