"Code for 10,000 hours and you'll realize it's all about problem-solving. Tools are just that, tools. Bad habits will haunt you forever, so get it right from the start. Environment matters – isolate yourself for deep work. And don't reinvent the wheel – learn from others. You'll learn more from people than you ever could on your own. 💻"
Coding is About Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 💻
They say it takes 10,000 hours to feel like an expert in any field, and although I don't know if I'll ever truly feel like an expert, I have reached that goal and I've learned a few things along the way that I want to share with you. The first thing I learned is that coding or being a developer in general is really all about thinking. Yes, it's important to understand different frameworks, tools, and languages, but what really makes you a great developer is your ability to problem solve and think critically. As you learn multiple different languages, you'll realize that they are simply tools to help you achieve a goal and solve a problem. It's important to focus on critical thinking and problem-solving skills as a new developer.
Python as a Starting Language 🐍
If you're just getting started in coding, Python is a great language to begin with. It's versatile, easy to learn, and widely used. This completely free introduction to Python resource from our video sponsor, HubSpot, is designed for marketers, developers, and data analysts. It covers the main functions and methods, best coding practices, standards, and some advanced features of Python.
Benefits of Learning Python:
- Easy to Learn
- Widely Used
- Great for Beginners
Beware of Bad Habits 🚫
Bad habits compound, and it's important to be mindful of this as you progress in your coding journey. When starting out, it's easy to develop bad habits such as using vague variable names or improper typing techniques. These habits can become deeply ingrained over time and are challenging to reverse.
Common Bad Habits:
- Vague Variable Naming
- Improper Typing Techniques
- Lack of Attention to Detail
Environment and Productivity 🖥️
The environment in which you code greatly impacts your productivity. An isolated workspace can significantly enhance focus and output. Investing in quality equipment and setting up a dedicated workspace can lead to a substantial boost in productivity.
Factors Affecting Productivity:
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The Power of Deep Work 🔍
Committing to periods of deep work, where you are completely focused and immersed in your coding tasks, can lead to substantial productivity gains. Deep work allows for the development of a mental model of the code and project, leading to rapid execution.
Benefits of Deep Work:
- Enhanced Focus
- Rapid Execution
- Mental Model Development
Don't Reinvent the Wheel 🔄
Before embarking on a coding project, it's essential to do some research and understand the context of the problem you're trying to solve. Reusing existing solutions, or at least understanding them, can save time and lead to better-quality code.
Benefits of Researching Solutions:
- Time Saving
- Quality Code
- Informed Decision Making
Learn from Others 🤝
Having mentors, coaches, or simply collaborating with other developers can provide invaluable insights and accelerate your learning. Learning from others can offer perspectives and knowledge that you wouldn't have obtained on your own.
Benefits of Learning from Others:
- Accelerated Learning
- Diverse Perspectives
- Knowledge Sharing
In conclusion, the journey of coding for 10,000 hours has been filled with invaluable lessons. From the importance of critical thinking to the power of deep work, these insights can significantly impact one's growth as a developer. Remember to embrace continual learning and seek guidance from experienced individuals to enhance your coding journey.