145 - 5 Things you should not do in Software Development


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5 Things you should not do in Software Development

1. Don’t rush

  • Re-read the problem more than once.
  • If it doesn’t make sense to you then re-write the problem in your own words and get it checked
  • Ask questions if you don’t understand
  • The first solution might not be the best
  • Break down the problem into smaller problems but try not over abstract

2. Don’t panic

  • Bugs can be solved
  • A computer only does what it is told to do
  • Others have come before you and others will replace you
  • If you can’t think of the solution then walk away but always come back
  • Software development is huge so take your time

3. Don’t worry

  • We all make mistakes. As long as you learn from them then you are improving
  • Keep away from the trends and focus on what you are having fun with
  • We all learn at different speeds and different levels.
  • At the start, don’t worry about how long you take
  • You don’t need to learn everything - you can’t

4. Don’t over do it

  • Learn to pump the breaks if you are reaching burnout
  • Holidays are holidays. Hands off the code
  • Learn how to identify burn out
  • Keep doing other things you enjoy outside coding
  • Socialise with other coders out side of work

5. Don’t over think it

  • Over abstracting a solution is a very big and common mistake
  • Its just syntax, just written in a different order
  • Learn the basics first before jumping into the deep end
  • You can learn by listening, watching, coding, and reading
  • Keep a log of what you’ve learnt and look back at your progression

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