Newbie Dev Tips

I coached a new codebar student on HTML last night. As she and I made our websites on owls, many tips for new developers popped into my head — in the order you see below!

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  • Developer tools — Developers use this every single day…it’s awesome and super helpful, and smart devs know how to utilise it!
  • Text editor — Every dev has their fave one…they have tonnes of downloadable extras to help you create the perfect development playground!
  • Github — version control, collaboration with other devs, and code sharing… so many great projects and people!
  • Open source — Shared projects, diverse inputs, inspirational outputs… the spirit that makes the Web great!
  • Stack Overflow — A developer’s encyclopaedia… a good dev will spend time every day searching online for the best answers!
  • Readable code — Writing code and commenting for other devs in your team to read… hugely important for a happy developer environment!
  • HTML = structure, CSS = style — Very important to keep in mind… see CSS Zen Garden for the best depiction of this!
  • Devs aren’t perfect — Even the super-super smart ones… everyone has gaps in their knowledge, and there are definitely things you can teach them too!
  • Networking — meetups, workshops, pair-programming, clubs, events… doesn’t matter where, but it matters that you do it (good things happen)!
  • Learning — This is key to enjoying development work… learn, create, share, repeat!
codebar meeting with a few of our lovely students and coaches

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