To become a great programmer, you must first understand what not to do

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Be humble.

Architecting and designing great code isn’t some mythical ideal, it’s something that you must constantly work towards. You need to clarify in your mind exactly what makes a programmer great.

We’re always searching for ways to make our code better and to sharpen our skills, like a butcher’s knife at the chef’s table. What most people fail to cement in their minds is what exactly makes a programmer ineffective. What are the habits that unnoticeably obstruct the path to well-designed and elegant code? …


Set goals, manage your time, learn quickly, and apply immediately

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I came into the Salesforce development industry knowing nothing, absolutely nothing, about Salesforce: how it was used in business nor how to even develop on it. I was as clueless as a newborn baby seeing the light for the first time — I suppose most of you understand this feeling when tackling a new programming language or framework.

That being said, I was very uncomfortable starting and was afraid that I wouldn’t fare well in this uncharted territory of cloud development.

Boy, was I wrong.

Come my first week of training and I fell in love with this technology almost immediately. I was baffled and bummed that I wasn’t able to cross paths with this powerful tech sooner. …


Curated and Distributed in Philosophy | Self

Why the books you don’t consume provide more value to your life than the books you do consume.

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Coping With an Overabundance of Mankind’s Greatest Mental Resource

Knowledge is everywhere. It is the fundamental resource of the human mind and in the midst of the digital age, we find access to it in every nook and cranny that we dare to look.

The ever-evolving list of the best-selling books. Instant access to thought-pieces and researched-based articles scattered all over the internet. The flood of intriguing educational visual and virtual content.

For the curious and knowledge-hungry mind, this reality duals as both a wet-dream and a nightmare in that they have to deal with having too much to choose and learn from — the paradox of choice.

This leads to expected behaviors that you, my curious friend, might identify…


A practical programmer’s guide to improving every single day

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Lifelong learning and continual improvement are a significant part of being a programmer. As developers, we must commit ourselves and live by this philosophy — to learn, grow, and evolve every single day to curb the possibility of becoming irrelevant and increase the likelihood of providing value and changing lives through what we create.

That being said, here are five different things you can do every day to practically keep on growing. You don’t need to do all of them every day. …


Why learning how to ask the right questions is one of the best career skills to have as a developer

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Programming is hard.

Unfortunately, I don’t see a foreseeable future where a developer can automatically conjure up the solution to a complex requirement without having to consult Google or spend a lengthy amount of time constantly searching for the correct way to do something.

The library of what there is to know about any given programming language and its potential uses is far too large to memorize and adapt immediately. If you can manage to do that, kudos to you. You’re a legend and a savant and I commend you.

But for us mere humans, I’ve found that in order to find a solution to any problem, you have to first know what questions to ask — whether it be for the simple purpose of reversing a linked list or running a large-scale, real-time integration with a specific API that requires further algorithmic processing with the retrieved data. …


Life is nothing more than a wave that forms, rolls, crashes, and withdraws

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There has never been a single show I’ve watched that has consistently delivered deeply philosophical gems about life and death in the same light-hearted, digestible, and comedic ways that The Good Place has.

But there was one standout moment from the show. A moment that I’ll remember for a long time. A moment that immensely moved me.

It was in the very last episode when one of the main characters tells a short monologue about the concept of life and death.

Picture a wave. In the ocean. You can see it, measure it, its height, the way the sunlight refracts when it passes through. And it’s there. And you can see it, you know what it is. …


No matter how good of an education you get, your own success is always in your hands

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As a kid, I always dreamed of getting into MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), which I’m sure many of you hoped to get into as well at a time when you were still applying for colleges.

Now you must think I’m insane. MIT is the school that not only has the best computer science program in the world but is also ranked as the best university in the world. And guess what? As the cherry on top, I got a scholarship to go there that nearly covered the entire tuition. …


Step 6: If you don’t like it, don’t finish it.

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Reading used to bore the living hell out of me.

Up until I learned to love the practice, I condemned it and always thought: “If movies and documentaries exist, why would I ever want or have to read?”.

Needless to say, after setting a New Year’s resolution in 2017, I discovered everything that I was missing. I fell in love with reading equipped with its insightful, detailed, and fantastical descriptions. Since then, I created a daily habit from it that allowed me to consume close to 170 books since I started 3 years ago.

I’ve come a very long way and have barely missed a day where I haven’t consumed at least a tiny portion of a book. It’s a habit that transformed my world perspective, the trajectory of my life, my many other habits, my mindset, and the overall quality of my life. It has made me who I am today. …


A 3 minute-read on self-love, empathy, and understanding in a divided world

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I normally don’t worry myself with politics, but as of late, the current events of the world can’t be ignored.

Maybe you felt cheated by the outcome of the election. Maybe you feel that the world will shatter into pieces if Trump manages to end up winning in the end. Maybe you’re horrified by the constantly expanding social divide in this country.

What I’ve noticed though, is that many seem to be jumping to conclusions about their own fate all based on who becomes president — someone completely outside of themselves.

Why?

Unpopular opinion here, but from my personal experience, nothing dramatic in my life has happened as a direct occurrence of who was president. …


Insights from the greatest advice Joe Rogan has ever heard

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Joe Rogan’s podcast has influenced and improved the lives of many people, mine included.

He takes people from all walks of life who have achieved great success in their areas of expertise and essentially brings them down to earth to have civilized, humane, funny, and deeply thought-provoking conversations that allow us to see and understand the minds behind the most intelligent and influential comedians, scientists, philosophers, influencers, politicians, or whomever they may be. His podcast provides a window to understanding life for the curious and open-minded.

Following people like Joe Rogan can cause you to discover some of the most valuable pieces of advice that you can ever hear. Several years ago, he shared on his podcast the best advice he’s ever heard and it shook me to the core. …

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Zachary Minott

Cloud Developer | Philosopher | Avid Reader | Lifelong Learner | Athlete | Email: zacharyminott1997@gmail.com

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