How You Can Improve Your Programming Skills
Programming is a skill where you can constantly improve and learn new things
Programming is one of those crafts where you can never know everything. It’s literally impossible to know everything across all topics related to programming since there is so much information out there. If you’re struggling to stay sane knowing this, know that it’s probably best to keep your mind open for new information and be comfortable with the fact that you can’t possibly know everything, albeit you can definitely improve each day. Here are four ways you can achieve that.
Code Every Day
Coding is a skill like any other. It requires a ton of practice and effort to get good at it. Not a single person woke up one day and suddenly became good at programming. All the good engineers worked countless days and nights to perfect their programming skills. Make it a habit to code each day, no matter the project or the programming language — what matters is you actually do it each day.
Oh, and don’t just write code. Try to read other programmers’ code, talk about code, and try to find experts to review your code. Programming is a skilled craft, and you don’t get good at a craft just by learning the rules. You get good through practice and reflection.
Learn Multiple Programming Languages
There’s a reason why universities and schools introduce multiple programming languages for their curriculums. Coding knowledge transfers over languages. For example, being familiar with Java
class and object-oriented programming makes you more prone to understanding concepts for the Swift programming language since the same coding concepts apply to both.
Programming started to really click when I learned different concepts from multiple languages. I learned about
Teach and Help Other Programmers
Have you heard about the protégé effect? It’s a fun way to learn by teaching others. The protégé effect is a phenomenon where teaching or preparing to teach information to others helps a person learn that information.
Teaching a subject means you’ve got to take on a different perspective since you’re not familiar with the depth of how much the student knows already. Therefore you have to assume the student doesn’t know much about the topic, which means you have to start teaching from the very fundamentals. The only way you can teach fundamentals is by knowing the fundamentals inside and out.
One way of learning by teaching is plastic platypus learning or platypus learning techniques. This technique is based on evidence that shows that teaching an inanimate object improves understanding and knowledge retention of a subject. The advantage of this technique is that the learner does not need the presence of another person in order to teach the subject. Read more about the topic on Wikipedia.
You can start small. Pick up a GitHub issue and try to help one person every day. I like to answer one question per day on StackOverflow just to learn and help every day as much as I can.
Programming is fun, albeit hard to master. Ask yourself: If you really want to master programming, are you willing to put the extra effort in? You know the answer by now.
Thanks for reading, stay awesome.