How to Avoid Burnout in Software Development

Veteran’s Advice for 20 More Years of Coding

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I’ve been a developer for a long while now, and I’ve learned enough to say that software development can sometimes feel like a special kind of hell. After decades of coding, I’ve picked up a few tricks to avoid the common pitfalls that lead to a nervous breakdown. Here are my Coding Tips!

Don’t Look Down on Legacy Development

Legacy development isn’t the ugly duckling of coding — it’s just as important and challenging as working with the latest tech. It involves unique skills like understanding and working with old code, debugging, optimizing complex systems, and integrating new technologies with existing systems. Remember, most of today’s systems are legacy, so don’t dismiss it! And here’s a fun fact: working on legacy code is like being an archaeologist, but instead of uncovering ancient civilizations, you’re sifting through layers of past developer decisions!

Don’t Abandon Clients with Old Code

Clients with old code are like fine wine — they get better with age. They are often the most loyal and can teach you a thing or two about stability and reliability. Supporting these clients means respecting their investment and adapting solutions to…

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