Software development is no easy task, and for someone just getting into it it can be overwhelming at first sight. Below i will outline some of the common mistakes the newbie developers make and some possible solutions.
The need to examine these mistakes and how they can be solved cannot be over emphasized. There is going that says “we learn from mistakes” a lot of veteran developers made these mistakes in the past, so its key you avoid making them by taking the right steps.
At this point, you are admonished to take cognizance of the mistakes outlined below so as to avoid making them, in your journey to becoming a better developer.
1. Assumption that code that works is working right
This is a common mistake made by most newbies and even intermediate developers. It is to be understood that there are core principles that guide every programming language. And a specific manner it was built to work.
When you write code that works outside of this core principles there is the eventuality that you will run into code behaviors that might seem unexplainable to you (yeah cause the code was working some minutes ago).
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It is highly advisable that you thoroughly understand the core principles of any language u choose to use. That way you will understand the underlying behavior of each of the languages components.
2. Imposter Syndrome
Imposter syndrome refers to the mental believe that you are not as good at your professions as others perceive you to be. This feeling comes from factors such as anxiety, gender stereotypes, the desire to perfect everything to mention a few.
This is a common challenge faced by both men and women. One of the ways of overcoming imposter syndrome is by putting the thought causing this feeling into perspective and separating the facts.
You can also overcome imposter syndrome as a developer by building projects and having conversations with fellow developers ,this will help you build confidence and make you feel better about your self.
3. Gathering knowledge with out practicing
Yes, it is said that the developers life is a continuous cycle of knowledge and you will continue learning until you decide to leave the profession.
But if you just gather knowledge without application the knowledge you have gathered is practically useless. Also the are some thing might never get to understand until you get you hands dirty.
It is advised that you build projects in order to gain real world experience and build your confidence as a developer no matter how small the projects might be.
4. Having difficulty picking a programming language to learn
Still on the topic of common mistakes the newbie developers make. It is said that in software development there is no single one shoe flits all solution when it comes to picking a programing language to learn.
Depending on the carrier path you have chosen in software development it is advised that you pick a single language and stick to it , at least until you have a good understanding of that particular language.
5. Writing code before thinking about a solution
Software development is all about solving trivial and complex problems. And to solve most of the problems , a lot of thought has to go into the possible and most optimal way to approach the solution.
When you start writing code blindly you run into a lot of challenges and eventually waste a lot of time refactoring.
It is said that thinking about the problem and possible solution takes up to 70% of the whole software development process.
So the next time you want to start solving a problem you should take time out to actually think about how you plan to go about solving that problem.
Those are but a few of the challenges faced by newbie software developers ,this article is in no way aimed at making you feel bad about yourself but should serve as a reference you can learn from.