Sunday, August 19, 2012

The best programming advice from the experts

InformIT has a collection of short articles from some of the most prominent programmers titled "The Best Programming Advice I Ever Got." A quick summary of their advice for myself:

  • Write less code (I have written about this before).
  • Take time to understand the error message at the top of an exception/stack trace before making additional changes to code.
  • Read, read, and read -- just make sure things you read are high quality and informative material.
  • Answer questions -- you will learn a lot in the process of finding answers.
  • Stay out of other people's code.
  • Think before debugging.
  • TDD -- Test Driven Design / Test Driven Development.
  • Make code usable before making code reusable.

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