What I Did to Survive My First Years as a Developer

A short backstory

Find a challenge and don’t get comfortable

Speak less, listen more

A senior developer has walked the path which you dream to walk

Ask questions

What to do when there is no room for questions?

Don’t ask a question every 5 minutes

Ask for feedback and learn to accept it

  • Why is this code here?
  • This function is named poorly.
  • When inserting A in this number-input, the submit still works.
  1. Speak less, listen more: Just listen, apply changes.
  2. Ask questions: Why is this better for performance?

Take ownership

Accumulate knowledge

Learn concepts, not frameworks

Write down your goals

  1. Read 10 pages in book X
  2. Read 2 blogposts.
  3. Eat 2 pieces of fruits.
  4. Run 3 miles.
  5. Finish project X.

Find a side project

Exercise

Conclusion

TLDR;

  • Find a challenge and don’t get comfortable.
  • Speak less, listen more.
  • Ask questions, but don’t ask a question every 5 minutes.
  • Ask for feedback and learn to accept it
  • Take ownership
  • Accumulate knowledge
  • Learn concepts, not frameworks
  • Write down your goals
  • Find a side project

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