When you are starting to learn to code, you make a lot of mistakes. And the problem is, sometimes you do not even know if you are making them. We will be discussing 10 mistakes to avoid as a beginner programmer. Along with tips to avoid these mistakes.
We have put together a master list of the most common coding mistakes we see people make when they are starting out.
Mistakes are a part of coding and so, every programmer has made tons of mistakes.
There is no way around this fact but just remember, that is how they grow and become a good developer. Every great developer was once where you are now. And there are a whole lot more but these are the ones that come up again and again.
Another huge one is the mental hurdle and self-doubt. Do not question whether or not you can do something. To learn anything, you have to be persistent, try it again and again and never give up.
You will be SHOCKED how far you can go with that mindset!
Also, Please stop learning a new language every other day. Learning JS for 10 days, then React for 15 days, and then Python is not going to get you anywhere.
Focus on one, gain good knowledge and understanding of the core concepts and after that, you will see how fast you can switch and pick up a new language!
Have you ever made these mistakes before when you started to code?
Mistake 1 - BAD VARIABLE NAMES
Variables are essential in programming. Use them as they are intended. A variable name should relate to the task it is going to perform, though, it is not necessary but it will make your code readable and understandable. It will not only make your life easier but also make it easier for people to help you.
Mistake 2 - REPETITIVE CODE
Do not repeat yourself. Remember this phrase every time you code. If you have ever copy-pasted your same code in different places, you are falling into this trap.
To avoid :
- Learn Loops
- Learn Functions
Mistake 3 - NOT USING COMMENTS
Early on, get into the habit of writing comments and whenever you create a new function or define logic within your code.
It will help you remember as your codebase grows large.
It also makes it easier to navigate through your code.
Once you have gotten some experience, start documenting your code appropriately.
Mistake 4 - USING COMPLEX FRAMEWORKS
Don’t get started with a complex Framework without first understanding why you need it in the first place. Ruby, Scala, NodeJS, Express, SQLite whatsoever have intent.
Most of the time, In the beginning, You can do your basic projects with one framework.
It is just a tool helping you in solving a problem.
Mistake 5 - NOT USING VERSION CONTROL
Mistake 6 - COMPLICATED CODE
Why are you writing such a complicated code? Think about solving the problem simply and efficiently. Simple code is much easier to maintain.
Mistake 7 - NOT REACHING OUT FOR HELP
You are going to get stuck. Everyone does. Keep a few things in mind:
- Do not give up.
- Try it yourself first.
- Search for it on Google.
- Look at stack overflow.
And after all these steps, If you are still not able to find a solution, ask questions. People love to help.
Mistake 8 - HAVE REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS
You will not create an App in 2 days. You would not build the next Instagram in 5. Start small. Build a few simple projects. Build good habits before trying to move.
Mistake 9 - OVERLEARNING
Do not try and learn every new framework. Do not keep watching courses and videos.
Watching != learning. Get your Hands Dirty.
Mistake 10 - NOT ENJOYING
This last mistake is the most important one.
Do not aim to become a developer because it will pay well and considering there is “scope“. Those are all by-products.
Get into coding because you want to build things and solve problems.
If you do not love what you do, You will never be good at it.