How to Become a Proficient Programmer – A Few Simple Tips

How to Become a Proficient Programmer – A Few Simple Tips

 How to Become a Proficient Programmer – A Few Simple Tips : Programming is one of the fastest growing professions around the world. With the advancement in technology, the demand of programmers is increasing every day. However, as more numbers of professionals are attracting towards this profession, the competition is also increasing at a fast pace. To become an expert programmer, you need to put a lot of hard work and effort.

Here are some tips that can be the first step in your journey of becoming a professional computer programmer.

    • Use Inline Comments: You may write large amount of code every day. If you see your code after a few days, it may be possible that you may find difficult to understand what it actually does. Therefore, placing inline comments can be useful to understand the purpose of your code. In addition, incline comments helps others to easily understand what you have written.
    • Use Descriptive Variable Names: Descriptive variable names make your code more readable and easy to understand. It helps you as well as others to understand the purpose of variables and their expected outcomes.
    • Dry Run Your Code: You should dry run all conditional and looping statements to ensure that you have applied the correct logic. To dry run, take a few blank sheets and a pencil, pass the value to conditional and looping statements and write their outcomes. It will help you to rectify errors and to apply the correct logic.
    • Use an IDE: For developing complex programs, use an IDE (Integrated Development Environment) instead of a simple text editor. An IDE generates around more half of the code by itself, therefore, reduces the overall development time. An IDE also helps you to debug, compile, run, and test your program in the simplest possible way. There are different IDEs available these days. Some of them are also free of cost. You can choose an IDE as per your requirements.
  • Test Your Code: To become a proficient programmer, it is important to test what you have created. You many say that testing is not your responsibility. However, to minimize the chances of errors, you should test the code by own. I recommend you to write code and to create unit tests at the same.

Initially, programming could be a difficult task for anyone. However, it is not as difficult as most of the people think. Programming is an art that can be learnt by putting continuous effort over the time. You just need to stay up and put your effort. With time and experience, you will become a proficient programmer by sure.

Parijat Mishra is a professional programmer and an IT trainer. He has more than 10 years of experience in programming working for renowned multinational IT companies. Now, he is working as a freelancer IT trainer in the corporate world.