Kyle Simpson about becoming a better developer

This a a great podcast with Kyle Simpson, where he talks about about his personal habits and how you can become a better developer:

http://fixate.it/podcast/a-better-developer-through-collaboration-kyle-simpson/

I think the most important points are:

  • Truly understand the problem, before you try to fix it.
  • Have a very good understanding of the stack you are working on, and a good enough understanding of the abstraction / layer below.
  • Make sure you can explain your code. If this is not easy enough, the code probably needs refactoring.
  • Find the right balance between YAGNI (you ain’t gonna need it) and a higher level of abstraction. Don’t do premature optimisation.
  • Don’t be stuck for too long, when you don’t understand something, but also don’t jump on too quickly. Be comfortable to be stuck in limbo, that’s when your brain expands and you learn something new. If you do get help, have good resources and people that help you. Don’t just rely on the first answer you find on stack overflow.
  • Read this great book: http://read.humanjavascript.com/

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