19 Mar '13, 11am

"Letter to myself as a junior developer"

Hi John, it’s me: future you. You think you know everything about writing software, and you’ve been told this same thing by countless others. But take it from me: you know so little you don’t even know what you don’t know. You think you’re pretty clever. You always use a language’s cutting edge features or get the most done with the fewest lines. There’s one problem with clever code – somebody else has to read it. That someone else is not somebody who just doesn’t ‘get’ your genius. It’s future you. You see: if it was hard to write, it’s even harder to read. Exhaust all blame on yourself before you blame someone else. It’s far more likely that the code you just wrote has problems in it then the industry standard, heavily tested and heavily used code is at fault. Your professors will consistently insist on excessive comments, you’ll get marks for every method that has an ap...

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