9,184 lines! It’s over 9000! I can hardly believe I’ve written so much. But what is the key to writing more than 9000 lines of working code? In a moment of retrospect, I’ve formulated 3 tips for amateur programmers that got me this far, and haven’t stopped working yet.
1. Just Code
2. Ask for Help
It hasn’t all been smooth sailing, though. Often problems come up that can be really frustrating, even more often when you have little experience with the language or library you are using. Sometimes you can push hard and work through these problems on your own. Other times it can be such a road block you stop coding altogether. Don’t let this happen. Before you become discouraged, find someone you can ask for help with the language or library. If you don’t know anyone who can help, there are plenty of friendly people on the internet who can help. As long as it’s clear you’ve tried, the members of Stack Overflow are more than happy to point you in the right direction.
3. Skip Things
Other problems come up that are so difficult you can’t even think of a way to articulate them to ask a question. Or maybe you need more time to plan it out. As long as these aspects aren’t necessary to the functionality of the part your working on, you can ignore them for a while. Your goal is to make a final product eventually, but that doesn’t mean each step needs to be pristine as you go. You can skip things that suck your gumption away and wait until you are more experienced, more energized, or have had more time to think about it before going back.
So those are my humble tips, from one amateur programmer to another. Happy coding!