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Advice for Young Programmers from an Experienced Developer

Thursday Aug 21st 2014 by Developer.com Staff

People skills are more important than you think they are.

InfoWorld's Andrew C. Oliver has put together a list of career tips that he titles "What I wish I'd known starting out as a programmer." His advice includes the following:

  1. "Take names." (Get to know people and build your personal career network.)
  2. To solve a problem "pick three theories and go about proving them wrong rather than trying to prove yourself right."
  3. Keep your career (not your personal preferences) in mind when picking a specialty.
  4. "There is relatively little real innovation in the software side of the industry compared to popular perception."
  5. "Think in terms of a career, not a series of jobs."
  6. "Work more than 40 hours per week."
  7. "Programming is not hard unless you make it hard."
  8. "Learn to communicate."

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