It is also used alongside HTML and CSS to make websites and web applications.
The market for application development in 2022 is huge. Freelancing as a developer or pursuing a full-time job are lucrative options for anyone dedicated and determined to learn programming skills.
While learning to program can seem like a daunting task, it is not impossible. There are many resources online that can be used to learn to program. Paid options are the best in the end, but that does not mean free resources are bad.
1. Comment a Lot
Using comments is important when learning any programming language. Comments help make your code more readable and understandable.
In the beginning, you will frequently forget what certain syntax means or what a particular line you wrote does in your code. To save yourself some headaches, write comments about any line that you feel you might forget for later reference. In fact, in the beginning, you should be commenting more than actually writing code.
With time, your grasp of the language will increase and your need to comment on your code will decrease. Eventually, your code will have very few comments or not at all.
2. Do Programming Exercises
There are a ton of free resources when it comes to practice exercises. A simple Google search will direct you to a long list of them. Make sure to start with exercises within your skill level, then advance upwards as you gain proficiency.
3. Leverage Multiple Resources
4. Always Make Documentation for Your Projects
Documentation can include a ‘How to’ that tells how to run the project. You can also include ‘Read Me’ files to tell you what the project does.
The point is to make documentation of all your projects. In the beginning, you will be making really simple documentation that only gives basic information. Later on, you will be adding more and more details.
Documentation will improve your understanding of what you have done. Beginners often follow tutorials and just code along with it. Unfortunately, such practices usually end up with beginners forgetting what they’ve done and not being able to understand their code.
5. Follow Best Practices
There are many books and blog posts written about best practices, just like this one. Programming best practices are important to learn as they can make you code more efficiently.
Best practices are always expected in professional settings, so adopting them early on will help you later.
Do some web surfing, create a list of best practices and employ them in your own programming.