37,000 Tips for Jr. Software Developers

Adapted from Sean Allen

Just kidding, let’s start with 37! Mostly adapted.

  1. My recommendation: study software books from the top 100 list
  2. Learn how to learn: constant: learning
  3. Repetition is key
  4. Avoid tutorial trap: build projects
  5. Learn the Docs
  6. Cost benefit analysis: manage features to get job done on time
  7. How senior am i? irrelevant
  8. Find a mentor
  9. Be active on twitter: build networking relationships
  10. Go to meetups if you can
  11. Portfolio website: Visual showcase your work, pretty pics
  12. Create small porfolio projects, showcase lots of skills
  13. Create pretty ReadMe, visual / animated gifs
  14. Learn basic design skills
  15. Find the right fit in job, not first offer
  16. Lesser pay may be right fit
  17. Work in a tech hub: big city lots of tech, network effects
  18. Work full-time first before contracting
  19. Show initiative
  20. Learn to communicate
  21. Show that you care
  22. Do great work, your reputation will follow you
  23. You’re not too old
  24. Create content if you can: build online presence
  25. Be patient Padawan
  26. 90/90 rule: there’s the first 90%, then there’s the 2nd 90%
  27. Which language? Do what you enjoy. Learning 2nd language is not a problem
  28. Don’t use front door /apply : Build relationships first
  29. Complete hot-tub immersion when learning
  30. Listen to podcasts
  31. Network to get contracts
  32. Startup or big company: it depends on preference
  33. Study for months for job interview, that’s nuts
  34. Remote work can get old: fun for 6 months…
  35. Dev bootcamp worth it? no, force 8-10 hours a day, cooperating, yes. maybe
  36. It gets easier… after a while
  37. No need to memorize things