Common Mistakes Beginners Make While Programming

McLaren College
2 min readJan 2, 2023

Common developer mistakes and how to avoid them.

  1. Starting off your journey with a complex programming language.

When it comes to learning how to code, don’t feel like you have to start with a complex programming language right away. Start with something simpler, like HTML or Python, and work your way up from there.

Learning a difficult language gives you a great foundation and teaches you how to think logically and troubleshoot. This will give you the skills you need to tackle any challenge that comes your way but it can wait, there’s no need to rush into it. Easy Peasy!

2. Stuck in tutorial hell? Stop that pronto and start building custom projects from Scratch!

Tips: Reading the official documentation of the programming language will go a long way, ’cause we don’t really forget what we learn. Use version control systems like Git!

Create simple programs that help you understand the language better. And Best of all? Question experienced developers, and get great input! And Voila!!.

3. Not using consistent formatting when writing code.

Writing code in a consistent format is essential to make it more readable and understandable. It helps other developers quickly identify and debug the code.

Consistent formatting helps to keep the code organized and easier to find errors. Using consistent formatting when writing code can help make your code more efficient and you a better programmer.

4. Only practicing Algorithms right before Interviews. Ouch!

Second-guessing yourself before an interview is the worst feeling! Practicing algorithms is a great way to prepare and feel more confident, but try to make sure you start preparing well before the big day.

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