Kumusta! Meaning “hiya” in Tagalog, one in all my native languages. I’m proud to say it to you as Cisco DevNet’s latest Senior Developer Advocate!

I’ve been a software program developer for a decade, and I’ve seen a couple of issues. I’ve labored at small startups, and medium and huge enterprises. I’ve labored in industries together with increased schooling, healthcare, e-commerce, and finance. Most significantly, I’ve labored with plenty of totally different builders. The best builders that I loved working with essentially the most, and people I discovered from essentially the most, had a couple of issues in frequent. These are the issues that made these builders stand out, and which proceed to be guiding ideas in my profession:

Documentation is our good friend

Developer regrets not documenting that perform they wrote six months in the past.
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We hear concerning the deserves of documentation on a regular basis. We all know we want it, are pissed off when it’s unhealthy or non-existent, are grateful when it’s good, and but hardly ever write it ourselves. Whether or not that’s as a result of self-deception that our code is “self-documenting” or that we don’t have the time, documentation is totally the primary measure that units nice builders aside. Documentation is vital to writing nice software program and being disciplined sufficient to do it’s at all times useful. Adrienne Moherek has a nice, 5-minute lightning speak that discusses this and I encourage you to test it out.

The best builders I do know can simply reference a workflow or level out an necessary element in a perform. Is that this as a result of they’ve impeccable reminiscence? Possibly, however the principle motive is as a result of they’re constant in documenting their code! As soon as I began to see documentation as a required activity that turns into an asset, reasonably than a “good to have” however annoying chore, I knew I had progressed in my profession.

Code opinions the good method

One other key a part of software program improvement is the code evaluate. As we proceed to make modifications to our codebase, the code evaluate affords a method to verify we don’t break manufacturing! That is normally completed by our friends; fellow software program builders comb by way of our code to verify there are not any obvious (or hidden) errors.

Sadly, this course of typically turns into a battleground of egos. You could have skilled this your self: you’ve opened a pull request to be reviewed and returned to search out nitpicks or issues based mostly on desire. Or overly important feedback that will not present consciousness of the total context of what you had been engaged on. Nonetheless different feedback give unsolicited recommendations with none reasoning behind them. This type of code evaluate — the kind that makes your co-workers tense, really feel unintelligent, and despise the method altogether —  is what nice builders keep away from in any respect prices.

Developer reads the feedback on their final code evaluate.
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I used to imagine all code opinions had been this manner; that the method was imagined to be uncomfortable. It was solely midway by way of my profession that I met a developer who utterly modified that viewpoint. Code opinions may be completed in a way more environment friendly and thoughtful method!

With a couple of fundamental guidelines that your entire software program improvement group agreed upon, code opinions might concentrate on the code and never the particular person writing or reviewing it. In a nutshell, nice builders encourage goal, automated, and thoughtful code opinions!

Humor and enjoyable have a spot in studying

My favourite tenet is that of infusing humor and enjoyable into studying. We’re software program builders; we all know how briskly languages, frameworks, and all different kinds of tech change. This implies we’re continuously studying, continuously rising, and continuously searching for good studying assets.

What’s a very good studying useful resource? One which’s clear, concise, and that successfully teaches the subject being mentioned. For me, which means content material that’s structured, studying supplies that allow you to get your arms within the code, and using enjoyable or humorous examples. Particularly on the subject of extra advanced or very dry technical content material; the extra inventive the examples, the higher.

Take into consideration this instance: would you reasonably find out about sturdy perform patterns by way of a number of dense technical paragraphs and complex diagrams? Or would you reasonably be taught that very same info by way of analogies to creating lumpia (full with visible aids)? The latter will surely preserve my consideration longer (which is the toughest a part of studying one thing new). It possible additionally helps me grasp the basics of what sturdy features are and the way the patterns work. With the basics understood, these dense technical paragraphs change into extra approachable and people sophisticated diagrams discernable! If I began the opposite method round, I’m extra prone to get misplaced, pissed off, and quit studying about sturdy perform patterns altogether.

Entrance-end engineer testing the bounds of CSS. 
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As somebody that now creates all types of studying assets for different builders, I take this tenet to coronary heart. I at all times attempt to creatively educate one thing and distill it into the basics. There’ll at all times be extra superior assets to proceed studying, however they are going to be of no use if beginning out on a rocky basis. So, if you end up mentoring a junior, explaining one thing to your friends, and even discovering a studying useful resource your self, by no means underestimate the worth of including a little bit of enjoyable into these duties.

I hope these guiding ideas inform you extra about who I’m as a developer and what I hope to carry to Cisco’s DevNet group. I’m trying ahead to sharing far more with you, at conferences and occasions, in new movies and in weblog posts I’ve but to write down.

Comply with me on LinkedIn, on Github, my weblog. and provides me a shout on Twitter!

And make sure you examine out the progress my new Cisco teammates are making on some nice API instruments: 

 


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