Before you begin coding, create a mind map and segment the project into different tasks and folders.
In today’s generation, everyone wants to become a programmer. If you want to stand out from the crowd, you have to follow something which everyone is not following. Habits can bring success. Here are 5 worthy habits to invest in to write cleaner and smarter code with less effort.
1. Frequent testing and Debugging
Some programmers debug after the first prototype or draft is ready. But some bugs are so tiny and difficult to spot that you have to go back and revise every little segment of the code. This becomes very time-consuming and frustrating. An effective programmer tests the code as he/she is building it.
2. Organising codes is the key
Before you begin coding, create a mind map and segment the project into different tasks and folders. Have different scripts for different functions. This way you won’t have to scroll up and down a thousand times. Create different files for animation, design, interface, extensions, etc. Maintain multiple folders for different formats, like images, JS, CSS files, animation.
3. Leave comments on code everywhere
Commenting on all your code may seem like a very mundane activity when you are in your zone and flow of coding. But once you go back to that code, you might end up not understanding your coding and it becomes a nightmare. For this very reason, effective programmers leave comments everywhere. This gives you a brief gist about what a particular function does or why did you write that line in the first place. This reduces the number of bugs and makes debugging faster.
4. Write people-friendly code
The code you are writing it for yourself and you may have to come back to it several times. Code in a way that you and your teammates do not get confused as to what to do next. Before starting the program, decide on naming conventions. Have different prefixes for different conventions so that it becomes easier to find them. Use arrays and loops in the coding process. This saves a lot of time as you don’t have to write each line separately.
5. Share codes on public platform
Sharing code with the world on platforms like Github comes with a lot of benefits. It’s a great platform to learn on the go. You can get great insights from others who may be way more experienced. Plus, yours code will be in a safe place, where you can never lose it. When you are posting about your project in parts, the social pressure makes you feel more accountable to complete it on time.