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Sabrina Koumoin
Sabrina Koumoin

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To improve your technical skills, become a concept collector!

One of the best pieces of engineering advice my dad ever gave me was: "š…šØšœš®š¬ šØš§ š­š”šž šœšØš§šœšžš©š­š¬ ššš§š š›šžšœšØš¦šž šš šœšØš§šœšžš©š­ šœšØš„š„šžšœš­šØš«. šˆšŸ š²šØš® š„šžššš«š§ š”šØš° š­šØ š«šžššš šš š¦ššš©, šžšÆšžš§ š°š”šžš§ š­š”šž šœš¢š­š¢šžš¬ šœš”ššš§š šž š²šØš® šœššš§ š¬š­š¢š„š„ šŸš¢š§š š²šØš®š« š°ššš²".

I love this so much because it's easy to get overwhelmed in tech with all the coding languages and tools available to us. But when you think of yourself as a concept-collector you can start to identify patterns in the things you're learning.

For example, I noticed that no matter what framework I use, web development is essentially made up of these building blocks:

šŸŒ„ Views -> What's being displayed to the user

šŸŽ¢ Events -> The different things that a user 'causes to happen'

šŸšØ Event Handling -> What we do after the user causes things to happen

šŸ—³ Storage -> Data/information needs to be stored and retrieved

šŸš Routing and Controllers -> Allows us to create conceptual locations for where data/information should live

āš’ Optimization -> Making things run as smoothly as possible

In other words:

  • The user needs to see something
  • The user needs to interact with what they see and make things happen
  • When they cause something to happen I need to decide what occurs next
  • My data needs to be stored somewhere, and I need to be able to access it
  • I use routes to allow the user to access data kept in different locations
  • I optimize to make things run smoother

When you learn something new, try to grasp the deeper meaning of what's being done. š˜Šš˜°š˜„š˜Ŗš˜Æš˜Ø š˜­š˜¢š˜Æš˜Øš˜¶š˜¢š˜Øš˜¦š˜“ š˜¢š˜Æš˜„ š˜“š˜ŗš˜Æš˜µš˜¢š˜¹š˜¦š˜“ š˜¢š˜³š˜¦ š˜°š˜Æš˜­š˜ŗ š˜¢ š˜®š˜¦š˜¢š˜Æš˜“ š˜µš˜° š˜¢š˜Æ š˜¦š˜Æš˜„, š˜¢ š˜øš˜¢š˜ŗ š˜µš˜° š˜¢š˜¤š˜¤š˜°š˜®š˜±š˜­š˜Ŗš˜“š˜© š˜¢ š˜±š˜¶š˜³š˜±š˜°š˜“š˜¦. If you notice these patterns you'll be able to switch between frameworks and languages much more easily and confidently!

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Top comments (3)

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Damien Da Silva Bregieiro

Small but efficient, very good article

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Sabrina Koumoin

Thanks Damien!šŸ˜ƒ

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Chris Boyd

Nicely put! And I just had to say something, since I found this post when I went looking to see how unique my username was. šŸ˜‹