When you first start working as a developer, it can be a bit daunting to learn about the way things work among your fellow co-workers. As a junior developer, you probably feel and don’t want to burden the more senior developers with stupid or mundane questions. And as a senior developer, you probably don’t want to just spoonfeed them the answer and want them to learn.
When I first started, I used to simply say things like this. “Hey, I don’t know how to do this, can you help me?”
Then it slowly evolved to something like this. “Hey, I’m not sure how to do this and I have tried doing [stuff], what do you propose I should do?”
It might not be a big difference, but the first question acts as if you want them to solve your problems. The second question shows that you are being proactive and a lot more motivated.
Let’s discuss! Senior developers, what do you expect from new/junior developers when they ask questions?