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Discussion on: 5 tips for beginners to learn better & stay motivated

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Arpit Mohan Author

I'm sorry, I'm going to heavily disagree with you on this one. This is gatekeeping behaviour.

Everyone has the capacity to learn and become who/what they wish to. Nobody is born with an innate talent to code. We are all learning through this journey.

At one point, even I was a shitty monkey-coder (not much better today) and I'm super thankful to the people/mentors around me who helped clean up my shit. I learned a lot during that process and I hope to pay it forward to the next aspiring coder after me. That's how we progress; as people and as an industry.

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Sviatoslav Melnychenko

Exactly that's why I'm spending a whole day fixing "small" bug. I believe you faced this: you make a small fix, but then SOMEHOW GOD WHY this touches a place in a project not even related. And then you found deeper and more general mistake, try to fix it, and again it pulls another issue, a snowball is growing and finally hits your face.
What's the result: the customer gets a shitty product, you are frustrated. All this because someone decided he/she could be a software developer.
You did really good job in this post - described how to be motivated and become a better programmer. But we are not living in a perfect world, full of unicorns. That is why I prefer to give practical advice, that everyone could try right now.

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Arpit Mohan Author

I agree I've been in a similar situation. More often than not, I've caused this situation to arise. But there's a big difference between telling someone "They shouldn't be in this profession" v/s "Here's how you can do better in this profession".

We aren't living in a world of unicorns and we should find better ways to imparting this knowledge. Everyone stumbles when they learn to walk. Imagine if your parent told you that you weren't cut out to walk instead of helping you improve your gait and make your legs stronger.

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Sviatoslav Melnychenko

It's already too late to tell someone who's messing with a real project "You shouldn't be in this profession". I wish, but I'm realist. That's why I've added number to my advice - #0 (see my first comment, I have no idea why it starts with "1.", in the editor I see "0.". Some bug, probably.). I just want to prevent appearing of new "stackoverflow-developers".

And if we are playing in crazy comparisons, imagine the doctor, that keep failing in diagnosis, but keeps trying because keep hearing, how he/she can become better in his profession.

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Arpit Mohan Author

That's literally how Med School works. :)

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Sviatoslav Melnychenko

School - maybe, but not a hospital. Such a doctor would be fired in a blick.