Developer advice from a seasoned professional

Author’s note: I originally intended for this to be a single post containing some of the lessons I had gathered over the years of doing website development and design. Alas, it proved to be a little bit too long (spanning over 3000 words and 15 pages), so I decided to break it up a little. 

It is strongly recommended that you read part 1 of these series before moving forward onto the next, if only so I may let you know of the situation that inspired me to write these pieces of advice here for everyone to see them.

But, now that we’ve cleared that out, these are the last 6 pieces of advice I would like to share with you all:

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Edit: I felt like the original article was a little too long, and wanted to break it up and make it a little bit easier to take in, you can find part II of the series here.

A friend of mine is leaving the company this week. And among all the feelings that such an event could have sprung inside me; I really found myself wishing there was some kind of wisdom that I could bestow upon him.

Why? Well, to explain that I need to tell you a little bit about him.

You see, when I first met him he was a rookie in many different ways (this being his first job as a developer), and watching him grow into a full-fledged developer has been one of the most satisfying experiences of my career so far.

Working with him taught me a lot too because, before, I had always been the newbie at every office I was at. But now there was somebody younger and less experienced than me, who before I noticed began taking in a lot of my own technique and adding it to his own.

That experience opened my eyes to a lot of the things I had missed from my own development a few years back. And this time I was able to experience them, not through the eyes of a hot-headed kid trying desperately to become good at what I was doing (Thank you for your patience Josh.) But as a seasoned developer watching a rookie slowly come into his own.

So now that I close into the end of an era, I’d like to share with you a few of the things I learned from it. Plus a few others I wish I one day have the time to teach my friend.

Without further delay, here’s my advice to new developers:

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