Every developer wants to become better at writing code and to improve his overall code quality. Everyone wants code to be clean and pragmatic. Code readability is a universal subject in the world of computing and programming. Good code is effortlessly readable. But this doesn’t happen on its own. In the blog post below we’ve collected some useful tips of some common practices to become better at writing code.
Writing a clean code was the first point in our blog post ‘What every developer should know’ as it’s better to learn this subject at the begging of your IT career. So we won’t talk again about its importance, but we’ll talk about how you can write better code both easier and faster.
The code must be organized. Even a readable code could cause a headache if it is not organized properly.
Such tools require some time to setup, but the results will be worth the extra time. They add such helpful functionalities; like variables, functions, loops, and so on. Preprocessors are highly customizable with numerous options for better usability. The most popular of them have large communities with forums and sites so you can always find an answer for some common problem and question.
Plan Before You Code
When was a last time you made a plan of the task, to approach and to complete it with the best results? A clear plan will give the answers to the following questions: what coding language and framework to use, what browser is going to support your code, do you plan to use version control software and so on? It’s easy to start and run a project when your thoughts and ideas are structured into a detailed plan.
Deciding on the right framework and tools can be a challenging task, taking in mind that new tools are appearing every year. But a clear plan can help you to choose the right one.
It’s a good practice to comment on your code. Code without being commented on has a short period of vital activity.
It’s better not to waste time commenting on the obvious stuff. Comments are only necessary when the code is complex. In this case, make sure to comment on the complex part of the code to explain what it does. If the statements are too difficult to understand, write a simpler version of those statements.
Make Code Review
This is easier if you’re working in a team with other developers. It’s not so easy if you’re a freelancer. The main idea of code review is to show the code you’ve written to a group of people who haven’t seen it before. First you have to explain what you’ve written and what task should be done by this code. After this, you should listen attentively to all of the comments, even if they criticize your code because this can be really valuable.
It’s best done weekly, with the goal to understand how to improve what you’ve already written.
Take Coding Challenges
Learning a new coding language or a framework could be a real challenge. We have already talked about free online courses for IT developers. If you haven’t read them, than you should check such posts as:
- 55 Free IT Courses for this February;
- Free Online Courses to Improve Tech Skills;
- Online Resources to Start Learning to Code.
So the main idea is to keep an open mindset and consider how you can improve the quality of your code using the best practices and tips.