No one was born as skilled web programmer, so don’t worry if you make too many mistakes at first, but it shouldn’t prevent you from improving yourself. These are ten reasons why many web programmers stay mediocre:
1. Web programming isn’t for them.
Let’s just face it, no matter how hard you try; you may not be a programmer material. If you don’t have a passion to solve difficult problems, you may need to find other careers. Web programming is not for everyone. It is for those who have a passion for solving hard problems. But, if you are determined to become one, you should work on your motivation and the ability to persevere despite huge obstacles.
2. They don’t allocate enough effort to learn
Just like anything else, the ability to turn a static web site into something useful and dynamic is an art in itself. Of course, there would be troubles ahead, but if you persistent, you may someday develop the necessary skills to become a grandmaster in the arcane art of web programming. You don’t have to be a nerd or prodigy child to master this skill, forget how the media think about web programming, just set aside your fear and focus on what really matters.
3. They don’t have the attitude
When you’re attending a course on programming, after a few months you may see people start blaming on the instructors, hardware or sometimes even the OS. Those who complain a lot tend to have slower progress in their programming skill. Set your goals and get a positive attitude no matter what happen.
4. They don’t understand abstract concepts.
5. They are reluctant to use the Internet
Curiously, some web programmers refuse to use the Internet every time they face troubles in their project. There are hundreds of forums on the Internet where you can find solutions even to the most difficult problems. It’s a good idea to be a member of at least five web developer forums, post your problems to all of them and compare the solutions. And you should return the favor by helping new members of the forum.
6. They fail to develop an algorithm
Developing a website is now comparable to building a complex offline application, many web developers think that using an algorithm isn’t necessary in a web development project. However, without an algorithm, a development project may stray along a wrong path due to the lack of understanding on the correct flow. Often, simply by developing an algorithm diagram, web developers will quickly understand about what went wrong and how to effectively fix their mistakes. In essence, today’s web developers must think and act the way common software programmers do. So plan accordingly!
7. They are easily overwhelmed by bugs
When you’re working on something complicated, mistakes bound to happen. Bugs are inevitable and they will happen more often than you ever dreamed of. Most of these problems are caused by faulty logic and occasionally just a simple typo. A good web programmer tests their pages often after even the simplest code changes. Testing your pages once a day in the afternoon after a long, grueling coding task; will often mean that tomorrow you’ll be spending most of your time fixing elusive bugs.
8. They fail to adapt to the latest advances
New web development technologies are released each month, some web programmers fail to update their tools, techniques or even programming platform. You may feel convenient with your time-tested PHP version 4.x.x, when in fact PHP 5.x.x can give you better functionality.
9. They try too hard
Nobody say that web programming would be easy; if you find problems, it’s a bad idea to stay awake until 4 AM to solve them, take a break, you’ll need it. Many programmers find solutions to their problems while they’re away from their cubicles, some even find them on the bed while they feel relaxed and almost asleep!
Most of the time all you need is an exciting distraction and some fresh air. Make some room on your mind to let the solutions manifest themselves.
10. They are too dependent on others
This is probably the most harmful mistakes of all web programmers, they give up easily and simply ask their friends or tell their subordinates to fix the problems. It’s OK to ask for help to someone with more experiences, but at the same time you should learn how he or she solves your problem, so you can at least duplicate the solution when a similar problem return.