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Don't wait. Writers are the only artists I know of who expect to get somewhere by waiting. Everyone knows you have to dance to be a dancer,...

 •  Filed under Writing, Advice, Writers

Don’t wait. Writers are the only artists I know of who expect to get somewhere by waiting. Everyone knows you have to dance to be a dancer, you have to sing to be a singer, you have to act to be an actor, but far too many people seem to believe that you. don’t have to write to be a writer. So, instead of writing, they wait. Isaac Asimov said it beautifully in just six words: “It’s the writing that teaches you.” Writing is what teaches you. Writing is what leads to “inspiration.” Writing is what generates ideas. Nothing else-and nothing less. Don’t meditate, don’t do yoga, don’t do drugs. Just write.

DANIEL QUINN (via booksandpublishing)

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Best advice I can give coders

 •  Filed under Coding, Programming, Advice, Software Development

Don’t forget you’re writing code for other people to read. This is the single most important thing you can learn as a programmer. “Does it run?” is the minimum requirement for a good program. After it runs, spend the time needed to clean it up so it’s presentable and well-factored.

Even if you are coding by yourself, future you will thank you.

Coding, like any other form of writing, has an audience. Consider that audience when you write. Everything else about being a great programmer flows from this one simple idea.