How can you improve your process as a developer? This is an article that will help answer this question. Ilventofailsuogiro talks about tips that web developers can implement to make their workflow more efficient and effective.
To start, it talks about 12 habits that developers should adopt and 12 pitfalls to avoid.
When talking about 12 Pitfalls:
Poor documentation can lead to more work later on in the project. This is especially true if you put all the information into one document or do not maintain any at all. It mentions how poor documentation will make it difficult for other members of your team to know what needs to be done next with their part of the project. Another pitfall mentioned is using sloppy shortcuts instead of learning new skills which could eventually complicate your project.
Have a clear focus and plan before starting projects to avoid wasted time.
Build your website with best practices from the beginning because it will be easier later on in the project. This can decrease work hours by up to 40%. Not only this but you’ll have fewer bugs and more happy visitors too!
Write quality code but not just “a lot of code.”
The article mentions how writing 100 lines of sloppy code is more inefficient than writing 12 lines. This can do exactly what they need to do (or using 12 lines worth of comments). It’s always better to take these 12 lines and make them into 12 functions so that each piece does its job separately without interfering with the others.
Make your website accessible to all devices and platforms, including mobile devices like tablets or smartphones. This article mentions that you’ll need a responsive design for this now more than ever since. Over 50% of people will be accessing websites from a tablet or smartphone in 2013.
Use a checklist when starting projects:
This way, you can know the steps to be completed and which ones still need to be taken. You can also keep track of any deadlines or important tasks that are coming up in the future. So they don’t get forgotten about until it’s too late!
When possible, work with someone else on multiple monitor setups:
Sometimes allocating two screens for one person might seem like overkill at first. But once you start working this way, you won’t want to go back. Being able to multitask is crucial for developers who rely heavily on their knowledge base while coding new features. Plus if there are ever any issues with your code before it’s deployed, you’ll be able to see them more easily on the second screen.
Work with an IDE
Work with an IDE like Eclipse or NetBeans when starting in web development. These IDEs are perfect for learning how HTML and CSS work together. Because they allow programmers to view their code as it appears visually no typing needed! Using this tool will make your coding experience go faster than ever before.
Test your website content
Always test your website content across all devices (smartphones, tablets) and browser types before releasing it live. There may still be bugs where text is cut off at certain resolutions or different browsers for a variety of reasons.
Use a home page template.
This will get you started on the right foot and is something that can be reused with every new project. You’ll save time in the long run by using this one template for all of your projects. So invest some time upfront into developing it.
Write down each step before starting them.
The act of writing things down helps to ensure everything gets done successfully because there’s no guessing or mistakes involved. It also provides clarity about what should happen next which makes completing items much simpler – just read over the list!
Keep track of hours worked each day. Either record timesheets at work or logging the time spent on each project. This will help avoid any issues with deadlines in the future. Because you’ll be able to accurately predict what’s going to take place and how much more time is needed.
Use a tracking system
Use a tracking system like Trello, Basecamp, or Asana for large projects that have lots of tasks and require multiple people working together. These systems can provide an overview of what needs to happen next and when it should be completed. This helps keep everyone accountable as they work on their part of the larger process.
Create good habits
Spend your day at work creating good habits by focusing on things that are most important first. So that they’re done before anything else gets started. This way there won’t be any distractions later as other items pile up!
Be aware of your own time
Be aware of your time constraints and personal strengths/weaknesses. If you’re a morning person, get up earlier to work on items that require more focus than those done in the afternoon when it’s harder for us to stay focused. Or if something is difficult or takes a lot of time, tackle this task first. So that it’s not keeping you from getting other things completed!
Use the Pomodoro Technique
Use the Pomodoro Technique which breaks tasks into 25-minute intervals with five minutes off between each one. This will help keep distractions at bay because there aren’t many options aside from taking a break until the timer goes off again. As well as increase productivity by working through these short segments without interruption.
Know what steps need completing before starting them.
This will help keep the process organized and ensure that everyone is on track to finish what they need to do next plus it’ll give a better idea of how long each task might take!