How to be a Good Software Developer
Yesterday I spoke to students of NPTEL. The topic was “How to be a Good Software Developer”. It’s more like my advice to my younger self. The talk went on quite well except for few internet glitches. It was also special we because I was part of NPTEL’s engineering team at Google. I touched upon the following points. I think each one can be a talk by themselves.
- Empathy for your users
- Code is for your team mates
- Think before you code
- Be a duct tape programmer
- Take notes1
- Have side projects
- Learn to be curious
- Learn the process and tools
- Write more2
- Learn to use Unicode!
Ofcourse after the talk in the Q/A session there were questions about preferred programming languages, frameworks etc. I answered them as much as possible. May be I will do an FAQ blog post.
I am still getting used to live streaming. You can see me being uncomfortable in the beginning. I was okay after two minutes.
I have recorded offline videos using OBSProject. It’s an amazing tool. This is the first time I have used it for streaming. It works like a charm. You should try.
I also used my Zoom H1 3 to record the audio offline. I have edited the same. You can listen to it in your favorite podcast player.