I became comfortable

While reading the book Clean Code, I noticed that I became comfortable over the last couple of month.

September 20, 2017

A few weeks ago I started reading the book Clean Code by Robert C. Martin and while doing so, I noticed something. I became comfortable with my work and my skills as a developer. With this post, I just want to wrap up my thoughts.

The book Clean Code has really great advices and knowledge about the craftsmanship behind programming. While reading the first chapters “Clean Code, “Meaningful Names” and “Functions” I got an wake up call. With every page and topic, I noticed from day to day, that I was doing couple of mistakes which were perfectly shown in the book. I was writing WET code, wasn’t clear or didn’t finish tasks properly. What made it worse, that I talked about the things developers should not do, but was doing them myself without noticing.

The moment when it hit me, I was quite shocking for me. I had to admit to myself, that I became comfortable over the last couple of month. But admitting that fact helped me. I was aware now and knew, that I have to take some action.

As a first step, I decided to summarize the topics for myself on github. I read the chapters, go back and summarize while reading it again, so the knowledge can really sink in. As far for now, it really works nicely. But that is not enough.

If you follow me on Instagram, you will notice that I post regularly about some quotes I take from the book. These quotes are important to me as they represent knowledge and best-practices I want to keep up to. And I notice, by taking action, that I am building up a momentum for myself.

Every day, I try to make my work a little better. I involve more code reviews, refactore my code, write tests, learn my tools better and learn more about DevOps. And I actually can feel, how programming is getting more exciting every day, by doing it more professional.

I am glad, that I started reading the book. Now, I am back on track and I am actually happier than before with programming, which is not only my profession, but also my passion.