Things(besides coding) that make you a better programmer

+1 Adam Karrer · September 12, 2014
So does anyone have any opinions on things you do that you think help your coding skills? Maybe a hobby or a certain book you've read that helps?

As far as hobbies go, I think fixing and rigging things in every day life helps me with problem solving skills. Whether it's a broken Jeep part and I need to figure out how to get home with some JB Weld and duct tape or I'm at work and I need to reverse engineer an e cig part to figure out how it works.

As far as books go, I think The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a great book for programmers to read. Douglas Adams really had an interesting view on many subjects; not only is the book hilarious, but it makes you go "I never really thought of it like that".

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+2 Karan Desai · September 12, 2014
The things other than coding, which helps in improving programming skills are:

Contests and Competitions,
Bucky's Tutorials,
Analyzing optimal output from all possible practical situations
Thinking Algorithmically
0 Gary Murphy · September 12, 2014
Keeping inspired.  Watching videos or reading books about successful people that have done/are doing great things.
eg. Elon Musk: Founder and CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX.  Making the world a better place.. or at least trying to.
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