One question (or more accurately, comment) that I frequently get on my YouTube videos is:
… is not working!
Examples: “npm install is not working”, “interpolation is not working”, etc.
“It’s not working” is not helpful! It doesn’t tell me or others about the problem you’re facing.
What error do you get? Have you tried to Google the exact same error message? If not, did you know that if you do that, 90% of the time, you can find the answer to your question within minutes? In fact, 90% of the time, the first link on Google search result is a link to a page on StackOverflow, where someone else faced the exact same problem!
3 tips that make you a better developer
Tip 1: Learn the art of asking ‘programming’ questions. Be specific about why “it’s not working”!
Tip 2: Learn to find the answer to your question yourself. You cannot always reach out for help every time “it’s not working”. Successful programmers are independent. Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, even wrote his own editor and assembler! Now, you don’t need to do this to be independent, but a Google search takes only a few seconds and helps you become less dependent on other developers in your team.
Tip 3: Read about rubber duck debugging. It works!
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