Practice, Practice, Practice

Hi everyone and welcome to another blog post for CS 448. Today topic is going to about the first pattern I’m going to discuss from the apprenticeship patterns which is Practice, Practice, Practice. I choose this to be my first pattern to discuss because I feel like this is what I need more than anything to consistently do to become a better my programmer. This pattern makes me think about how I am practicing programming. I feel like I am practicing just to get better at it which feels more like a chore but after reading this I think I must find a way to fall in love with the practice. The pattern talks about that mostly practice is usually done in work and that’s where we make most of our mistake and we should find ways to separate the two. I couldn’t really relate to this because I never work for a company before, but I feel more confident and less scared when thinking about working for a company one day because it seems like many are learning as they are working in the field. I like that they said that beginners learn from doing and not through lecture because I feel like I am still a beginner and I been practicing the wrong way because I would be listening to lectures more than I should be coding. The pattern gave some great tips on how to practice that change the way I perform now. I will now code more and try to find an environment to code more relax so I can get the most benefit from the practice. I agree with mostly with this because when I first started programming most of the problems that I was doing stress me out because I was trying to meet the deadline and I didn’t really feel like I was learning that much. Everything felt like a blur but when I wasn’t in class no more and started to do and read the book in my own free time, everything started to click so I think is somewhat true. I think the problem is for me is that I not choosing interesting problems or project to practice on, and I will now try to find something I passionate and start working on and develop good techniques. I will also after this to code in an environment where I won’t develop bad habits. All in all, this after this pattern, it changes the way I program now. I learn that I should love practice and not just don’t because I must. There’re many projects that I have in mind that would be to work on. I think this was probably the most important pattern to read and understand.


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