What I wish I’d known starting out as a programmer

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As the old Faces song “Ooh La La” goes, I wish that I knew what I know now when I was younger. Back then, I simply loved to code and could have cared less about my “career” or about playing well with others. I could have saved myself a ton of trouble if I’d just followed a few simple practices.

1. Take names. I was really focused on computers early in my career and considered people to be minor annoyances who kept me from being one with my beloved machine. OK, I’m exaggerating a little. Despite meeting many industry luminaries and people that would have been worthwhile to befriend, I didn’t keep any business cards. I didn’t bother to remember their names and never checked in on them. I only went to user groups (there wasn’t meetup.com when I started and it wasn’t a big thing for a while after) when I needed a job.

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