An important note to consider in Programming and Development

When you take a course in Programming or Logic, you’re taught a certain way of doing everything. It varies by the language, but you’re taught to indent your code a specific amount of space, use certain namingConventions for variables, put braces and other symbols in a specific way, and other things.

The problem with this is the industry and your future (or current) employers may not follow these conventions. And your instructors (and books) won’t point this out to you. So you have to find out what the current industry (and employer) standards are, and follow those. In short, you need to overcome and adapt to the environment that you’re thrown into.

It really becomes apparent if you’re employed by a company to code, and you also code for other projects on the side. For example if you’re a C/C++ coder, your employer may follow the industry standards (or not). And if you decide to write code for the Linux kernel. The kernel has it’s own set of standards–ranging from how to indent and how far to indent, to when to put the {}’s on the same line or a new line. They don’t necessarily follow the industry standard.

Again, your instructors and books won’t talk about this. Their goal is to show you everything in one easy to learn fashion. The industry expects you to adapt what you’ve learned to their version of “reality”. So if you’re taking programming courses now (or plan to), remember that what you learn is just the foundation for what you’ll do. The foundation will look the same regardless, but what you build on that is up to the needs/wants of whoever you’re building it for.

Have a great day:)
Patrick.

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