How much Code do you need to Write before you become Good at it?
I started doing ASP classic, old VB-script back in in December of 1998. Got a job doing that in April 1999, and felt like I was pretty decent at it by mid-2000. Got promoted in late 2000 and by about 2001 thought I was actually pretty good at it. And then by late 2001, my company had stated the process of migrating to WebSphere, and I started the whole process over again. I started learning Java, so I could write JavaBeans, servlets, EJB’s, doing MVC using JSP, with Struts and Tiles in 2002. So by the end of 2003, I had taught myself Java web development, and thought I was junior at it, but pretty good.
For me, I think it takes writing a certain amount of code, or being immersed in it daily for a certain amount of time. Having books, doing the samples, writing the basic scripts, and tutorials, and classes, and finaly one day, you realize, “Oh hey, I know how to do this thing on my own better than the guy your reading.” And you start writing and writing more and more stuff.
Ok, so jump to March of this year, nearly 2 decades later. I have;
- 5 solid years of web application server administration,
- 5 years of java web application development,
- 5 years of PHP/mySQL with WordPress(and some drupal, joomla magento CMS thrown in),
- 5 years of HTML5/CSS3 freelance front-end work along with SEO and ADA accessibility testing.
(Plain Old Java Objects)