New Year’s Resolutions for Coders

Monkey Bites has published an interesting list of resolutions which apply to anyone’s daily life and more specifically to coders :).


Here are my top 10 favorites –


  1. I will realize that design patterns are a guide, not a religion.
  2. I will bother to research the security issues relevant to my work.
  3. I will spend an hour teaching a child the rudiments of programming, even if it’s just “Hello World” in JavaScript.
  4. I will recognize that not all programs are self documenting, and that this is why comments were invented.
  5. I will contribute to an open-source project because they need my skills, not because I like the project.
  6. I will be nice to the people who pay me.
  7. I will go back and do something interesting with all my failed, half-finished projects.
  8. I will always write Ajax that degrades gracefully (or I will realize that Ajax site navigation is the new “skip intro” of Internet design).
  9. I will not try to learn a new language. Instead I will surprise everyone by programming something completely unexpected in one I already know.
  10. I will write ten lines of code everyday for someone I love.

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