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Hey, what's up?
John Sonmez from simpleprogrammer.com.
I have a question here about how to measure
your programming skills.

I'm going to talk a little bit about actually
not how to measure your programming skills

because the question really is—I think it's
more valuable to talk about what you should

do rather than some arbitrary metric.
I could give you some ways, some idea of how
to measure your programming skills, but is

that really going to help you?
Let me get into the question then you'll kind
of see what I'm talking about here.

This question is from Tony and he says, "I
have a question that you might—it might

be a good video YouTube topic."
"I'm a college student in Computer Science
and I love programming.

What I have a problem with though is how to
objectively measure my skills.

I have never worked for a software company
nor have any programmer friends I could ask

for an objective evaluation.
Thus, I'm pretty stuck and I don't know
if I'm overestimating or underestimating myself.

As of projects experience, I have managed
to write a Remote Administration application

for desktop computers similar to Teamviewer
and C# and C and I have also written a couple

of game applications for Android systems and

When I compare myself to my college peers,
I assume to be greatly ahead of them in all

aspects of programming and computer science,
but I don't know if this could be considered

a legit evaluation as I might just be playing
in the Minor League of a small town soccer

team and think I'm good just because I don't
have serious competition.

What are some important milestones that I
need to reach in order to be considered a

good programmer?
I want to know where I stand compared to other
professional programmers in order to be able

to determine if I should go get a job or just
keep studying and preparing myself."

Here's the deal with this.
This is why I think that I could give you
some milestones.

As far as what milestones I would give you,
you're already there.

You've been able to build an application on
your own, a fairly complex application.

You're above your peers, like you said, in
your studies in computer science.

There's never going to be a milestone.
You're never going to hit this point where
you're just there, where you're the best programmer,

and you can objectively evaluate yourself.
I think it's important to take a personal
inventory on things, is to be honest with

yourself, right?
I did a video a while back on being honest
with yourself, on being essentially looking

in the mirror.
That's important.
Don't get me wrong in that regard.
You need to be brutally honest with yourself
and look in the mirror and decide objectively

what's wrong, what can you fix, what can you

Here's the thing.
As far as—it's much more likely that in
your case, in a lot of people's cases, the

biggest problem that they're going to have
is that they don't dive in, that they keep

on spending all this time preparing and trying
to get ready.

You know what?
You're not going to know that you're ready
until you've stepped into the ring, until

you get that punch in the face and then you're
going to know you're not ready or you're going

to know what to do.
You used the example of that maybe you're
playing on a small town soccer team and you

think you're the shit because you can conquer,
but you're not sure because you've never had

any real competition.
What should you do in that case?
I mean here's kind of your scenarios.
You can stay in that small town soccer league
and you can keep on practicing and getting

better because you're not ready for the real
competition yet and you'll keep on training

against people that are at your same skill
level or where everyone is worse than you.

You're going to may be make small improvements
or you could go out and you could join the

big leagues.
You could go out and play against some professional
soccer players and if you've got the opportunity

and you do it, and may be get creamed for
a while.

If you do get creamed for a while, you're
going to get better.

You're going to figure out what you need to

Don't prepare.
Don't get—I'm not saying just jump into
things without any kind of preparation at

As soon as you feel that you have an inkling
of readiness, as soon as you feel like you

might be able to do it and sometimes even
before that, jump right in and start failing.

Start messing up, see what happens.
Go get your job.
Go get into the big leagues and get the real

That's where you're really, really going to

I'll just give you one example and then I'll
wrap this up.

Back in the day, some of you know that I used
to play Magic The Gathering card game.

Actually, I played sort of on the professional
circuit for a little bit.

For a long period of time, I was regionally
pretty good like I lived in Boise, Idaho and

I would dominate all of the draft, all the

I'd come in first on the pre-releases and
then they would have the state championships

and all that.
When I would go up to play at the pro level,
I would get creamed.

Then I moved to New Jersey.
In New Jersey, there was this group of like
four or five guys that just are—it was a

real—it was New Jersey-New York area and
the competition was fierce.

These were the guys that were winning in the
top tier.

I started playing against those guys and drafts
in the regular weekly and I improved drastically.

Ridiculously way more just by playing against
those harder opponents all the time.

I didn't realize that.
I thought that I could just improve just doing
what I was doing and dominating the field

where I was, but you got to always seek out
a harder challenge.

Again, I'm not directly answering your question
because I don't think those milestones are

I think there's a bigger life lesson here,
which is essentially this.

When you're in this situation, just go—always
do things before you're ready.

You're never going to be ready.
You're never going to be prepared.
Go out there and try to face.
If you can get slammed down, that's great.
You're going to grow and you're going to learn
more from that.

Always seek the hardest challenge that you
can and try to conquer that challenge.

Go out there.
Go get a job right now.
Go try and see what happens.
What's the worst that could happen?
You're going to learn very quickly what you
need to know and then you'll figure it out.

Don't—just sitting there and preparing,
so many people—the reason why I emphasize

this so much is because I know because I get
the emails.

So many of you out there right now, what you
do is you sit there and you wait.

You're trying to prepare, prepare, prepare
and trying to be ready but you're never going

to think you're good enough.
You're never—you just need to go out there
and take action.

You're going to waste your life waiting to
be ready, reading, watching videos, doing

all kinds of stuff instead of actually taking

I'm not saying don't learn.
I'm not saying don't practice.
I'm not saying don't hone your skills but
go out there and take action at the same exact

You want to learn how to do real estate investment?
Check out my playlist on real estate investment.
So many people I talk to that do that or that
want to do that, they never ever buy a house

because they're so analytical.
They're so calculating and crunching the data
and crunching the numbers that they never

actually take action.
What happens?
Five years go by.
Ten years go by and they've wasted all this

Don't waste your time.
Go for it.
Take action.
When I wanted to run a half marathon, you
know what I did?

I signed up and I ran it the next day.
I made it.
I mean I've been training but I didn't ask
myself, “Am I really prepared for this?

Maybe I should plan it out 6 months in advance?”
I just signed up and I did it.
I could have failed.
Big deal.
I would have learned something.
I would have learned I needed to train harder
and I would learn how I need to train.

All right.
That's a kind of long video here.
If you like this video, definitely click the
Subscribe button below and you'll get more

of my videos.
I do about two to three a day, and I'll talk
to you next time.

Take care and take action.
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How To Measure Your Programming Skills

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劉佳豪 published on November 10, 2018
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