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    Be passionate about the being a software developer. If you are not passionate for sitting in front of the PC for the whole day, simply enjoying the lines of code you write; this is not for you.
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    Always start with the simple hello world.
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    Don't try to learn all the programming languages. What you need to focus on understanding solidly are the main concepts. Besides, once you are proficient in a particular programming language, learning other programming languages may be a faster and easier process for you.
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    Don't start programming with a languages such as C/C++. Try something like Java or C Sharp.
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    When you face an error. Always tell to yourself, "I'm NOT ALONE, Someone in this world should have faced the same error before". And GOOGLE the exact error message. Chances are 99% you will find the answer.
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    Get involved in forums. Ask and answer questions.
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    Never use Microsoft notepad to do coding. Use at least Notepad++.
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    When you see an application(web application or windows), tell yourself. If this is an application. Then it's technically possible for you to build a similar one.
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    When you see an application(web application or windows), try to model it in your mind. Always ask yourself, can you build a similar application yourself. If not try to find the place where you think you might get stuck. And try to Google and find how to do it.
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    If you get stuck in a code logic for more than two hours; STOP your work; go out to have a tea or coffee, before trying it again.
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    Be confident. Help others and ask from others. Different people will have different aspects to solve an issue.
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    Never be ashamed, when you find the bug as a single line of code. Usually most of the bugs can be corrected in a single line of code. What matters is, how hard you tried in different aspects to solve the issue.

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