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How to Fail as a Web Developer

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Coding & Programming Errors: How to Stay Calm

Three months into my first job out of college, as a web developer at a financial reporting company, I wiped out every single one of my company’s client records in one command. I had uploaded a script meant to eliminate one client, but quickly realized that it removed all of them and I couldn’t get the records back. (This was in the early 2000s, when it was less common to work locally before sending code to your live website.) I went into full-on crisis mode and started getting my resume ready, resigned to the fact that I was going to be fired. I was even Googling to see if I could be sued for what I had done.

Thankfully, a tech manager saved the day by telling me about the company’s nightly database backup and we quickly fixed most of the problem. But until that moment, I was sweating bullets.

As a web developer, you’re going to fail — often, and sometimes in huge ways — whether you’re a newbie or a veteran (see this recent mishap at GitLab.com, for example). But messing up doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, when it does happen, staying calm is key because panic can cloud your judgement and force you to make rash decisions.

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4 Common Coding Interview Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them!)

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Interviewing for a software engineering position isn’t like interviewing for most other jobs. Companies usually ask you to write code at a whiteboard, on the spot, while your interviewer watches. It’s hard. Even excellent engineers often struggle to perform.

But you can learn how to beat the coding interview. How? Well, you could spend hours and hours practicing, making lots of mistakes, and slowly learning strategies for fixing those mistakes . . . or someone could just tell you the mistakes you’re going to make and how to fix them.

Let’s do that. Here are the four most common coding interview mistakes, and how to fix them.

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