People = lazy. Every task gets boring and tedious.
Man-power = costly.
Automation is the future. Don't worry about unemployment!
Design and create your own worlds!
Build systems that have an impact on society.
Create your own company.
You are a master when you
Learn to use documentation.
Linux: man pages, info pages, apropos
Internet: use right keywords on google; stack-exchange, ...
Text books, Online tutorials
The One and Only Technique
To write any program to solve a problem
First be able to solve the problem yourself, manually (40%)?
Notice the sequence of steps that you follow to do the task
Write the code (10%)?
Well, there is one more technique
The Magic of Modularity
Split your task into functions
When writing a function, don't worry about how other modules will work
Assume that they will work
Then, writing that function will be simple
Writing the next module will be simpler!
Yeah, there are more techniques
Avoid premature optimization - use profiling to find areas to optimize
Focus on readability
Simple = Easy to (write, read, modify)
Take trouble in choosing meaningful names for variables / functions
Indent properly - it is like putting paragraphs in text
Concise is better, but avoid hard-to-read cryptic code
If a few lines of stock code is repeatedly written, separate it out into a function
Be prepared to throw out your program and rewrite it better - it won't take that much time
The 3 Virtues of a Programmer
The quality that makes you go to great effort to reduce overall energy expenditure. It makes you write labor-saving programs that other people will find useful, and document what you wrote so you don't have to answer so many questions about it.
Hence, the first great virtue of a programmer.
The anger you feel when the computer is being lazy. This makes you write fast programs fast that don't just react to your needs, but actually anticipate them.
Hence, the second great virtue of a programmer.
Excessive pride, the sort of thing Zeus zaps you for. Also the quality that makes you write (and maintain) programs that other people can't say bad things about.