If you are a young girl in tech, realize that you will be different, accept that, but don’t expect others to change for you.
Be aware of the imposter syndrome and use it to your advantage.
the higher the standards you like to set for yourself,
the more you are used to being an expert
the more self critical and type-A you are naturally inclined to be,
the higher the chance that you will experience this ‘Imposter Syndrome’ ….
And the bigger the leap you’re trying to make, the worse your Imposter Syndrome symptoms are likely to be.”
Being surrounded by very talented people is the prime setting for learning a lot, almost effortlessly!
Learning a massive, enterprise code base will be a steep learning curve, so you can relax that, yes, you are not a total idiot.
A little positivity goes the distance as well.
The newer smart guys are a gold mine.
You will have to take charge of your own learning.
Just because you’re in tech doesn’t mean you shouldn’t write or communicate your ideas well.
“I’ve found that some of the best developers of all are English majors. They’ll often graduate with no programming experience at all, and certainly without a clue about the difference between DRAM and EPROM. But they can write. That’s the art of conveying information concisely and clearly. Software development and writing are both the art of knowing what you’re going to do, and then lucidly expressing your ideas.The worst developers, regardless of background, fail due to their inability to be clear. Their thoughts and code tend to ramble rather than zero-in on the goal… Too many engineering-trained developers have a total disregard for stylistic issues in programming. Anything goes. Firmware is the most expensive thing in the universe, so it makes sense to craft it carefully and in accordance with a standard style guide. Make sure it clearly communicates its intent. This is where the English majors shine; they’ve spent 4 years learning everything there is to know about styles and communication.”
“In the same vein, programmers who pay attention to how they construct written language also tend to pay a lot more attention to how they code. You see, at its core, code is prose.Great programmers are more than just code monkeys; according to Stanford programming legend Donald Knuth they are “essayists who work with traditional aesthetic and literary forms.”The point: programming should be easily understood by real human beings — not just computers.”