How do you get so good?

How do you get so good? (javascript, attributes, turn counting, if statements, etc)

Trial and error.

AKA practice.

I know you're not talking to me, but that's how we get good at things.


I don't consider myself good. I know just enough to be dangerous.

I look at old code, shudder, then mutter "Never again!"

I look at old code, shudder, then mutter "Never again!"

I look at old code, and I wonder who wrote it. (Spoiler: it was me!)

I give myself little challenges that keep me engaged. The challenges I give myself will lead to the creation of some type of product.

For example, I wanted to create if then statements, so I gave myself that task for whatever I was working on. I wanted to have characters actually battle each other, so I then took if then statements to the next level adding in attributes. Then I wanted to create basic artificial intelligence in a game so I took attributes to the next level.

I feel like if I just studied youtube videos or websites without a purpose, I would never have made a lot of progress. I needed to give myself challenges, but challenges that would be meaningful in the creation of something.

By lots and lots of mistakes.
How else could you learn how to debug?

I like helping people. When someone posts an interesting question on the forum, I want to give them an answer. When I first looked at this forum I didn't know Squiffy, but I could still point out people's javascript problems. One of those went from a JS problem to a Squiffy problem, so I opened the person's game and skimmed through the source in Chrome's javascript console to figure out how it works.

The questions I answered, the more I thought "that can't be too hard to find", until I seem to have a decent working knowledge of the engine.

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