On a good day, programming feels like magic.
You patiently enchant the machine with a tapestry of digital spells. With a few confident keystrokes, you breathe life into the colorful dots on the screen. Oh, what a marvellous illusion you have created! It works…
Except when it doesn’t.
It strikes you just as you were about to go home. It strikes you during a pair coding session. It strikes you in the middle of that interview.
A bug that you can’t explain.
You read the code again and again, but you can’t spot the mistake. The articles you’ve read and the tutorials you’ve watched did not prepare you for this moment. Or did they? You’ve had to learn so much in so little time…
Your mind is blanking.
You try a few different things. Should you remove this line? Reorder those two other lines? Maybe it will somehow just work if you try it again?
Your confidence wanes with every attempt.
Soon, a voice in your head becomes impossible to ignore.
I don’t know what I’m doing.
I’m just trying different things hoping that one of them works.
Will I ever get good at this?…