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Writing Professional Code - Advanced Topics

Microsoft via edX

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Overview

Even the most talented young developers face some frustration while transitioning from student to qualified developer - despite working in programming languages they know and love.

Typical challenges include not knowing where to start to fix a bug, lack of awareness of other tools of the IDE, faltering when jumping between the class definitions due to varying interfaces and abstract classes, discomfort with unit test cases, and not fully unleashing the bandwidth of the CPU and network.

In short, good coding is not enough. There are several very critical techniques needed to be a fully qualified developer - and not all of these are covered in textbooks. 

This course explores the most critical techniques that will get you through at least 80% of your most challenging scenarios. These include debugging, unit test skills, object-oriented design principles, choice of correct data structures, and parallel programming.

Most of these topics are considered "advanced techniques" and are not covered in textbooks. Therefore, students often learn these skills only later in their careers. In reality, these topics are simple, interesting, and prime for daily use.

As you take this course, you'll fill missing gaps in your learning, you'll build a stronger mindset (more than an "it just works" mentality), and you'll overcome any fear of these topics through easy-to-understand (and even funny) code examples.

After having explored these topics you'll be able to assimilate into any team and ramp up on a given project with ease. Enjoy!

Taught by

Timothy Liu, Andrew Byrne and Philip E. Helsel

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