Fighting with software

Today I've been a programmer for 17 years, 17 days. I think I've passed my 10,000 hours a few times over, so I'm an expert. You could be forgiven for thinking I can conquer any problem instantly. I can't. I still get my backside handed to me daily.

Don't worry this isn't a pity party article. While I don't shoot rainbows; I'm tenacious. I only stop when I decide a problem is not worth solving. Here are some things I've learned.

Some strategies when a problem is difficult

Some strategies when something seems easy

Hopefully these help you to fight back against imposter syndrome, and tackle problems that hit your ego. Too much ego is not good, but In my experience not many programmers suffer from that.