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The Programmer's Creed
Computer programming requires a certain mindset, and if you follow the programmer's creed you’ll get into that mindset early. There are four parts to the programmer's creed.
Part 1: I, [state your name], do solemnly promise that I will read directions carefully and follow them. This is extremely important, because much of computer programming requires that everything be set up perfectly for anything to work. When things don't work, many, many people simply give up. They fail to become computer programmers as a result. Don't let that happen to you. Don't give up - read directions carefully. If something does not work, assume that it's because you misread something and try again before you blame someone else or give up.
Part 2: I, [state your name], do solemnly promise to read the documentation and attempt to work out problems myself before I go pestering someone else with questions. This is a very hard thing to do at first because it requires discipline. Nonetheless, get into the habit of trying to solve your own problems by reading before you go find someone and pester them with questions. The reasons this is important are, first, because you will learn more that way, and second, because you will gain much more respect that way. There is nothing worse to an experienced programmer than a whiney new programmer pestering you with questions that the new programmer could have easily answered by reading for five minutes. On the other hand, there is nothing more rewarding to an experienced programmer than helping a hard-working new programmer who has done a lot of research and legwork but is truly stuck on a tough problem. Get yourself into that "rewarding" category and you will earn a lot of respect from the programmers that you work with.
Part 3: I, [state your name], do solemnly promise that I will help other programmers once I become one. It would be almost impossible to learn to program unless someone helped you to get started. You will read things written by other programmers, use code created by other programmers, ask questions of other programmers. You have to do your part by contributing back to the community. Once you figure it out, help others.
Part 4: I, [state your name], do solemnly promise that I will thoroughly document and comment my code. It will help you write better code, and just as important, it will make it much, much easier for other programmers to figure out what you did – or meant to do – if they have to debug or maintain your code in the future.

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