11 Tech Pros Share Their Best Tips For Writing Better Code

Those fresh to programming may know the languages and rules but lack the experience that leads to creating cleaner, more efficient code. A few years in the trenches writing, checking and debugging code—and seeing what others produce—can help developers learn some helpful tricks to write code that’s easier to update, debug and pass on. 

Luckily, new developers don’t have to wait years to learn some real pro tips. Below, 11 industry experts from Forbes Technology Council share their best advice on how new programmers can create more refined, efficient code.

1. Begin with the end in mind.

The biggest thing to remember when it comes to creating cleaner code is to begin with the end in mind. Whether you’re building an online ordering website for a restaurant chain or an app for back-of-house operations, programmers must understand the end-use case. This ensures the code is built to allow it

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Get a Head Start on Your New Year’s Resolution. Learn to Code With This $40 Training.


Every entrepreneur could benefit from learning how to code. When you can code, you can save thousands of dollars on contract fees, technology, and more since you can just do everything yourself. When you have an idea, you can implement it on your own. When that great new app idea hits you in the middle of the night, you can start building it the next morning. That’s why learning to code is such a boon for entrepreneurs. You can do just that in The Complete Web Developer Coding Bundle.


This extensive 14-course bundle covers some of today’s most important coding languages, from JavaScript and C# to HTML and Python. You’ll learn from some of the web’s best instructors, like Joseph Delgadillo (4.2 stars) and Avetis Ghukasyan (4.5 stars). The coursework takes a hands-on approach

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Five Jobs In Tech For Women Who Don’t Want To Code

By: Dayana Mayfield

If you’re a woman who wants to learn how to code, please do. We need you. But if you don’t want to code, there are still plenty of ways to work in the future-proof tech industry.

Thankfully, there are organizations working hard to change the fact that there’s only one woman software engineer for every five men. Black Girls Code, Women Who Code, Girls Who Code, and many other nonprofit groups are ensuring that more females will enter the fields of computer science, robotics, and software engineering.

Still, there are plenty of women who don’t want to learn to code at the skill level required to make it those professions. Part of the gender gap in tech is due to the fact that many people equate a career in tech with highly technical skills. Women

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UK government announces plans to write a ‘conduct’ code for Facebook and Google, starting in April 2021, but doesn’t offer an enforcement timeline

  • The UK on Friday introduced a new “pro-competition” watchdog to regulate Google, Facebook, and others.
  • The Digital Markets Unit will enforce a new code, adding data-transparency requirements and helping small businesses promote themselves online, according to the announcement.
  • Ronan Harris, vice president of Google UK & Ireland, said the search giant looks forward to “working constructively” with the new unit.
  • From April 2021, the unit “could be given powers to suspend, block and reverse decisions of tech giants,” the government said.

The UK on Friday announced a government unit to enforce a new competition code on Google, Facebook, and other tech giants, beginning in April 2021.

The business secretary, Alok Sharma, said in a statement that companies like Google and Facebook make a “significant contribution” to the UK economy, but “the dominance of just a few big tech companies is leading to less innovation, higher advertising prices and less choice

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Google, Facebook will be subject to competition code from new UK unit

  • The UK on Friday introduced a new “pro-competition” watchdog to regulate Google, Facebook, and others.
  • The Digital Markets Unit will enforce a new code, adding data-transparency requirements and helping small businesses promote themselves online, according to the announcement.
  • Ronan Harris, vice president of Google UK & Ireland, said the search giant looks forward to “working constructively” with the new unit.
  • From April 2021, the unit “could be given powers to suspend, block and reverse decisions of tech giants,” the government said. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The UK on Friday announced a government unit to enforce a new competition code on Google, Facebook, and other tech giants, beginning in April 2021.

The business secretary, Alok Sharma, said in a statement that companies like Google and Facebook make a “significant contribution” to the UK economy, but “the dominance of just a few big tech companies is leading to less

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Democratic Source Code for a New U.S.-EU Tech Alliance

Code is law. Lawrence Lessig’s 1999 assertion was that in a digital world, programmers were scripting a values system into their technology, often in a fit of absentmindedness. Twenty years later, the U.S. and Europe are living in the geopolitical landscape those early pioneers created. One-time plucky startups have grown into supergiants vacuuming up ever more data and market share. Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming both an enabler for social well-being and an instrument of authoritarian control. Emerging technologies are transforming militaries, creating new battlefields and changing the nature of warfare. U.S. and Chinese officials crisscross the world in a geostrategic great game for 5G dominance. And social media has become a vector for bad actors—including illiberal states like Russia and China—to disrupt and degrade democracies. In 2020, code is power.

The coronavirus has accelerated these trends. The pandemic has fueled data processing in contacttracing

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The Next Silicon Valley Will Have No ZIP Code

As of May 2020, Silicon Valley was home to 2,000 tech companies — the greatest concentration anywhere in the world. Between 2011 and 2019, Silicon Valley startups received more than $113 billion of funding. Add in an incredible concentration of talent generating and building on innovative ideas plus top tech corporations hungry to gobble up new companies, and it’s been an environment impossible to emulate anywhere else in the world.

But times are changing, and Silicon Valley’s reign as an epicenter of technology innovation is coming to an end. In 2019, startups in the Bay Area saw a decrease in new funding, from $63.6 billion to $45.9 billion, while funding deals outside of Silicon Valley have been slowly increasing in recent years.

Pam Springer, an Ohio-based serial entrepreneur, startup advisor and investor, says there are clear signs that the startup ecosystem is becoming more geographically diverse.

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As QR code sign-ins become compulsory what happens if you don’t have a smartphone?


By Levi Parsons For Daily Mail Australia

05:46 24 Nov 2020, updated 06:01 24 Nov 2020

  • QR code check-ins now mandatory at all pubs, cafes and restaurants in NSW 
  • Venue must electronically record your details if you don’t have smart phone 
  • Advocacy groups say QR technology is ‘dog’s breakfast’ of privacy concerns 

Checking in with a QR code is now a compulsory condition of entry at all at pubs, cafes and restaurants across New South Wales.

The law came into effect on Monday to trace and track the movements of patrons and to get their contact details if a coronavirus-positive person may have been there at the same time.

Before Monday, businesses had the option of signing visitors in the old-fashioned way.

But recording the information on pen and paper proved too ineffective for the state’s contact tracers as the details were sometimes difficult to read and eventually had to

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China’s Xi Jinping is pushing for a global Covid QR code. He may struggle to convince the world

Chinese President Xi Jinping is pushing for a global Covid-19 tracking system using QR codes, to help fast-track international travel and business during the coronavirus pandemic.



Xi Jinping wearing a suit and tie: Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech via video link to the Leaders' Side Event on Safeguarding the Planet at the G20 Riyadh Summit on November 20.


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Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech via video link to the Leaders’ Side Event on Safeguarding the Planet at the G20 Riyadh Summit on November 20.

China mandated the widespread use of QR-based health certificates earlier this year. The system, which uses an electronic barcode to store a person’s travel and health history, has been credited with helping to curb the spread of the virus.

The code issues users with a color code based on their potential exposure to the novel coronavirus. The colors are like traffic lights — green is safest, then amber and finally red.

Speaking at the virtual G20 leaders’ meeting on Saturday, Xi said that to ensure the “smooth functioning” of the

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Scientist who developed quantum computing code wins ORNL’s top science award

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IMAGE: Paul Kent, shown above posing with Summit in April 2018, received the 2020 ORNL Director’s Award for Outstanding Individual Accomplishment in Science and Technology.
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Credit: ORNL, U.S. Dept. of Energy

Paul Kent, a computational nanoscience researcher in Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Computing and Computational Science Directorate, received the ORNL Director’s Award for Outstanding Individual Accomplishment in Science and Technology. The award recognizes Kent’s leadership in quantum computing development and application on high-performance computing platforms to help solve major scientific problems.

The Director’s Awards were presented during a livestreamed ceremony by ORNL Director Thomas Zacharia on Friday. The lab’s top awards concluded a two-week period in which category winners were announced daily to laboratory staff. The awards are typically presented at an Awards Night event hosted by UT-Battelle, the management and operating contractor of ORNL for the Department of Energy.

Kent received the lab’s top science and technology

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