No matter which option you choose, it inevitably leads to understanding your code better and it also exposes you to other people’s code which might show you a new way of doing things.
On top of that, you get to collaborate with others on fun projects which help you get a second (or a third!) pair of eyes on your code. You’ll also learn to work better in a team and gain an invaluable learning opportunity.
3. Teach Others What You Know
You might think you aren’t a good fit to write about code. After all, you’re not a writer. But starting a blog, where you share your knowledge with others, is a great way to continue learning.
By writing about what you know, you will learn to organize your thoughts and structure the topic you’re writing about. It gives you the opportunity to review what you already know and back it up with practical examples. In some cases, you might want to research the topic further which leads to more learning and a better understanding of the problem you’re trying to cover.
Not only that, but a blog increases your visibility and it positions you as the expert on the topic. So, go ahead and add a blog to your website. You’ve got nothing to lose and a lot to gain.
4. Challenge Yourself With a New Skill
There is no shortage on development tutorials on the web. And while some of the new trends in the development industry don’t stick around for long, there is no reason to stay within your comfort zone.
Break the monotony of working on various projects by trying out a new programming language or a new way of doing things.
If you’re a WordPress theme developer, try your hand at creating a plugin. If you’re a software developer working with web apps, why not give mobile app development a try?
Even though you won’t reach a level of mastery by going through a tutorial here and there, it still follows the principle of being exposed and immersed in code on a daily basis.
Don’t forget that in many cases, the tutorials on these sites have been written by developers with years of experience and they also often highlight new features in new technology, languages, and APIs.