Teaching basic lab skills
for research computing

Advice From a Newbie No More

Adina Chuang-Howe recently wrote a great blog post titled "Advice from newbie to newbie", in which she gives some advice to her younger and not-yet-computationally-proficient self:

  1. Commit (and stop whining)
  2. Use the right tool for the job
  3. Take Command
  4. Install and use a text editor
  5. Learn to manipulate files
  6. Shortcuts!
  7. Learn a programming language
  8. Become addicted to print statements (I'd actually say "...to a debugger", but never mind)
  9. Do something relevant
  10. Start automating

and most importantly of all: "You can do it!" The full article is great advice to anyone who's getting into computing, scientific or otherwise, and well worth reading.

Which raises the question: what advice would you give your younger self?