Development Schools: The Factory of Good Habits

Recently, I’ve read two great books about habits and it struck me: the difference between senior and junior software engineers is not only in the size of their paycheck; most importantly, it’s in their habits! Let’s be honest here. Majority of the day-to-day coding problems are solved by an extensive Google search. On the other hand, good habits make any software engineer more efficient by:

  1. Preventing them from making mistakes (or mistake prone code) in the first place, e.g., patterns, TDD/BDD and language convention habits
  2. Helping them to come up with solutions faster, e.g., debugging and thinking habits

Development Schools Like Hack Reactor

In my humble opinion, that’s what software development schools like Hack Reactor are really excellent at. It’s the factory of good habits where for 12 weeks, six days a week and 10–12 hours per day developers get routines ingrained in them to the point of automation, until these routines become their second nature… until they can code in their sleep. :-)

PS: Two books about habits in business and life are The Power of Habit and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

PS2: I know that some senior software engineers are solving cutting-edge (not on StackOverflow) problems; for them it’s even more important to rely on good habits to get the trivial things out of the way.

(This article was written by Azat Mardanov. Visit both his blogs: and