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Those relatively new to programming may know the languages and rules but lack the experience that leads to creating clean, efficient code. A few years in the trenches writing, checking and debugging code can help developers learn some useful tips 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, tech industry experts from the Forbes Technology Council share their best advice on how new programmers can create more refined, efficient code.

Adopt Test-Driven Development

“Adopting test-driven development, in which you write a unit test before writing code, takes some getting used to, but it helps drive a cleaner and simpler design. For me, it took about a week to get used to it, but now I could never go back. Writing the test first forces me to think about what I want the code to do, and it keeps the code simple. This helps reduce complexity and cost.” – Dave Todaro, Ascendle

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