What code bugs can teach you?

We all hate code bugs. But, we all hate the time it takes to fix them even more.

I have come to realize that code bugs are your best teachers. They will force you to expand your knowledge. They can teach you the true meaning that there is no success without failure and perseverance.

Expand your knowledge

A code bug is a reflection of your logic implemented in code. Your logic may be incorrect, not because of what you know but because of what you don’t know.

My car mechanic once gave me a great advice. He said, don't just fix what is broken, take the time to learn what caused it to break.

If a bug shows up, fix it but more importantly take the time to learn what caused it. This is where true learning happens.

You never know what you may learn from a code bug.

Failure equals Success

Think of a code bug as a learning opportunity. The time you spent trying to understand the cause of a bug will pay dividends. It will give you expertise. It will prepare you for more complicated projects.

Think of code bugs as your training ground. Think of them as the dues that you have to pay before you can become great.

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. John C. Maxwell


If you want to be great, you can’t run away when the storm comes. Great coders persevered through their difficulties. They did not give up when a bug seemed impossible to fix.

They found a way to fix it. If there were none, they made a way. They persevered.

When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person that walked in. That’s what the storm is all about.

Code bugs are part of the game. If you love to code, you must acknowledge that code bugs exist for a reason. Taken with a positive light, they are your best teachers.

Harold Serrano

Computer Graphics Enthusiast. Currently developing a 3D Game Engine.