in reply to Common Beginner Mistakes
Great article, thanks. A lot of this is really excellent advice.Interested persons might want to take a look at my "red flags" articles, which are in a similar vein: "If you find yourself writing code like this, try to change it so that it looks like this instead."
Briefly, a red flag is an early warning sign that you might be doing something wrong in your program. Whenever you see a red flag, you should pause and wonder if there isn't a better way to accomplish the same thing.
chromatic's Repetition Without Abstraction is a great example of this; I think in one of the articles I called it "The Red Flag of All Red Flags" or something.
Thanks again for a great post.