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New Programmer's Survival Manual by Joshua D. Carter

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Tip 12Automate Your Pain Away
White Belt[​​White Belt] You can start automating tasks for yourself no matter what your role or how your project is structured. (Plus, it’s a given that newbies will be given some mundane tasks—exactly the kind of tasks that beg for automation.)

In any industry project, the program build is automated, so you just need to type make or click a button. The tools used for compiling source code, however, are generic automation tools; they can be used for a lot more than running compilers. Like many of the topics we’ve discussed, automation is a productivity multiplier—use it well, and the time invested up front multiplies your effort ...

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