Pause Before You Optimize
While it’s often wise to optimize, doing so before it’s the right time hinders productivity. Optimization is typically a time-consuming process. Plus, moving forward with it too soon can cause your code to be difficult to maintain and challenging to read.
Similarly, not all optimizations are ultimately necessary. If you spend time on a segment of an application that didn’t genuinely need attention, you aren’t being efficient.
Before you start, spend time determining precisely how fast your code needs to be. Specific your API call maximum response times or the number of records you need to import within a particular period. After that, check to see which application segments are actually too slow and would benefit from improvements, only going forward with optimization in areas where it’s legitimately necessary.
Try Using a Profiler
Once you know which segments of code need improving, consider forgoing the manual approach to figure out where to begin. Instead, use a profiler.
By taking advantage of a profiler, you can get highly detailed data regarding your code’s behavior and performance. That empowers you to concentrate on areas that are performance-critical. Plus, the process itself can be much faster than reviewing your code yourself.
Always Tackle the Most Significant Bottleneck First
After figuring out where the issues lie, you have to decide which one gets your immediate attention. Usually, you have two choices; you can focus on quick wins or dig into the biggest issue.
While the first option is often the most attractive, predominately because it allows you to see positive results faster, it isn’t always the ideal approach. By tackling the most significant bottleneck instead, you might discover that it’s the only change you need to make to meet your performance targets. However, if that isn’t the case, it can still be a timesaver, as you may need to make fewer subsequent adjustments to achieve the ideal speed.
In the end, this approach enhances efficiency. Commonly, you’ll spend less time making changes, allowing you to be more productive.
Ultimately, each of the tips above can enable you to accomplish two goals. First, it can allow you to create a clean, functional code that achieves your application performance objectives. Since functionality is always a priority, that’s a big deal. Second, it gives you the ability to enhance your coding speed. You’ll be faster and more efficient, boosting your overall productivity.
Reach Out to the Experts at The Armada Group
If you’d like to learn more about managing your on-the-job performance, the team at The Armada Group can help. Contact us to speak with a member of our knowledgeable team today and see how our expertise can benefit you.