What are some of the worst advice to give to a colleague developer? 🙄

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This applies to newcomers (junior or not):

Just start coding, you will be fine in a few weeks.

In fact, during that few weeks the newcomer will probably get so confused that they might even leave the company. I have lost great candidates to this before and even left a job because of this attitude.

Instead, during the first few days other employees could have onboard the newcomer so they stay and get productive within a week or so. “Just start coding” is usually not a good advice, unless the newcomer has to work on a totally new project (and even then it can cause frustration).