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    There is so much to learn....


    There is so much to learn in Web Development and just computers themselves. How do you go about learning everything you need to know?

    I personally build projects and while I'm building them I research what needs to be done and spend hours trying to figure out best practice and top performance methods.
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    You read. It takes a long time and there is no real shorter method. Read, and read fast and effective. I have a lot of books, I learned everything I know by reading them, there is no other way truly....

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    Originally Posted by ryon420
    You read. It takes a long time and there is no real shorter method. Read, and read fast and effective. I have a lot of books, I learned everything I know by reading them, there is no other way truly....
    I have over 100 books, and have probably only opened about 10 of them.... I hate reading. Most of my learning is from conversating with others that I know in a similar field. Also just doing things hands-on.. if I have questions, I come here and ask.... I don't really think reading is the only way.. especially since by the time you finish reading one of the books, it's obsolete...

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    • ryon420 agrees : Well, you have to read something at one point or another. Whether it be books or whatever, you have to read ;)
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    Pick a project and google for every question that pops up. Thats what I do.
    Yeah I guess picking up a book and going through every page sometimes is an overkill. Mostly when I pick up a book it is for looking up problems, which is mostly because the difficulty level is incremental. So when I solve problem n, I am a little more prepared for the n+1th problem.

    But then this works for me. Just find your calling.

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    Originally Posted by ryon420
    You read. It takes a long time
    Read and write code. And it takes a very long time, decades.

    Once you've done many languages and many systems, you can start to see the common parts. The languages change, the middleware changes, the problems really don't.
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    Originally Posted by fishtoprecords
    The languages change, the middleware changes, the problems really don't.
    I think this is where there is much confusion with some kids / students: the difference between learning a language, and studying/understanding "computer science".

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    I remember the first time I started working on a car with my dad. He would point his finger at different things in the engine compartment or pull some random component out of a box and ask me what it was, what it did, and what make/model it went to. It took a little while, but now you could show me the retaining bolt on the rear window crank of a 1968 mustang and I would be able to tell you which month of the year it was produced and in which factory.
    The mind is an amazing thing, and it performs incredibly when it finds something that its interested in. Knowledge is soaked up.
    There are some basic concepts that apply to around 68% of people like reading books and talking to subject matter experts, but the strengths of each of these will vary from person to person. I personally enjoy being thrown into the fire and struggling to survive. Its about as close as I can get to downloading things straight into my head matrix style.
    When its come to code, the internet tubes have been my greatest resource, and actually a key interview point. When asked if I know some specific technology I can answer truthfully that I do or do not but add that I know where to find the answers when I need them.
    I like books for entertainment honestly, and sometimes very seldom for a quick reference. Who still uses the Encyclopedia Britannica over Wikipedia?
    The company I keep also has a profound effect. Like minded individuals energize my enthusiasm for a subject. I like showing off, what can I say.
    I would say my 1 rule in resources is this however. Try not to ask stupid questions. Give it a try first. Trial and error is a fundamental learning tool. When you've exhausted that store its time to look outward to your resources.

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