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Recently I found myself looking through a textbook to find some data time stuff, and I found it somewhat refreshing to go to an index page then turn to a page? Does anybody else find themselves looking over textbooks and manuals for your questions and how to?
Yes - or MSDN / Google. PDF's on the PC can be a pain (they don't like to remember the page you were on, and for a 1000 page book it's not worth adding bookmarks as it takes a while to save) but... they have search facilities which moves them leaps and bounds beyond paper versions.
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OG, my biggest complaint with PDFs is that I should be able to link to a specific page when I open one!
This just reminded me, although I do go ahead and use book marks, despite taking time to save them.
I still use text books for learning new tech, I'll pick up a Wrox book or something and go through it. I know that's terrible old-fashioned of me, I should really find a tech forum and ask "How to get data from user then store data in database then search data and show results then export to pdf?". Learning how to code an entire discipline from a form post is far more efficient, but I just like wasting my time.
Same here. I buy how-to books when learning something new, although these days I buy them in kindle format as they are a lot lighter. I much prefer hard copy ... but it's much handier to have the book on my phone, tablet, laptop, and desktop.
Learning -- hard copy Research -- soft copy
Forums can be useful when I'm trying to solve a single problem ... but there's so much chaff that sometimes that isn't easier, either.
My kindle doesn't get a lot of usage any more, either. While it's really handy when in bright light conditions (eInk technology rocks), the processor and memory Amazon puts into Kindles is substandard. I have Kindle software on my PCs, phone, and tablet -- the software is far more functional than kindle units.
I use Calibre (calibre - E-book management[^]) for my library management and reading non-Kindle books, and Aldiko for reading on my phone and tablet.
Yes, when I can, especially when the the text of more than a couple of paragraphs. Sometimes (OK more than sometimes) I need the searchability of electronic documents. For instance some MCUs have mighty large manuals, that you simply can't thumb through in a reasonable amount of time. Though I do tend to print sections of intererst once I find them.
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I crack open a book once and a while. Its good to give the ol' eyes a rest from the screen. I also feel that fundamentally its a better approach to build a foundation of knowledge on a development topic, as opposed to just binging your way around from the get go.
I have also been known to visit the local library on occasion.