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I can't speak for other newbies, but I googled for the answer to some question (I can't remember what), saw an article on this site, "CodeProject", and found that I had to register in order to download the sample code. The rest is history.
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.
-- 6079 Smith W.
And that would give handful of them the answer what they seek for. So, with the left ones - search words were so bad that they did not get a helpful related article but come to know of CP and ask query here?
I was shocked, when hiring supposedly senior devs in Singapore, to find some had not heard of CP (or SO). Then again when asked what they used for reference sites some looked at me funny and shrugged, they did not get the gig.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity -
I'm old. I know stuff - JSOP
I would assume most find it the way I did...a Google search landing at SO with links to articles here. So it was back in 2006 when I found just what I was looking for here in an article. To download, I had to sign up and started to receive the daily newsletter. It was a year or so after that before I finally discovered the Lounge.