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Which of the following are your preferred ways of learning?

Survey period: 15 Apr 2019 to 22 Apr 2019

Some methods are more efficient than others.

OptionVotes% 
Written tutorials61260.47
Video tutorials39639.13
Reading a book50449.80
Online interactive tutorials32231.82
By modifying and extending an existing application49148.52
Using the docs and trial-and-error44343.77
Formal courses19719.47
Randomly copying and pasting online code examples17417.19
Other302.96
Respondents were allowed to choose more than one answer; totals may not add up to 100%



 
GeneralRe: Everything is better than videos Pin
den2k8817-Apr-19 1:24
professionalden2k8817-Apr-19 1:24 
GeneralFormal courses are the best... Pin
OriginalGriff14-Apr-19 21:36
mveOriginalGriff14-Apr-19 21:36 
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den2k8814-Apr-19 21:43
professionalden2k8814-Apr-19 21:43 
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Mike (Prof. Chuck)14-Apr-19 22:52
professionalMike (Prof. Chuck)14-Apr-19 22:52 
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ronlease16-Apr-19 3:55
professionalronlease16-Apr-19 3:55 
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OriginalGriff16-Apr-19 4:06
mveOriginalGriff16-Apr-19 4:06 
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Andreas Mertens16-Apr-19 4:03
professionalAndreas Mertens16-Apr-19 4:03 
I can agree with you on this to a point. However if I am looking at picking up a new language/technology that I need right now for a client, taking a formal course that will require months of time is not usually the most effective (especially if the client needs results now).

I think that anyone that has been working successfully in our field (at least 10+ years) learns the knack of picking up enough of a new technology quickly to get the job done, at least at first. After that if we keep using that technology we just reinforce and add to our use and understanding of that tech.

Of course this has shortcomings - we may get a stilted view of a new technology, not realizing some of the more elegant solutions it provides. I think then that if this is something we want more of a deep dive into, we take those courses and read the books (among other ways) to get a wider breadth of understanding in such new tech.
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OriginalGriff16-Apr-19 4:12
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Andreas Mertens16-Apr-19 4:26
professionalAndreas Mertens16-Apr-19 4:26 

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