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Learning a new tool

 
Sumit Bisht
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Hi ranchers!
How do you learn a new programming tool/language/practice?
or maybe if I generalize it to any technical gadget.What would be your answer?
 
Anil K Chandra
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Play with it. See what it can do and can't do.
 
Bauke Scholtz
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Read the forums. Read the topics with problems ones are struggling with. Try to reproduce the same problem. Try to fix it yourself.
 
Nitin Pathak
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Start with the very basic. I really DO write the 'hello world' as my first step before all the other complexities.
 
Jesper de Jong
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[ December 18, 2008: Message edited by: Jesper Young ]
 
frank davis
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Originally posted by Anil K Chandra:
Play with it. See what it can do and can't do.


Under no circumstances read any directions or instructions first.

First of all because that destroys the fun & play aspect.

Second, because the cuts and wounds you will receive in mis-using the new tool will be effective learning aids to help you remember key aspects of functionality. A missing finger is a small sacrifice on the altar to Knowledge.

Third, having to re-assemble or re-do work from mis-using a tool gives you an in-depth understanding of the interrelationship of system parts in a way that no other method can.
 
Mark Spritzler
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First thing I do is put a nail and a piece of wood underneath it and see if it can hammer the nail into the wood. Then I know it really is a hammer.

Mark
 
Rajah Nagur
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RTFM
 
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