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How often do you use Google when doing work

 
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Dear all,

I'm software developer, recently I noticed that I'm depending on Google too much, and thought of working for few days without using Google. To my surprise it was extremely difficult to progress in work without Google. This really worrying me and I'm not sure whether it is correct for career and for work.

What do you think on using Google during work and how much extent is acceptable. Kindly share your views.

Thanks & Regards,
Surya.
 
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When I started in IT over 20 years ago, we had huge stacks of software and system manuals on our desks. That was where we looked stuff up. If we didn't know the answer, and it wasn't in the manuals, we were pretty much screwed. Or we had to put in a support request with the supplier and wait for an answer.

These days, all documentation is online, together with vast amounts of other useful materials - tutorials, code examples, tips and tricks, warnings, expert advice etc. You'd be crazy not to use these resources where appropriate for your work. No point wasting your time and your employer's money wrestling for hours with some problem that somebody else has already solved.
 
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Google is great for doing research ... either directly answering a question, or finding resources to start learning something. Google is also great for stuff that I don't really care to remember, such as timezone difference between countries, in order to setup conference calls at a reasonable hour.


So, I guess the question here is ... what are you using Google for? Google is a great tool, and it does great work, so what's wrong with using it?

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Don't worry at all. Google, and Stack Overflow in particular, are at the nexus of what we do as programmers. Everyone does it, everyone knows we do it. You really don't need to worry about it!
 
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This is the most senseless worry I have seem posted in these forums.
 
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I tend to use Google scholar more for direct work things if I am looking for references.
 
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Bear Bibeault wrote:This is the most senseless worry I have seem posted in these forums.



Senseless? That hurts

What if Google starts charging money to use its search service? To be precise, having too much dependency on day to day job on Google worries me. Moreover, this question came up in recent few technical interviews I had closely watched (while my colleague taking interview, I was in the panel ...)

Anyways, thanks for the comments.
 
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If Google starts charging for searches, then within a week everybody will switch to Bing, or DuckDuckGo or whichever search engine named by a 4-year-old doesn't charge for searches.

More importantly, for at least the last 4000 years humans have been able to store information outside their heads in written form. This allows civilisations to grow, and relieves me of the need to remember oddities of syntax or the phone numbers of a thousand experts who might be able to answer the questions I can resolve so easily via Google. Or indeed via JavaRanch, which is another external store of knowledge and experience.

But nobody's forcing you and your colleagues to use search engines. If you can keep all this stuff in your heads then good luck to you.
 
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I use Google. I use our internal wiki. I use books. I use autocomplete.

It's fine. Part of getting work done is to know where to find information. This frees up the info in my head to be important things. Like understanding our business.

Having your mind be pointers to other resources is perfectly appropriate. One caveat: looking up a fact or how to solve a problem is good. Googling and expecting a complete solution is typically not. (I don't think you are expecting that, but posting it anyway for future readers of this thread)
 
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