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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%



 
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Adam David Hill17-Apr-19 4:44
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I disagree that books give a set amount of knowledge. Two people reading the same book may learn different things, and one person reading a book for a second time may learn something new.

I'm not suggesting I don't use books, in fact I rather like them for specifically learning a medium depth overview on a topic, such as a brand new language or stack. I like that the author has (hopefully) considered all the basics one might need to get to grips with a given subject.

Answering the survey question, however, for me the ongoing learning is a combination of trial and error, and also QA sites. When I'm stuck I may know the question, or if not be able to formulate enough of a question to find what is often a detailed and explained solution to what is blocking me. In getting past that problem, I'm learning. Another aspect, is that sometimes we can reconsider a problem and learn about it simply by trying to formulate it as a question. Somewhat like rubber duck programming.
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