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So, this coworker of mine just said I'll never be a good programmer because I was looking for an answer on Stackoverflow, instead of figuring it out by myself.
Yeah, Satan. I'm sorry if I wasn't born knowing everything about a language I started learning a month ago.
Fuck off.

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  • 24
    knowing when you need to look something up and where to look is a pretty important skill to have, in my opinion.
  • 22
    I saw a quote yesterday on quora, supposedly by Albert Einstein:
    You don't have to know everything, just where to find it when you need it.
    I'm thinking about writing it on his car. With a pointy rock.
  • 2
    If you can efficiently get the answer and solve a problem it is fine. Time is money.
  • 2
    if people would stop with only what they know and don't look for new knowledge, their knowledge would soon be outdated. And so would them.
  • 0
    I made SO part of the interview when I was hiring a developer to partner with me for a spell. If they didn't refer to that or similar when asked about their solution to working through a problem then their chances plummeted. I also looked up each candidate's account to get a baseline of their interests.
  • 0
    Got that one coworker, too. He got fired: too mf slow and clumsy solutions!
  • 2
    The process of writing a good stack overflow question is a good way of finding an answer.

    Also, if you can't look things up on the largest library in the world (interwebs), where can you?
  • 0
    @Jumpshot44 completely agree. I find as I gain more professional experience, I spend more, not less, time on stack overflow. Quickest way to a solution, often. Doesn't mean I don't understand or couldn't figure it out on my own.
  • 2
    As long as you aren't straight up copy pasting the code but taking your time analyzing and mulling about it... Sod your colleague.
  • 1
    You're always a student in our industry since things change all the time. I'd be hesitant to work with anyone who doesn't use it.
  • 8
    Knowing useful tools is an important skill. Stackoverflow is one of those tools. Your colleague is also a tool. A complete tool. But not in a good way.
  • 0
    I have worked with a few people, who in fact, never progressed with programming because the always just copy pasted everything from SO and were like, "schooled it!." That IS one end of the spectrum. On the other hand, there are plenty of things that could ONLY be solved by similar experiences on SO and issues.
  • 1
    You are right, he is Satan.
  • 0
    Yeah I don't simply copy paste stuff. I try to understand what's happening and improve where I can.
  • 0
    why waste your time figuring it out yourself if someone already did the figuring out part. you're just using your time wisely, as long as you understand the information/solution presented to you. you're fine. 😉
  • 1
    @vlxdxmxr exactly, don't reinvent the wheel.
  • 1
    oh hey satan
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  • 1
    Imagine if scientists had to learn everything by themselves.. some research papers consists of multiple years of work.
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