In my opinion, a programmer can do his job in the most productive way by believing that he is always a student. There are always multiple paths by which to solve a problem with code.
In my opinion, a programmer can do his job in the most productive way by believing that he is always a student. There are always multiple paths by which to solve a problem with code, and it takes experience to learn which is the best. We must constantly be learning, for the technology and methods improve so rapidly that without learning, we quickly fall behind our peers. I've been lucky in that most of the developers I've worked with so far have taken this "permanent student" philosophy to heart.
Due to this mindset, a lot of programmers and developers that I meet have a deep-seated need to understand all possible solutions to their problem. They must be able to take each one apart and put it back together blindfolded before they can feel comfortable that they comprehend what the solution is supposed to do. For the most part, this is a good thing. It enables us to learn, to gather more information, and use that data to create new and better applications.
As a programmer living in the age of technology, I cannot imagine how (or even if) programmers held this mindset before we had the Internet. It has put the sum of human knowledge at our fingertips; any problem we have is only a quick search away. Hard copy books, the learning paths our coding forefathers used, are quickly becoming irrelevent, and the Internet is opening doors faster than we can look into the rooms. We, the permanent students, have the ability to study anything we wish. And because we are smart enough to recognize that we are almost always not the first person to have a particular problem, it's really easy to assume that the Internet must be able to provide an answer.
But the sum of human knowledge is effectively limitless. We programmers crave knowledge; it is embedded within us, the foundation for our skills and experience. So what happens when people who have such a basic need to understand everything meet a limitless amount of information? In my experience, many programmers will enter a state known as analysis paralysis, an inability to make a decision because it is not obvious which solution is better.
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Suppose you are looking to book a flight ticket for a trip of yours. Now, you will not go directly to a specific site and book the first ticket that you see.