Google is your friend

Has replaced RTFM on support forums.


When I began in IT, all we had were IBM manuals and monthly tech journals to learn from. The resident guru was seeked out for those occasional logic problems we got stuck on.

In big companies, code was locked up by a librarian and checked out by those assigned to make the changes, there was no way to look at other people’s code. Small companies were more relaxed but there was a smaller pool of talent to glean experience from.

Over time, I built up a library of code snippets that I used in my programs, like checking if the date entered was correct. It was my own personal stash, everyone had theirs, sharing was not the norm cause egos ruled the green screens.

Fast forward 20 years and code examples are everywhere, we can learn from the best and brightest in our fields of interest. So the next time you’re stuck and have a question, remember that GIYF ;)

People can be so cold
They’ll hurt you and desert you
Well they’ll take your soul if you let them
Oh yeah, but don’t you let them