[To celebrate my first year of programming I will ask a ‘stupid’ questions daily on my blog for a year, to make sure I learn at least 365 new things during my second year as a developer]- why? Read here:
The first thing I learned as a ‘newbie’ developer is that there is such a thing as stupid questions- according to some developers with an ego the size of an elephant. I disagree. During my first year as a developer I made sure to always ask if I was wondering, not caring at all if the question would be considered dumb or not. “What do you mean when you say _____”- would be a typical question or “Why do you say that ____” and “And the pros and cons are_______” as well. And if the person said “You know what I mean?” Or “Are you with me?” I would say “No, I still don’t get it! Can you please explain one more time?” – if I didn’t get it. Funny enough I would often get laughed at, but a few moments later the person would admit that the answer wasnt obvious and he/she had a hard time answering, if he/she could answer at all. My teacher that showed a great deal of patience, my co-workers and some of the second year students, never laughed at me,- but instead took the time to together find that answer. I would have never, NEVER, gotten this far without asking those question- as I say, assume nothing,- question everything- and neither would I have gotten where I am today without likeminded people. Since it worked for me that well, I’ll do it for one more year, and I’ll even do it publicly so others that don’t dare to ask, or never even thought about the question, can joining in on finding the answers. I do believe that the question is more important than the answer, and the journey even more so.
AND – you CAN’T downvote me here muahahahaha 😀