Should A Programmer Use Google And Stack Overflow All The Time?

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programmers use googleShort Bytes: The programming novices often struggle with the question “Should a coder use Google and Stack Overflow often?” Well, the answer to this question is a simple ‘yes’ as they are just another set of tools that help you learn new things and complete your job.

Becoming an expert programmer is a skill that’s not so easy to master. One needs to focus on a programming language, practice it with discipline, and memorize plenty of resources related to it.

As programming has become more popular, we can learn programming from a variety of resources. There are many free websites that teach programming and help you get started.

If you are a beginner, there’s one question that you might have often asked — “Is it okay to take Google help from Stack Overflow?”

This stigma haunts the beginners who think that they don’t deserve any accolades they receive. This is often referred to as the ‘imposter syndrome’. In simpler words, new developers think that getting help from Google is something ‘unethical’.

Well, let me tell you that the answer to the above-mentioned question is a simple YES.

You might be surprised to know that the Google search frequency of a developer increases with experience. As one learns new things with time, the desire to achieve perfection inspires him/her to learn more and Google acts a perfect companion in this journey.

Very often a developer has to deal with a programming language that’s not his/her main language. So, Google search and often trips to Stack Overflow are a necessary part of the job.

It’s important to note that being a good programmer also means that you can’t know EVERYTHING. This also means that one should be open to learning and use all possible resources to hunt for solutions.

If you are dealing with an overabundance of programming languages, keeping track of syntax becomes impossible. Remember that Googling and accessing Stack Overflow for learning syntax and clearing doubts is not cheating — they are just another set of useful agents that help you become an expert.

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Adarsh Verma

Adarsh Verma

Fossbytes co-founder and an aspiring entrepreneur who keeps a close eye on open source, tech giants, and security. Get in touch with him by sending an email — [email protected]

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