Hack: Read Primary Sources
Read primary sources.
If you’re in tech, this means:
- Official documentation and specifications
- Source code
- Research papers
Secondary sources, like Stack Overflow or tutorials, have their place, but suffer from several problems:
- Secondary sources go out of date
- Secondary sources are more likely to be wrong, or paint an incomplete picture
Early in my software journey, I spent a lot of time reading tutorials and Stack Overflow questions, as it seemed easier than reading primary sources. When I finally learned to dig into official docs and source code, I realized how much I had been missing.
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