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    I stumbled upon a really nice article while browsing Stackoverflow that can be a nice read for people that come here directly asking for a solution rather than learning how to solve the problem:

    What have you tried? - Matt Gemmell

    "What have you tried", a common question often met with evasion or just flat out admittance of "nothing, I just want code". In my opinion the article represents in its entirety what this forum and its denizens stand for and explains it in such a respectful and clear manner that if even after reading that you still deny the wisdom and just want the code - you are impossible to be helped.

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    If you have similar awesome articles, of course feel free to share. And if you for some reason think the article is daft, feel free to share the why too :)
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    Default Re: "What have you tried"

    That was a good read. Going to add that to my list of standard replies.
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    Default Re: "What have you tried"

    That was good.
    Apart from the fact that now all the other fonts I have look really tiny...
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    Default Re: "What have you tried"

    The problem with this (and similar articles) is that those for whom it is written either won't take the time to read it or will simply ignore the advice.

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    Default Re: "What have you tried"

    Quote Originally Posted by jim829 View Post
    The problem with this (and similar articles) is that those for whom it is written either won't take the time to read it or will simply ignore the advice.

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    The article covers that too - if you don't want to take the time, then why should we?
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    Default Re: "What have you tried"

    Friday reading: I stumbled onto this interesting read on "DVCS's" by accident. Basically its a report on why GIT sucks and why people who claim it is easy are posers.

    Unorthodocs: Abandon your DVCS and Return to Sanity - bitquabit

    I can at least half agree with it. The tooling behind GIT has stumped me from the beginning, but I do get the idea behind it. I'm not a committer of open source projects nor do I provide patches, so I can't really comment on how harrowing that experience is when GIT is in play.
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    Default Re: "What have you tried"

    Further Friday reading: yet again just stumbling into it (I seem to find most of my reading material by not actually looking for it): it seems Java 9 is already starting to take a very interesting shape.

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