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#1 csharpbacha  Icon User is offline

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Getting solutions off the internet. Bad or Good?

Posted 23 November 2011 - 12:05 PM

I was looking on the internet for common interview questions. I came upon one that was about finding the occurrences of certain characters in an array. The solution written right below it was in my opinion very elegant. But then another thought came to my mind that, this solution is way better than what came to my mind. So even though I know the solution (that most probably someone with a better IQ had provided) my IQ was still the same. So that means that even though i may know the answer, it still wasn't mine. hence if that question was asked and i was hired upon my answer to that question i couldn't reproduce that same elegance in my other ventures within the organization

My question is what do you guys think about such "borrowed intelligence"? Is it good? Do you feel that if solutions are found off the internet, it makes you think in that same more elegant way?

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Re: Getting solutions off the internet. Bad or Good?

Posted 23 November 2011 - 12:08 PM

Its more of a case of learning from the example. If you just saw a solution on the internet, thought that it was good, and used it, without actually taking any of it in, then there is really no point.

On the other hand, if you actually take something from the solution. For example in future projects remember that implementation and adapt it etc, then its good. It all depends on what you use the snippet for.

Copying without learning = BAD

Copying with learning that you can adapt to future problems = GOOD.
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Re: Getting solutions off the internet. Bad or Good?

Posted 23 November 2011 - 01:11 PM

If I use any solution from the internet I take time to document exactly what it does. If I can't do that then I don't use any of it. That's my way of learning.

Be fair warned: too much and you have one heck of a patchy knowledge base. It's best to learn things in order that a book would specify to provide a solid base, save anything fancy for afterwards.
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Re: Getting solutions off the internet. Bad or Good?

Posted 23 November 2011 - 07:17 PM

Copy and pasting = bad

Read and understand = good

Read, understand and re-implement = even better

Read, understand and do it better = best
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