Never refer to the official documentation for help

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Re: Never refer to the official documentation for help

Posted 19 June 2017 - 04:56 PM

Well that is only because some people read the official documentation in order to be able to answer the questions. ;)

I am probably applying this question to the wrong area. I typically work with embedded systems typically on custom hardware where I am forced to read official documentation to get answers. However, from a pure software perspective it is probably not necessary to dig into official documentation to get your answers.
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Re: Never refer to the official documentation for help

Posted 19 June 2017 - 05:27 PM

I tend to skim through/watch introductory materials/tutorials first to get my bearings and get a sense of the product/technology. I then follow that up with reading the official documentation as I start implementing things on my own to get a deeper understanding.

Now if only I could apply the same process to learning calculus statistics...
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Re: Never refer to the official documentation for help

Posted 19 June 2017 - 05:37 PM

View Postjjl, on 19 June 2017 - 06:56 PM, said:

Well that is only because some people read the official documentation in order to be able to answer the questions.


Yep. Some people have a need or a desire to develop expertise around this particular product, and part of the payback for that effort is that they get to be recognized as experts. They earn that payback by demonstrating expertise in various ways. I think that's pretty much what I said before. :)


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I am probably applying this question to the wrong area. I typically work with embedded systems typically on custom hardware where I am forced to read official documentation to get answers. However, from a pure software perspective it is probably not necessary to dig into official documentation to get your answers.


Yeah, with software it's a lot easier to get hold of a part and drop it in without doing a lot of engineering work. With hardware, you have to think about stuff like "if I plug this in this way, will things work the way I want them to, or will there be a shower of sparks and foul-smelling smoke?" I would imagine that inclines one to pay more attention to the details of the documentation. :)
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Re: Never refer to the official documentation for help

Posted 19 June 2017 - 05:59 PM

Out of curiosity, how many of you use equipment on which your life or someone else's life depends on? I, as a skydiver, scuba diver, climber, and shooter take time to read the official manual. I don't use it as my only resource, but I do use it as one of my resources.

Perhaps as noted above, software is more forgiving if you mess up with it.
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Re: Never refer to the official documentation for help

Posted 19 June 2017 - 07:19 PM

View PostSkydiver, on 19 June 2017 - 08:59 PM, said:

Perhaps as noted above, software is more forgiving if you mess up with it.


Yes, instead it kills somebody else :)
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Re: Never refer to the official documentation for help

Posted 21 June 2017 - 03:33 PM

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Out of curiosity, how many of you use equipment on which your life or someone else's life depends on?


Everyday as I drive my truck down the highway
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Re: Never refer to the official documentation for help

Posted 23 June 2017 - 07:34 PM

And the pages of the manual have fused together inside the glove compartment due to the plastic shrink wrap getting tighter and tighter through each years summer heat...:)
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Re: Never refer to the official documentation for help

Posted 24 June 2017 - 09:18 AM

View PostSkydiver, on 23 June 2017 - 08:34 PM, said:

And the pages of the manual have fused together {...}


A printed, paper book? - how nostalgic. Probably looks really cool next to a CRT monitor.

The manual for my truck:
https://itunes.apple...1191950660?mt=8
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