How to be Stuck


Learning to learn to code on the Internet


Flatiron School | October 4th, 2013


Michael Hoffman

@hoffm

About me




I do Rails for Food52

Left Academia

First commit: August, 2011

No formal training

Jealous of you!

The Plan




Stuckness

Options

Challenges

Coping

Options




Ask a friend.


Ask Google.


Something in between:

RTFM

Read The Fucking Manual

GIYF

Google Is Your Friend

STFW

Search The Fucking Web

LMGTFY

Let Me Google That For You

RTFM:
the attitude




Contempt
Condescension
Disdain
Indifference

But…

RTFM:
the advice




You should RTM.


You should do your research.


Don't be lazy!

“And how will you inquire into a thing when you are wholly ignorant of what it is?

Even if you happen to bump right into it, how will you know it is the thing you didn’t know?”


Plato, Meno, 80d1-4

What's the question?

What's the jargon?

Whom do you ask?

What are they saying?

How do you do that?

You need to learn stuff to know stuff.

You need to know stuff to learn stuff.

Embrance

the

pain

How to be stuck




30 minute rule

Rubber ducky

What did you Google?

Answering

coding

questions

on the Internet

is a skill.

Thanks!


Michael Hoffman

hof.fm | @hoffm

hof.fm/howtobestuck



<----- Daisy

Halp!