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Should Programmers Use API References at Everyday Work?

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I suppose that API References are a useful thing to keep by your hand when writing programs (like, an OpenGL BlueBook would help when coding an engine), and one of my friends, not a programmer, stated that if I'm using references then I'm not a programmer at all 'cause I don't remember the function calls and enums and etc etc etc. What is your opinion?

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Real programmers arent computers, they program computers. In other words, you dont have to remember every function and constant!!! Of course you should use refrences.

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I suspect that your friend is joking. The ability to memorise entire libraries is not what makes one a programmer. My coworkers and I refer to references quite often.

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I suppose that API References are a useful thing to keep by your hand when writing programs (like, an OpenGL BlueBook would help when coding an engine), and one of my friends, not a programmer, stated that if I'm using references then I'm not a programmer at all 'cause I don't remember the function calls and enums and etc etc etc.
What is your opinion?


I couldn't imagine anyone memorizing every little bit of information about an API. You remember the stuff you use most often and then look-up the rest. Your friend is wrong.

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Thanx guys.
I'll show this post to convince him. :)
As I told before, he's not a coder but a gfx designer and says that he doesn't need any references to Photoshop and 3D max :)

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As I told before, he's not a coder but a gfx designer and says that he doesn't need any references to Photoshop and 3D max :)


Tell him to model in just MaxScript, without using a reference [lol]

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Your friend is 100% correct! I've never even met a programmer who doesn't have the entire DirectX API (releases 1-3, and 5-9) memorized. And don't even get me started on Berkley Sockets...

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I wish people would read the documentation more. Then I wouldn't have to answer so many questions with "What documentation are you using?"

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