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I have purchased some very good books in some areas I'm interested in learning, but I have a bit of a problem. Books teach me absolutely nothing. I end up having to experiment myself, just to remember the basics. So what I would like to know is: How is the best way to learn from my books? How can I make the most of them, and utilize them for learning the subject they're for? And why can some people learn easily from them, but not others? Thanks for your time.

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its very hard to teach programming through books, the way i learned it was following through a beginers book, doing all the code examples, then spending loads of extra time putting the examples into practise and trying out my own things based on these principles

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well.. once you know the basics, you can learn from books... but it's somewhat bad not to have someone to explain to you something you don't understand... on the other hand , you learn slower, but better :)

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Books teach me absolutely nothing. I end up having to experiment myself, just to remember the basics.


You're supposed to read the books and experiment on what you're reading on your compiler at the same time. You can't read them as novels and try to memorize things; it doesn't work that way.

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