“Which e-book?” I said, curious.
She told me to scroll down to the bottom of jQuery.com and click on one of the links there. Funny, in all time I’ve been using jQuery, I’d never paid much attention to the links at the bottom of jQuery.com — but lo and behold, there it was: jQuery Succinctly by Cody Lindley, free downloadable e-book.
Kindle presents such a nicer reading experience on the phone, and the best part was that I didn’t need wifi or spend a lot of money to read these books! Yay for productivity!
Person A: What is X?
Person B: I think it has something to do with Y.
Person A: Oh, really? *starts Googling*
Person A: Ah, I see, this tutorial defines X as YZ and… wait, I don’t understand this part. What does that mean when it says Y is a function of XYZ?
Person B: *starts reading too* I think it means that ZYX. Here, look at this explanation above from ABC.
Person A: That makes sense now! They’re the same thing.
Person B: Yeah, I understand it now too. Thanks for figuring it out with me.
A commenter on one of my previous blog posts mentioned “spaced repetition quizzing” from this book as a good way to make concepts stick, and I am intrigued; I am tempted to type out all my future notes in question/answer quiz format now.
Of course, writing quiz questions for review isn’t exactly a novel concept; I didn’t go through sixteen years of schooling without writing out questions for Spanish class or testing myself using flashcards.
On the other hand, I haven’t approached note-taking in programming the same way, because I’ve been learning on the job — i.e. in a non-academic setting. Maybe it’s time to start.
To be continued!