How do you traverse a really large library like .NET?
July 12, 2009 7:30 PM Subscribe
I'm working a project that requires some custom programming. This is outside of my usual domain, I'm feeling overwhelmed by the amount of objects and libraries available to me. I find most of my time is spent looking up what to include and how to do simple things that are easy once I find what I'm looking for. What's the best way to go about learning the libraries? Should I just sit down with a big reference book?
posted by geoff. to computers & internet (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I find myself actually comfortable with the programming and grasped the object oriented programming concepts fairly quickly (it was sort of an a-ha moment).
However, the .NET library is so big and has so many different things to use, I often spend a lot of time dicking around trying to figure out the best way to accomplish what I want. MSDN and other documentation is abundant, but sort of obtuse. I spend a lot of time googling to find what I need. I'm thinking of sitting down and going through the entire library methodically and try to memorize or familiarize myself with as much as possible. Is this a crazy thing to do or a good way to go about it?
Are there any good guides besides MSDN that sort of distill things down in a more accessible way? Any advice?