How to Retain Lots of Technical Stuff ?
May 20, 2012 2:07 PM Subscribe
I move back and forth between language, technologies and systems. I spend inordinate amounts of times getting back to speed. Is there any way I can ease this and reduce this time period?
posted by gadha to Technology (5 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I might spend about 6 months working on something and then not use it for a year or more and come back to it later. E.g. I spent most of last year using Boost and then switched to C and used glibc for some embedded systems work and then went off and did some python based code for 5 months. I'm now back to using Boost.
I spend a lot of time learning the runes of the APIs and the languages making things as efficient and clean as I can, but once I've been away for a long time I come back to things and find I've forgotten quite a lot of the API and sometimes even fundamentals of the language (e.g. I'd actually forgotten of pythons new "with" statement until I saw it online in an example)
I've recently taken to keeping notes for myself but I was wondering if anyone has any ideas on handling this scenario better. I tend to thrash about for two weeks or more before I get my fluency back every time I get away from things or switch and it's becoming really annoying.
This issue tends to repeat itself with tools as well: e.g. make/gdb