Am I Overly Reliant on Documentation?

Am I Overly Reliant on Documentation?
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#1

Hello, I have been taking quite a few Front-End courses (including Free Code Camp of course) for the past few months. And one thing that always bugs me is that I rarely get anything substantial done without consulting documentation.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I have average knowledge and recall of basic HTML and CSS. I also have a thorough understanding of core JavaScript, including its confusing aspects like this-binding and prototype vs [[Prototype]]. However, the moment I have to step beyond these basic aspects, say for example, by using Bootstrap, jQuery or AngularJS, I simply cannot proceed without documentation. I just don’t remember the relevant functions/tags/class-names of such external libraries off the top of my head.

Is this a problem? For example, what if I am interviewed on my knowledge about such libraries? What do I do then? Do I have to systematically memorize them?! That seems like a horrendous task.


#2

Nope, that is ok! There is no way you can know or remember everything, and the more you program, the more you will remember.

So don’t worry about it. :slight_smile:

PO


#3

You are not alone:
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Consensus: it’s totally normal, you’re not doing anything wrong, keep on trucking


#5

Thank you guys/gals for all the comforting assurance. Learning how to code and apply it for real can really be a frustrating experience. You all make it bearable :cry:.