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Hey there, everyone. I REALLY hope I am posting in the right place but here goes... I have ONLY been learning Web Development for under a week. After seeing everything I'm exposed to , regarding HTML and CSS in the Web Development course I'm currently taking, it made a question pop into my head. How much "stuff" regarding Web Development does a professional Dev need to know? For example, I've spoken with some Web Developers who told me that more important than memorizing tags is knowing how they work and how to find what I am looking for, in regards to roadblocks I may come across, in my programming. Basically, what I am asking is what I need to be able to pull out my memory and what is okay to use references for? I know I may sound weird but I'm just worried that if I can't memorize massive amounts of stuff, that I'll be a terrible Web Developer. If I posted this in the wrong section, I'm sorry , as I'm still learning to navigate the site. Thanks in advance.
 
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Albert Einstein once said, "I never memorise anything I can look up."  That's even more true in the internet age.

But in reality, you will find yourself remembering the things that are important to you and your code.
 
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Knute Snortum wrote:Albert Einstein once said, "I never memorise anything I can look up."  That's even more true in the internet age.

But in reality, you will find yourself remembering the things that are important to you and your code.



That was extremely helpful and encouraging. I suppose I'm overthinking it, since I'm so new to the whole deal. Thank you for your advice.
 
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The only time I knew all the statements et cetera by head, was the moment I passed my Java certification. They have been paying me for more than twenty year, so I would not worry too much.

Oh yeah, I am still proud of it, passed my SCJP with 82% score!

:-) :-)


(But it was ~15 years ago I think.)
 
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Jan de Boer wrote:The only time I knew all the statements et cetera by head, was the moment I passed my Java certification. They have been paying me for more than twenty year, so I would not worry too much.

Oh yeah, I am still proud of it, passed my SCJP with 82% score!

:-) :-)


(But it was ~15 years ago I think.)




Wow! Good on you! I guess I'll gain confidence with time.
 
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You learn the stuff you use a lot. For example, think about how to count from 1 to 10 and print the results. When you were brand new to programming, this required looking stuff up. By now, this should be easy in your primary language.
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:You learn the stuff you use a lot. For example, think about how to count from 1 to 10 and print the results. When you were brand new to programming, this required looking stuff up. By now, this should be easy in your primary language.


Well-put. Thank you .
 
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