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Asking questions effectively is an art. Everytime you don't get satisfying answers to your questions, you should first ask yourself whether you could improve the way you asked them.


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  • The flipside of asking questions, of course, is answering them. Here are some things to keep in mind when posting answers: HowToAnswerQuestionsOnJavaRanch



    Other resources:

  • http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html has a lot of tips similar to the above, with elaborate explanations.


  • Note: Do not send Java questions to the authors of these documents! If you do, they will flame you and you will deserve it.
     
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