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ThatRandomGuy

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Hello all, I just stumbled across the Guided Hacking youtube channel and it perked my interest. I have only the most basic level of programming experience and by basic I mean basic...

The problem I'm finding is when I'm following books or tutorials I often find myself copying huge chunks of code and not actually learning. Anyone can make anything if they follow a tutorial but you're not actually learning. So what do you guys do to help you understand, learn and actually retain the information?

Truly understanding something means you can start from scratch and create the entire thing yourself without any template or google or video tutorials etc. I'm really struggling to retain information. I always find myself having to google for the solution which in turn means I'm not actually learning anything.

Any tips?
 

Rake

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ThatRandomGuy Welcome to GH!

You gotta start small, Copy and paste some small stuff, then modify and expand it to do more, make it print to console get creative and have fun, this will provide you experience which is worth more than anything else. In the youtube tutorials, you should try typing out the code at the same time instead of copy and pasting. Be sure to look up every single function on MSDN and read it over and over again until you understand it 100%, then move onto the next one
 
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ThatRandomGuy

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Rake;41338 said:
ThatRandomGuy Welcome to GH!

You gotta start small, Copy and paste some small stuff, then modify and expand it to do more, make it print to console get creative and have fun, this will provide you experience which is worth more than anything else. In the youtube tutorials, you should try typing out the code at the same time instead of copy and pasting. Be sure to look up every single function on MSDN and read it over and over again until you understand it 100%, then move onto the next one
Thanks for the tips. I do actually type out the code but often times I find myself typing out code that I don't actually understand. Checking the functions on MSDN is a very good idea I never thought of that.

Something I like to do often is type out the tutorial and then add my own functions and change / edit stuff. This is the best thing I've found so far that helps me understand what is going on in the program.
 

Nazalas

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Whenever I really want to understand how something works, I will just start making small changes to it to see what I can get it to do. I will usually start with some small copy paste or a tutorial and add small features to it. Another little thing that I think everyone should do is try to document what you are programming as you are programming. Not only so you understand it when you come back later but I believe that it really makes you take a step back and think about it.
 

kidharris55

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What you got to do is follow a book and complete the questions and exercises so the material sticks. Only look at code for reference but solve problems with the knowledge you are getting.
 
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