[Tutor] Word List

Alan Gauld alan.gauld at btinternet.com
Mon Mar 10 00:02:45 CET 2008

"Marc Tompkins" <marc.tompkins at gmail.com> wrote 
>... I have now realized the bad things about
>> self-learning.
> There are bad things?  Nobody told me...

I appreciate the humor but seriously, yes there are bad things.

There are a lot of good things too of course, but it is easy 
when self learning to learn something that seems to work but is 
actually bad practice and will lead to problems or complex code
later on. 

As an example self learners often learn one loop style and 
then try to apply it in every situation. Another common case 
is that the potential of dictionaries is often not understood 
and many strange data structures are invented when a 
simple dictionary could solve the problem.

A good teacher will spot and correct those kinds of things.

Alan G.

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