Learning Resource Structure
morganmcdermott at gmail.com
Sun Dec 3 18:48:43 PST 2006
Repost from DSource:
The first thing on my agenda is coming up with a design for the
structure. The abstract model for this project's "flow" should enable
speedy and comprehensive learning, as well as easy and intuitive access
to what I will call the "reference". I have divided this design into
these two parts based on how I learn and use informative material
pertaining to programming languages, so it will be necessary to modify
this model to allow for people who learn differently to still learn easily.
As I learn a language, I will read books and tutorials to get a feel for
the language's syntax (much akin to how one would learn the grammar of a
foreign language). Once I have taken in enough information and written
enough code, this all becomes second nature and I rarely refer back to
these "beginner resources". After this point, I read tutorials on more
advanced features, my code gets cleaner, and I get really comfortable
with the language. From here, I read the occasional Advanced tutorial
when I stumble across one, but I am still researching things on the web;
primarily, I lookup information about functions and API's. What I
research after I'm comfortable with the language is what I call
"reference information", or something like the vocabulary of a foreign
language. Advanced tutorials past this point generally cover things,
using our metaphor again, like prose or internal mechanisms.
/** Visual portion edited out..
* See http://www.dsource.org/forums/viewtopic.php?p=12007
But again, this is simply a model of a perfect resource for myself and
we need to consider the different ways people learn and use information
right now, while we're designing the structure and flow. On this note, I
would like feedback and structural suggestions from anyone who has an
opinion on this topic, no matter how mild or obscure.
Things to think about:
-Would you like D's primary information resource to be structured
-If not, then how?
-Would the above structure allow for the most speedy and
comprehensive learning for the most people?
-What if the ONLY D Resource you could find was structured like
this? Would it be good or bad?
-If there existed ONLY one resource, how would you structure it?
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