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Discussion on: Why video tutorials should NOT replace reading documentation

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Jean-Michel Fayard πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄

On the positive side, videos are better than the reference documentation to give you the big picture and a sense of familiarity.

On the other hand, it feels too passive to me. I'm following a video course right now and I sit uncomfortably in my chair, wanting to do something.

I wonder if programming videos are not the poor man's version of pair programming, one of the industry best kept secrets.

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Carl Wills Author

There's definitely a place for video tutorials, but a healthy balance between them and documentation is what I've found is the sweet spot for my learning style.

Just like you said, they give you a great big picture overview and maybe a few keywords or ideas to lookup when you open up the documentation.