What I do I follow a tutorial to grasp a concept and then apply it to the project in the tutorial and a side project of my own. Is it okay? I'd like to hear your thoughts.
This is exactly the right way to use tutorials, in my opinion.
Speaking from experience, I just think that if you walk away from a tutorial, book or StackOverflow answer and can actually use the concept to solve problems, you’re fine.
If you are only able to re-use the code from the lesson and not fit it to your problem, you haven’t learned the concept, you’ve just paid attention to the lesson.
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