Learning new things

Tom Duff 'blogs, "It's so frustrating not knowing what you don't know…" with regards his first foray in to the world of portlets, Websphere, and the like.

Tom, I feel your pain ;-) The only advice I can offer is this: take everything slowly. Pick on one thing you want to get your head round, and go at it. Everything else will gradually start to become clear, at least, that's what I've found. J2EE is a fine art, and I count myself as someone who's really not got hang of the brush technique yet!

There are so many things to learn when it comes to effective coding nowadays, that you just have to take a step back and pick on something to get you going. Otherwise, you face a nightmare just getting started!


  1. Thanks for the encouragement, Ben… You're right in that I need to take a small chunk at a time. My problem is that when I tackle new stuff, I put pressure on myself to become an expert in very short order (regardless of whether it's reasonable or not). One step at a time, one step at a time… :-)Thomas Duff#
  2. Yeah, I know what you mean. I think it was jonvon who also 'blogged recently about things going "pop" in his head 'cos there was too much going in! We've all been there…
    ;-) Ben Poole#

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