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Jantje


However, when you don't know what you're looking for then how do you search for it or know when you see it?

One of the most asked questions is: "how do I merge 2 sketches"
Typing this exact question in google gives as second hit http://www.thebox.myzen.co.uk/Tutorial/Merging_Code.html  :smiley-eek-blue:

I wouldn't mind a question like.
I read this article and what I do not understand is ....

Will the future of mankind be "those who can google and those who can't"?

Jantje
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GoForSmoke

When it is the same words they post... that is a true positive, no real attempt to search was made.

But take the ones who got ambitious with leds before they learned about arrays.
Pin names that only differ by the digits at the end, and they're all int to hold jsut 1 bit!

Nick Gammon on multitasking Arduinos:
1) http://gammon.com.au/blink
2) http://gammon.com.au/serial
3) http://gammon.com.au/interrupts

dannable

But you can't search for three exclamation marks, it returns no results. And given how often that crops up it would be handy if it did. Or if there was a sticky explaining the problem in the appropriate section?
Beginners guide to using the Seeedstudio SIM900 GPRS/GSM Shield

Jantje

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JimboZA


Will the future of mankind be "those who can google and those who can't"?


I Googled that question and got no answers, so I don't know.
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Jantje



Will the future of mankind be "those who can google and those who can't"?


I Googled that question and got no answers, so I don't know.

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SirNickity

However, when you don't know what you're looking for then how do you search for it or know when you see it?


This is legitimate, especially for vague questions and ones that use terms likely to match an impossible number of topics.  Search isn't going to be intelligent enough to answer complex contextual queries for a while yet.  :)

One of the most asked questions is: "how do I merge 2 sketches"


Yep, I've seen that one a lot.  This question shows a fundamental lack of understanding on the topic of programming.  Like, you can mix one sketch that is blue, one that is yellow, and get one that is green.  There's just no telling if they're compatible in a copy/paste kind of way, so you can't ever build a procedural approach to this problem.  It requires creativity and understanding of the code -- and based on the question itself, you can bet that level of understanding is absent.  What can you do?  Learning curves are a .... pain.  ;)

GoForSmoke

People who don't know what to search for and wouldn't know if they found it should be getting educated before searching which should be done before asking questions just because the questions will be answerable in terms that the questioner might understand.

Asking how to merge sketches is saying you don't know how they work.
Nick Gammon on multitasking Arduinos:
1) http://gammon.com.au/blink
2) http://gammon.com.au/serial
3) http://gammon.com.au/interrupts

Jantje


Asking how to merge sketches is saying you don't know how they work.

Yes indeed but ... there are many approaches and some are simply better than others. Think about reuse and so.
Grumpy mike did a cool write up on that.  http://www.thebox.myzen.co.uk/Tutorial/Merging_Code.html
I'm using the exact same thing except for I use classes.
So grumpy's
Code: [Select]
  void loop(){
    loopFade();
    loopBlink();
  }

in my code becomes
Code: [Select]
  void loop(){
    fade.loop();
    blink.loop();
  }

I think newbies who ask the question should start with Grumpies approach

Best regards
Jantje
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dannable

And all of a sudden there are a lot of questions about clocks and displaying the time!

When do the schools/colleges start their holidays??
Beginners guide to using the Seeedstudio SIM900 GPRS/GSM Shield

GoForSmoke

Summer school.

Some courses are not just for catchup but simply a bit of extra, often as fun workshops.

Nick Gammon on multitasking Arduinos:
1) http://gammon.com.au/blink
2) http://gammon.com.au/serial
3) http://gammon.com.au/interrupts

Henry_Best


And all of a sudden there are a lot of questions about clocks and displaying the time!

When do the schools/colleges start their holidays??
Depends on the country. In the UK, about the 20th of July for schools. Colleges may be earlier. It's a long time since I was in formal education  :)

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