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Why You Should Stop Watching Programming Tutorials

For about a year I was watching tutorials on how to do various things in Web Development.

You might be wondering how can someone watch tutorials for so long, and to this day I have no idea what truly happened.

I watched tutorials how to build out fully functional web apps and software's. I truly felt as if I knew how to create these apps/software's because of how easy instructors made it look.

The main purpose of these tutorials are to entertain and some are in a smaller group which actually serve to educate, however they are few in numbers.

If you wish to code then the only real way to learn is by doing and this has been said by many others before but it's an underrated statement which after leaving here today I want you to take more seriously.

Watching videos on how to program/code for 3 months+ puts you in a state I call "Tutorial Kiddie" this is when you watch tutorial after tutorial without ever practice building anything with the knowledge you gain.

In conclusion you don't want to be a Tutorial Kiddie use the knowledge you gain and build projects.

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Andrew Baisden

Not sure I totally agree here there is much value to be had in programming tutorial's. I learned most of my best skills from YouTube and Udemy courses. I think the main concern here is getting stuck in tutorial hell and not leaving the tutorial videos behind.

If you can learn by watching it and then go off on your own and build something with the skills you just learned. Then it has succeeded in teaching you valid skills.