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Do programmer actually memorise code?

8/11/2020 6:35:55 PM

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Memorizing won't take your far. You need to understand the concepts no matter how long it takes for you to get it. And all other things will come naturally.

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(NO, only when you've your exams the very next day.) 😅 Jokes aside, I've not seen any programmer memorising codes, I will say that repetition makes those code syntaxes like a second nature to programmers. Why memorize when we can easily reference the syntax/concept in just a few clicks. **GOOGLE** IMO [if you understand the problem well and have a good logic/algorithm ready with you, then there's no harm in copy pasting codes snippets from the web inorder to implement it]

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Memorizing full codes doesn't make much sense in my opinion, but I do memorize how to use stuff, like: What arguments does function f take? What does it return? Where do I find it? What methods does a certain type have? How to use them? Also specifics of syntax etc. If you want to prevent, that you have to google up stuff again and again (which can add up to wasted time), scheduled repetitions can help. https://code.sololearn.com/cBsq5rYsIB1A/?ref=app

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I guess syntaxes are always memorized [ this is a linear reasoning in reference to how i learn ]. I always try to remember references which can logically be thought of as memorization. Another occasion when I memorize is a day before exam( mostly algorithms ), well I'll always forget everything I memorized during this period the moment I left the exam hall

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Nope. I don't memorise chunks of code. But it is easier to remember some parts, patterns and algorithms in your code when you practice a lot.

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Programmers don't memorize code but instead, try their best to get familiar with the syntax and understand the concepts behind that language. Programming is all about problem solving, logical reasoning and not about knowing it all or the other way round. For example, say you want to calculate the square of a value, take the following codes for example: https://code.sololearn.com/cftppzcPTGim/#cs https://code.sololearn.com/cJ6JXV4Ap8ju/#cs Both codes are logically different from one another but they do have something in common which is their returned output/value, that's what matters, the outcome, not the way it's been written. Memorizing code as a programmer might derail you in your career, which at the end, might be bad for you, although you might want to learn new concepts, which is good but don't memorize them, instead put that concept into practice and i assure you that in no time, you would excel as a programmer. Hope this helps...

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Unless you have the memory of a Goldfish you can't help remembering code, that's how we learn. Do you forget every lesson you've ever been taught once that lesson is over? No, you remember things that you do regularly. Do you need to look up the syntax for a while loop every time you need to write one? No, you remember how to code one. You wouldn't be much use as a programmer if you couldn't remember the basic syntax of the language. Being able to recall something means you have committed it to memory, or memorised it.

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For me, mostly the main syntax, i.e. basic methods, creating functions, declaring variables, etc. The rest is to know where to search, and how to use logic.

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Watch this ( Memorizing in Programming ) https://youtu.be/askbjJx-BQg And as RKK said, if you keep on using a language, you will automatically memorize many things, and people always search for stuff on google (even for the simplest things, because they forget)

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There's no need to but when you write a program that's so cool to the extend that you're obsessed with it and you want to master it, like you can just understand any data or information the program outputs within seconds and without stressing, I prefer you study the code instead of memorizing it. It's just like testing a game before deploying it, if you do that you'll understand every single corner of your code.

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Evil Puppet Memorising stuff could be a lot of work at times. Doing this all the time would be violating the "lazy" mantra of programmers. I'd rather you perfected your "Google searching" skills. In addition your brain would eventually memorise stuff over time, even without you pushing for it... 👍🏼 ... 🤔 However, I know of some really good programmers that memorise stuff but I don't vibe with it.

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No! A programmer doesn't have to memorise code, all u need is for you to be consistent with your practice, with time you'll get used to it. Also the only time I think is ok for anyone to memorise a code it when you are having an exam .

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No need to memorize t codes because a programmer is always writing codes. Now how do you memorize everything. Just keep practicing and with time you will find algorithms are part of you. This is achieved when when you have been following the syntaxes of the language to solve different problems. That's how I think 🤔

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I would like to add a short answer : as you will start to code u will understand that most of the time u don't memorise the whole code bcoz u can take reference anytime . U just have to know things thats it. Just understand whts there in sololearn n then implement.

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Thing is, although googling stuff whenever you need it may feel like little effort the moment you do it, it does cost a bit of time and energy each time you do it. If the conditions are in a way that googling adds up too much over time, just memorizing the item once and for all would be more efficient. I identify three cases: 1.) You use something all the time. You probably don't need to memorize it as long as you regularly write code - which you definitely should be doing anyway. 2.) Stuff you almost never need. You probably won't have to memorize that either, because it's not worth the time and effort in comparison to just googling it the few occasions you use it. 3.) Stuff that doesn't come up all the time but just frequently enough to annoy you when you have to google it... yet another time. In the third case, in my opinion memorization (together with practice) does make sense.

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P.S. I hate algorithms, I was never able to learn them properly. Too heavy for me.

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am quite sure programmers do memorize algorithms which they base on to code, but am pretty sure they don't really memorize code

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Programmers don’t memorize “codes”; they learn a language and then speak it through a keyboard to tell a computer what to do. The only stuff we memorize is the structure and words of the language necessary to that task and like any vocabulary, it grows over time. Kind of like know where stuff is in reference material. Once you see it a few times you tend to remember it. But we aren’t pouring over previously written code like ancient scrolls trying to memorize them and glean meaning from them to be repeated somewhere else. Programming is an act of creation, not memorization. If you’re trying to remember pieces of code you’re already failing as a programmer because it means you never learned to think! Programming is not a rote task. It is an applied art form, expressed in language made whole from thought. So no, you do not “memorize codes”; you learn to think and solve problems. The code flows naturally from there.