The Art of Forgetting

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I’ve found that one of the most useful skills I have is knowing what to forget. Let me ask a question to demonstrate my point.

Which of the following pieces of data is more useful?

  1. Knowing the entire API of `System.Collections.Generic.List<>’
  2. Knowing how to search the MSDN docs for the API to List<>

I forget orders of magnitude more things about programming in an average day than what I remember. But what I do remember are the important pieces of information that I can use to find what I need.

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