Step One: Learn to Google
The Google search engine is the programmer's best friend. If we want to do something, or have a question, chances are someone else has done it or asked it before. Typing in a good Google search should be our first move. It can save us hours, maybe years over a lifetime of programming!
A couple hints:
- Many of the best things for programmers are already out there, structured as "tutorials." If you want to learn "foo" (foo is a programmer's way of saying some random thing), then search for "foo tutorial."
- Another trick is to look for "HOWTO" as one word, Googling "HOWTO foo" often works, just because Linux programmers commonly write "HOWTOs".
It may not be bad to do a "Google search tutorial" Google, right now!
NOTE: in these pages I'm going to leave out links that are "easy Googles."