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Looking forward to stackoverflow

Not an actual stack overflow, but the new site, stackoverflow.com, run by Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky.  Their aim is to provide some sort of programming Q&A site.  Accurate and up to date information that’s easy to find by having programmers ask questions and other programmers answer them.  I hope that they can pull it off.  My usual method of learning something programming related is by what Joel referred to as “page-fault” learning.  I start out with a Google or forum search, get the basics, and start implementing until I hit an error or a mental block.  Then I jump back on the Intertubes to research a little deeper.

I’m so tired of hitting Experts-exchange when I google a topic.  So much that I’ll specifically exclude it from my Google searches by tacking on  “-site:www.experts-exchange.com” to the search string.  There’s something about that site that just rubs me the wrong way.  it’s like “We’ll tease you with the question, now pay up for the answer”.  And you’ll have no way of knowing if the answer is correct or applicable to your need until after you have paid them.  No sir, I don’t like it.

Right now, the only thing up on the site is a podcast of a conversation between Jeff and Joel.  I’ve been listening to it and it’s pretty good.  I can’t wait for the site to take form and I hope to be able to contribute to it in some small form.