wow, that's fantastic!
Scott Young recently profiled Ben Franklin and Van Gogh as people who used copying to learn writing and painting, respectively. He points out that by devaluing copying in creative achievement, we also throw out its value in learning fundamental techniques. I've seen this in action watching so many people improve
Wait, what? Flash cards can make you a better programmer? Programming is a complex, sophisticated skill. And flash cards are about drilling very low-level, atomic information! Yes, that's true! Flash cards alone will never make you a good programmer. But programming is also made up of low-level skills, like remembering