I actually sort of did exactly that
That's what happens to people who just apply and aren't trained in the field, right?
No! The best training is to be applied: have to deal with solving real world problems, ..and if you want good training on programming then there is so much high quality resources you can locate with quick google (and they are really worthwhile to study,.. if you are into that sort of thing).
Mrs outrun and I used to play computer games against each other on our LAN (Red Alert was one of out favourite, but Duke Nuke 'm, Half Life were a lot of fun too). Whenever there was a new game she would start clicking as a maniac all over the screen and before you know it she would get semi-organised and release endless mayhem on me. Like a piranha.. My survival strategy was to try and find a manual somewhere, or else iterate every key combination and make notes, pre-compute probability tables of optimal strategies when applicable (e.g. in Risk: attack or defend?).. and then slooowly we would even out. I would have my occasional laugh with a special hidden feature, but I could only use it once.
..both methods of learning new games/skills worked really well, but I now know Mrs Outrun was doing applied Reinforcement Learning, and that's the way to go!
What I meant is rather that even though I've probably written more lines of code and big projects in C++ in my life than most people at least in this section of the forum - and I probably had an opportunity to use most available features - without proper education and research experience like Cuchulainn's, I'm doomed to keep wondering about basic stuff and asking silly questions. I like to think that I'm better than some self-proclaimed Internet experts and often cringe at errors and misconceptions in online manuals, but I can see that my knowledge is still not in a small part as in-depth and systematised as that in physics or statistics, in which I have solid training. I needed someone like Cuchulainn to put the label "anonymous object" on it - basic C++ stuff, but at a non-standard angle it still can look strange to my lame eye
BTW, Cuchlainn is officially the first person in my life to whom I suck up. I was sometimes disgusted at how some of you suck up to Paul, but it actually doesn't feel that bad. Excuse me for a moment, I need to go and wash my nose...
PS. If Mrs outrun was American, I would vote for her for POTUS.