You have to implement to understand
Jan 4 2010
It happens all the time:
I end up being aware of techniques, but not really understanding them at the same level I understand linked list (which I’ve implemented many times in my programs).
The time I spent reading the paper feels wasted.
For example, I’ve read about skip lists several times in the past but today is the first time I can say that I understand skip lists well enough to implement them.
Because today I have actually implemented them.
You have to implement to truly understand.

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