Itamar Turner-Trauring

On learning new technologies: why breadth beats depth  ↦

There’s always new technologies coming out, and learning them in-depth would take an impossible amount of time. But you can most of the benefit, and more efficiently, by focusing on learning just enough about a broad range of tools to know when they’re useful.

You know I’ve been preaching breadth-first over depth-first for years now. In this post, Itamar breaks down why that’s a smart strategy for learning new technologies and lays out a few ways you can gain breadth of knowledge.

Unfortunately, he omitted one of the best ways of gaining (and maintaining) breadth: listen to podcasts!


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