Thoughts about reading computer books

I have been coding ASP.NET for about 4 years now.  I had a co-worker
bring a book to work title “Essential ASP.NET” by Fritz Onion.  I
skimmed it and it looked very interesting do to it’s text on
application pools and low level information that I’ve always taken for
granted.  I finished reading a few of the other books lounging around
my house and decided that I wanted to read it.  I inquired with my
co-worker on that very thing and he told me he had given it to another
co-worker.  To make a long story short, I’m currently borrowing that
copy of the text.

When I got it, the first thing I noticed is
that it looked like it has been read 1,000 times.  It also had
highlighting on every single page and handwritten text out to the side
of 4/5 of the pages.  I talked to my co-worker about the added
highlighting and writing and he told me that the book was practically
his bible when he was tasked with creating his own version of ASP.NET
2.0′s Master pages, but in ASP.NET 1.1.  He was able to understand
caching, pooling, and other low-level tasks by reading and truly
studying this book.

While reading (and I’m still currently
reading) this book, I have to admit the highlighted passages are very
good and the text he wrote out to the side may just be repeating what
I’ve already read on the page,  but it made it stand out to me more.

I
feel as though I’ve “read” too many technical books but never actually
studied them like my co-worker did.  I’m starting to highlight and
write in my texts now.  I’m remembering the information better.

I guess this is just a thought for my blog, but can be easily categorized as “Jason found a study habit that works for him”.

Maybe next book you read, you’ll try this method.

Thank you to Keith Smith for showing me his study method.

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