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So, for people working in the information technology (IT) disciplines, how much effort do you put into improving your knowledge, or just maintaining that knowledge? Do you actively try to break things, in the hope of discovering a solution? Do you participate in discussion forums, such as the OTN forums or Usenet? Do you read magazines, books, and various online articles? Or, do you simply continue to perform the same actions that you have for the last five, 10, or 20 years (if the RULE worked just fine back then, why change)?
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Getting back on topic of your comment, I currently have very little extra time to put into writing. I have been approached a couple of times to see if I had an interest in writing a book on the topic of Oracle Database.
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do you go out of your way to learn something new every day, or are you more likely to it roll for five, 10, or 20 years? For the record, I have a rather large stack of unread woodworking magazines (most of the unread magazines range from 0 to 7 years old)sitting on the shelf that are waiting for the time when spending time expanding one knowledgeis mutually exclusive to being employed (in the IT industry).
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Yes, things change in the woodworking/building trades, but at a much slower rate of speed. Learning is a more end to end building process of knowledge in that domain compared to the IT industry. The woodworking magazines that have been stacking up for the last 7 years will be just about as useful when I have free time later thus the reason for continuing the subscriptions.
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