In a former life I learned the rudiments of web design by basically Googling everything whenever I didn’t know how to do something. Although I think my designs were no worse than average and certainly better than many I was rarely using best practices and took too long to abandon bad habits like using tables for structure, etc.
So now that I’m learning how to do things ‘properly’ how important is it to memorize the info from the curriculum? Should I take notes and try to recall all the CSS properties for example? Or is it OK to have FCC curriculum (and maybe W3C) in a tab that I can refer to when I’m doing real dev work?
One reason I ask is that there’s no way simply going through the curriculum is going to stick in my memory unless I make a concerted effort to repeat things many times and take notes. So it seems to me the main value of the curriculum is to visualize what happens when you alter certain settings, not creating dev patterns that will last a lifetime. Which is fine, but what’s more important in the long run - problem-solving or knowledge?