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> Hard to search for things when you don't know what they're called.

I tend to disagree. You don't need to search for things by name, you only need to recognize some common cases for the pattern and then look for people talking about those cases, which is pretty easy to do. From there you'll find the pointers to what you need to know.

Most problems in CS (or at least things you'll be solving without moving into postgraduate research) are solved by existing algorithms and patterns that have been used elsewhere for a long time, so there is tons of data to look back on.




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