This course explains how Stack Exchange sites work and how to structure your questions and answers so you get what you want from Stack Overflow, Server Fault, Super User, or the over one hundred other sites in the network. Whether you need to solve an immediate problem, learn more about a technology, or establish yourself as an expert, knowing how the sites work is the key to getting what you want from them.
For developers and administrators today, the first place to look when you're having trouble is one of the Stack Exchange sites: Stack Overflow for developers or Server Fault for administrators. There are dozens of more specialized sites too, for programming on specific platforms like Android or Raspberry Pi, for specific libraries and frameworks, or technical expertise areas like security or data. Unfortunately, many newcomers to the Stack Exchange family of sites don't get all they could from these sites because it's not obvious how they work. This course will show you what you need to know to find the answers you need for your urgent problems, build up an online reputation as a knowledgeable developer or administrator, and enjoy using this amazing resource to its fullest. It even covers how to get involved and help to run the sites you use regularly.
Kate Gregory is in her fourth decade of being paid to program. Her firm, Gregory Consulting Limited, is based in rural Ontario and helps clients adopt new technologies and adjust to the changing business environment. Current work makes heavy use of .NET and Visual C++ for both web and client development, especially for Windows 7 and 8. Managing, mentoring, technical writing, and technical speaking occupy much of her time, but she still writes code every week.
Course Overview Hi everyone. My name is Kate Gregory, and welcome to my course, Using Stack Overflow and Other Stack Exchange Sites. I'm a consultant and mentor at Gregory Consulting. I've been a Stack Overflow user since 2009 and I have a combined reputation of almost 300, 000 points over more than 50 sites. I get a lot out of these sites. Many developers rely on Stack Overflow to solve day to day problems and annoyances. But just as many will tell you they tried it and couldn't get help or found it very unpleasant. This course is here to fix that. This course is the training you need to understand how these sites work and how to get the most out of them. For software development problems, sure, but also cooking, travel, or the minutiae of your favorite books or TV shows. Some of the major topics we'll cover include how to search, there's three different ways, and also explore similar and related content, the crucial parts of a good question, knowing when and how to answer, using the moderator powers you gain as you earn reputation, and the mechanics and rules that are common to all the stack exchange sites. By the end of this course, you'll know how to ask and answer questions effectively so you solve your problems and meet your goals. Before we get in the course, you just need to be familiar with browsing the web. You don't need to have used any stack exchange sites and you don't need technical knowledge about a particular language or platform. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn how to get the most of this powerful collaboration of questions and answers with the Using Stack Overflow and Other Stack Exchange Sites course at Pluralsight.