[Study Group] Question about Exercises in future chapters

Starting in Chapter 3 we are going to have exercises at the end of each chapter. I'm curious if it would be a good idea to have a wiki for these exercises? It might be a good idea to have a place to keep the knowledge as we figure things out.

For example a Chapter 3 exercise is getting Postgres db installed on your machine. Part of me thinks it would be a good idea to have the steps to get that installed saved off to a wiki in a kind of FAQ, but I'm also of the opinion that giving the information away like that hurts people from learning by doing it themselves.

So, what are the thoughts on having a wiki type place to answer the exercises?

And if we do want to have a place to keep our knowledge, what and where should it be?

1 thought on “[Study Group] Question about Exercises in future chapters”

  1. I don’t think we should post detailed steps. That’s too much like cheating. This is a beginner’s tutotrial and even though the advance exercises are tough they are doable and are meant to teach. We can post helpful links and hints. This way we can still figure out the answers on our own. Part of the job of a software developer is to figure out environments as well as to learn how different technologies work. A big part of this process is to dive into the documentation, manuals, and online communities. “You should challenge students just above their skill level and provide assistance just below their need”.


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