The Right Question

Finding it is hard. 

Just over the weekend, I was busy trying to parse JSON data. Which, despite its connotations, was incredibly unstructured for this website. 

It was simply a block of text with HTML tags. So I poked around stackoverflow asking about HTML parsing. What I should have really been asking was how to extract text between tags.

The meaning is the same for both questions. But reframing the question into specific actions returned the answer (and code) in a much shorter time. 

The Learnings

When you’re not getting anywhere with your current question, re-ask it by focusing on specific actions.


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