Chapter OneThe Bare Essentials

That Stuff You Have to Learn First

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I was originally going to name this chapter Basic Training after the 1985 movie by the same name (or the 1971 version of Basic Training, or the 2006 version, which went straight to video despite the fact it starred The Rock). But I started to wonder how many people would actually read a chapter that has the word “basic” in the title. It’s sad, but nobody really wants to learn the basics anymore—they want to jump into the deep end of the pool and start with some advanced ...

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