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A lot of seasoned developers temporarily become newbies when they are learning a new language, framework, etc... Is Stack Overflow an appropriate venue for newbish questions about a specific technology?

For example:

  1. Can I use the Drupal API to get a list of users?
  2. Does PHP have a function to escape HTML entities?
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Absolutely! Just do some basic searching to make sure that your question isn't a duplicate, and you'll be fine. One of the goals of Stack Overflow was to become a repository of any programming question someone might have, no matter how simple.

From the FAQ (emphasis added):

What kind of questions can I ask here?

Programming questions, of course! As long as your question is:

  • detailed and specific
  • written clearly and simply
  • of interest to at least one other programmer somewhere

... it is welcome here. No question is too trivial or too "newbie".


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