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Lots of code isn’t documented. But when there are no docs, there’s always the source code! It sounds intimidating at first, but a quick search of the code sometimes gets me my answer really quickly.

Tips for exploring an unfamiliar library’s code:

  • search the tests! Tests are a GREAT source of examples.
  • git clone it locally to make it easier to navigate.
  • search for your error message and trace back.
  • if it’s a Python/JS/Ruby library, sometimes I’ll edit the library’s code on my computer to add print statements (just remember to take them out after!)

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