SevenCubed - 2:44 am on Oct 17, 2012 (gmt 0)
When I transitioned from Visual Basic to PHP I really missed the live running of the code where I could step through each line of code one at a time and hold the mouse over a variable to see if it was picking up its intended value. I really liked running a loop of nested nests and watching the iteration fly by before my eyes. I wish PHP had those same capabilities it would make learning it quick and easy. It was a ballet of patterns, oh the joy!
But almost certainly when you learn by trial and error like you are doing those issues will remain etched in your mind and they are unlikely to get the best of you again.