with half the darn things not even being marked at all,
or being marked in such a way that only makes sense if you have the
datasheet, and the're definitely much more of a PITA to deal with
as far as I'm concerned.
Well again, like I said, it's *different*. [...]
When I buy a bag
of 0.1uF bypass capacitors in through-hole packages, for example, I
open the bag and dump them in to the parts drawer. When I buy a reel
of surface-mount 0.1uF capacitors though, I leave them on the reel
and store the reels in much larger parts drawers. You remove the
parts from the tape one at a time as you use them...at that level
there's no need to look at the parts themselves to identify them.
At that point, no. But that's treating the boards as build-only
designs, which makes about as much sense as writing write-only code.
When you're trying to figure out what's on an existing board, or when
you're trying to figure out why something doesn't work and it's because
you put a wrong-value part in place, markings are important.
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