Having Google - or rather the web and a search engine - is a lot better than not having it.
However in response to "Is it good to google all the time?" I don't think so - but then again I'm relatively ancient in Computing terms (graduated in '82) and perhaps my google-fu is not the greatest.
I'm particularly unhappy with the notion that:
Google however is great as a replacement for paper books, manuals, everything really
because it isn't (well not unless we renamed "the web" to "google" whilst I was asleep).
It is certainly true that there is a great deal of information on the web and that a great deal of that is either a copy of or a replacement for paper books, manuals etc. It is also true that google (or bing), can be (though is not always) an excellent means to find content on the web. Problem is that there is also a lot on the web that is dated (or refers to the wrong version) or is just plain wrong and, in the case of many of the questions I ask, a lot of asking and very little answering (and those questions and less than helpful discussion threads are echoed all over the place by sites that think it helpful - or profitable - to endlessly duplicate other sites).
I think there are two keys for me:
- You should start with the manual - or, since those often don't exist any more, the specific help for the tools your using (local or remote). This usually covers the basics. Only when that fails do you reach for your search engine (and even then you might - probably should - have specific sites to visit first - or target to search first). Of course the manuals don't have all the answers - but for the more "interesting" questions finding a good answer on the web can be a challenge
- One still needs to read books - they give you depth and insight and show you things you won't find hunting issue specific answers. Even turning the pages of a manual or browsing the VS2010 help web pages when trying to find an answer will put things in front of you that you might not otherwise have seen (and would likely dismiss as not being relevant in a web search).
To be clear - I'm not against using google to find information on the web - I do so all the time - its the notion that its the first place one starts that worries me.