How did people program before the internet? I google probably 100 times a day at least.
The had massive documentation. It was almost like the internet - but on a CD drive. Imagine 5gb worth of documentation and samples. Definitely not enough, but that's what used to happen back then.
I borrowed this huge C++ programming book over and over again from local library.
I think I was way better programmer back in the days before twitching to SOF every 5mins. It's like something is wrong in my brain. Like I'm demented. Hard to explain. I struggle with creative solutions and clever playfulness.
Programming was a bit different 25 years ago. C only had a handful of standard libraries like cmath and cstdlib that were small and easy to remember. With modern languages every function or datatype you could ever need already exists in a library so you spend less time coding them from scratch and more time reading documentations and example code.
I mostly write Haskell these days and find myself not using online documentation at all. Offline documentation is way faster to browse and more accurate, because it's tied to the installed versions of the libraries.