Thanks for the insights, folks.
In my case, I work alone, and come across challenges trying to accomplish this or that. I search the Internet to see if someone else has solved the conundrum, or I visit Donationcoder.com and spell out the objective, which is generally met with a mini-program solution, surprisingly quickly.
But I feel I should be solving these myself.
Sort of raises a question, though: Seems zillions of small programs out there, more all the time, to accomplish nearly anything. Does one really have to learn to do it oneself?