I'm not really a beginner, but rusty and I would love to know how others go through the process:
environment selection and optimization
Try this guide....
This looks like a great guide. I was looking for something a bit more like a webinar, or tutorial just to make sure I'm doing things in the correct order, not missing functions and features, etc. I'll probably have to take time to go through this book at some point soon though. It looks quite thorough.
Spend some time on YouTube..... I am sure you can find some videos there.
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