I just wanted to "pile on" here--it's always worthwhile giving things enough time to really see.
I was learning entrelac, and was taught to knit backwards, so as not to constantly be turning to purl--tried it, and thought it was ridiculously slow. So, I kept turning and turning my scarf while the rest of my class learned to do it backwards. Finally, when the scarf got to a certain bulkiness, the turning really was awkward...so I decided to practice for an entire pattern repeat. Bottom line...I got the hang of it and it was a really great skill to learn. I love it now.
By the same token, I gave dpns a short trial and wasn't too sure about them. Recently, I had opportunity to really use them again, and decided, in fact, I was right--I'd much rather use two circs. But I can use dpns, and I know rather than assume that dpns aren't my favorite.
I haven't made any decision on magic loop yet because I only tried it for a short time (couple of rows). One day, I'll give it a go for real and see.
BTW---<said with sheepish grin>I haven't actually learned continental yet, so I may need to take my own advice and give it a go!