Sunday, December 16, 2007

Resources for learning software development

[This was originally posted at]

I was thinking the other day how many different resources are out there to help someone learn software development. There's something to appeal to almost every style:

  1. Books
  2. Reference docs
  3. Articles
  4. Webcasts
  5. Podcasts
  6. Virtual labs
  7. Newsgroups, discussion forums
  8. Live Events
  9. Professional Groups
  10. Blogs
  11. Training (class room setting)
  12. Sample code - quickstarts
  13. Sample code - real projects
  14. Tutorials & Walkthroughs
  15. Local class at community college
  16. Bachelors or Master’s degree
  17. Teaching others (forces you to learn it)
  18. Write your own blog
  19. Personal pet projects
  20. Open source projects
  21. Your coworkers. A physically present person, who can look at your machine environment, can be the best way to learn.
  22. Private tutor – perhaps for introductory topics where such tutors are much more abundant.
  23. Certification

Any others that you've personally found helpful?

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