TekPub, Learning Software Development With The New Code Channel
Some weeks ago I wrote a little bit about a great source of written software development knowledge: Safari Books Online. Today, I am going to introduce another great source of coding knowledge which targets teaching programming from another point of view: TekPub!.
TekPub is a new startup driven by James Avery and Rob Conery , whose purpose is to constitute a hub for great webcasts on programming. What are their main features? Well, they provide really updated, pragmatic and interesting webcasts on a series of different developing topics, driving you from the very basic foundations through the most advanced latest features using real-world examples.
From a personal point of view, I think these webcasts work greatly as:
- a great first-contact introduction with a technology
- a perfect companion for any book. They help you visualize practical issues of the topic you are dealing with, fix the concepts an ideas in your big brain and see the application of a certain feature in a real-world problem.
James Avery and Rob Conery have really good skills for teaching, and anyhow, you will feel you learn a lot from their webcasts. You can try some of the videos for free, but if you want full access to all the contents you will need to pay at least a monthly subscription of 19$.
To wrap up, here there is a summarized list of the contents that are available today:
- NET Development: EF4, ASP.NET MVC, LinQ, NHibernate, Silverlight, etc
- Ruby on Rails: webcasts on Rail 3, building your own blog with Ruby On Rails, etc
- Free Community Videos: here you can find general purpose videos, design patterns, good programming guidelines, etc
- Developer Utilities: in this section you can find webcasts about developer utilities such as jQuery, Git, etc