Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Continued Education

The web moves fast, and we as it's craftsman must keep pace.

Fortunately, along with the ever changing technologies we also find ever improving access to information. Here are a few of the recent items that I have included in my personal education program:

The Tried and True
Books. They have been around for thousands of years, and still are great. I recently have been reading "High Performance Web Sites: Essential Knowledge for Front-End Engineers" by Chief Performance Yahoo! Steve Souders. The 14 rules can be found elsewhere, but this book let's you get Steve's explanations of why these rules are important - providing supportive evidence and comparisons as well.

If you feel it is important to understand not just "how", but also "why", then get the above book. At less than $30 it is an inexpensive investment in your education. I also appreciate that it is concise - get the info and go.

Internet Age Education
The Internet opens some great windows of opportunity for personal education.

For example, it allows us to watch a lecture at MIT's Sloan Business school by Ricardo Semler, CEO of Semco from the comfort of our favorite chair.

Almost Like Being There is a really great idea that I hope continues. Thus far they have recorded and posted videos for talks held at RubyHoeDown 2007 and MountainWest RubyConf 2007.

What Is In Your Curriculum?
What about you? What have you been learning lately?