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Since last year I've been watching more and more screencasts. By screencasts I mean short videos, usually one hour long, focusing on one specific technique. I found that screencasts are an amazing way to get up and running on a given topic. I thought I would share this here.
I currently know about two great publishers (please comment if you know others).
"PeepCode":http://peepcode.com/ is a place with a lot of Rails and RSpec related-content, but you will also find things that could be relevant to .Net, depending on what you're currently experimenting:
* "Ajax with Prototype.js":https://peepcode.com/products/ajax-with-prototypejs
* "Benchmark with httperf":https://peepcode.com/products/benchmarking-with-httperf
* "Git":https://peepcode.com/products/git - if you're into decentralized version control
* "CouchDB":https://peepcode.com/products/couchdb-with-rails - CouchDB is a nice document oriented database; great to handle semi-structured data for instance.
These screencasts are priced at 9$ each (at time of writing).
"The Pragmatic Programmers":http://www.pragprog.com/screencasts also propose a series of screencasts, including episodes on "Erlang in practice":http://www.pragprog.com/screencasts/v-kserl/erlang-in-practice or "Writing your first iPhone application":http://www.pragprog.com/screencasts/v-bdiphone/writing-your-first-iphone-application.
h3. Yourself as an internal publisher
Finally, some "friends of mine":http://clt-services.com/ have "started using screencasts inside their company to share knowledge":http://evolvingworker.com/2008/10/13/using-screencasts-to-share-knowledge-inside-a-company. I believe it is a very interesting practice.
Do you know other interesting screencasts publishers ? Please comment!
They also mention some others in their blog:
thanks for sharing!
I think that new technologies offer incredible perspectives of training such as Learning with screencasts.
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This is my penny to this post.
As well, this (small) site has screencasts with some JRuby + Swing material: http://screencastic.com
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