Software developers are, by necessity, lifelong learners. We are constantly facing new challenges, new technologies, new methods of solving problems. But how can we make our learning more efficient? This is a question that I’ve been pondering for at least four years.
I recently enrolled in 30x500, an online class designed to teach you how to launch successful products. I know how to run a consulting business (been there, done that) and I know how to build software applications, but I had no real idea how to build and launch a product. After tweeting about my enrollment, a few people responded with curiosity, intrigued at the idea, but not yet ready to put down the money to join. Today was orientation, so I decided to start documenting my experiences right away, not only for my own benefit, but also for those perhaps on the fence about taking this class themselves. Orientation began with the instructors introducing themselves. Amy Hoy and Alex Hillman, the course creators, were joined by Brennan Dunn, a former alumnus of the course. Speaking of alumni, there were a lot of them taking the course again. One of the interesting aspects of 30x500 is that you can re-enroll in the course at any point in the future with no additional cost. Enrolling again isn’t a sign that the course is ineffective, it’s a sign of just how dense it is with information and how supportive and amazing the community is.
Thanks to everyone who attended my talk today, especially those that asked questions and gave me feedback afterwards. I’m posting my slides for the talk I gave at WordCamp Milwaukee today. As with most talks, there is a lot more information than what the slides contain, but at least it is something. I also heard that the video recording of my talk will be posted to wordcamp.tv at some point too. Once I get that link I’ll post it here.
Just a quick note that I’ll be speaking at WordCamp Milwaukee on June 3. The talk is titled “Contributing to Open Source Projects”. It’s not really a WordPress specific topic, but more of a general encouragement for everyone to get involved in open source and how specifically to go about it. Read the official brief on the WordCamp site. Also, if you haven’t purchased a ticket yet and you would like to attend, I have a discount code that will bring the already cheap $20 price down to $10. Use the code wcspeaker when buying a ticket. See you there.