The Moral of Story
Learning is always difficult. After learning how to apply your knowledge, learning in real life is even more difficult. Technology is moving faster than the speed of light and new technologies are always emerging – this is now the reality of the new technology world. Between all of this, I personally have very little time to learn new technology. I do not like eBooks (this statement warrants a whole new blog posts – some other time), I prefer regular books. It is becoming more and more difficult to carry around the books and read them with passion. It happened to me once that by the time I finished the book, there was a new version of the product out in the market.
Recently I noticed that I am reading more blogs than books. Blogs are great but they are not structured. Structured learning is the key when one wants to understand technology properly. From experience I have learned that watching videos at my convenience (on-demand) and following the labs along with the video is way easier. A good teacher cannot be replaced by 1,000 books. I find that I can learn fastest using online tutorial videos that are well structured.
All the attendees of the technology mega-event in India got free passes from Pluralsight On-Demand training. I watched two Pluralsight courses online and I found they are well structured and have lots of supporting material (lab, scripts, ppts). When I reported my good feedback to Pluralsight, they offered 48 hours free access to their MOST popular SQL Server – TSQL course, exclusively for SQLAuthority.com readers. I cannot let this offer pass when it can help so many of my readers.
The Beginning of the Real World
Try out the SQL Server – TSQL course right away as it is freely available for the next 48 hours only. Let me know your feedback about the course. This course is for every developer who uses SQL Server in their applications. It covers the fundamentals of using SQL Server from T-SQL to the CLR, to automating processing with SQL Server Integration services.
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Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)