Racing to learn
By dannycoward on Apr 17, 2009
Is it because of Madonna and Justin Timberlake ? Our life experiences being compressed to bursts of 160 characters ? Pecha Kucha ? Our long, satisfying URLs being reduced to a bite-sized snack ? What is it that's fuelling a proliferation of articles and blogs proclaiming a time bound learning experience for developers. Even the normally fad-resistent Planetarium has been know to fall victim !
Got 5 minutes ? Catch up on 10 years of Netbeans, create a JavaFX drawing app, learn the technology for representing Java objects as XML and vice-versa, deploy a JNLP application, write a test for Java Persistence (or go the whole hog: write a Java EE app), or create a JavaFX media player ?
How about 10 minutes ? Devx appears to be trying to corner this market, or you can buy the book, but otherwise you can take your pick from: deploying an applet with the deployment toolkit, use log4j in Eclipse, learn ant, Python, or JavaFX from saying hello, to triggers and databinding to invoking RESTful web services.
With the luxury of 15 minutes to spare on something like JavaFX, you could learn the language, or see what you can do with the graphics.
Just think what you could learn in a whole week !