Pluralsight is one of the leading online educators of online, video-based, technical content in the world. In my presentation I’ll dive into how Pluralsight maintains integrity of its courses, insures learning, encourages quality, and helps keep the whole system moving forward in a seamless way. This presentation will be a small diversion from the technical components we often discuss as developers and instead a dive into the actual systems of learning, training, and production that are often on the edges of what we see as developers – but benefit greatly from when we want to learn something new! The core three things I’ll be covering include:
How video & doing helps us learn quickly.
How video is produced and the tools of this trade.
How to produce effective technical content to teach.
How to effectively use technical content to learn.
Once I finish the talk I’ll provide a wrap up here on the blog. My intention is to do more than merely post the slides, I’ll work to put something together that’s actually useful.
Speaking of Pluralsight
I’m also working on a new course right now! Ok, at this very moment I’m sipping a Black Forest Mocha at Coffee People while typing this blog entry while waiting for arrivals at the airport, but you know what I mean. I’ll have a basic outline and material for that course posted soon. For more on this pending course and other code event happenings, subscribe to the blog (scroll up and click the settings hexagon above) and or follow me on twitter @adron.
Here’s a few of the meetups I’m going to aim to attend this month. Hope to see some fellow coders there.
Portland Ruby Brigade…
…is having their regular monthly meetup at Crowd Compass. If you want to know more about the topic, material or other information about the user group jump into the Google Group to get started. This is a very fluid and flexible group, sometimes having an open discussion, a presentation or some other type of event. Crowd Compass, 2505 SE 11th Ave, #300, Portland, OR 97202. The location is in the Ford Building, with the easiest access straight in to the Ford Food & Drink.
Portland Riak Users Group…
…will meet at AppFog (as of this time) at 6:30pm on January 28th, more info & address on the meetup page. We have a coder/hacker/databaser by the name of Jeremiah Peschka @peschkaj coming in to tell us about the open source project he and OJ @TheColonial have been working on called Corrugated Iron. Corrugated Iron is a .NET Client for Riak, so holds a lot of potential for .NET shops to get into the distributed database world. So come check out the meetup, we’ll be having pizza and likely a bucket full of beer!
There are others, but these are the events that caught my eye. Check them out, I might see you there and if not, let me know how they go. If you’re looking into some other meetups or events, check out Calagator, the Portland Tech Scene Calendar of events. 🙂
Tonight I spoke at the PADNUG Meetup in Hillsboro, a suburb of Portland, Oregon. The ladies and gentlemen of PADNUG are a great crew, so I actually go out of my way to the suburbs to speak there. Tonight was an exceptionally good experience with a great talk, lots of back and forth between everyone there and great conversations continued late into the night at the local suburban watering hole. All in all a good topic of conversation and one that needs brought to more teams.
How does this fold into my work on PaaS (Platform as a Service) and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service)? Easy, with the cloud computing capabilities of PaaS and IaaS it makes continuous delivery a no brainer. At least 50% of the effort to get continuous delivery setup is already done with these technologies. Over the next few weeks I’ll be writing a lot about these technologies and the enablement of continuous delivery through these technologies. Just as important as the technology, I’ll also be talking about the processes, ideals and lean thinking that have birthed this tech.
In my presentation I covered a lot of these ideas and efforts. For now, here’s my slide deck with all the information to contact me. If you’d like me to pop into your town and present on these topics, just let me know and we’ll see about me getting onsite.
Coming up on the 20th I’ll be presenting some of this material plus a very hands on demo at the Software Craftsman’s meeting is Seattle titled “Coding in the Cloud, Kick Ass Continuously“. So if you live in the Seattle or are just in the area, drop in!