Resources

Alton Mill, Caledon, ON, Canada - September 2013

Autumn Leafs

Where do we get our information and ideas?

Obviously there is an abundance of resources available to the web development community. Some links can be found in our first post.

But there is a lot more out there, on web sites, in magazines and books and through meetings and eNewsletters.

For meetings, you may want to have a look at Meetup : you can look up groups for all kind of purposes and in any given geographical area. A good example is a Meetup group meeting in Toronto, ON, Canada called CreateInTO. As its name implies this group is interested in all kinds of different creativity, including art installations, web development and design. This group has grown out of FITO, which stands for Flash in Toronto. But as Flash itself did not cover quite enough different forms of creativity its members got involved in, the group was renamed. Obviously this also reflects to some extent the gradual inrcrease in choice of other technology, such as HTML5 and CSS3, as well as numerous additional JavaScript libraries and frameworks.

As for books, there are a lot of publishers out there who specialize in computer and web related subjects. Amongst the ones I use most are O’Reilly, Apress and Packt. Nowadays we look mostly at eBooks of course, although I still like to have some reference works available in print. eBooks make it easy to copy pieces of code to your editor of choice when trying out what the books are explaining. Beware however, the copy and paste sometimes leads to strange effects, such as for instance, the use of `, where  ‘ is what you need. In many cases you can actually download the code from the publisher’s web site, which is the safer option. Another advantage of working with some of these books is that you can be included on the publisher’s email list for getting offers sent to you.  You can even get pre-release versions of books at strongly reduced prices, and yet get all the updates up to and including the final version for free. Many publishers make their eBooks available in many different formats, such as PDF, ePub, mobi… I usually use PDF on desktop and notebook computers, but ePub on my tablet.

About magazines I am not going to say a lot, except that there are many available, but availability may vary from country to country, and so may delivery times for the printed versions. Again many are available digitally. Despite living in Canada, I still often prefer the British magazines, and those are typically available here in print at least a month after the digital versions. Yet, somehow, the magazine format, bigger than a book format, makes me prefer some of the print versions. However many digital versions come in interactive formats better suited to use on computers and tablets.

And then there are the web sites of course. Too many to give you a list here. There is just one web site that I will mention because it hosts the code and documentation of many projects, systems and libraries and even allows you to host your own code: GitHub. Git itself is a versioning system (and so much more) which was written by Linus Torvalds of Linux fame. His system had so much immediate success, that it was adopted worldwide, and certainly not only by Linux users.

I suppose this will give the visitor of this blog post enough to check out right now. So for now, I will leave it at that.

Enjoy!

Chris Rogiers for CeaRO Corporation, December 12th, 2013

 

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