You probably don’t need to know everything, but it sure couldn’t hurt.
You may not need to know, for example, that Jesse James Garrett coined the accronym AJAX because “XML HTTP request” is too much of a mouthful to easily say. But wouldn’t it be cool to use Asynchronus Java script And XML on your blog to add sexy features and functionality?
Lynda.com is a fee-based library of online tutorials. The fee, however, is a very reasonable flat rate — paid monthly, tri-monthly, bi-annually or annually — which gives you unlimited access to Lynda.com’s voluminious library of video tutorials. Everything you could ever want to know about producing, editing, programming, generating, posting and hosting multimedia content for the Web is taught at Lynda.com.
Fifty one subject areas cover topics ranging from establishing the most basic WordPress or Blogger accounts to using advanced tools like AJAX, which is the technology behind Google Maps’ capability to allow you to scroll around, zoom in and zoom out of the map box without refreshing the page or otherwise interrupting the other actions of your browser. Subjects at Lynda.com include:
- Digital imaging
- Web design
- Web development
- Content Management Systems
- Digital Photography
- and more
The Audio stable, for example, includes 24 courses ranging in duration from 30 minutes to 12 hours. The courses cover a litany of major production tools like Audition, Garage Band, Pro Tools, Soundbooth, Soundtrack Pro, Reason and Logic Pro, as well as general subjects like “Digital Audio Principals” and Podcasting.
You can pay as little as $25 per month or as much as $250 per year for standard access. A premium membership costs $375 per year and gives you access to a host of training exercises to go along with each video. But they’re really not neccessary.
Lest you mistake this as paid advertising for Lynda.com, be aware also that there are free ways to get training in some of the same areas.
W3Schools online, for example, provides free, hands-on, step-by-step tutorials for the entire gamut of programming languages. You won’t find software tutorials like Photoshop, Pro Tools or Dreamweaver at W3Schools online. But you will find exercises in CSS, HTML, Java Script, XML, AJAX, PHP and more. These make for handy supplments to the clearly elucidated video lectures found at Lynda.com. Or, if programming languages are all you’re after, W3Schools online might be all you need.