RE: Re: Training
> -----Original Message----- > From: Andrzej Jan Taramina [mailto:andrzej@c...] > Sent: Tuesday, March 19, 2002 7:03 PM > To: Nick Abdullah > Cc: xml-dev@l... > Subject: Re: Training > > My experience is that much formal training is a waste of time for good > people. Buy > them some good O'Reilly (and other) books on XML and give them some time > to play > with the open source tools. For good developers that is usually more > productive, > faster and cheaper (and often more fun for them). Or send them to the > nearest XML > conference with some specific goals that they need to achieve. I worked in developer education for eight years before I "retired" to a small software company in the Pacific northwest. I agree that most developer training is dreck. That stated, certain technologies lend themselves well to total immersion in order to get certain insights and dare I say it, zen. This is especially true for deeply layered technologies (e.g., COM, XML). I doubt that folks who learned XML from me or my colleagues had problems coping with PSVI, the role of WSDL bindings vs. portTypes, etc. Those concepts + the overall zen are hard to capture in a book (God knows I tried ;-). For more "vanilla" technologies (e.g., Java, C#, JDBC, ADO.NET, EJB), I agree books can be more efficient than training. DB
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