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Tim Cooke wrote:I much prefer a book because I like to read up on things while travelling to and from work on the train. If it's on a topic that really intrigues me then I'll complement the effort with some code experimentation on the computer. This is why my office desk looks like this:


Many new developers have no idea what they're getting into. This will give them a rough idea.
 
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I cannot recall a time in recent memory when my reading list did not far exceed what was humanly possible to get through.

In fact, there are times that -- by the time I get to a book -- it's already become irrelevant because the technology has already been superseded by something else. E.g. I never really got to learn about Gulp (JavaScript task runner), or Ember¹ (JS framework) before they were considered passé.





¹There are those that would say that Ember is making a comeback, but realistically I don't see much in the way of demand for it in the face of Angular and ReactJS.
 
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I prefer books especially eBooks in .doc format. That way I can sometimes shrink a chapter to half its original size (since some chapters contain gargon that can be deleted). This makes it easier when I have to read the chapter a second or third time. I can also use macros to format text, link one chapter to a bookmark in another chapter etc.
 
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Go Green - Global warming 

Rollan Urazgaliyev wrote:

Tim Cooke wrote:I much prefer a book because I like to read up on things while travelling to and from work on the train. If it's on a topic that really intrigues me then I'll complement the effort with some code experimentation on the computer. This is why my office desk looks like this:




Looks scary ))



I Love Books and Don't know why ?

If someone has read the book and likes to give away for those who are ready to offer some price for courier that would be great and much appreciated. If the second person read that book and give to third techie, after read third likes to give to fourth techie. One book, multiple brains, more knowledge, more potential. Half price book stores are plenty but I'm unsure how many techies are owning their own book store. We can also Go Green by reducing paper work and awareness of Global warming. Each book has got some contribution from at least one green tree for sure. Soft wares has huge contribution in reducing manual paper work.

Thanks To Nature.  Each human has come from nature and Not sure how many will at least read this. It's a general thought. Open to accept comments.

Thanks for your great time. Sorry for grammar mistakes.

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I prefer Books as well as video's Both are good in different altitude
 
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I prefer watching a video and then going back to books after. I am not a 100% logical learner so having someone break things down and explaining it into scenario cases helps a lot, even just to add a nice foundation so when I go back and read the books, I have something to build off. It's hard to find video's that covers everything in fine detail that's in a book, so having both is really great.
 
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I think Reading a books are the better option among the two. As we all know that we can't have an idea regarding what will be there next after an moment in video tutorial but we can have exact idea in the book right ?

We can't forward and backward the video as per our need as it contains technical contents in it. We can have idea only through the implementation of it. And that's why the option of book is better than video.

Personally i prefer reading book to learn some thing is good and healthy.
 
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While I believe books and online articles are the most comprehensive way to learn a subject, in my opinion,
the best format for the acquisition of knowledge is video tutorials. However, the most effective way for me the
learn something, once again in my opinion, is to utilize and experiment with the knowledge.

Regarding teachers and classroom environments, while I imagine that some people utilize this method as there
preferred format, I personally have a difficult time with it. Mainly because, in a classroom, I often am not given
enough time to fully observe, comprehend, and experiment with the details of the subject matter the teacher is
presenting on any particular day.

~Lal
 
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I recently read this Ibook (http://users.monash.edu/~aland/BiologicalBits.html) and now this is my new favorite format, I love the way how it has text and interactive examples and videos.
 
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i prefer videos better
 
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Video teaching is best,but it must be captioned so that  student from all background can understand irrespective of instructor ascent.
 
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I utilize both typically. It is nice to read the information, but useful to also get another's point of view on the subject matter. This is especially useful for topics that are more difficult than others to comprehend, or that you are having trouble with.
 
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I prefer reading a book and trying things out, then getting help on a forum or if needing more interactive help, asking an expert to do screen-sharing with me.
 
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I like both and (i think) both has its advantages . Book gives structure to the learning process . Videos help because it reinforces a concept visually.
 
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I prefer both, reading books also give us a good knowledge about programming. Watching video tutorials show us how to do it practically. So we need both of them to develop our Software developping skills.
 
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I think both is the best.Video tutorials are better because they tend to point the most important things at the end of each session.Books are better for exams when even the smallest error is important.
 
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I am new to programming world.Earlier i preferred videos as it saved time but lacked depth . Things changed very recently when i bought "Head First JAVA".The book has a systematic approach and provides a better reasoning and depth of topic.The authors have taken keen interest in every page to make it more easily understandable.So for me books.
 
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Isn't head first java based on a really old version of Java?
 
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It just happens I like reading from books too (the printed on paper kind). I do read from the eBook kind, but for some reason it is not the same, doesn't connect very well.

For the first time, for the past couple of months I have been trying video learning. I am taking some free online classes for Android developer course. This is a free course from Udacity.com in collaboration with Google. It has the following modules (the user interface, multiple screens, user input, networking and database aspects as five modules). It is a good course for to learn Android development. It uses Java programming. I am presently doing the networking module. Its a good learning experience, and different. Good exercises too. I also found that I didn't refer to any books during the course so far.

But, nothing beats the paper books. They look neat on bookshelves, book cases, on the desk or just lying around. Anywhere. Or just carrying one around. They are impressive, on their own. One can get attached to them. Sometimes.

Paper books, it is!
 
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For learning purpose, i prefer videos. It shows you things in action.
However when it comes to debugging something, book (huge PDF, documents) are the only option.

Regards,
Vikrant Korde.
 
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Vídeo for sure
 
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In order of preference

1)  A book with problems at the end of each chapter (I learn by doing, but am bad at figuring out what to do)
2)  A book without problems
3)  Get hired for a contract in a language/framework I've never used (the "toss em in the lake and the good ones learn to swim" method)
4)  A video, so I can trade it for advice as needed.  I hate learning from videos.
 
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