At $429, it seems quite expensive. How is this better than a popular beginner friendly book like Hibernate made easy which is $60 ? The book has a JSP, hibernate based project too. Anyway, are you going to make tutorials on TDD for Java too ?
Bear Bibeault wrote:It's a training course -- not just a book.
Umm...I get that. But, the book seems better to me in terms of value for money. It provides most of the lessons in the course and also a mock project of significant complexity. After that, Hibernate in action might be the next step to take. All this for < $100. I am unable to see if the course offers anything better than the book. I'd really appreciate it if the authors could also comment.
I work for VPP although Hibernate isn't my course (or specialist knowlege area).
But to try and answer your question, what this (and all our courses) offers is something closer to a face-to-face training experience. Different people have different preferred ways of learning - for some reading books is great, for others, a more visual / audio experience helps them grasp topics and get a better understanding. Personally I find a video course is a much easier process than working through a book... we think that learning topics from books is hard, and we try and make it easier.
The price of the course reflects the significant effort that goes into developing it (normally over 6 months effort for each course, including lots of testing to check what does and doesn't work) - it costs more than a book as we think you'll get far more value from it than a book can offer, but far cheaper than a face to face course would cost.
The other thing you get with one of our courses, that you won't get with a book, is support. If you get stuck while studying, you can email us for help and we'll give you personalised guidance. This even includes sending us your code or stack traces and we'll through it working out what's wrong. Of course you'll always get help on forums like JavaRanch too...
This is starting to sound like an advert and I'm not sure we're strictly allowed to do this on here, but I hope this helps answer your question - but I must say we love books too!!!
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