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warren brandt
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hi guys

i dont know the practicality of lerning java audibly...the reason i ask is that i moved house and drive
2 and a half hours a day,and would like to make this time more productive,than listening to terrible radio.
obviously coding is not an option behind the wheel,im sure that could be very dangerous...last time i tried i nearly hit a stop sign (that was a joke,honest)
but it would be good to find some material,maybe more theory etc to absorb while i lap up the KM's.

i tried downloading a few tutorials audio from youtube,but this doesnt work.

any suggestions?
 
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I would have thought trying to listen to and learn something as complex as a programming language whilst driving would be both futile and dangerous. A lot of people seem to struggle to even hold a conversation without it affecting their driving (I see so many drivers driving erratically whilst on phones) so trying to absorb complex details could distract you enough to really hit that stop sign. I don't know what the density of traffic is like where you live but here in the UK I certainly wouldn't recommend it.
 
Nigel Browne
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The only one I know of is called 'How to program with Java Podcast', you'll find it here
 
warren brandt
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hi Tony Docherty

as i said,i would like a more theory based discussion,not so much actual coding

i often listen to red hat seminars while driving to work...is it any different to listening to the radio?

thanks for replies
 
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warren brandt wrote:i often listen to red hat seminars while driving to work...is it any different to listening to the radio?

I have no scientific evidence to support my view but I would have thought it was very different. When you are listening to the radio you can zone in and out as the driving conditions dictate, when you trying to learn something you have to listen intently to every word.  Add to that the complexity of the subject and your brain will be doing a lot of processing trying to grasp the concepts being discussed which leaves less brain power to devote to driving.

I'm not sure if having a phone conversation is more or less taxing than trying to learn a computer language but I have seen some studies that claim that having a phone conversation adds around half a second to your response time which at 60mph means you travel an extra 44ft (13.4m). This could easily be the difference between stopping in time or not.

Having said that I'm sure there are some people that can simultaneously hold a phone conversation, plan a new route on the navigation system, juggle 3 balls and drive perfectly safely but I suspect they are few and far between.
 
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Nigel Browne wrote:The only one I know of is called 'How to program with Java Podcast', you'll find it here

I skimmed through couple of those. Well, it was weird to be honest. But your post is well on topic.

Tony is right. 15 minutes concentrated in a silent environment studying the topic is way more useful than 2.5 hours of not-driving and not-programming.

That sort of thing (programming via podcast) is kind of anomalies I'd say.

Some little fragments may give you few tips, but in general I'd avoid such thing and concentrate on driving. Otherwise you're not efficient on both tasks.
 
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Hi Warren,

Not to put a damper on your post, but I agree with Tony. At the risk of sounding like an overly defensive driving instructor (and I am not driving instructor), as we all know, driving is a huge responsibility. Someone once said, "You're not just driving a vehicle, you're driving a 2 ton weapon". We hear about people causing accidents while texting - not that listening to a podcast is the same in that you're using some handheld device, but the point is, it's a distraction.

We get in our vehicles and don't give a second thought about the potential dangers on the road (pedestrians, cyclists, construction zones, potholes, etc...). I have found myself mindlessly thinking about something other than my driving, and have almost run into another vehicle (or go through a red light), and that was without any distractions in my vehicle (other than listening to music on the radio). If your mind is intently focused on a podcast attempting to explain method recursion, for example, it follows that your focus on actual driving is not as razor sharp as it should be.

Please don't get me wrong, I admire you for taking the initiative to find creative ways to fill your time. But in my opinion the only podcasts like this that we should be listening to is on a train, plane, bus, or other vehicle someone else is driving.

I truly hope this has not offended you.
 
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I spend 1.5 hours a day driving to and from work.  And I struggled with this as well.  I gave up trying to make that time useful as far as learning technology goes.  It's difficult to find a niche topic like that and be interesting.  I finally gave up and switched to just listening to normal literature audiobooks.  I'm surprised how much I like it and how it makes me feel productive.  Having read dozens of books now, I feel like a more accomplished person.  By picking worthwhile books, they change how you see the world, and that's every bit as important as learning a programming language.
 
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Randy Maddocks wrote:in my opinion the only podcasts like this that we should be listening to is on a ... plane, ... or other vehicle someone else is driving.

On the planes you can't relax as you may want too. You should not be using electronical devices when planes are taking off or landing as well as during the safety instructage (quite a lot people ignore those too).

Ignoring such instructions cause significant consequences when the situations get worse.
 
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Point well taken Liutauras! Actually, after I had posted my reply I thought about the issues with electronic devices on planes, and probably should have excluded that mode of transportation from the list! Cheers!
 
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And thanks for the cow!  
 
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You are welcome well deserved!
 
warren brandt
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very interesting tony thanks...will adhere
 
warren brandt
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yes Randy Maddocks i hear where you coming from,sometimes we take things we do everyday for granted,this becomes dangerous,will def take heed of your words dont worry...back to terrible radio.
 
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Thanks for your comment to my reply Warren. I didn't want to come across like I was lecturing, in any way.

But glad to see you're just going to stick with terrible radio.  
 
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I listen to a lot of podcasts while driving, one I've found on coding is called code newbies.  You wont learn coding from it, but there are interviews with people on how they got into coding and various bits of advice on starting up and such.  No actual code is discussed.  Might be worth checking it out?

http://www.codenewbie.org/podcast
 
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