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  1. #1
    Lori Piquet Guest

    Playing with new technologies

    How often do you take time to "play" with new technologies? When you do
    learn new things, is it more often on the job, when you're under the gun, or
    do you learn more often at home, on your own time? Are there certain
    techniques that help you tackle a new technology?

    (Question refers to this week's featured opinion:
    http://www.devx.com/devx/editorial/10432.)

    Lori Piquet
    Editor-in-chief
    DevX



  2. #2
    Eddie Burdak Guest

    Re: Playing with new technologies

    Lori,

    Lori Piquet wrote:

    :: How often do you take time to "play" with new technologies?

    Not a lot to be fair - but then agian ususally it doesn't offer
    anything more to me and my work.

    ::When you
    :: do learn new things, is it more often on the job, when you're under
    :: the gun, or do you learn more often at home, on your own time?

    Uusally it all starts at home and I take it from there. There was one
    exception which was to learn at work under the cosh

    :: Are there certain techniques that help you tackle a new technology?

    Yes - "What does it offer, What will it mean for me, What cost
    (learning, implimentation, distribution, "certification",
    compatibility....)

    Eddie

    ::
    :: (Question refers to this week's featured opinion:
    :: http://www.devx.com/devx/editorial/10432.)
    ::
    :: Lori Piquet
    :: Editor-in-chief
    :: DevX


  3. #3
    Laurent Guest

    Re: Playing with new technologies


    I am not a profesional developer but still have achieved to be MCSD certified.
    I love learning new technology and I am doing that at spare time. The learning
    method proposed by Russel using a defined problem have drawbacks. It is obvious
    that practicing and testing is needed but there are often many ways to solve
    a problem. You need at least to know that those different ways exists and
    think about their differences.
    Certainly if you are an experienced programer like Russel you have a sound
    understanding of the computing abstraction and can then put the new technology
    in context and choose the right method. For intermediate developer, you need
    to get the structure of the new technology first. What will be the result
    if you get a dictionary and a grammar book and start writting a love letter
    in a foreign language?
    I think Russel other advices, reading and practicing, are more important
    (eventhough it takes more time.)

    Best regards

    Laurent

  4. #4
    Rob Abbe Guest

    Re: Playing with new technologies


    Lori,

    I try to apply technology to my everyday life as much as possible. For me
    it's still as much of a hobby as it was when I was in my teen years. I think
    it used to be this way for a lot of people until it became the way they earn
    their living.

    Sometimes it's so easy to get wound up in business programming problems,
    that one will overlook how technology can be used to just to make your family
    seem closer together. Last July my wife and I had our first child. Since
    our family is so spread out accross many states, I mounted an X10 cam to
    the crib, so that the grandparents and other family members could get a "live"
    snapshot of the baby while he was sleeping. It was a great expierience,
    since I had never programmed linux before.

    Since then I've discovered what a great platform the Mac is for digital editing.

    Rob


    "Lori Piquet" <lpiquet@devx.com> wrote:
    >How often do you take time to "play" with new technologies? When you do
    >learn new things, is it more often on the job, when you're under the gun,

    or
    >do you learn more often at home, on your own time? Are there certain
    >techniques that help you tackle a new technology?
    >
    >(Question refers to this week's featured opinion:
    >http://www.devx.com/devx/editorial/10432.)
    >
    >Lori Piquet
    >Editor-in-chief
    >DevX
    >
    >



  5. #5
    Dave Mo Guest

    Re: Playing with new technologies


    I'd like to add a resource to Mr. Jones' list that I've found very useful
    and affordable over the years - Industry and Trade technical magazines and
    publications. Yep, good 'ol paper and ink hardcopy. Generally I've found
    that articles on information I was seeking were very well writen and easy
    to understand even for novice or neophytes and include charts and pretty
    pictures if nothing else. "Learning Through Osmosis", I call it. The bonus
    is that you can generally get subscriptions to these publications for FREE!
    And they're relatively easy to get after some initial work. I get nearly
    a dozen of them at any one time on all sorts of topics from software development
    and programing to business developement to video editing and offers for other
    free subscriptions all the time.

    No, you probably won't gain a mastery of any new technology directly from
    this method, at least not right away, I sure haven't, but you WILL eventually
    learn and understand more about whatever it is you're interested in as well
    as gaining a better overall idea of what's out there and how it all works
    together. Plus you'll ALWAYS have something to read while on the toilet or
    waiting for that program to compile.

    Reply to this posting if you'd like more info on my technique for the subscription
    process.

    Peace - Dave

    "Lori Piquet" <lpiquet@devx.com> wrote:
    >How often do you take time to "play" with new technologies? When you do
    >learn new things, is it more often on the job, when you're under the gun,

    or
    >do you learn more often at home, on your own time? Are there certain
    >techniques that help you tackle a new technology?
    >
    >(Question refers to this week's featured opinion:
    >http://www.devx.com/devx/editorial/10432.)
    >
    >Lori Piquet
    >Editor-in-chief
    >DevX
    >
    >



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