“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. ” (Benjamin Franklin)
You’re an IT person, working with the latest technologies and frameworks, always passionate about new tech and constantly looking for ways to learn more and improve your skills. The challenge is to find the best resources and ways to achieve this since. What can you do to learn more and be better?
We did some research and put together this article dealing with 3 main ways in which you can up your IT game.
1.Read Technical Books and Take Online Tutorials
One of the best ways to improve your skills, be they IT, writing, cooking, is by reading books, preferably written by industry experts who can really add value and substance to what you already know. Nowadays, the number one place to buy a book is online, usually on Amazon.com. Why? Because you have access to a collection far bigger than what you could find in a typical store. When purchasing a book online, make sure to check the reviews and ratings. Look for books with at least 4 out of 5 stars. Technical books can often be filled with lengthy code listings, so make sure to look for one that’s clearly organized, well-edited and well-indexed.
Online tutorials have some advantages over books: they’re more accessible, the information is already condensed and served in a logical, easy to follow way, they’re free and timely. Although many aren’t professionally edited, they help get you out of a puzzling situation.
2. Subscribe to Tech Magazines & Blogs
Technical blogs, websites and magazines provide an accessible way of keeping up with the latest advancements and trends while improving your general technical skills.
If you prefer to hold a magazine in your hand and flip through the pages, the top tech magazines for you are: Wired, Maximum PC, 2600: The Hacker Quarterly, The Linux Journal, Make.
If you’re a fan of online tech magazines, we recommend:
- MIT Technology Review
- Hacker News
- Dr. Dobb’s | Good stuff for serious developers: Programming Tools, Code, C++, Java, HTML5, Cloud, Mobile, Testing
In what concerns tech blogs, this is a list that might come in handy:
3. Attend Technical Conferences, Workshops and Seminars
For many, the hands-on, live experience trumps studying alone or learning online. There are numerous training sessions, seminars and workshops that offer a platform for learning about a specific technology topic. One of the biggest advantages of attending conferences, workshops and seminars is that you gain knowledge from an industry expert while also learning from other attendees through their questions and contributions. The great part is that IT experts really master their field of expertise and can offer on-the-spot answers to any questions you may have.
One great opportunity to interact with renowned technology leaders is 2017 is during Codecamp in Iasi. Spanning from the 5th to the 16th of May, the event will feature numerous workshops, talks, presentations, contests and community building activities.
One of the biggest additions to Codecamp 2017 are the masterclasses. These represent high-end learning events organised with top trainers and specialists the likes of Raoul-Gabriel Urma, Axel Fontaine, Dino Esposito, Peter Lawrey. The masterclasses will address a wide range of disciplines and technologies: architecture, Java, .NET, security, testing.
If you’re more of a conference person, be sure you don’t miss out on Day 1 – May 12th. You will get the unique opportunity to see world-renowned international speakers such Axel Fontaine, Raoul-Gabriel Urma, Dino Esposito, Sasha Goldshtein, Greg Tworek, Valery Jacobs, Chander Dhall, Michael Jankowski-Lorek, Peter Lawrey and our very own Vlad “Reign” Zelinschi.
Hope you enjoyed reading this article and see you at Codecamp Iasi!