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    lynda.com

    anybody a member of lynda.com? would you recommend it?

    i'd really love to have access to all the courses, but paying for a year or even a month would be kinda pricey for me. still, if i hear enough good things, i'm willing to do that. it'd still be cheaper than doing courses at a college, many of which are online anyway.

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    My experience with Lynda has been positive. It's helped me get up to speed on a lot of things a lot faster than I would have been able to otherwise. I've found that overall the videos are pretty informative and easy to follow. I've only encountered one class that I really didn't like.

    I convinced my employer to pay for my subscription as part of my professional development. I've learned enough good tips for it to be worth doing, though I don't know if I use it enough month to month to justify a monthly subscription. I think though that if (when) I leave my job I'd probably just subscribe for a month here and there as a refresher, at times when I'm less busy, like I did when I was freelancing.

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    How does it compare to Khan Academy?

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    Different focus. Lynda's mostly dedicated toward graphics and design software.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gator View Post
    My experience with Lynda has been positive. It's helped me get up to speed on a lot of things a lot faster than I would have been able to otherwise. I've found that overall the videos are pretty informative and easy to follow. I've only encountered one class that I really didn't like.

    I convinced my employer to pay for my subscription as part of my professional development. I've learned enough good tips for it to be worth doing, though I don't know if I use it enough month to month to justify a monthly subscription. I think though that if (when) I leave my job I'd probably just subscribe for a month here and there as a refresher, at times when I'm less busy, like I did when I was freelancing.
    cool. which class did you not like?

    i wouldn't ask my employer to pay for any of my studies cuz i'm not really sure i want a future with them. i value my job as an outlet to "test drive" stuff i'm learning, but beyond that there doesn't seem to be much for me.

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    I just noticed there is a whole course on using regular expressions. Wut?
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    What do the courses consist of exactly? Could you pay for one month then just download everything?

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    I think they are pretty good. I'd actually prefer going through books because then I could have more control over the pace, and skip over stuff I already know, but that would be awfully expensive. From what I can tell the courses mostly teach you about how to use the software. For instance if you want to learn about typography, I don't think Lynda.com is going to help much. My employer pays for the upgraded subscription which includes all the exercise files, which is very nice, but if I was paying for it myself I'd go with the basic membership.

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    I subscribed to lynda.com for a few months and I really liked it. I learned how to use InDesign, how to design a book (love Nigel French!), how to use AutoCad (only 2d), and how to use color. I really liked all of them, especially the color course, as it was the first time I really understood how to combine colours. That teacher was very good.

    Too bad they don't have that free 1 month trial anymore. I recommend you subscribe if you already have a few courses in mind, then cancel. You probably won't need it for long, and it's a waste of money to keep it forever. Make a list of things you want to learn and use your time well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ferrus View Post
    I just noticed there is a whole course on using regular expressions. Wut?
    There are entire books devoted to regular expressions, so I'm not surprised there is a course on them.
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