Everybody would have heard about on demand video downloads isn’t it. Well if you don’t know what is the word “On Demand” means here id the wikipedia explanation for the same:
Here is the link : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_on_demand
One classic example I can quote here is http://channel9.msdn.com. One of my favorite hangout sites for technical knowledge on Microsoft technologies. They have bunch of show and session which can be both viewed online and downloaded to your desktop and watch it later. So the concept of watching on line at your time is in layman terms attributed as on demand viewing.
Now there is a company which took this concept of on demand streaming and adapted that to the world of learning. Yes, learn at your own pace and at your own desktop on demand. Puzzled, here is how it works. You sign up and they have a course library. Each course is divided into sub topics. Each topic has lesson. You have the ability to either play the whole topic or just play a lesson. That’s it. What’s best since this is hosted model i.e. internet site, your course is available anywhere you have the internet. Neat I say.
Now you might be wondering which company I am talking – well its none other than PluralSight. PluralSight is a on demand learning solution provider for individuals and corporates. Here is the PluralSight story from the site:
A few developers got together to solve a problem. It was one of those problems where you just can’t find any answers on the web. They solved their problem, but the solution was more about the questions than the answers.
The solution became a training company. A company created by developers, specifically for developers.
A company that offers solutions to problems, keeps up with groundbreaking trends, and inspires developers to achieve excellence. A company that speaks the language of developers and offers better insight into this fast-paced industry.
The solution is Pluralsight.
I am fortunate to have met and interacted with the co founder of PluralSight Aaron Skonnard. I even did an interview of him in my Uncut & Unedited show. I also have met their Indian team Phani and Vineet, who are handling business and training thins in Hyderabad and Bangalore. A very kind, humble and passionate family is what I feel about PluralSight. They have been great sponsors for our UG group www.BDotNet.in. It had been a wish list for me to own a PluralSight subscription and lately thanks to giveaway from www.DotNetCurry.com I now am a proud subscriber to PluralSight Annual program. Have been listening to some of the courses and they are simply awesome and mind blowing. Great speakers and authors for the course library.
PluralSight is not just about on demand learning, they do have a lot of freebies for the community. One of my fav is their weekly webcasts for the community. Every Thursday night (IST) they bring in some of the distinguished speakers who speak on latest and greatest technology topics. Here is the link: http://www.pluralsight-training.net/microsoft/webcasts/index. This is open for public. The shows are recorded but the recording is available only for Annual Plus members. Nevertheless, listening to some great speakers makes me excited and because of PluralSight weekly webcast I get to educate myself time to time.
PluralSight also has a podcast known as PluralCast which is again a weekly show. Unlike webcast this is a podcast meaning only audio. Here is the link to the podcast site: http://www.pluralsight-training.net/microsoft/pluralcast/default.aspx. This also features some top notch speakers from the industry.
On this day I have decided to attribute myself PluralSight. I will be putting the PluralSight advertisement on my blog. No I have not been paid by anybody to do this nor did PluralSight approached me for this. This is my bit to support PluralSight. I like them and want to publicize the work these guys are doing. I admire greatly what these guys are doing for the community as well. So you will start seeing the following advertisement on my blog.
If you are interested to know more about PluralSight head over to : www.pluralsight.com. They do have a 30 day free trial which gives you access to their full course library. Also from my perspective the subscription plans are affordable in Indian rates.
I am doing PluralRead now, Will you ?
Till next time, Happy Coding. Code with passion, Decode with patience.