I never thought a new gadget could have aided my self learning so much. I knew the time was right to get an iPad when Apple introduced the Retina display. It really is just like reading a book, the text readability is better in fact, since books are difficult to hold completely flat when chilling out on the sofa ! ( at least the hefty tomes that I have been working through are ! )
I have been also creating my own Audio books that I can listen to at the gym. This is a great way to review stuff and I actually quite enjoy the process of making them as well.
It’s amazing how many tools there are for the Web Developer to play with. Every thing from the Image conversion utilities to Photoshop, simpe text editors to fully featured IDE’s ! I must have downloaded and fiddled with most of them now. I have to say that non of the editors seem to match the old-school efficiency of vi when it comes to speed of access though ! There is so much software available these days and for free. I have not settled on a one-tool-fits-all solution yet. Examples do exist such as Coda 2 but I don’t really want to shell out cash 😉 Kommodo edit is good as is Aptana . Eclipse has good PHP support but seems to crash on the Mac. Notepad++ is quite good but PC only 🙁 .
So as I gradually work my way through these two advanced books I think I am coming to realise that I will need to focus now on practising my new skills and organising new projects and applications. I have also been working on my time management skills. I have never had to manage my own projects before and I have again been listening to Antony Robbins tapes on time management. This guy is a genius, I mean even if he were trying to sell double glazing you would find him interesting to list too ! ( And he certainly is not selling windows.. ) I find that I can listen to most of his tapes 4 or 5 times or more and still pick up on things that he mentions in passing.
So then that’s enough reading, coding and blogging for today !