Through the pleasant generosity of LinkedIn, I enjoyed an extra trial time to test the courses at Lynda.com. This is a networking team that has worked for me and I hope paid off for them.
I did apply for an affiliation account at Lynda.com. They turned me down because I didn’t have a lot of posting here about Lynda.com. The trial mode plus holidays have kept me from posting much anywhere!
I have been wanting to get into more php computer language to use with the WordPress themes at StudioPress.com. I have some very good books on php, but just couldn’t seem to wrap my head around what they were trying to tell me. Some very little things could serve as acceptable distraction! Through the video classes, I’ve been able to learn, plus apply some of the information in the books.
I like having the courses broken down into digestible pieces. A course may involve several hours, but each is broken into chapters which are then cut again into sections of a few minutes at a time.
With the php, I’ve been doing a lot of stop and rewind while I try the examples in a php editor. I have had good results using my Microsoft Expressions Web software as a test environment. Some editing can be done in Notepad++, but the files won’t save as working ‘dot-php’ files.
After fighting with all of the options, I was able to get XAMPP working for a local host environment for testing. I spent too much valuable trial time fighting the localhost choices…only to have XAMPP seem to arbitrarily start! Whatever! I was so happy to have it start that I’m going to choose another fight than arguing about why things didn’t work for me!
The Lynda.com speakers are clear and easy to understand. The man who had the longest php classes talked very fast (more rewinding). I could understand him, but couldn’t keep up with him on the examples without a lot of stopping. I just grabbed courses as I went and fortunately studied some of the more difficult classes first. By the time I got to the videos showing how to use php on the Genesis Sample theme, I wasn’t surprised by some of the things being shown and could make it work!
Things I Like About Lynda.Com Membership
If you’ve been looking at Lynda.com for some extra learning, I recommend the site. It is easy to navigate, keeps track of the courses I’ve begun and issues certificates of completion that can be shared on social media. There are definite perks to a pre-paid annual subscription; savings and many of the videos can be downloaded to view offline. The rate for the monthly subscription isn’t outrageous and is the path I’ve chosen. I was not able to really use one month due to LIFE — holidays and funerals. But, I will be getting back into class! I know there will be times during the summer when my time will be pressed even more and I plan to drop the membership. Or there may come a time when I’ve studied about as much as I can stand.
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