The ideas behind the Open Source Software (OSS), and more recently Free License Open Source Software (FLOSS) movements has always been about providing great tools at little to no cost. However, in recent years open source technology has become increasingly complex. In my opinion, that means the real return on investment comes in learning these tools. That’s where Learnable comes in.
What Learnable Can Teach You
When you hit their landing page, they have a core group of technologies displayed up front you can start learning immediately. In addition, there’s a list of sub-categories you can also select from when you click the Learn More button at the top of this page.
The training content includes videos, books (you can download 2 books a month in .epub, .pdf or .mobi formats through the use of “download credits”) and articles. You can also download all sample code free. There are blog entries, an interactive discussion group, and utilities for communicating directly with the instructors. A couple things that really excited me were core training for the development of mobile technologies like Android and iOS, and a full tutorial on Ruby on Rails. WordPress pundits, there’s an excellent course on how to make WP do whatever you want.
Bottom Line: The Cost
So now we come to the price. Just how much is all the great stuff going to cost you? Unbelievably, a 1-year membership is only $180.00 (USD) for unlimited access! Or if you want to learn just one specific technology, you can pay as you go for $30.00 (USD) per month. If that seems high, I have found it worth every penny and a real deal compared to just about anywhere else. And in the interest of full disclosure, I don’t make a dime if you sign up—there’s no referral bonus in it for me. But I believe it’s the best resource (outside of the free documentation) and value for the price and the training will get you up to speed quickly. That’s why I’m telling you, our beloved readers here at ChurchMag. God bless and happy coding!