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The good people behind the Northeast PHP conference (starting next Friday, August 16th!) have recently posted two videos of interviews with conference presenters. And one of them is me.

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If you’ve got time to kill, or if you’d rather just not work, then check out .net Magazine‘s list of the top 20 Web conference talks of 2012. There’s a range of topcis covered and the slides or video for each is also provided. This one page is an easy and rewarding way to lose a day!

Ernie and Matt over at Boston PHP have already managed to post the unedited video from my “How to Become a Web Developer” presentation given on December 12, 2012. You can find it on Vimeo. I’ve not looked at it myself yet (and am not planning on it), but Matt said that my part begins at about the 3 minute mark. In a couple of weeks, perhaps after the holidays, the edited video will be posted, which will be a combination of the video and the slides together. My sincerest thanks to Matt and everyone at Boston PHP for hosting me, and to Ernie for handling the video.

Also, I had promised (in the presentation) and do promise (in the video) a page of resources to go with the material. I’m working on that now, but it’s a bit more work than I expected, so let’s plan on that going live on my Web site on Wednesday, December 19th. Thanks!

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LongTailVideo, makers of the popular JW Player (a video player for Web pages), just posted a long article titled “The State Of HTML5 Video.” I used JW Player on a couple of projects and was quite pleased with its usability and reliability. My experience was with using JW Player to present Flash video, but the player has since been modified to serve either Flash content or HTML5 video, which is great. Towards that end, the article presents the current state of HTML5-related features and functionality, with lots of stats about browser compatibility, what attributes and video formats can be used, and so forth.

If you present video on Web sites, whether you use the JW Player or not, it’s worth checking out to know where things stand. LongTailVideo intends to maintain and update that article as changes in the industry (such as statistical changes and the like) evolve.

Programming Video Courses

December 4, 2011

I’ve recently come across a couple of free, public programming courses, as a series of videos, that may be of interest to those of you out there (I haven’t had the time to view many of the individual episodes, but they look promising).

The first is an Introduction to Computer Science and Programming, from an instructor at MIT. It’s definitely for beginners and although it uses Python as its primary language, the goal is to convey the fundamentals and the theories involved. It probably gets a bit too high-end for some, but worth taking a gander at regardless.

The second series is programming literacy’s Core units. This series is much more broad and covers a range of languages and topics. As I write this, the first six units have been completed and are available as YouTube videos, with downloadable PDFs (and other formats) for the slides and notes. On the other hand, the last one was finished about 20 months ago, so there may never be more in the series. Still, it’s approachable and I like that the materials are available for viewing separately. And the price is right!