Let us look at Lynda vs Pluralsight Deverloper Training. Today, I want to give my brief comparison of Lynda.com and Pluralsight.net – both of which provide training and courses to software developers and newbies alike. Starting a week ago, I signed up for a free trial on Lynda to learn Photoshop and color matching for web design because I recently took heat for not being good at it(I have been told that I have one of those things where you cannot easily identify colors – oh wait, it is called color blind ): ).
That being said, I wanted to highlight a few things based on my experience after using these online learning resources. There is no doubt that I could be wrong but I am simply giving my opinions to which am subject.
Pluralsight – I started using Pluralsight a year or so ago (off and on) after I ran into Dreamspark – a program started by Microsoft to enable students to use their otherwise expensive software for FREE. All you need is a student email address – it must have an .edu extension.
After creating a free account, you can download most of the available software and start using them. One other great thing that comes with your free account is a 90-day free subscription to Pluralsight. You don’t need to enter your billing information to access it. Dreamspark gives you a key that will be used to activate your account at Pluralsight.
I should mention the fact that Pluralsight has an extensive library of .NET courses but other courses have been added recently. Courses like Introduction to Java – (by John Sonmez – shout out) and Android Development are just a few of my favorites. There are different levels of subscriptions depending on how much you are willing to pay each month.
In my personal opinion, I prefer the massive library of resources provided by Lynda over Pluralsight mainly because of the variety.
As I mentioned in the first paragraph, I wanted to learn how to use Photoshop and everyone I ran into recommended Lynda.com. They obviously knew what they were talking about because Lynda has some of the best courses not only on Photoshop but also other areas. I decided to check out the 7-day FREE TRIAL to test the water.
I ended up being ‘hijacked’ by other courses that I thought were more important than Photoshop. As of yesterday, I had completed four courses in total. That was a lot of work. If you are curious, I started with Ruby Training, then Databases, followed by Using MySQL and finally Regular Expressions. In my honest opinion, I liked the idea of printing a certificate of completion after taking the course although the most important thing is learning the Skills you need!
Lynda is also subscription-based. That means you can pick a plan and pay monthly or yearly depending on what you want. One thing I liked about Lynda is the massive and diverse library of courses and the quality. The only thing missing perhaps is interactivity. If you are familiar with Udacity or Coursera, that is the type of interaction I would like to see in other online training sites.
In summary, I found the two sites very well worth the time and effort. They know what they are doing but they can always improve on it. When using them, it is good to follow along by typing all the code as you go. Don’t just listen, DO! In the end, you should get the value of your investment back.
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