I love learning programming stuff via videos. A good presentation can either give you a good grounding in a new library/technique/framework or it can get you excited to get into Visual Studio and start hacking away (sometimes both!).

Free Programmer Training

I asked on twitter tonight what the best resources were for finding free videos that you can use to expand your programmer horizons. While I was waiting for responses I tweeted about the ones that I knew off the top of my head and it turned out to be quite a lot. Then I needed to hunt for the URLs for each one so this post is a way of aggregating that for future me (I hate that guy).

  1. Channel 9. This is a serious fire-hose of information so you'll need to pick and choose. You can learn everything from WCF configuration to what XBox game is hot at Redmond right now.

  2. Channel 9 MSDN Events portal. If Microsoft runs a conference, the videos end up here. I usually find myself here a month or two after major conferences looking for sessions that get mentioned on twitter or blogged about.

  3. There is an Oredev Vimeo page.

  4. The NDC 2011 Official Session Video Torrent. See, it's not all pirated materials.

  5. TekPub has a free section containing a few series. If you're willing to pay for content there is a lot more. I learned Git from the TekPub series and I'm keen to see the Hanselman Art of Speaking one and the Ayende Full Throttle one.

  6. There's recordings of the Virtual ALT.NET Brown Bag sessions.

  7. DNR.tv is still producing good quality stuff. Carl Franklin is such a great host for these things. He always knows the questions that I'm shouting at the screen and asks them for me :) Carl also sells training DVDs which I assume are similar in style.

  8. The Summer of NHibernate is (was?) a great series. I'll be honest in saying that I don't know if it is still relevant and up to date with the latest goings on in NHibernate land but it was a great way to learn NHibernate when it came out. Huge kudos to Steve Bohlen

  9. There's more than 200 DimeCasts (I said on twitter more than 300. By the time you read this, who knows?) If you need to know something now (and I mean in the next 10 minutes) this is the place to look. Short but informative.

  10. The Hibernating Rhinos series is great.

  11. PluralSight has a huge library of training videos that you pay for but you can get a free trial for 7 days. I'll be trying these sometime in the next couple of months.

  12. MVCConf is a great community-run annual virtual conference that I've attended both years it has run.

So, that'll do for now.

The ones I tend to make people watch are:

Hmmm. There aren't any from 2011. Maybe I haven't watched enough. What great resources have I missed? Tell me about a video that has blown your mind recently!

Posted by: Mike Minutillo
Last revised: 05 Jan, 2012 01:22 PM History


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