If you’re like me you have a thirst for knowledge. I really love to learn and keep up on new trends, and as always stay sharp on my fundamentals. Also if you’re like me you are largely self-taught and have had to find ways to teach yourself development and programming practices. This in itself has pros and cons. Inevitably on this path, you’ll come across online learning courses. I’ve taken quite a few online courses, some good and some bad. The nice thing about using Pluralsight is you pay an annual or monthly subscription (they frequently run discount on annual subscriptions, like right now on Cyber Monday sales it’s $199 for an annual subscription), rather than through something like Udemy where you pay per course. If you’re like me you’ll end up surfing some of the content before settling on one for a deep dive. Udemy is also a great option as they have several online courses and also have subject available outside the world of development and computer science, but I usually have found the content on Pluralsight to be a bit better in most instances. I also in no way am gaining anything by plugging Pluralsight, I just happen to love their offerings.
So Is A Pluralsight Subscription Worth It?
That is really going to depend on you and how you best learn. My experience has been that it was worth every penny. I have taught myself many skills and am currently in the process of learning more about nodejs and doing a deep dive. Along the way, I’ve had the opportunity to work more with MongoDB and learn about NoSQL datastores and best practices there. I’m a GIS developer and learned recently that MongoDB supports geoJSON formats and spatial indexing. So I have some new ideas and potential solutions to problem-solving at work. Another tool in my bag. A couple of years ago before I got a Pluralsight subscription, I took a couple of courses on asp.NET and learned MVC architecture and some Entity Framework. That bit of knowledge and confidence I had in the subject landed me a job as a mid-level software engineer, stepping up from a junior. Was this the only reason I landed the position? No of course not. But it gave me a step up over candidates without that knowledge.
I say all of this not to convince you that this is the only way to learn, and in my opinion shouldn’t be. However, I am a very kinesthetic learner, and watching and then doing something has helped me greatly. There is also a lot of merit in learning subject matter from books and reading the documentation. I am going to start doing some book reviews in the future as well, where I’ll be focusing on the ones that have helped me to become a better developer.
If you are really interested in learning more and want to try out Pluralsight, they do offer a 30 trial, and you can sign up here. Just look for the ‘Free Trial’ link.