I've been coding off and on for 2+ decades, starting from BASIC to C/C++ to Rails/Node. Languages and frameworks change quickly, and I'm still not thrilled with the resources available to learn as an experienced developer. For example, I'm confident that I should be able to do a fair bit of iOS development with a week or two of hard work given my knowledge of C/C++, Rails, Node.|
My challenges with existing tools:
- Books are pretty verbose and don't do a great job covering popular libraries (e.g., the top NPM/CocoaPods/Gems that are part of so many startup products)
- A ton of articles + samples online are designed for novice programmers approaching a language
- Online videos are super slow moving (even when you speed up playback)
- Progressively more difficult sample code would be great - but it's hard to find the right progression and most are missing the annotation that explain the vagaries of the language or framework
- Perusing reference docs for the purposes of learning is too 'exhaustive search' (e.g., why isn't there a doc for say underscore.js that rank orders functions by incidence of use)
I'd love to hear what the HN community does - with a focus on learning a language + framework by experienced engineers for the purpose of building startup products (i.e., not simply for the purpose of becoming a language/framework expert but rather to build something as quickly as possible).