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There's just too much technology - how can I learn this stuff?

There's just too much technology - how can I learn this stuff?

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There's always been a lot to learn but at the moment there seems to be more than ever. I was taking a look at all of the stuff coming up this year (we've just started a new financial year) and it's frightening. Here's a flavour:

Atlas, VSTS, Live, MSN bots, Gadgets, Windows Vista, .NET Framework 3.0 (including WPF, WCF, WF, CardSpace), Office 2007 server, Office 2007 client, Linq, VSTS, Orcas, VSTO...and so on. And that's just the stuff I'm reasonably close to. Oh and of course, we still have VS2005, ASP.NET and all of the other shipping technology.

One way to get a good intro to most of this stuff is to keep your eye on our "nuggets" site. A nugget is a short video - typically less than 20 minutes - that covers one specific topic. For example, want to get a quick intro to the Windows Workflow Foundation? Watch our "Windows Workflow Foundation: Hello World" nugget that runs for just 10 minutes.

We've had nuggets for some time but have recently revamped the site to make it easier to find the one you need.

Take a look at http://www.microsoft.com/uk/msdn/events/nuggets.aspx. And feel free to let me know if there are topics for which you'd like us to produce a nugget.

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  • Hi,

    I wrote a post about the technologies I've used for projects over the past 6 years and how we are having to learn more and more - I also put together a little chart of all the technologies / patterns / tools that are either being released or should hit the mainstream in the next 12 months:

    http://blogs.conchango.com/howardvanrooijen/archive/2006/06/23/ContinuousEducation.aspx

    I think "nuggets" are a great mechanism for introducing all these disparate technologies - keep up the good work!
  • Thanks Howard, your diagram & post say it all. I think the point you make about giving your career a boost by zeroing in on some of these pieces is spot on. The question might be "but which parts should I focus on?".

    While some technologies may appear fairly obvious targets for massive growth - for example Live is likely to start becoming really big and there are great opportunities for developers in that space - my preference is to pick up the pieces that I find personally interesting and focus on those, whatever they may be.

    If nothing else this technology flood keeps developers in demand, and that can't be a bad thing :-)
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