Learning can be fun or hard or maybe both. For me, it's often a mix of both. I developed my own learning style over many, many years. It usually works well for me and I pick up new topics, be it a new programming paradigm, language or business stuff, pretty straight forward. However, when I tried to learn some basic Japanese last year, I forgot everything and made some common mistakes again.
Recently, I was asked if one can learn to build applications with Spring Boot without having any knowledge and experience of the Spring Framework. Here's my answer to this question.
While researching alternatives to publishing books for programming related topics, I noticed that video courses get more and more common as the medium. I started wondering if works for coding related topics.
It all started a few years ago that I felt stuck in my career as a software developer. For years I've been following the typical way of learning and dabbling with new technologies, mainly in my spare time or on occasion on the day job. Tech was fun, and I always love learning new things. However, when I felt stuck I realized that my previous ways did bring me so far, but they do not take me any further. It doesn't matter if you're an employee, freelancer or owning a small agency. At some point, there's a glass ceiling for money and the kind of work you do.
Recently I was browsing on Amazon in the Kindle Short Reads section for Computer Books, and I stumbled on a set of Python Books for Beginners. I checked them out and noticed they all got a good Amazon Bestseller Rank, meaning they were actual bought; much more than many other programming books on Amazon.