5 Awesome Learning Resources For Programmers (To help you and your kids to grow the geek neurons)

By Anoop Madhusudanan

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Happy New Year, this is my first post in 2012. I’ll be sharing few awesome learning resources I’ve bookmarked, and will be pointing out some specific computer/programming related courses I've found interesting from these resources.


Also, thought about saving this blog post for my kids as well - instead of investing in these Child education schemes (though they are too small as of today, 2 years and 60 days respectively Winking smile). Anyway, personally my new year resolution is to see as much videos from this course collections (assuming I can find some free time in between my regular job && changing my babies diapers).

1 – Khan Academy

As I mentioned some time back, you and your kids are missing some thing huge if you havn’t heard about Khan Academy.  It is an awesome learning resource, especially if you want to re-visit your basics in Math, Science etc.

With a library of over 2,600 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 268 practice exercises, they're on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace

Not just Math and Science, I assume you’ll be interested to know more about Black HolesWhy Cepheids Pulsate, and how to find Detectable Civilizations in our Galaxy 1. So, bookmark http://www.khanacademy.org/. Respect to Salman Khan, consider donating them a bit if you find these materials useful.

2 – MIT Open Courseware and Videos

Just in case you are not aware, MIT has a huge collection of open courses, bookmark http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm. Specifically, take a look at the Audio/Video Courses section and  Electrical Engineering and Computer Science course.

And go through this Introduction to computer science course to get the feel. Few more interesting courses (if you are a programmer) include

Obviously, there are other subject specific courses too, like this Mathematics (Calculus, Algebra, Probability etc) related videos.

3 – Stanford Engineering Courses

Stanford Engineering everywhere has also got some cool courses. For example, this Free course on iPhone Application development is available via iTunes

From the computer science perspective, checkout these introduction to Computer Science. Click the Lectures tab, and most lectures are available via Youtube, iTunes and even as WMV.

And don’t miss these Artificial Intelligence courses

4 – Stanford Free Online Courses

Xavier recently shared a bunch of new free online courses that Stanford will be starting soon. These courses are starting by this February 2012, why not sign up.

5 – University of California

Berkeley, University of California (http://berkeley.edu/about/) has got a webcast zone where a number of courses are featured.

Here are few play lists (I havn’t gone through all of them, but still).

And most of them are available via Youtube, iTunes etc.

These are few resources I explored and book marked for future reference, and I’m pretty sure there are lot more out there that I’ve skipped/missed. For instance, this awesome list of Computer Science papers that I came across the other day. Please share, and enjoy.  Happy Coding!!

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