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TLCC Developing XPages Course Review

I recently completed the TLCC Developing XPages course. I had completed a TLCC course several years ago and felt the format was a good one for learning. The XPages course was no exception.

The course consists of 9 modules, starting with an overview and then jumping right into creating your first XPage. Controls, Views and Documents, Formatting and Styles, Javascript, Advanced Techniques, Custom Controls and changes in versions are all covered. The course begins at the very beginning. No XPages experience is required. However, the format is such that it is easy to skip ahead if you already know bits and pieces. The basic stuff is covered very well, building you up to each new skill. The text portions of the lessons are well balanced with activities and screen shots. I am definitely a visual learner and a do-er rather than a reader. This course is well suited for both. If you are a text learner, the information is there in the text. However, if you are a doer, you can skip the text bits and still understand and complete the activities.

I also liked the additional of links for more information in certain spots. Rather than bog down the course with “advanced” or tangental information at that point, there were links for those that like to go down the rabbit hole.

The course itself is an NSF and is self-paced. That works well for some, not so well for others. You need to know that you will stick with it. However, the nice thing is that the NSF is always there, for whenever you have a few moments to spare and want to learn. Since it’s an NSF, you can easily keep it local and refer to it whenever is convenient for you. Additionally, (and somewhat obviously) the course is a great option for those that can’t get out of the office or travel to course providers.

One additional feature I liked in the format was that the instructions for the activities were on the same page that I was working on, so I didn’t have to flip back and forth. Typically, that is my complaint of “electronic” learning, I like to have the instructions in front of me as I work, so alternating screens tends to irritate me. This wasn’t an issue here.

TLCC also provides forums for the “class participants” should you have questions. I didn’t find myself with any questions, so didn’t take advantage, but is a nice addition to the course.

The only thing I felt was missing was the “Don’t do this in thre real world” type of information. While something may be shown a particular way for the sake of learning it, it is often not the way you would actually implement it. I would have liked to see more of those types of warnings.

And speaking of warnings, anything teaching XPages should have a big yellow label telling you to shut off Skype before trying to start the local HTTP task. I spent a while completely baffled as to why the very first thing I was asked to do wasn’t working.

Overall, I felt this was a great way to learn XPages and look forward to XPage Development 2 from TLCC.


Disclosure:
Obtained From: TLCC for review
Payment: Free

  • http://null Richard Fenwick

    I think your db (Kathy Brown – mmmCandy.nsf) posted in the ILUG 2010 zip file is encrypted