Technology Education Series (Part 1): Digging into O’Reilly Online

On a mission to take advantage of Solid Digital’s annual education budget, the Technology team digs into the new O’Reilly Online Learning platform.

Leading with values

Two of our core values are Thoughtful Collaboration and Creative Craftsmanship. To this end, each of us at Solid Digital gets $1,000 a year to spend on education. This money can be spent as we see fit. In the past, I’ve gone to conferences and bought various books.

This year I decided to try out O’Reilly Online Learning. Over the next year, I want to test out the platform, to see if it’d be helpful for others in the Tech Department. Also, I’m always looking for material to help assemble training curricula within the department on various entry level to advanced topics. 

Finally, there are several innovation initiatives I think the learning platform can help us plan for. As part of the learning platform subscription, O’Reilly gives you access to all their books, videos, some Jupyter notebooks, and live online training.

 

In order to really leverage the content available, I’ll be creating a blog post a quarter covering one of the topics I’m learning about. The posts will double as training material for the Tech Department.

Improving Our Services Through Education

We often use public blog posts internally. Doing so is an efficient way to combine client education, employee education, and marketing. For example our Creative Director Derek’s post about page builders is a great link for both clients and employees. Clients will generally learn more about what a page builder can do, while Solid devs gain a new perspective on how using a page builder increases efficiency and shifts the page building workload away from the tech department. This allows devs to spend time on more interesting problems. An example would be the other services we offer.

One of the core services at Solid is helping clients achieve Digital Growth. We’re always improving our services, and Digital Growth is no different. In general the way we pick our technologies for a project is by finding the tools that best fit the job. This leads us to higher quality products than simply sticking with the technologies we are familiar with. By having access to O’Reilly’s broad suite of content, I saw an opportunity to learn and explore many possible avenues for improving our Digital Growth service’s technical support. For example, we are exploring the possibility of building one of the supporting platforms for the Digital Growth service in Laravel backed by PostgreSQL. O’Reilly has several good Laravel and PostgreSQL books and video series.

Onward and Upward

Having access to such a broad library of technical works is a great way to gain inspiration and get excited about innovation. So, for the next year I’ll be diving into topics as varied as machine learning, functional reactive programming, and JavaScript design patterns

Stay tuned!

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The platform makes me want to dive into learning about how to expand and refine our technology stack. O’Reilly Learning makes me want to run into a difficult problem, so that I can use the books available to solve the issue. My problem with books is that you can never have enough of them, combined with the fact that technical books are generally expensive. Having access to all the books of a publisher for a flat fee is fantastic.

In order to really leverage the content available, I’ll be creating a blog post a quarter covering one of the topics I’m learning about. The posts will double as training material for the Tech Department. We often use public blog posts internally. Doing so is an efficient way to combine client education, employee education, and marketing. For example Derek’s post about page builders is a great link for both clients and employees. Clients will generally learn more about what a page builder can do, while Solid devs gain a new perspective on how using a page builder increases efficiency and shifts the page building workload away from the tech department. This allows devs to spend time on more interesting problems. An example would be the other services we offer.

One of the core services at Solid is helping clients achieve Digital Growth. We’re always improving our services, and Digital Growth is no different. In general the way we pick our technologies for a project is by finding the tools that best fit the job. This leads us to higher quality products than simply sticking with the technologies we are familiar with. By having access to Oreilly’s broad suite of content, I saw an opportunity to learn and explore many possible avenues for improving our Digital Growth service’s technical support. For example, we are exploring the possibility of building one of the supporting platforms for the Digital Growth service in Laravel backed by PostgreSQL. Oreilly has several good Laravel and PostgreSQL books and video series.

Having access to such a broad library of technical works is a great way to gain inspiration and get excited about innovation. So, for the next year I’ll be diving into topics as varied as machine learning, functional reactive programming, and JavaScript design patterns. Stay tuned!

Technology Education Series (Part 1): Digging into O’Reilly Online

On a mission to take advantage of Solid Digital’s annual education budget, the Technology team digs into the new O’Reilly Online Learning platform.

Company culture continues to evolve daily as new employees, clients, and other environmental factors are introduced. For us here at Solid Digital, culture is something we focus on a lot, and having two offices on opposites sides of the country has certainly made it challenging (but not impossible) to create an cohesive team culture.

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We are genuinely very passionate about this stuff and we enjoy working with passionate people. Everyone on our team is individually driven to be better at what they do. If you hire Solid Digital, it means there’s something about us and our culture that aligns with yours. We like long term relationships where we both see a lot of value coming out of the strategies we’re implementing, where we achieve Digital Growth.

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We are genuinely very passionate about this stuff and we enjoy working with passionate people. Everyone on our team is individually driven to be better at what they do. If you hire Solid Digital, it means there’s something about us and our culture that aligns with yours. We like long term relationships where we both see a lot of value coming out of the strategies we’re implementing, where we achieve Digital Growth.

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We are genuinely very passionate about this stuff and we enjoy working with passionate people. Everyone on our team is individually driven to be better at what they do. If you hire Solid Digital, it means there’s something about us and our culture that aligns with yours. We like long term relationships where we both see a lot of value coming out of the strategies we’re implementing, where we achieve Digital Growth.

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We are genuinely very passionate about this stuff and we enjoy working with passionate people. Everyone on our team is individually driven to be better at what they do.

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  3. Solid Digital
  4. A number can go a longer way than what we’re used to. Just don’t let it silly willy – or you may regret it.

Have you thought about bulleted lists?

We are genuinely very passionate about this stuff and we enjoy working with passionate people. Everyone on our team is individually driven to be better at what they do.

  • Bullet list are ok
  • it means there’s
  • something about us
  • and our culture that aligns with yours. We like long term relationships where we both see a lot of value
  • coming out of the strategies we’re implementing, where we achieve Digital Growth.

We are genuinely very passionate about this stuff and we enjoy working with passionate people. Everyone on our team is individually driven to be better at what they do. If you hire Solid Digital, it means there’s something about us and our culture that aligns with yours. We like long term relationships where we both see a lot of value coming out of the strategies we’re implementing, where we achieve Digital Growth.

We are genuinely very passionate about this stuff and we enjoy working with passionate people. Everyone on our team is individually driven to be better at what they do. If you hire Solid Digital, it means there’s something about us and our culture that aligns with yours. We like long term relationships where we both see a lot of value coming out of the strategies we’re implementing, where we achieve Digital Growthed.

Download: Digital Growth® Worksheet

What gets measured gets done. Download the Digital Growth® Worksheet today, rally your team, and create results!

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