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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andrzej Jan Taramina [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Tuesday, March 19, 2002 7:03 PM
> To: Nick Abdullah
> Cc: email@example.com
> Subject: [xml-dev] Re: Training
> My experience is that much formal training is a waste of time for good
> people. Buy
> them some good O'Reilly (and other) books on XML and give them some
> to play
> with the open source tools. For good developers that is usually more
> faster and cheaper (and often more fun for them). Or send them to the
> nearest XML
> conference with some specific goals that they need to achieve.
I worked in developer education for eight years before I "retired" to a
small software company in the Pacific northwest.
I agree that most developer training is dreck. That stated, certain
technologies lend themselves well to total immersion in order to get
certain insights and dare I say it, zen. This is especially true for
deeply layered technologies (e.g., COM, XML). I doubt that folks who
learned XML from me or my colleagues had problems coping with PSVI, the
role of WSDL bindings vs. portTypes, etc. Those concepts + the overall
zen are hard to capture in a book (God knows I tried ;-).
For more "vanilla" technologies (e.g., Java, C#, JDBC, ADO.NET, EJB), I
agree books can be more efficient than training.