4 Ways to Jumpstart Learning This Year


With the start of the new year, many of us are making resolutions that we have almost no chance of keeping. But if you’ve got one that happens to be learning-related, we are here to help.

Do you want to pick up a new skill? Get better at something you already do? Become an expert in your field and connect with peers? Career change? Starting a hobby? Start here.

As part of the O’Reilly Media family, we can recommend an unprecedented collection of resources that will help you develop real skills in programming, engineering, business and design and take part in crucial conversations at the cutting edge of these industries. Starting with our own in-house products, here’s a list of affordable and effective solutions for hands-on learning and professional improvement.

1. Explore more than 10,0000 video tutorials from Infinite Skills.

If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you know what we bring to the table.

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A catalog of more than 360 DVDs and downloadable training titles on everything from AutoCAD to Excel to iOS programming. A Learning Library plan that lets you access all of our training for only $25 per month, and an iOS app that can also connect you with free clips or all of our training for $9.99 a month (unlocked).

With a growing rotation of world class experts in technology, design and engineering, our video library continues to grow.

2. Access eBooks and lessons from Safari Books Online.

Do you want limitless access to world class eBooks and tutorial videos? Safari by O’Reilly includes thousands of online books, all of the Infinite Skills video library, and courses from hundreds of other professional providers.


The browser-based resource is unmatched for technical learning in topics such as user experience design, business leadership, project management, core programming, digital marketing, and software development. Prices start at $39 per month.

3. Make connections at O’Reilly Conferences.

O’Reilly provides world-class professional conferences covering specific areas of technology and programming throughout the year.


With major events nearly every month throughout the United States and around the globe, the conferences provide an opportunity to hear from industry leaders and pioneering developers and connect with fellow professionals. And if you’re unable to make a given conference of interest, O’Reilly provides video recordings of all keynotes and presentations.

4. Get Creative with Make and Craft.

Sometimes the most interesting developments come from improvisation and experimentation. O’Reilly oversees the publication of Make and Craft magazines, central to the rapidly growing hacker/maker and crafting communities springing up across the world.

If you’re into DIY robotics, computing, and creative projects such as the Color-Recognition lock featured in the video above, check out these incredible sites for more information and inspiration.

Keep Going!

With the number of resources available and the incredible communities to connect with, self-directed learning has never been easier. This is the year to learn more, create more, code more and share your work and techniques with the world.



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