Four short links: 25 April 2012

Online Courses, mod_spdy, Dying Industries, and Javascript Conference Report

  1. World History Since 1300 (Coursera) — Coursera expands offerings to include humanities. This content is in books and already in online lectures in many formats. What do you get from these? Online quizzes and the online forum with similar people considering similar things. So it’s a book club for a university course?
  2. mod_spdy — Apache module for the SPDY protocol, Google’s “faster than HTTP” HTTP.
  3. The Top 10 Dying Industries in the United States (Washington Post) — between the Internet and China, yesterday’s cash cows are today’s casseroles.
  4. Notes from JSConf2012 — excellent conference report: covers what happens, why it was interesting or not, and even summarizes relevant and interesting hallway conversations. AA++ would attend by proxy again. (via an old Javascript Weekly)
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  • I’m doing 2 coursera courses and I’ve already signed up a bunch more. I’m enjoying them throughly. For one thing, the structure of the course pull you along and keep you going. (The “do learn at your own pace” claim is deceptive. The courses have a 6-12 week schedule that you want to adhere to if you intend to complete them.) If I do my independent study there are 500 things that could distract me from attaining the goal.

    Also the professors has taken the time to gather the materials and package them into a course. You may ask a similar question that why should people read an O’Reilly book when they can find all the pieces of content on the Internet. But when the author has done the work to synthesize all these materials into a coherent topic, he has create value more than the sum of the raw materials.