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Why I removed 95% of my web design and development courses?

Hi,

So I’ve been making video courses on web design and development since about 2003, and recently I removed about 95% of the courses on the Killervideostore because they were old.

Yes, most of the old courses were about 80-90% cool, in terms of the information being up to date. Nonetheless, I decided to remove them and create new courses that are now 100% up to date … and they are also very future-proof!

How can programming and development courses be future-proof?

Ah, 5-6 years I would have agreed. But since 2014 (give or take,) things have really stabilized in terms of the webstack. Think about it, all the major web frameworks:

  • Java Spring
  • PHP Laravel
  • Node.js + Express
  • Python + Django
  • Ruby + Rails

… All share many of the same characteristics. All are MVC based, and all of them share similar patterns.

Yes, there are significant differences here and there, but at their core, all the frameworks do most things the same way. Bottom line: once you learn one web mvc framework, you will know a lot about all of them.

With that in mind, it has become more and more apparent to experienced developers, that the key to all this, is understanding the key principles and patterns of software development. Starting with foundation ideas like:

  • Variables
  • Collections
  • Object oriented programming

… To more advanced coding concepts like separation of concerns, micro services, datastores (relational databases vs object databases) etc … These concepts are found in ALL the above mentioned frameworks and languages. When you get down to it, it’s all variations of the same ideas.

Key to becoming a master developer?

Learn the basic concepts well. Then jumping from one hot library, language or framework … becomes easy. I started writing code in 1994, and I’ve built commercial apps over the years with about 9 languages (lost count!) .. and that experience tells me to go back to basics every time.

That all said, any courses produced since 2015 are very much up to date since I teach the key basic concepts that will allow you to become a money making professional developer fast.

Stefan Mischook

New Interactive Web Developer Course!

web developer

Hi,

I am happy to announce my new Interactive Web Developer course. This package covers everything you need to be a web developer.

What makes it special is the interactive quizzing component, that reinforces the video lessons as you go. Over 350 videos, 900 quiz questions and 40 projects.

Check it out at the introductory price – it’s the best training course I’ve ever created.

Stefan
Killersites.com

New Course Package due out within 2 weeks.

Hi,

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I will soon be retiring many of the courses in the video store.

… For those who still need say the Dreamweaver CS6 course, it will be there, but generally pushed to the background. At the same time, there are other courses that are just going to be replaced altogether.

Big Changes

I would say that the biggest change will be the format in which we provide training. Rather than download to own, we will be offering lifetime streaming access to the new content. It seems to be how people want it. In other news, I will be introducing a new style of style of training; something I call ‘immersive interactive’ training.

More to come.

Stefan
Killersites.com

Massive Purge of the Courses

Hi!

I built my first video course in about 2003, and have been retiring courses over the years as needed.

Now that time has come again, where within the next few months, I will be retiring all of the older courses from the site.

… In fact, I plan to stop selling the vast majority. Yes, some still want to learn Dreamweaver CS3, CS5 and CS6 but their time has passed and so should the courses.

New courses for 2015-2016

I am currently building new courses that will be out very soon. Not only will they be up to date with the latest languages (HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, PHP) and development tools, they are created with a whole new style of teaching, that no one is doing.

… These are easily my best courses yet.

Expect to see the new courses to hit the store in October 2015.

Thanks!

Stefan Mischook
Killersites.com

My new book is on Amazon!

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Hi,

My new beginners book on web design will released June or July in 2015. You can pre order it now on Amazon. It should also be in bookstores in the UK and the US at the same time.

I’ve also set up an author’s page on Amazon: amazon.com/author/stefan

I have to tell you, with all these ways to stay connected to people, I am having a hard time to decide which way to go! For example, you can find me on:

… And I have a Facebook account etc.

If you are interested, probably best to catch me on twitter and my blogs.

Stefan Mischook

Money Back Guarantee!

Hi,

I’ve decided to now back all my courses you buy from Killervideostore.com, with a 30 day money back guarantee. If for any reason the course doesn’t work for you, just shoot me an email and I will refund you.

Hmmm …. that means you have nothing left to loose! Start learning today!

Stefan Mischook
Killersites.com

New Video Store Skin is Live!

Hi,

Finally, after a few years of complacency, we’ve updated the video store! I hope you like the new look! There might be a few bugs here and there, given how big a change we made, but it should all be resolved and tip-top in a few days.

New courses coming out soon too.

Stefan
killersites.com

Changes to the KillerSites Training Courses

Hi!

I’ve been teaching web development for over tens years now, and things have changed a lot in that time. Besides web development itself, the WAY people want to learn has also changed.

The first thing that I’ve done to respond to these changes, is to provide a far more advanced subscription based training service: webmentor.org. Those of you familiar with the old Killersites Library, will appreciate the upgrade you find on Webmentor.org.

The KillerVideoStore in the Future

Subscription based services is common these days, but there are still people who want to own the courses. For you, I will keep offering my courses right here on killervideostore.com … and now in three formats you can choose from:

  1. Digital download
  2. DVD’s mailed to you
  3. On USB thumbdrive

Whichever format you choose, you will have LIFETIME DOWNLOAD ACCESS to the courses you buy. So if (for example,) you loose them a year from now, you will be free to come back and download them all again.

Thanks,

Stefan Mischook
killersitees.com

Stefan’s 4 Rules of Programming – podcast.

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If you are learning how to program in PHP, Ruby, Python, JavaScript … or any other programming language, you may find my 4 rules useful.

Download the MP3: Stef’s Rules of Programming.

Now the written version:

Stefan’s #1 Rule of Programming:

You will not remember everything you learn.

All the methods, functions, design patterns and other constructs found in PHP are far too many to for any human to remember. That’s why god invented Google and php.net.

… A good book can help too!

The most important thing to remember when learning PHP, are the basic concepts and practices. So I am talking about things like, function, arrays, classes, recursion, MVC et cetera. Again, it is not important that you remember the specific syntax – that you will forget in time. No, it is only important you understand what these things are and WHY you would use them.

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New DVD Design for DVD Video Courses.

dvd-small-2Hi,

After years of the same old design for our DVD’s, I’ve finally decided that we needed a fresh new look. I felt inspired, so instead of getting our designer (Ben) to take care it … I broke out my old designers cap and did it myself!

Yes, it’s a minimal style but that’s what’s in today and besides, all that really matters is what is on the DISC.

Note: We haven’t shipped video courses on CD for years, since they don’t have nearly the capacity (as a DVD) to hold all the videos in a course.

All of our videos play on Windows, Mac and even many modern flat panel TVs.

Hope you like!

Stefan Mischook
killerVideoStore.com

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