Learning Opportunities for Beginners
One of the major topics of discussion by the Platform team over the last several months has been about how to help those who are curious about working with web services, but have little to no experience. While we always want to make sure that the experts can get the information they need in the most efficient way possible, we also want to make the OCLC WorldShare Platform web services more accessible to beginners (including me).
When we look around at what's going on all around us, there are so many opportunities for people to learn—last month's LITA Python Pre-Conference is one really good example—we think a lot about where we can add value to these ongoing efforts. While I keep my ear to the ground, and we continue to look for ways to support learning, I'll let you know when I come across what look to be good opportunities for beginners. The other day, I discovered these three sessions:
- Harnessing Free Content with Web Service API's (ALA TechSource Workshop) led by Jason Paul Michel - this is a 90 minute workshop that looks like it will provide a pretty good overview to the topic. And it touches on our very own WorldCat Search API. This one is tomorrow!
- Introduction to Web Service APIs Using PHP and HTML eCourse/e-book Bundle is an ALA Editions eCourse also led by Jason Paul Michel. It's asynchronous, and you may be relieved to know that it starts in October. You can view the full 4 week course online. It looks like it will take you from concepts to a finished product.
If you are a beginner like me—or if you know an aspiring developer—I hope you'll take some time to explore your options for learning. There's a whole world out there and lots of ways to get your hands in. I think it's just a matter of finding the path that best suits you.
Have you taken a course or a workshop that you really liked? Do you know of one coming up? Please drop me a note at developernetwork[AT]oclc.org and let me know! Or better yet, share it with the community via the listserv (wc-devnet-l)!