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Worth up to....

  1. Zero - Not worth it. (0 votes [0.00%])

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  2. $250 / year (0 votes [0.00%])

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  3. $500 / year (0 votes [0.00%])

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  4. $750 / year (0 votes [0.00%])

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  5. $1000 / year (0 votes [0.00%])

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  6. Wish they had a per video/per-topic plan. (0 votes [0.00%])

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Strong in Desktop development

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Strong in Web App development

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Strong in mobile app development

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  2. Yes - iOS (0 votes [0.00%])

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  3. Yes - Android (0 votes [0.00%])

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Interactive

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Strictly on-line

  1. Yes - All materials are on line, nothing you can download and keep after your subscription runs out (0 votes [0.00%])

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#1 tlhIn`toq   User is offline

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PluralSight.com subscription - Worth the money?

Posted 23 October 2014 - 09:37 AM

I'm job hunting again. And realizing that I have to accept that such a large segment of the development market is Web Apps. My beloved desktop application experience is quickly becoming the minority of jobs out there. So I'm doing my best to become proficient in new technologies of Web API 2, AJAX, JQuery and so on.

A colleague pointed me a PluralSightbut mentioned a subscription/license is about US$500.

Does anyone have some experience with this site? Is it worth the money? Is it just videos or is there an interactive component? Any ideas what areas are strong and what is lacking?

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Re: PluralSight.com subscription - Worth the money?

Posted 23 October 2014 - 09:53 AM

We get it via work, and I find it to be pretty helpful. If I am in a slow period I can definitely dig through one of their vids (or any of the other numerous sites they have been buying up), and get some quality material.

It is mostly videos.. some have a 'assess your skills', but pair it with some of microsoft's MVA classes it is not a bad route. So no.. there is no interactive component like an online college class or something along those lines.

Strong - up to date. We were using some other services a while back and they were a consistent three or four version behind things. The breadth of material is great, production quality is good, and the streaming consistent.

Lacking - not much. I mean, sure, there can always be more videos or some sort of leveling system for 'individual, moderate, and advanced' topics, but it happens.

Subscriptions are not $500 a year.. if you just have the basic view and go. If you think you need the exercise files, assessments, certificates (what ever that means) or offline viewing then yes.. that is 499.. else it is 299.
http://www.pluralsight.com/signup

They have a free trial to eyeball.
https://www.pluralsi...p1?isTrial=True

Have you eyeballed their catalog?
http://www.pluralsight.com/tags

See if there is enough material there to justify a 300/year sub.
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Re: PluralSight.com subscription - Worth the money?

Posted 23 October 2014 - 01:39 PM

I agree with everything Modi has said. If the company I'm at doesn't already have a subscription I always ask them to get me one, because I find that the videos are the best out there and the assessments are OK when you pair it with the videos. If you want to see what their videos are like can either sign up for the trail, or view their MVC 3 videos. The MVC 3 videos were released in a deal with Microsoft.
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Re: PluralSight.com subscription - Worth the money?

Posted 23 October 2014 - 01:47 PM

"View and go" would be streaming with no download while "off line viewing" would be download to your PC?? Does that sound about right?

I wouldn't pay $300 for streaming. I'd rather pay the $500 and have the video for ever, viewable on my laptop or iPad while in flight, etc. Once you're in it for $300 you might as well fork over the other $200 to be able to KEEP all the videos.
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Posted 23 October 2014 - 01:54 PM

Meh.. I take notes while watching a video and keep those. There I get the highlights to reference back to if I need it. There's a solid stack on the corner of my desk.
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Re: PluralSight.com subscription - Worth the money?

Posted 23 October 2014 - 02:04 PM

View Postmodi123_1, on 23 October 2014 - 02:54 PM, said:

There's a solid stack on the corner of my desk.


Like on papyrus (paper)? Really?
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Posted 23 October 2014 - 02:24 PM

Sure.. I default to paper when writing down notes.
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Re: PluralSight.com subscription - Worth the money?

Posted 23 October 2014 - 10:53 PM

I wouldn't. Look into Safari Books online instead, it gives you unlimited book and video access to a huge stash of content. If you're lucky, your local library will have discounts on it as well.
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Re: PluralSight.com subscription - Worth the money?

Posted 24 October 2014 - 07:27 AM

I use safari books as well, but I use the two in conjunction. As far as keeping the videos "Forever", I'm not sure if that is a thing. I think they have something where when your subscription runs out the videos you've downloaded to watch offline stop working. I'm not 100% sure on that as I've never tried it, but I wouldn't think they'd allow you to keep the videos for only the $500.
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