When I was setting up my LinkedIn profile, I noticed I got a lot of advertisement for Lynda.com – courses in subjects that interested me a lot. One day I figured I might as well check it out, and I found this online learning platform which is a collection of videoes where professionel IT experts talk about a large range of subjects.

There was (and still is) a 10-day free membership trial available, so I signed up for a membership and cancelled my subscription the same day (you have to enter your credit card information, so it’s a move you have to make, otherwise it get’s automatically bills another month)

Simon Allardice

Who is this guy, and why is he so special that he requires a heading for himself? Well – Simon Allardice is the bearded man you see to the right – one of the Lynda.com people who has made a large contribution.

I’ve found that this guy is by far the most popular author on Lynda.com (counting by views, and Google reputation). And I think I know why.

This guy takes to heart one of my absolute favorite quotes

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.

-Albert Einstein

When watching one of his videoes, I was amazed that he could take a complex data structure and explain it in a way that would’ve made sense to anyone – even people with no development experience at all.

He has declared war on textbook standard phrases such as “Your database will comply with third normal form when every non-prime attribute of R is non-transitively dependent (i.e. directly dependent) on every candidate key of R” and focuses instead on understanding of the concepts behind.

Not only for developers

I talk about Lynda.com as this great source of information about several different developing languages, but the truth is, that developing is not the primary focus. Lynda.com has videoes of many other topics:

  • 3D + Animation
  • Audio + Music
  • Business
  • CAD
  • Design
  • Education + ELearning
  • IT
  • Marketing
  • Photography
  • Video
  • Web

Personally I’ve only checked out Developer and IT and there are many interesting videoes within – I assume this is the case for all categories.

Should I sign up

As a LinkedIn member (which is free) you get a free 10-day trial to Lynda.com. If you have a LinkedIn profile you most definetely should sign up for Lynda.com. Remember to cancel your subscription emmediately, so it doesn’t get automatically refreshed. If you’re satisfied after your 10-day subscription runs out, feel free to resubscribe.

One thing that annoys me is the price however. For monthly billing (which is what most would prefer) I would have to pay $34,99 each month for access to the content and the learning material.

I think this number is quite high, but then again these instructors are probably not doing it for free, and Lynda keeps adding new content so I understand the need for a pricetag like this. Personally I have signed and I am currently paying those 35$, and I think it is absolutely worth the money.

Some courses provide you with a Certificate of Completion once you’ve seen all the videoes in the course. This certificate can be added to your LinkedIn profile.