I’ve just downloaded and started to read the Imposters Handbook., by Rob Conery. It’s a book about all those things that you don’t want to reveal that you don’t know. I most of them I should know since I have read Computer Science. But I don’t. It’s a great (in all senses of the word ≈500 pages!) read and promise to deliver even better things ahead. Go get yours now!
As I started to read it I heard a familiar voice in my head. Rob Conerys. And I just realised how much I’ve learned from him.
I first heard your name when you created a course on ASP.NET MVC for the ASP.NET-site. That technology was brand new back then. I then followed you as TekPub was started and I have seen just about everything you ever produced. I’ve also enjoyed some of the courses produced for PluralSight once TekPub was acquired.
I thoroughly enjoyed This Developers Life that I’ve heard most episodes of, at least 2 times each.
Here’s a non-exclusive list of the things that I’ve started to use and learned or picked up - initiated by you;
- Git - I did not understand that at all before your TekPub course
- ASP.NET MVC - I got this, but so much deeper knowledge was gained via you. Especially the first ASP.NET MVC 2 course with Steven Sandersson
- Linux - never touched before your stuff, woven into many TekPub courses
- Angular/Backbone and the general notion of front-end frameworks
- Node - never heard of before your course back in the day
- CoffeeScript - same as above
- Elixir - thoroughly loved the RedFour course that I took this summer
That price of such education can be calculated and is set by PluralSight etc. But - the value of that education, for me as a user, cannot be measured. In short terms it has made my a much, much better professional.
I’ve never met you in real life. To be quite frank I sometimes find you a little bit intimidating on Twitter, but since you are outspoken and get a lot of push-back - I can totally understand your reactions sometimes. That said the teaching style, voice and general presence on stage is very laid back and pleasant - and that’s the person I feel like I know through the hours of teaching.
I’m not a particular “Rob Conery”-fan boy - I don’t listen to/read/learn your stuff just because it’s you. I enjoy your stuff just because it’s been perfect content and timing for me.
And in doing so I realised, when I started to read the Imposter book to learn even more, that I just needed to write a proper Thank you down. Because I learned so much from you!
Thank you Rob!
Your teaching, presenting, screen casting, pod casting, blogging and writing helped me immensely. For this
I’m deeply grateful.