As the year winds down, I find its a good time to sneak in some research, experiment with new concepts, or even start learning a new language before everything picks back up in the new year.
If you do not have a target language in mind, you can get an introductory sample in your browser before you go off and fetch development kits and associated utilities.Ruby
The first browser-based tutorial to hit prominence was TryRuby. It's still a great tutorial, and anything that has those talking foxes is OK by me. This tutorial sets the pattern that is the basis for most of the other tutorials that follow in this list.Clojure
Interested in a Lisp dialect or typing parentheses? If so, then Try Clojure could be your thing.Python
There's an extensive Python tutorial over at the IronPython website —- unfortunately, it is not as accessible as the others in the list, and it requires the installation of Silverlight.Haskell
No prizes for guessing that if you want to sample Haskell, then the site is called Try Haskell.
If I've missed out an online tutorial that started you on a new language, make sure you leave its URL in the comments.
Some would say that it is a long way from software engineering to journalism, others would correctly argue that it is a mere 10 metres according to the floor plan.During his first five years with CBS Interactive, Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining the company as a programmer.Leaving CBS Interactive in 2010 to follow his deep desire to study the snowdrifts and culinary delights of Canada, Chris based himself in Vancouver and paid for his new snowboarding and poutine cravings as a programmer for a lifestyle gaming startup.Chris returns to CBS in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia determined to meld together his programming and journalistic tendencies once and for all.In his free time, Chris is often seen yelling at different operating systems for their own unique failures, avoiding the dreaded tech support calls from relatives, and conducting extensive studies of internets — he claims he once read an entire one.