Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Apress online library

More books going digital / online...
Apress Access

Funny thing that so far nobody (that I know of) took advantage of web medium
to create "interactive books", not just web version of paper books...
Similar to MOOC "lectures", most of them linear recordings of presentations...

The content could be "tuned", expanded as needed, updated to changes in technology, running tests online, machine learning to adjust...
With all this VC money, and smart people, all we get are "same old books"...

Adam Freeman's books @ Apress

edu: Stanford OpenEdX

About OpenEdX | Stanford Online:
"OpenEdX is the open-source release of the edX platform developed by the non-profit organization founded by Harvard and MIT. In April 2013 Stanford and edX agreed to collaborate on future development of the edX platform.
In September 2013, Google committed to the development of OpenEdX, and to offer a hosted version of the platform, so that organizations wanting to use it will not necessarily have to install an instance of the software themselves.
Stanford OpenEdX is one of three platforms VPOL currently supports for delivery of digital course content. The others are Coursera and NovoEd (formerly Venture Lab). Stanford University also offers online courses through the Stanford Center for Professional Development, and makes videos available through YouTube and iTunesU."

Computer Science 101 (Self-Paced) | Stanford Online

Technology adoption lifecycle - Crossing the Chasm

Technology adoption lifecycle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

  • innovators – had larger farms, were more educated, more prosperous and more risk-oriented
  • early adopters – younger, more educated, tended to be community leaders, less prosperous
  • early majority – more conservative but open to new ideas, active in community and influence to neighbours
  • late majority – older, less educated, fairly conservative and less socially active
  • laggards – very conservative, had small farms and capital, oldest and least educated
"The most difficult step is making the transition between visionaries (early adopters) and pragmatists (early majority). This is the chasm that he refers to. If a successful firm can create a bandwagon effect in which enough momentum builds, then the product becomes a de facto standard. However, Moore's theories are only applicable for disruptive or discontinuous innovations"

Katana Project (OWIN Web Server source)

source code of Katana Project - Home @ codeplex

"Katana is a flexible set of components for building and hosting OWIN-based web applications.
This site is the home for Katana host, server, and middleware source code and documentation. Official releases of Katana components (including prerelease versions) can be found on"

(ASP.NET "embedded/stand alone" web server instead of IIS)