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Books are good learning tools, and I have a large collection of them, from Distributed Programming in VB 6, Programming C# and Linux Cookbook to Oracle DBA and ADO.Net.
A more modern day method of learning is in the way of the Internet via crowd sourcing. When one crowd sources, they use Twitter or Facebook for instance and reach out to a network for help. I been doing my recent learning from Tweeps (Twitter Peeps) I follow, via #sqlhelp hash tags just to name a few. When you crowd source, you usually get a response from a friend or follower or a link to a site that will answer your questions. This is where you get recommendations to blogs. When you connect with friends on social networks, you find an array of resources to continue your learning, such as webinars and user groups of the subjects you are trying to learn.
I now do most of my recent learning via the web. I will add that formal education is in fact the social norm of learning. When I first went to college, I got a degree in Mass Communications. I decided to return to school to enhance my enthusiasm with computers and took programming classes at a community college. All in all, Books, web sites, webinars, Crowd Sourcing, social networking and formal education make for a good combination of learning.
What am I currently learning and how
I am learning BI (Business Intelligence) for SQL Server 2008 now, I reference the online community and crowd source for knowledge. Although, I did buy Microsoft’s Smart Business Intelligence Solutions with SQL Server 2008 by Langit, Goff, Mauri, Malik and Welch, I do plenty of online learning. I’m don’t negate that books are not as effective, did I mention, a few of the Tweeps I follow are very successful book authors in SQL Server. I recommend the Learn Microsoft BI site and Pragmatic Works webinars. And connect with some of the experts via Twitter or Facebook, ask and learn.