Archive for May, 2009

What are we missing in our various CMS courses?

Published by | Thursday, May 7th, 2009

My last post about Joomla! triggered some buzz in the twittersphere and prompted more discussion. Jen Kramer wrote to me that Maria Langer ( WordPress 2.7 Essential Training author) contacted her:

Maria Langer contacted me by Twitter and said she’d love it if you asked the same question about a WordPress course. Now I’m wondering if we couldn’t make this a more generic series of movies, suitable for Drupal, WordPress, and Joomla. They all have the same starting place for their customized templates/themes — a static HTML web page.

Tom Geller ( Drupal Essential Training author) has been coordinating a CMS Overview course that would explain the strengths and weaknesses of the different systems and help newcomers navigate which choice to make.

So, open question to you all – what are we missing in our various CMS courses?

What should be in a Joomla! web basics course?

Published by | Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Joomla! Advanced CSS with Jen KramerOne of our authors, Jen Kramer, and I are scheduled to talk this week about an idea for a new course. Jen is the author of Joomla! Creating and Editing Custom Templates and Joomla! Advanced CSS in the Online Training Library®, and creates Joomla! based sites through her company, 4Web.

Since publishing these courses with us, Jen tells me she has been surprised by the number of members who have written in asking her how to make the graphics and base-line web site assets/HTML for Joomla! sites. She had wrongly assumed that most people already knew how to do this, and we’ll be talking about creating a course to explain these details.

A whole new generation of web publishers are coming in through the CMS (content management system) door (i.e. WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla!), and their learning process is different than those of us who started in web development and design before CMS existed.

I’m planning to green-light her new course suggestion for a Joomla! web basics course because I love to find new ways to support the diverse membership of One of the joys of building the library is to listen to what members want to know, and fill the holes and gaps.

What would you like to see in a Joomla! course that focused on building design, forms and HTML assets?

Kudos from an InDesign must-have

Published by | Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

Ajar Productions mentions David Blatner’s new Online Training Library title, InDesign CS4: 10 Free Must-Have Scripts in its blog this week. David featured the animation studio’s Merge TextFrames extension for Adobe InDesign as one of the 10 must haves in his course. Read their blog post, and then check out the extension.

Lennis loves lynda

Published by | Friday, May 1st, 2009

We’re not 100 percent sure who Lennis is (we couldn’t find a bio), but we know that the person seriously loves We found this post over on the PsPrint web site.

Going beyond words

Published by | Friday, May 1st, 2009

10,000 Words lists as a resource for journalists who need to build their skills beyond just writing. In the current market, journalists are often asked to do more than just write: These days they are expected to know how to code. Read the full story. takes it to the bank

Published by | Friday, May 1st, 2009

dollar signsCan subscribing to make you rich? Well, we can’t guarantee that, but according to the strategic marketing tip site, using courses at will help strategic marketers design smarter, sexier landing pages. Read the full article.

Hello, world!

Published by | Friday, May 1st, 2009

lyndamay1Let the blogging begin! Very excited to kick off the postings and am looking forward to the upcoming conversations! Thanks for visiting, and we (me and other lynda authors, staff and guests) hope to see you here regularly! voted ‘cream of the cloud’

Published by | Friday, May 1st, 2009

Technology, internet and gaming blog recently performed an informal survey on Ask.Metafilter asking members to name their favorite premium online services. We’re tickled that was mentioned among such stellar sites as Flickr and SmugMug. Read more here.