A recent .NET Rocks podcast featured Doug Turnure and Johanna White talking about Ramp Up, a new free online training program from Microsoft. It sounds like this program will organize and revise a lot of the scattered training material that Microsoft has produced.
I liked two things I heard about Ramp Up. First, the material for each course will be offered in multiple formats and from multiple perspectives such as conceptual overviews, code-centric drill downs, articles, videos, audio podcasts. Second, they’re not just going to focus on the latest technology. In the past, it’s been easiest to find material on software that hasn’t even been released, followed by the current shipping version. After that, good luck finding material on anything a release or two behind the latest. Microsoft has said that Ramp Up will leave their material online as new versions come out.