Big Changes Are Happening Here
I have been busy adding new features to diycomputersciene.com in the past few weeks... I added Study Groups, Book Groups, and was in the process of adding a Message Center - when suddenly I realized (and thanks to everyone who have me feedback), that this website has become very confusing to use.
People were having a hard time trying to figure out the difference between Self Paced Courses, and Book Groups, and Study Groups. So I people would come visit, but then leave because they no clue what to do on the website.
This was not good. I was putting in a lot of effort adding new features, creating new study groups, but they were confusing people more than helping. I was entering the zone of diminishing returns.
Today I made the bold (and hopefully wise) decision to scrap Book Groups, and Study Groups.
Book Groups Have Been Removed:
Book Groups have been totally purged... from the website, code, and database.
Study Groups Have Been Removed:?
Study Groups on the other hand have a lot of effort invested by some users of the website, so I have not purged them totally. The Study Group link has been removed from the main menu, but all links to the study group will continue functioning. I may remove Study Groups eventually, but only if I find out a place to maintain all the links, questions, and answers posted by participants in the study groups. The old Study Groups can be accessed here - http://diycomputerscience.com/studysessions/studysession/building-business-applications-with-silverlight?
The Landing Page Has Changed:?
The main page of the website has also changed. It now lists all the courses, so a user who visits the website immediately knows which courses are available.
I hope you will find these changes useful. As always, I am hoping that you will give me feedback, so I can continually improve the website to make it useful, and a great learning experience.