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Rapid Learning for the 21st Century
By Steve Litt 
Cover in PDF viewer Price: $11.95

Availability: Usually emailed within 48 hours of receipt of electronic payment or check and order form.

PDF (EBook), 136 pages

ISBN: To be determined

As a technologist, you use many more technologies and many more tools than you did a few years ago. Technologies and tools obsolete a lot faster these days. So do technologists.

The employee provided training of a generation ago is disappearing. Employers don't want to train -- they want to hire fully trained people -- perhaps making room by laying off seasoned employees. Under the circumstances, every new technology is another chance to get layed off.

Or a chance to move ahead. Unlike a generation ago, the top jobs aren't monopolized by seasoned employees. Layoffs provide openings which can be filled by someone with the right knowledge.

You have a choice. Do you want to be the one layed off, or the one filling the empty position? It's a matter of knowing the right technology at the right time. It's a matter of Rapid Learning!

Rapid Learning is a terminology-first, experimentational method for lightning fast learning. Perhaps you'd prefer to call it "just in time learning". Let's say you hear of an opportunity with an unfamiliar technology. You learn enough of it that night to discuss it literately. The next day you make your move on the opportunity, and learn to work with it in the next few days. When the decision is made, you're the candidate who's fully trained.

If you're securely employed, Rapid Learning helps you stay that way, and helps you take advantage of career-enhancing opportunities. If you're employment situation is shaky, Rapid Learning is a tool to improve your value to your current employer, and to express your value to potential employers. If you're currently unemployed, Rapid Learning is how you quickly learn those one or two skills that you don't have, in order to get a job that otherwise looks like a perfect match.

About this Book

This book is 136 pages. Here is the table of contents:

Chapter 1. The Quick and the Dead1
         Yesterday's Learning Methods1
         Today's Learning Method3
         The Global Economy4
         Labor Mobility and Interchangeability4
         Staying Ahead5
         Getting Ahead6
         Summary6
Chapter 2. Here's How You Learn Fast7
         Definitions7
         Overview of the Rapid Learning Process9
         Where Rapid Learning Works Best10
         Summary11
Chapter 3. Building Your Terminology Glossary13
         Definitions13
         Warning: Do Not Violate Copyright15
         Glossary Format16
         The Power of Terminology17
         What To Look For18
         Where to Hear New Terminology20
         Where to Find Definitions22
         How Much Description To Include28
         How To Practice28
         Summary28
Chapter 4. Terminology Diagramming31
         Definitions31
         Types Of Terminology Diagrams31
         The Structure of a Terminology Diagram37
         Why Terminology Diagrams Are So Powerful37
         Making Your Diagram37
         Summary41
Chapter 5. Incremental/Differential Learning Overview43
         Definitions43
         First Do No Harm44
         From the Familiar to the Unknown44
         The Power of the POC45
         Example Proofs of Concept 47
         The Purpose of an Increment52
         Why is it called Incremental Learning?55
         Why is it called Differential Learning?55
         Optimal Increments, Review and Documentation55
         Research55
         Summary55
Chapter 6. Optimal Increments57
         Definitions57
         Choosing the Optimal Step Size58
         Choosing Between A Proof of Concept and an Increment59
         Curiosity Driven Learning61
         Increment by Reverse Engineering61
         Summary64
Chapter 7. Research Tips67
         Definitions67
         The Internet is Your Friend67
         Searching Error Messages70
         Friends and User Groups71
         Books and other printed matter74
         Summary75
Chapter 8. Troubleshooting For the Rapid Learner77
         Definitions77
         Scope78
         Adopt the Correct Attitude79
         The Ten Steps83
         Intermittents87
         Bottleneck Analysis88
         Summary89
Chapter 9. Review91
         Definitions91
         The Proof Is In The Toggle92
         This Step Clarifies The Knowledge92
         Summary92
Chapter 10. Documentation93
         Now How Did I Do That?93
         Rapid Learning Documentation Makes You Look Like a Genius94
         The Intended Audience94
         This Step Cements The Knowledge94
         HTML Is Handy For Recording And Lookup95
         Pro Move: Publish Your Documentation95
         WARNING: Avoid Copyright Violations95
         Summary96
Chapter 11. Now Do It97
         The Benefits of Rapid Learning99
Appendix A. Example: SSH101
         Acquire Terminology102
         Hello World104
         Increments: Remote X and Remote Commands104
         Curiosity Driven Learning106
         More On Public-Key Cryptography107
         GPG115
         SSH Public-key Encryption Experiments119
         Tunnelling130
         Summary and Lessons Learned134
Index 138

The first hundred pages of this book cover every step of the Rapid Learning process. You're given tips to make it the Rapid Learning Proces more effective. The following graphic is a flowchart of the Rapid Learning Process:

Top level Rapid Learning Process flowchartTerminology learning flowchart
Incremental/differential learning flowchart

The Appendix goes through an actual Rapid Learning session, showing you how the Rapid Learning process is applied to a real technology (SSH keys in this case). Don't worry if you don't know what SSH keys are. You'll learn while reading the Appendix. More importantly, you'll learn real-world Rapid Learning techniques.

We live in interesting times. Recession, outsourcing, offshoring, disposable employees. The unemployment line is just a new technology away.

We live in interesting times. New technology constantly brings new opportunities. When you hear of an opportunity, show up at the meeting or job interview completely knowledgeable, and ready to work. Read this book tonight!