Back in 2014 I started blogging on The Polyglot Developer which was previously known as Nic Raboy’s Code Blog. Since then I’ve published more than 250 blog articles, more than 100 video tutorials, and even three premium courses. The Polyglot Developer is evolving again, this time with premium members only content in addition to the free content I plan to continue to produce.
Here we’re going to see about what is coming on this blog and how it can benefit you, the awesome developer and loyal subscriber to my content.
In the very near future I plan to create select members only content for paid subscribers. You might be wondering how it will be different than the free content I continuously publish, or the courses that I create. I want to break down what my vision is when it comes to content.
If you’re a long time subscriber of my content, you may have noticed a trend in what I publish. I’m not talking about a trend in technologies, but more along the lines of trends in topics. I tend to post very specific how-to tutorials for getting a very specific task done. For example, I wrote about using Mailgun in an Ionic Framework Android and iOS application. The goal of that tutorial was never to show you how to build an application, but more to show you how to use Mailgun in one. The same goes for all my very niche tutorials on using various plugins and technologies. Don’t get me wrong, they are incredibly useful and I get a ton of feedback on how great they are. They are just very specific and by then end of them you can’t call yourself an application developer.
This is where my premium members only tutorials will come in.
With a members only section, my intention is to release tutorials with a more complete story to them. Instead of showing how to use feature X or plugin Y with some technology, I plan to show how to create something useful with such technology that includes both plugin X and feature Y. I’m talking real life use cases.
For example, the first premium tutorial I plan to release is on how to build a password manager application for Android and iOS using NativeScript. In this tutorial I’ll show how to create a multi-screen application, that uses a datasource, and Angular services, and fancy stylesheets, and a whole lot more. By the end of it you’ll not only know how to use each of these features, but how to apply them towards something practical and useful.
Because this will be paid membership you’ll also be able to download the project source code and get better and quicker responses to your questions or comments.
You’re probably wondering how my premium tutorials will differ from my premium courses.
My premium courses will do something a little different than my paid and free tutorials. Instead of showing you how to build an application, you also receive the why in my courses. I explain why things are the way they are instead of just showing you how to get from point A to point B. For example, when was the last time you saw me write about what a model, view, view model (MVVM) is on any of my blog articles or YouTube videos? These are details that won’t stop you from getting from point A to point B, but knowing them will make your life a lot better and make you more successful as an application developer.
Think of courses as being for a classroom setting. They are slower and longer, but put you on a better path for what comes next.
Again, since these are paid courses, the support you receive on your questions will be a lot better and a lot faster.
Me adding premium content should not scare you away. There will still be plenty of free content coming. Maintaining this blog, coming up with content, and answering questions is a lot of work and quite costly on my wallet. Because I rarely get donations to my PayPal or my Amazon Wishlist, I have to come up with other ways to keep The Polyglot Developer alive. Think of it this way. You’re paying a reasonable price for incredible content, but also supporting me, a fellow developer, who puts his heart and soul into helping you succeed.
Think about getting the company you work for to pay for it. Learning material can often be expensed by your employer.