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Creating an eBook with Pandoc and Markdown

You might already be aware of this, but I’ve accomplished a life achievement of writing and self-publishing two technical eBooks. I published Web Services for the JavaScript Developer, followed by Web Services for the Go Developer, which contain the same concepts using two different programming technologies.

If you’ve ever thought about writing an eBook, you’ve probably opened tools like Apple Pages or Microsoft Word and said to yourself, formatting this is going to be a nightmare. Technical content will, more often than not, contain code, which may have sophisticated formatting. Writing a programming eBook or another technical eBook doesn’t have to be a hassle when you’re using the right tooling.

In this tutorial, we’re going to explore Pandoc, and see how you can write a book quickly and easily with Markdown.

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TPDP Episode #31: Developer Education through Books, Video Courses, and Conferences

I’m pleased to announce that the 31st episode of The Polyglot Developer Podcast, featuring Adrienne Tacke and Alex Ziskind, has published to all of the popular podcast networks.

This episode, titled Developer Education through Books, Video Courses, and Conferences, shares the personal stories of three developers when it comes to how they learn and expand their skill arsenal, as well as how they use their knowledge to produce content for other developers to consume in the format of books and courses.

Adrienne, Alex, and myself share some publishing options and the amount of work that goes into each, with the end goal of honing our skills and helping out other developers.

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Announcing The Polyglot Developer Courses Portal

I’m pleased to announce that The Polyglot Developer has its own courses portal, a replacement to Udemy and Gumroad!

The Polyglot Developer Courses Portal

The new portal, powered by Teachable, is a dedicated area for development courses relating to the material typically found on The Polyglot Developer blog. The portal will contain a variety of courses, some of which are free, and some of which are paid, but all of which are offering a premium learning experience.

I wanted to take a moment to explain what you’ll be able to find in the courses portal and some of the longer term goals of what it hopes to accomplish.

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TPDP Episode #28: Coding Bootcamps vs Traditional Computer Science Degrees

I am pleased to announce that the 28th episode of The Polyglot Developer Podcast titled, Coding Bootcamps vs Traditional Computer Science Degrees, has been released to all of the major podcast networks!

In this episode I’m joined by Ben Nelson, founder of Lambda School, an increasingly popular coding bootcamp and an alternative approach to a Computer Science degree that you’d typically get at a four year or more institution. The topic that we discuss is around coding bootcamps in general, not limited to Lambda School, and how they could be beneficial for new developers attempting to enter the workforce.

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The Community Contributions Of 2018

With the 2018 year coming to an end, I wanted to take a moment to appreciate the guest content that was submitted and published on The Polyglot Developer this year. While I love sharing technical content with everyone, I love it even more when the community gets involved and does the same.

Let’s take a look at the guest tutorials that appeared on the blog and the guest authors that wrote them.

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Tracy Developer Meetup in California

After having thought about it for quite some time, I’ve finally decided to start a developer user group in my home town of Tracy, California. This group titled, The Tracy Developer Meetup, was started to give developers living outside of the Bay Area, a chance to collaborate with other developers in the same position.

If you’re unfamiliar with Tracy, it is a town about 1.5 hours from San Francisco and Mountain View, but significantly more affordable and home to many engineers that commute to the Bay Area for work.

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Write Blog Articles In Markdown On The Polyglot Developer

As you may or may not know, The Polyglot Developer is happy to accept guest contributions from the developer community. To find out more, check out the article titled, Write Guest Articles on The Polyglot Developer Blog. With that said, I’ve been receiving a lot of questions regarding Markdown, the format in which these blog articles are crafted.

The Polyglot Developer uses Hugo which is similar to Jekyll in the sense that articles are written in Markdown and then built into HTML. Don’t worry, Markdown is not bad and you’ll see how much more convenient it is than writing in other formats.

We’re going to get a quick look at producing content in Markdown so it can be published on the web.

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