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The folks at Platte Canyon have done it again! They have created yet another way to enable me, a non-programmer training professional, to get more from the e-Learning tools that I use. In the past their help has come in the form of plug-ins for ToolBook, conferences and workshops, and computer-based training on how to develop e-Learning. This time their handy tool is in the form of a book a reference guide that e-Learning developers will actually want to sit down and read.

As much as I would like to know more about programming, the reality is that I haven't found the time to learn more over the past 10 years I have been involved in e-Learning, so chances are I will never find the time. Instead, I rely on whatever tools, tips and cheats I can find to bring interactive functionality to my training without being a full-time programmer. Programming for e-Learning Developers provides that cheat in that it gives me clear examples to follow, but I find myself being drawn into the book further with simple, clear and straightforward explanations of why something works the way that it does. Not only does this enable me to accomplish the immediate task at hand by following an example, but the background information that I absorb serves as a foundation to build similar, but different interactions on my own further down the road. With this book, I am learning programming skills on-the-job without spending months in training.

Programming for e-Learning Developers is the first how to book that I know of that specifically focuses on the type of interactions I want to build into my training. I feel like it was written for me! This is the book that all e-Learning developers should have at their fingertips when they are working on projects. And, while I am not yet programming in Flash or Silverlight, in the future when I am it will be great to have a type of programmers translation dictionary that shows me the way I am comfortable doing something (using the ToolBook Actions Editor in most cases) and then shows me how to do it in a different language such as Flash or JavaScript.

Many thanks to the Platte Canyon team for continuing to make my life as a non-programmer ToolBook developer easy and painless. I would not be having nearly as much fun as I am without all of the tools they have developed to help make me look good while at the same time, creating cool training applications. If there is a superman in this world, he has to be Jeff Rhodes by day! --Robin McDermott, Resource Engineering, Inc.

Wow, Hello World!, Bonjour monde!, Hallo Welt!, Hola mundo! - That's Hello World! in four languages, but here I have not let on which language is which:-) Jeff has excelled once again, here we have a book that clearly explains, step by step, how to do the much loved popup box - This is a test in ToolBook OpenScript, ToolBook Actions, Flash, Silverlight and JavaScript. But wait, there's more to this book than Hello World!, Jeff takes us through many examples of easily understood programming tasks detailing how to achieve these tasks using more than one tool. I highly recommend this book to you. --Peter Jackson, ToolBookDeveloper.com

The book is crammed full of keen insights and time-saving tips! The reader will benefit greatly from Jeff's enthusiasm and unrelenting search for answers to the tough questions (i.e., those handy undocumented features). --Martha H. Weller, e-Learning Developer

About the Author

Jeff Rhodes is the Chief Technical Officer and owner of Platte Canyon Multimedia Software Corporation, a leader in developing commercial software that Improves the Lives of Training Developers. He graduated at the top of his class at the Air Force Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Jeff received a Master s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics, which he attended under a British Marshall Scholarship. Jeff is the author of VBTrain.Net: Creating Computer and Web Based Training with Visual Basic.NET and co-wrote The ToolBook Companion. He has had numerous articles on training development published and is a frequent presenter at conferences both in the U.S. and Europe. Jeff lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Sue and sons Derek and Michael.
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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Platte Canyon Press; 1st edition (June 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971109923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971109926
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,497,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The title of the review say's it all. I have been developing elearning, starting in Toolbook, since 1995. Later I moved on to Flash and now am doing some work in Silverlight. Since Silverlight is not a mature product when it comes to elearning development, Jeff's book has been invaluable in the creation of not only module content but Silverlight assemblies, behaviors, and custome controls.

I would highly recomend this book to any elearning developer using any of the three development platforms covered in this book.
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