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February 1, 2017

We've just released Learn Enough Dev Environment to Be Dangerous, a free tutorial on setting up a proper environment for doing software development.

In addition to being available online, the ebook downloads are free as well.

For those who prefer the convenience of direct delivery to their Kindle, we've made the tutorial available for Amazon's minimum $0.99 purchase price here.

At around 20 pages, Learn Enough Dev Environment is short and sweet—a great complement to the other Learn Enough tutorials, the Ruby on Rails Tutorial, and the Learn Enough Society.

While Learn Enough Dev Environment to Be Dangerous covers easier setup options like cloud IDEs and virtual machines, I especially recommend it for macOS and Linux users who are ready for the more challenging task of configuring their native environments.

Learn Enough Dev Environment to Be Dangerous is a living document, and we plan to keep it up-to-date as development environments evolve. Please feel free to pass it around as a resource to any of your friends or colleagues who want to get started learning about software development.

Finally, suggestions are welcome, so please let us know if you have any favorite dev environment tricks you'd like to see included!

P.S. For reference, here are the Learn Enough Dev Environment to Be Dangerous links again: online, free downloads, Amazon purchase. Enjoy!

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January 19, 2017

In preparation for the upcoming release of Learn Enough CSS & Layout to Be Dangerous, which is going to be awesome, I've just published Learn Enough HTML to Be Dangerous on Amazon.com.

As with previous Amazon releases, for the first week you can get the Kindle edition of Learn Enough HTML to Be Dangerous for 20% off.

With its sequel Learn Enough CSS & Layout to Be Dangerous due out within a few weeks, now is the perfect time to brush up on your HTML, including full integration with Git and GitHub Pages.

If you've already read the online version of the HTML tutorial, it would be much-appreciated if you could leave a review at Amazon. Thanks!

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January 5, 2017

Happy New Year, everyone!

Here at Learn Enough, we're hard at work on the next two titles in our nine-part intro sequence: Learn Enough CSS & Layout to Be Dangerous and Learn Enough JavaScript to Be Dangerous.

We're planning to launch those two tutorials over the next couple of months, but in the mean time we'll be publishing some of our previous titles on Amazon.com, starting with Learn Enough Git to Be Dangerous.

For the next week, you can get a 20% launch discount ($7.99) on Learn Enough Git to Be Dangerous. Next week the price will increase to $9.99.

For those who've read the tutorial already, it would also be much-appreciated if you could leave a review.

The Git tutorial is actually my favorite of the four intro tutorials released so far (Command Line, Text Editor, Git, and HTML). It's both a standalone introduction to version control—a foundational tool for technical sophistication—and an essential prerequisite to the tutorials that follow.

Through a series of happy coincidences, Learn Enough Git to Be Dangerous also gave me an opportunity to include some images from Lewis Carroll's classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, including some of John Tenniel's delightful illustrations, which are now in the public domain.

These lighthearted images, combined with the lively collaboration between the aforementioned Alice and her colleague Bob, help turn a potentially dry subject into a fun and engaging story.

Learning Git probably gives you the highest return on investment of any of the Developer Fundamentals subjects—all the more because, even now, most non-developers don't realize how important it is.

Learn Enough Git to Be Dangerous is a great place to start with this essential developer tool, unlocking the ability to collaborate with millions of developers around the world.

As usual, it's available for free online, and for direct purchase (with videos) as well, but we've made the Amazon version available for those who like the convenience of having it sent right to their Kindle. The Amazon version includes a bonus link for free EPUB and PDF copies as well, so you'll be good to go no matter which ebook format you prefer.

P.S. Remember, the 20% launch discount expires in a week!

P.P.S. If you've already read Learn Enough Git to Be Dangerous, please leave a review at Amazon. Thanks!

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Michael Hartl

I’m Michael Hartl—author, educator, and entrepreneur. I’m probably best known as the creator of the Ruby on Rails Tutorial, a book and screencast series that together constitute one of the leading introductions to web development. Once called his “favorite book” by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, the Ruby on Rails Tutorial currently has over 150 5-star reviews at Amazon. I’m also (in)famous for creating Tau Day and The Tau Manifesto, which have inspired an international movement dedicated to the proposition that “pi is wrong.” (For example, as a result of The Tau Manifesto, MIT releases their admissions decisions each year at “Tau Time” (6:28 p.m.), and typing tau/2 at Google yields 3.14159…) Finally, I’m a founder of Softcover, a publishing system and sales platform for technical authors, which among other things powers both The Tau Manifesto and the Ruby on Rails Tutorial.

I’m a graduate of Harvard College and have a Ph.D. in Physics from Caltech, where I studied black hole dynamics and was an award-winning instructor in theoretical and computational physics. I’m also an alumnus of Y Combinator, the entrepreneur program that has produced companies such as Dropbox and Airbnb. (Alas, my own Y Combinator startup was neither Dropbox nor Airbnb.)