Ramp yourself up with Ramp Up

I know, getting training budget is hard at the moment, but you really want to make yourself as employable as possible.

Help is at hand (in fact, it’s only a mouse click away).

There are, of course, a whole bunch of Virtual Labs you can do (for developers and for infrastructure people).

There’s also a wonderful program called Ramp Up. From the site:

Ramp Up is a free, online, community-based learning program, with a number of different tracks that will help you build your portfolio of professional development skills. Ramp Up has a solid foundation of premium technical content from subject-matter gurus, and provides easy-to-access content in a variety of forms that guide you in learning the important skills. Join Ramp Up (it's free!) and help advance your career

There are currently 7 tracks to choose from (with more being added):

  • SharePoint for Developers - Part 1
  • SharePoint for Developers - Part 2
  • Visual Studio 2008
  • For the VS 2002/2003 Developer: Learn VS 2005
  • For the VB 6.0 Developer: Learn VB 2005
  • For the Java Developer: Learn .NET
  • Developer Basics

The content is written by experts gurus like Charles Petzold, Michael Howard and David LeBlanc (as well as heaps of others) and there’s a community forum where you can ask and answer questions about the Ramp Up content.

Completing a track gets you a bunch of Graduation Awards.

Don’t delay! Sign up today!

Comments (4)
  1. Hi Andrew, Thanks for introducing Ramp Up.  You say "Ramp Up is a free, online, community-based learning program, with a number of different tracks that …", however, when I launch my Ramp Up and reach the following page, I’m asked to buy! Why is that?  


    Regards, Henk.

  2. Hi Henk,

    How did you get to that URL – I’ll chase up to find out what’s going on.


  3. hmeijeri says:

    Thanks Andrew, I Clicked ‘Ramp Up’ in your MSDN Flash; Clicked the VS2008 picture; Clicked Sign UP Now – Visual C# 3.0!; signed up; added the Break Through with VS2008 White Paper (or some related item?) to ‘My Learning’, Clicked ‘In My Learning’; worked my way through the first two items then clicked the 3rd "Course 2924: Building Data Components in MS VS2005" which brought me to that URL.  FYI, It seems strange that the link is for VS2005 and not VS2008.  Cheers, Henk.

  4. Hi Henk,

    I can’t repro this – I think there must have been something funky going on with our system when you did this. Are you still seeing this course in your learning plan?

    Can you drop me a note via the email link above and we’ll get it sorted.



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