Introducing Our New Learning Center

Introducing the new Sencha Learning Center

The key to becoming successful with any software platform is the learning process required to become proficient with it–and JavaScript frameworks like Ext JS, Sencha Touch, and Ext GWT are no exception. To make that process easier than ever, we’ve introduced a new Sencha Learning Center.

While there have always been plenty of resources for learning about our frameworks and tools, they haven’t always been in one place. Many community members will know of our old wiki system for information on older versions of our products. We host screencast and SenchaCon videos on Vimeo. We create educational posts for our blog and in our newsletters. There are comprehensive guides and examples found within our API documentation. And of course there is valuable information found throughout our forums. The time you spend looking around for all this information is time you could spend writing code!

The primary aim of the Learning Center, therefore, is to bring everything into one place. From the start page you’ll see we’ve curated all the material into product-specific sections, and categorized everything according to difficulty and relevant product version. This means that you can quickly sort or filter the content to look for each type of content. Want to browse through the new Ext JS 4 guides? Our famous Animator screencasts? Introductions to Sencha Touch? You’ve got ’em.

What’s more, because we’ve built the Learning Center on the same CMS as our web site, you can comment on each article, share them over social media, and even subscribe to RSS feeds of new material. And if you want to flag any errors you find, you can even drop us direct feedback about individual articles, right from the sidebar. Oh, and of course keyword search.

Sencha Learning Center

  • Stay up-to-date with RSS for your favorite product

     
  • Suggested tutorials are the best way to get started

     
  • Filter out by article type and find just the kind you want

     
  • Sort by Difficulty, Date Added, Version, or Title

     
Each framework or tool has its own page with listed entries, RSS feed, filter and sorting options, and more.

A resource like the Learning Center is, of course, never finished. We’re always adding more content, importing legacy articles for older products, and working directly with you, our community, to create fresh, compelling new material. If you want to help out and achieve instant community fame, let us know if you’d like to create an article or screencast and you can be a part of it too.

But as of today, we’re satisfied that you’ll already find it to be a rich and helpful place to learn about your favorite web frameworks and tools. Let us know what you think, and we hope you enjoy using it!

Comments

  1. dukeyboy says

    A number of the documents in the learning centre have dates that are one or more years old which does not give much confidence that they are relevant and up to date. This is an issue because Sencha documentation is so often out of date or irrelevant.

    We should be able to assume that the documentation in the learning centre is totally up to date and relevant to version 4, and therefore there should be no need to specify dates, especially given that the dates shown are years ago.

  2. dukeyboy says

    “”This article is currently due for review
    We suspect that this article may be out-of-date or contain incorrect information.
    But we are constantly editing articles, so we promise we will get to this one soon.””

    This really is not an okay thing to have in your documentation. It should either be relevant and up to date, or it should not be there at all. It is things like this that give so little confidence in the ext documentation.

  3. says

    @dukeyboy – for Ext4-specific articles, you won’t see that warning. https://www.sencha.com/learn/extjs?4x/guides (for example) is the latest and greatest.

    However, it’s a fact of life that many developers are still using earlier versions of our products. We can’t suddenly remove the documentation that those developers rely on daily.

    The ‘under review’ flag is a transient feature of the fact we have migrated a lot of legacy content. We will either fix, prune, or remove these. From here on, all new material is edited & curated (such as the most recent entry from Jay Garcia, https://www.sencha.com/learn/ext-js-4-panel-docked-items) and warranted.

  4. Reza says

    I suggest to Sencha team to indicate “required Config options” in API documentation as they indicate “protected” and “deprecated” stuffs.

    Thanks a lot

  5. Ed Spencer says

    @Reza we do that already, but most configs are not required so they’re quite sparse. We’re working on a simple update to the docs that will group these together so you can see at a glance the set of things that you need to supply to a component when instantiating it

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