Redis University

As if I don’t have enough to do, I started a data structures class at Redis University. Someone recommended this to me as another way a company has structured learning, so I decided to give it a try. There were some things they liked that we might use as Redgate University.

I decided to start with the 101 course, since I have a rough idea of what Redis is, but now how it works. The class has a number of videos, with transcripts alongside that teach various concepts. One thing I like is that if I get lost, I can glance at the transcript, click it, and the video jumps back to that point. That’s handy, as life sometimes distracts me.

The quizzes every video or two are nice, but I wish there was a bit more chance to practice things in the middle. I could certainly grab a Redis VM or container, but I have no real idea of how to access it, and I’d have another project. I would actually suggest some “launch lab” points after each set of videos with some practice tutorials or exercises.

The class has two weeks, with a few chapters, each of which is about 6-7 videos. I don’t know about you, but that’s a lot in a week. If I could abandon some other things for an hour a night, maybe, but that can be tough to do consecutively. I’d really rather this was a 4 week class, with each of the items listed as a set of learning and practice for one week.

Overall I learned some interesting things about how Redis works. With the power and speed of this memory based key-value system, I can see why some of our customers are using it. If you are thinking about it, or your app uses it and you want to know more, maybe check out their university.

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