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OmniFocus Tutorials Now Free

Published on March 27, 2014

Yesterday, The OmniGroup announced that their popular productivity/task manager application OmniFocus will be updated to 2.0 in June. The new version is a major update in terms of look and functionality. I’m running the beta and it is a nice improvement.

I plan to update my OmniFocus videos when the new version is out. Until then I’ve made the current courses for OmniFocus 1 completely free.

Just add them to your cart and check out like usual. The only difference is you pay nothing!

What We’re Working On

Published on March 26, 2014

Right now I am working on updating some existing courses:

Both courses are still excellent introductions to these systems but there have been changes in the software that I’d like to capture in the courses.

To keep updated on the planned courses, bookmark the Upcoming Courses and Training page.

Gift The Happy Cog Way

Published on December 07, 2013

Starting today you can send The Happy Cog Way course bundle as a gift to someone else. Your lucky friend will receive a gift code that they can then redeem at Mijingo.

There’s no extra charge or fee to gift The Happy Cog Way. Just fill out the form, add the gift card to your cart and check out!

Your gift recipient will receive an email notifying them of the gift within 24 hours (but usually much faster).

Give the gift of learning today!

The Happy Cog Way on Sale for Only $99

Published on November 29, 2013

The Happy Cog Way bundle is now on sale again for only $99. We did a special sale for the launch and the first few weeks. That crazy price is back again and you can get all 8 courses for less than a benjamin.

The courses are:

  • HTML Prototyping
  • Responsive Web Design
  • Fundamentals of HTML5
  • Fundamentals of CSS3
  • Up and Running with Sass
  • Building a Type System
  • Basics of Grids
  • Deploying Website

All courses are authored by the wonderfully talented folks at Happy Cog. And, to add to it, each course includes supplemental materials, like a recorded roundtable discussion, a full transcript of the video course, code and design examples, and other materials.

The price is usually $149 for this course, but it’s on sale for a limited time. Grab it now for $50 off and save that money to treat yourself to something nice.

Save 50% on ExpressionEngine Book

Published on November 28, 2013

My ExpressionEngine 2: A Quick-Start Guide book is published by the fine folks at The Pragmatic Programmers. They also do an annual holiday sale and right now you can get my book in ebook format for only $11 (that’s 50% off regular price).

The sale is until Monday, December 2, 2013, PST. To get the discount use the coupon code turkey2013 when you check out.

Ready to learn ExpressionEngine? Go for it.

Holiday Sale - Up to 50% off Everything

Published on November 28, 2013

As has become the tradition here, we’re running our annual “Black Friday” sale on all of our training courses. But it’s not just one day. Everything is on sale until 11:59 PM CST Sunday.

Save up to 50% on courses to learn Git version control, Basecamp, Getting Started with WordPress, Markdown, static websites with Jekyll, HTML5, CSS3, typography, grids, Responsive Web Design, and more!

There’s no coupon needed. The prices are reduced site-wide. Don’t wait until Monday, though. It’ll be too late.

Start learning now.

New Release: Deploying Websites

Published on November 07, 2013

This week we released a brand new training course on deploying websites by Ryan Irelan. This course is the last in the The Happy Cog Way, a series of courses that we’ve been rolling out over the last 8 weeks.

There are many ways to deploy a website. Some like to use (S)FTP and manually upload files. Others like to automate deployment using tools like Capistrano or a service like Beanstalk.

In this course, VP of Technology Ryan Irelan walks through how to use some major options. You’ll learn setup, best practices, and insider information through the roundtable discussion on how Happy Cog handles deployments.

The course covers SFTP, rsync, Git, Capistrano, Beanstalk, DeployHQ, Dploy.

Ready to learn more about website deployment? Get started now.

New Release: Basics of Grids

Published on October 29, 2013

Today we released a brand new course as part of the The Happy Cog Way series. Basics of Grids by Michael Johnson covers the history, tools, and practice of creating extendable and reliable grids for your website design projects.

Here’s a preview of what he covers in the course:

Just like the other courses in the series, Basics of Grids comes with a full transcript, roundtable discussion with the team at Happy Cog, a vide course, and supplemental materials.

Get started learning now!

New Release: Up and Running with Sass

Published on October 17, 2013

Earlier this week we released a brand new course as part of the The Happy Cog Way bundle. It’s Up and Running with Sass by Happy Cog Developer Anthony Colangelo.

Sass makes it easier to write CSS with more sensible syntax, organization, and reusable code. In this course, Happy Cog Developer Anthony Colangelo carefully lays out how to use Sass and details the best practices.

Learn how to install Sass, write nested rules, create and use variables, create mixins, and more.

Ready to learn Sass? Get started now with Anthony’s course.

New Releases for The Happy Cog Way

Published on October 01, 2013

Over the last week, we’ve released two new courses for The Happy Cog Way bundle launched in September.

Last week we released Responsive Web Design by Happy Cog Designer Sophie Shepherd.

During this course by Designer Sophie Shepherd, you’ll learn the best way to approach a Responsive Web Design project and how fluid grids, flexible media, and media queries help you build responsive pages. Get an inside look into how Happy Cog handles Responsive Web Design for client projects.

Today we made available the next course in the bundle: Fundamentals of HTML5 by Happy Cog Developer Stephen Caver.

HTML5: What is it and what can you do with it? Happy Cog Developer Stephen Caver shares the most important aspects of HTML5 and the best practices of creating organized, semantic HTML documents.

The entire The Happy Cog Way bundle is still available for only $99. But that price only last until 10/8. If you haven’t ordered it yet, now is the time before the price goes up.

New Courses: The Happy Cog Way

Published on September 17, 2013

Today I am happy to announce the release of The Happy Cog Way, a bundle of 8 courses on best practices and methods from the experts at Happy Cog.

Each course comes with a training video, professional transcript, a recorded roundtable discussion with the Happy Cog team, all sample code, and supplemental materials, like checklists, talking points, and more.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • HTML Prototyping
  • Responsive Web Design
  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • Sass
  • How to build a type system
  • Basics of Grids
  • Deploying websites

The first course, HTML Protoyping by Patrick Marsceill is available today. The remaining courses will be available weekly over the next 2 months.

Buy the bundle of courses today for a huge discount at only $99. As the courses are available they’ll appear in your Mijingo.com account.

New Course: Getting Started with WordPress

Published on August 29, 2013

A few months ago I found myself in the middle of a custom WordPress them, under a tight deadline and looking for somewhere to start to understand the basics of WordPress themes and templates. I wish I had a comprehensive video course to watch. So, I found an expert to create one for Mijingo.

Today we released a brand new course on WordPress, one of the most popular content management systems in the world.

From humble beginnings as a simple blogging tool, WordPress now powers around 19% of the websites on the internet. And while its dashboard is simple to use for content administration, building and customizing a theme for WordPress isn’t always straight-forward.

This 2 ½ hour course by WordPress veteran John Chandler closes the knowledge gap and gets you up and running building sites with WordPress.

The course is divided into three videos, each one bringing you one step closer in your own journey to becoming a WordPress master.

Ready to get started learning WordPress or tighten up your skills? Learn WordPress now.

New Course: Basecamp Essentials

Published on August 13, 2013

Today we launched a brand new course called Basecamp Essentials, which covers everything you need to know about managing and using Basecamp for project collaboration.

You can make your projects happen on-time with Basecamp’s powerful features. To-do lists keep you honest about what needs to be done. Team discussions ensure everyone is on the same page. Collaborative text documents help you write guidelines, press releases, documentation or white papers. The Basecamp project calendar helps you assign deadlines and milestones to everything.

But all of these pieces need to work together. And you need to know how they all work together. That’s where Basecamp Essentials comes in.

The Basecamp Essentials course is two parts: one video handles how to set up Basecamp for your team and the second videos covers how to use Basecamp effectively for project collaboration.

Ready to get started? Learn Basecamp now.

Ryan on Think, Make, Sell Podcast

Published on August 05, 2013

Last week I sat down and talked to Thomas Borowski, host of the Think, Make, Sell podcast and creator of the GroovBoard.

We talked about everything involved with my experience leading up to creating Mijingo and its learning courses. It took awhile for me to get through it all but Thomas was a great host and helped me explore everything I’ve done up to this point.

Thomas has a bunch of links on the episode page, but here are two of my essays we talked about:

Subscribe to the podcast and give it a listen. I hope you enjoy it!

Think, Make, Sell. Immersive Learning with Ryan Irelan

The Story Behind Mijingo

Published on July 25, 2013

I recently posted an essay over at my personal site that gives some of the backstory on how the idea and approach of Mijingo was born.

How I Learned to Teach is a story that dates back to late 90s and my time living, working, and learning in Germany.

On January 7, 1998 I packed two duffle bags, containing almost everything I owned, and boarded a Delta Airlines flight in Atlanta on a one-way ticket. I spent the following 20 months living, working, and learning in Germany.

Read the whole story.

Quick Look: PopClip for Mac

Published on June 13, 2013

It took me a while to get used to using PopClip, a Mac OS X utility that gives you an iOS-like contextual menu, from Pilotmoon Software. At first I felt like it got in the way but then I started using it more and more and now it’s a key part of how I wrangle content.

At its simplest PopClip is an easy way to copy, cut, and paste text on your Mac, look up words, and trigger web searches on selected words. That’s not all it does, however. PopClip boasts more than 90 extensions that let you do things like add content to Evernote, transform Markdown to HTML (a favorite of mine), automatically create new email messages with the selected address, send URLs to your favorite reader service, and send tasks to an application like OmniFocus.

Here’s a quick four minute video covering the basics of PopClip.

Quick Look: Editorially

Published on June 11, 2013

This week I’m back with another Quick Look and it’s time to cover a new (still in private beta) writing tool I’ve been using called Editorially.

Editorially aims to make it easier for you to collaborate and discuss your writing. It was started by a knock-out team of developers and designers like Mandy Brown, Ethan Marcotte and Jason Santa Maria. They are in the process of continuing to build and improve the service.

Editorially uses Markdown. I write Markdown for everything (even this blog post) so I’m sold.

Take a look:

Because it’s still in private beta, you do need an invitation to use it. But they are adding new people whenever they can, so you can sign up for a chance to get access.

Now Streaming: Learning Craft

Published on June 11, 2013

There were a few hiccups getting the streaming version of our Learning Craft video posted but it is now available for your viewing pleasure.

If you purchased the Learning Craft video series (3 videos, 2 ½ hours of learning) you now have access to both the streaming and downloadable versions of the course. From your Account page, click the Watch link to stream the course.


Interview with Ryan Irelan

Published on June 10, 2013

Recently I was on the Show Me Your Mic podcast hosted by Chris Enns of the SSKTN podcast network.

During the one hour interview we talk about how I create stuff here at Mijingo, the amazing studio setup that Happy Cog has put together in our Austin office, some of the tools I use, and, of course, my favorite podcasts.

Give it a listen, if you have a few minutes.

New course: Learning Craft

Published on June 04, 2013

Along with the official release of Craft 1.0 by Pixel & Tonic, I am happy to announce that a brand new course on building websites with Craft is now available from Mijingo.

Learning Craft is a 2 ½ hour course that spans three downloadable (and, later today, streaming here at Mijingo.com) videos.

During the course I cover the basics of Craft, including how to install the software, a primer on the Twig tempting engine, how to manage assets in Craft and pretty much everything you need to know to start off on the right foot building websites with Craft.

Ready to learn Craft? Get started now.

Here’s a free preview of the first video:

I’ve been using Craft regularly for the last 5+ months, including building a site in production, and you can get that experience in just 2 ½ hours of instructional video.

Ready to do it? Learn Craft now.

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