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Does participating in Webinars and Seminars about software development and programming improve a developer's programming level?

Please note that I'm asking this question about developers, not managers. Because in many webinars and seminars, there are highly general views about future technologies which can be useful for manager to decide ahead about future tools their team should use.

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The key is whether it uses Visio, or an equivalent. If so, it's useless. It has been simplified beyond being useful a programmer and is only suitable for management. :) – psr Aug 3 '11 at 19:46

As always, the answer is "it depends." It's easy to wind up wasting time on some seminar about a topic too simplistic or too foreign to your current work. For instance, a seminar aimed at learning to program in Fortran may be a waste of your time if you are a web developer and really want to continue that route.

This can be a problem since you only have a fixed number of hours in a day. The time could be better spent reading books/blogs on more relevant technology.

That being said, I believe that relevant, high-quality Webinars/Seminars are quite valuable. I've gained a lot from watching some on S.O.L.I.D. that were posted online a few months ago. Seeing others in the same community tackle similar problems I have faced really opened my eyes to new and better solutions.

Essentially, it depends on the specific webinar/seminar in question. I've watched some that were totally wastes of time, and I've seen others which were very enlightening.

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"I've gained a lot from watching some on S.O.L.I.D. that were posted online a few months ago. " -- Any chance for some links? – Ominus Feb 7 '12 at 16:25

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