Derek Featherstone's Box of Chocolates: You never know what you're going to get

Box of Chocolates

Thursday, February 12th, 2009 - 4:54pm

Bush Fires and Education

The Australian Bushfires that are raging are quite a tragedy.

You can donate via the Australian Red Cross.

The fine folks at SitePoint have put together a significant deal whereby you can purchase 5 PDF versions of SitePoint books for the price of one. This really is a great deal and an opportunity to learn more about creating a better web for everyone.

After having just come back from Web Directions North and the complementary Education focused Ed Directions North, my mind is buzzing with education. Teaching and learning best practices for web design and development has been my passion for the last 10 years. It only seems logical to combine these two things together.

I donated online via the Australian Red Cross, but I thought maybe there was something more we could do via the SitePoint book sale. I have many of those books though — either because I bought my own copy or was involved in reviewing them or making other contributions. So, to support both the Australian relief efforts and education of the next generation of professionals, I just tweeted that the next 12 students/teachers to tell me which book you need and where you teach/go to school its on me.

The first one goes to William Price III (despite the fact that his name includes Roman numerals! just kidding. not really. ok, yes, I’m kidding), who replied by tweet. He’s an Interactive Media student at Art Institute International Minnesota in Minneapolis and he chose “Build Your Own Web Site The Right Way Using HTML & CSS” by my friend Ian Lloyd (I’m not just saying that either, he really is a friend!).

So, if you’re a student or a teacher in need of resources on doing things the right way, the SitePoint books are a great start, and for 11 more people, they’re on me. Get in touch, leave a comment below or reply back to me on Twitter.

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William Price (3)

February 12, 2009

Thanks for your generosity Derek. I greatly appreciate it.

Billy Price


July 21, 2009

Wow, this was really nice of you. I’m an Australian and am touched that people outside Aus helped out with donations. Thank you.