Perhaps strangely for a developer, I much prefer reading from actual, physical books & magazines than a computer screen. This is a bit problematic these days, as what with the rise of the Internet, nobody seems to be printing programming magazines any more (in the UK at least).
As such, I was most pleased to hear about MagCloud, an online service which offers printed magazines in a FUBU (For Us By Us) style. Basically, anyone can upload a magazine in PDF format, and for a charge of around $0.20 a page, MagCloud will print it out and send it to you. This works out at around £5-6 for a magazine of 40 pages, which is a little expensive but not too bad. (There’s a delivery charge of $2-3 too, so you’re better off getting a couple at a time). While the authors can make money from this (by adding on an extra charge per page), none of the ones I was looking at did so.
The two I checked out are well written and informative:
Hacker Monthly, a general programming magazine, and
Rails Magazine, about Ruby/Rails. I couldn’t find any specific .Net ones when I looked, but it’s pretty new so I’m sure one will appear at some point. So if anyone fancies starting a .Net mag, here’s your chance!
Now, many of these are available as PDFs for you to download as well, so you could quite easily print them off yourself and save a few quid. Personally, I’m too lazy/disorganised for that, and I like to have a proper magazine and not a scruffy collection of stapled sheets, but that’s just me.
Check it out. What have you got to lose?!