Posted 18 September 2005 - 08:43 PM
I don't know very much about online classes, but I do have a lot of books on computers, and let me say that, for the most part, they work, if of course you're willing to put the effort into it.
Now that is a big if. Computer science is an applied science. You can't just read about it and get good. You need to experiment with it too. After 2 years in college, I've realised there's a great difference between being book smart and comp smart, that difference being an extra 5 sleepless hours per week and maybe a good 2 extra kettles of coffee.
Seriously, though, regardless of what kind of work you're trying to look into, I don't think it'll be the ressources that you will find lacking (since there's plenty on the internet, too), it will probably be the effort and desire to persevere. Computer science is often a very harsh mistress (Just ask anyone who's ever programmed in assembler...).
Hope that helps,
Teacher: "You connect with Internet Explorer, but what is your browser? You know, Yahoo, Webcrawler...?" <-- It's great to see the educational system moving in the right direction...