Personally I'm more than willing to take up the slack myself by studying independently, but I'm sure there are plenty of people who wouldn't do so until they reach the workplace. Admittedly, the fundamentals of the language haven't changed, but there's plenty of stuff that's of very little use today that I've had to learn when I could be learning something more useful.
So surely these texts are long overdue for a refresh? I would hope that a newer release would cover at least some of the following:
- Creating a simple AJAX application.
I really don't think there's any excuse for the training materials being that outdated when some of their other CIW training materials are much more current.