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Archive for May, 2011

Interview with Aaron Skonnard at GIDS

By Aaron Skonnard on May 31, 2011

During a recent trip to India, Pluralsight cofounder Aaron Skonnard was interviewed by a local MVP named Lohith (@kashyapa). You can read more about it on Lohith’s blog.

New course: ADFS2 and WIF 3.5

By Fritz Onion on May 31, 2011

Paul Lemmers has just published a new course on ADFS2 and WIF 3.5 The course contains an introduction to Single Sign-On. An in depth explanation of the Windows Identity Framework (WIF) and the ADFS version 2 server. In depth means: bits and bytes of the HTTP requests and responses, HttpModules, and customization. The analysis of […]

IT Salaries Increase, IT Pros In Demand Again

By Brian Nelson on May 31, 2011

After a long drought, IT jobs are in demand again and IT salaries are rising, if you have the right skills and you’re in the right location, you may be in luck. Updating your skills, certifications and your IT resume is a must.

Creating a Cover Letter for Your IT Resume

By Alan Ackmann on May 27, 2011

When applying for any position in the IT field, a cover letter accompanying your IT resume is a must. Here are some structural and content suggestions on writing a cover letter for your IT Resume.

How to Use VMware Player for Training, Testing and More

By Brian Nelson on May 25, 2011

See how you can use the free VMware Player to create virtual machines which you can then use for testing, training, and experimenting with new products, operating systems, or applications.

Microsoft Office 365: Cloud-Based Web Applications

By Brian Nelson on May 24, 2011

Microsoft Office 365 is currently in beta and if you haven’t given it a try yet, here’s what you need to learn about the new platform. In this article we’ll take a look at the Office 365 applications, email and calendar functions in Office 365 and more.

New Training Release: VMware vSphere Performance Monitoring Training

By Kasia Lorenc on May 24, 2011

Are you dealing with vSphere performance issues? Not sure which tools to use or where to go? Our new VMware vSphere Performance Monitoring Training will show you how to optimize your virtual environment, use 3rd party tools to get the best results and solve performance issues fast.

CoffeeScript in Motion

By Geoffrey Grosenbach on May 19, 2011

COFFEESCRIPT: jQuery -> $(‘#entry’).focus() JAVASCRIPT: jQuery(function () { $(‘#entry’).focus(); }); 1. A simple function Engineering + Creativity In his book Rise of the Creative Class, Richard Florida defines a list of creative professions that includes graphic designers, sculptors, architects, and…software writers. It’s hard to think of a better place to see creativity and engineering than […]

Live from TechEd 2011!

By Kasia Lorenc on May 17, 2011

The Train Signal crew is at TechEd 2011 in Atlanta this week and our goal is to share the event with you. Did you miss the keynote? Want to know what’s happening at this year’s TechEd? Keep reading…

New course: Managing PowerPivot in SharePoint 2010

By Fritz Onion on May 17, 2011

Robert Cain has just published a new course on Managing PowerPivot in SharePoint 2010 In this course you will learn how to manage PowerPivot in SharePoint 2010, from both the user and administrative perspective. We will cover PowerPivot worksheet monitoring, managing user security, using the main administrative dashboard, configuration actions, and the reports built into […]

New Course: .NET Reactive Extensions Fundamentals

By Fritz Onion on May 17, 2011

Dan Sullivan has just published a new course on .NET Reactive Extensions Fundamentals. The .NET Reactive Extensions (Rx) is a library to compose asynchronous and event-based programs using observable collections and LINQ-style query operators. Rx is a superset of LINQ’s standard query operators that exposes asynchronous and event-based computations as push-based, observable collections via the new IObservable<T> interface in .NET 4. […]

New course: Introducing More of Visual Studio 2010

By Fritz Onion on May 16, 2011

Kate Gregory has just published a new course: Introducing More of Visual Studio 2010 Using Visual Studio well is about more than writing code, or reading code written by others. To be truly productive, you need to debug well, and understand the designers that help you build your user interface. This course also shows you […]

Train Signal at TechEd 2011

By Kasia Lorenc on May 12, 2011

The Train Signal crew will be at TechEd 2011 in Atlanta next week and we are brining the biggest tech event of the year to you! Join us for photos, videos and live coverage of the event throughout the week. This page will serve as a portal to everything TechEd.

Top 10 New Features of PowerPoint 2010

By Heather Ackmann on May 11, 2011

PowerPoint 2010 offers 60+ new and enhanced features that are worth an upgrade to Office 2010. Here are the top 10 new features that PowerPoint expert Heather Ackmann has found to be most useful, fun and interesting.

Pluralsight for Windows Phone 7 now available

By Aaron Skonnard on May 10, 2011

We are happy to announce the availability of our FREE Pluralsight for Windows Phone 7 app. You’ll find it in the Windows Phone Marketplace by searching for “Pluralsight”. It’s easy – give it a spin! Here’s what the app looks like when you first launch it. Pluralsight for WP7 makes it easy to keep watching your favorite Pluralsight On-Demand! courses on […]

Free ASP.NET Web Forms Training

By Aaron Skonnard on May 10, 2011

In partnership with Microsoft, we’ve released a professional ASP.NET Web Forms training course that you can watch for free on Check it out (under the “Essential Videos” section below) and start your learning now! This professional course was designed for those who need to start from ground zero with ASP.NET Web Forms and get up to speed […]

New Training Release: CompTIA Server+ Training

By Kasia Lorenc on May 10, 2011

Train Signal’s CompTIA Server+ Training can help you master server hardware, software, disaster recovery, troubleshooting and much more. The Server+ certification is a great way to boost your IT resume and show employers that you have comprehensive knowledge of server technologies.

New course on UML modeling in VS2010

By Fritz Onion on May 10, 2011

Richard Seroter has just published a new course on Solution Modeling with UML in Visual Studio 2010. This course explains the behavioral and structural UML model types and how to build them within Visual Studio 2010.

IT Certification Update: May 2011

By Mike Rodriguez on May 9, 2011

Microsoft and CompTIA have been hard at work developing new exams and certification training resources. Today we’ll examine two new exams and two new certification and training resources from Microsoft and CompTIA. We’ll also discuss the price increase for Microsoft exams.

IT Resume 101: Language Skills, Volunteer Experience, Publications, Presentations and More

By Alan Ackmann on May 6, 2011

Do you have language skills that you’d like to include on your IT resume? How about publications or presentations that show off your expertise? Or have you done some volunteer work that relates to the job your applying for? Take a look at how to incorporate these additional/optional sections on your IT resume.

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