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Archive for March, 2012

The History of the iPad: How Did It Get Here

By Mike Lata on March 31, 2012

It seems like every tech feed now has blurb on Apple news, especially with the recent release of the 3rd generation iPad. This article departs from the specs to talk about how iPad actually arrived on the market.


The High Cost of Burnout

By Paul Ballard on March 30, 2012

Most developers have tasted the adrenaline fueled excitement of jamming acts of coding magic into incredibly tight deadlines.  It can be exhilerating to test your skills under pressure and come out the other side proud of what you’ve managed to pull off.  But unfortunately, what starts as a big push to meet a deadline or […]


Mobile Phone Marital Woes

By Aaron Skonnard on March 30, 2012

I have a feeling many of our readers can relate to this situation. Nice work, BizarroComics.com. Source: http://www.bizarrocomics.com/?p=2090


Android player version 0.95 now available on Android Market

By Keith Sparkjoy on March 30, 2012

We’ve fixed a number of bugs in our new Pluralsight app for Android since we moved to the FFmpeg library for streaming video. We’ve had our ups and downs, but we’ve got a pretty solid player in place in version 0.95, which was released to the market recently. We also submitted the app to the […]


Video: Do More With LESS (and SASS) In Your CSS3 Stylesheets

By Paul Ballard on March 30, 2012

Bring the power of a dynamic language to your CSS3 Stylesheets.  In this video excerpt from Shawn Wildermuth’s course A Better CSS:  LESS and SASS you’ll see how to include the LESS features into your web application and how to create a stylesheet that uses LESS variables.  In the full course Shawn covers how to […]


IT Resumes for the Career Changer

By Alan Ackmann on March 30, 2012

A significant career change for anyone can be both mentally taxing, and a professional uphill battle. Depending on the scenario and how drastic of a change in front of you, a restructured strategy for marketing your skills may be just what you need.


Simpler Tests: What kind of test are you writing?

By Paul Ballard on March 29, 2012

One common problem that I see in test suites is confusion about what each test should cover. This confusion often leads to tests that are either too broad or too focused to accomplish the goal of the author. When writing a test, it is important to think about what kind of test it will be […]


Video: Using Lambdas Old School Style in C++

By Paul Ballard on March 29, 2012

C++ is still one of the most widely used and powerful languages available and in no way has been forgotten in the .NET framework.  In this video excerpt from Kate Gregory’s course C++ Advanced Topics you’ll see how to use Lambda expressions in C++ including how to control the capture of variables used in the […]


New course: TCP/IP Networking for Developers

By Megan Russell on March 29, 2012

Steve Evans has just published a new course:                                                                   TCP/IP Networking for Developers In today’s world it’s hard to write an application that doesn’t […]


New Course: Introduction to .NET Debugging using Visual Studio 2010

By Jason Salmond on March 28, 2012

Mario Hewardt has just published a new course: Introduction to .NET Debugging using Visual Studio 2010 This course teaches how to use the Visual Studio 2010 powerful debugging features to hunt down tough bugs. You might be surprised that Visual Studio contains super powerful debugging features that are invaluable when hunting down tough bugs. Topics such […]


Meet the Author: David Chappell on Cloud Computing: Seeing the Big Picture

By Paul Ballard on March 28, 2012

In today’s installment of the Meet the Author podcast series, Fritz Onion sits down with David Chappell to discuss his new course Cloud Computing:  Seeing the Big Picture.  In this interview, David explains how he shunned the usual SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS model for a more general categorization of SaaS, Cloud Platforms, and Private Clouds. […]


Microsoft Releases ASP.NET MVC, Web API, and Razor as Open Source

By Paul Ballard on March 28, 2012

Microsoft has just announced via Scott Guthrie’s blog that they will be releasing ASP.NET Web API and ASP.NET Web Pages (aka Razor) as open source under the Apache license.  These products will join others that Microsoft has release as open source including ASP.NET MVC which has been open source since V1.  Perhaps more key to this […]


Video: Get Started with Enterprise Library

By Paul Ballard on March 28, 2012

There are some components that are so basic that nearly every application needs them.  Logging, Exception Management, and Security are just a few.  The Microsoft Patterns and Practices team have written a version of these components for years called Enterprise Library.  In this video excerpt from John Sonmez’ course Entrprise Library Overview you’ll learn how […]


VMware P2V Migration: Importing Virtual Machines into VMware ESXi Part 1

By Petra Jorgenson on March 28, 2012

Sometimes building a VM from scratch can really take forever. Using VMware vCenter Converter helps you migrate systems to virtual machines. In this first of a two-part tutorial, you’ll learn about physical-to-virtual (P2V) migrations, and virtual-to-virtual (V2V) in part two.


Code Simply

By Jim Cooper on March 27, 2012

I’ve been coding for a quite a while. Unfortunately, I spent a lot of my career not realizing I was writing bad code. A few years ago, I think I started to learn what it really means to write good code (of course, I thought that at the beginning of my career too). This happened […]


New course: NoSQL: The Big Picture

By Megan Russell on March 27, 2012

Andrew Brust has just published a new course: NoSQL: The Big Picture In this course Andrew gives an executive briefing on NoSQL databases, with discussion of why they’re popular, where they work well, and where they don’t.  He includes extensive guidance in applying the right economic, technological and business criteria to evaluation of NoSQL adoption […]


Combine Still and Dynamic Imagery with Microsoft Research’s Cliplets

By Paul Ballard on March 27, 2012

Sometimes all of the action in a video can distract from the key visual elements you want your viewers to experience.  Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to freeze the background of a video while letting the focal point progress.  Thanks to a newly released Microsoft Research tool called Cliplets, you can do just […]


Video: Make Your Mobile Applications Responsive with HTML5 and CSS3

By Paul Ballard on March 27, 2012

Mobile applications come in numerous form factors these days.  Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to write an application that can respond to the operating environment so that it always looks its best?  In this video excerpt from Jon Flanders course Building Hybrid Mobile Applications with HTML5 you’ll see how to use the new […]


What’s New in Citrix XenServer 6

By Michael Gabriel Sumastre on March 27, 2012

Have you had a chance yet to check out the new XenServer? Released in the Fall of 2011, the Xen hypervisor-based XenServer 6.0 from Citrix has been essentially optimized to support cloud computing. We take a look at some of the key features in this emerging cloud service.


New Course: NHibernate Fundamentals

By Jason Salmond on March 27, 2012

James Kovacs has just published his new course: NHibernate Fundamentals NHibernate is a mature object-relational mapper (ORM) for the .NET Framework: it bridges the gap between an object-oriented domain model and a traditional relational database. Its purpose is to relieve the developer from a significant portion of relational data persistence-related programming tasks. In this course, James […]