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Archive for April, 2012

New course: JsRender Fundamentals

By Megan Russell on April 30, 2012

John Papa has just published a new course: JsRender Fundamentals Super fast rendering, code-less tag syntax, and no DOM nor jQuery dependency.  That’s JsRender. JsRender (the successor to jQuery Templates) is a JavaScript library that allows you to define a boilerplate structure once and reuse it to generate content dynamically. Learn how JsRender brings a [...]


Top 5 Hardest Topics on the CCNP SWITCH Exam (and how to prepare for them)

By Sean Wilkins on April 30, 2012

If you’re preparing for the CCNP SWITCH (642-813) exam, then take a look at our list of the top 5 hardest topics that you’ll be faced with — and how to prepare for them.


Video: Chaining Down Unruly JavaScript

By Paul Ballard on April 30, 2012

Want to get your Javascript code to follow a chaining pattern for function calls?  In this video excerpt from Aaron Powell’s new course JavaScript Design Patterns you’ll learn the secrets of how to properly create JavaScript functions to allow for function calls to be chained from one to another.  In the complete course Aaron covers [...]


New course: jQuery Mobile and ASP.NET MVC 4

By Megan Russell on April 27, 2012

Scott Allen has just published a new course: jQuery Mobile and ASP.NET MVC 4 jQuery Mobile is a JavaScript framework for web developers who want to optimize web sites for smartphones and tablets. This course will use HTML 5, jQuery Mobile, ASP.NET MVC 4, and Visual Studio 2011 to demonstrate the widgets, API, touch-events, and [...]


Meet the Author: Andrew Brust on Understanding NoSQL

By Paul Ballard on April 27, 2012

In the latest episode of our Meet the Author podcast, Fritz Onion speaks to Andrew Brust about his course Understanding NoSQL.  In the interview Andrew explains what NoSQL is and the paradigms used by the major NoSQL databases.  He also discusses the potential for NoSQL to replace relational databases, or not. Listen to the Audio [...]


New Course: Enterprise Library Caching Application Block

By Jason Salmond on April 27, 2012

John Sonmez has just published a new course: Enterprise Library Caching Application Block If you are considering adding caching to your application to improve performance, but don’t know where to start, this block can help you get started and understand basic caching scenarios. The Caching Application BLock is part of the Microsoft Enterprise Library, and [...]


Video: Resolving a Rose By Any Other Name Using DNS

By Paul Ballard on April 27, 2012

Have you ever wondered how your browser is able to find the exact server(s) when you enter the address blog.pluralsight.com?  In this video excerpt from Steve Evans’ course TCP/IP Networking for Developers you’ll see how name resolution works across the internet.  In the full course Steve covers other key networking topics such as IP routing, [...]


Video: Using Named Parameters in The Enterprise Library Data Access Block

By Paul Ballard on April 26, 2012

Whether you’re executing parameterized queries or stored procedures, to avoid potential problems with SQL Injection hacks you always want to use named parameters with your database access.  In this video excerpt from John Sonmez’ new course Data Access Application Block, you’ll see how easy it is to setup and use named parameters with your queries.  [...]


VS11 Fakes Framework Harmful? (Part Two)

By Jim Cooper on April 25, 2012

A couple of days ago, I posted my thoughts on the potentially harmful effects that the new VS11 Fakes framework may have on the testing community.  The post seems to have generated more interest than I expected with lots of comments, retweets and a request to discuss the framework with Peter Provost, a Microsoft Visual [...]


Meet the Author: Shawn Wildermuth on A Better CSS: LESS and SASS

By Paul Ballard on April 25, 2012

In today’s episode of our Meet the Author series, Fritz Onion sits down with Shawn Wildermuth to discuss his course A Better CSS:  LESS and SASS.  In the interview Shawn describes what LESS and SASS is an how they add dynamic programming features to CSS3 as well as a bit about how they work behind [...]


Video: Keep Your Applications Responsive with .NET Reactive Extensions

By Paul Ballard on April 25, 2012

Want to write simpler asynchronous .NET code but don’t want to wait for the Async and Await keywords in the next version of C#?  This video excerpt from Dan Sullivan’s course .NET Reactive Extensions Fundamentals will show you how to use the System.Concurrency library to create Observable queries that allow simpler execution of work on [...]


VMware Networking: Configuring and Troubleshooting a vNetwork Part 2

By Petra Jorgenson on April 25, 2012

In Part 2 of Configuring & Troubleshooting a vNetwork, learn about how to create a distributed virtual switch (DvSwitch) and configure DvSwitches and port groups. Then, the two-part article covers troubleshooting practices for vSwitches & DvSwitches.


Get Fast Access to 3500+ Code Samples

By Paul Ballard on April 24, 2012

Microsoft has just released a refresh for their All-In-One Code Framework sample library that along with new features for searching, social media, download management, and lots of performance improvements and bug fixes also just happens to come along with 3500+ code samples of various Microsoft technologies from C# basics to Windows 8 programming. Our team [...]


Understanding the New MCSE Certifications from Microsoft

By Ed Liberman on April 24, 2012

The new MCSE certifications have spawned a number of questions and concerns. In this article we’ll examine what is known about the new MCSE certs and what there still seems to be some questions about. MCT Ed Liberman will also offer his advice on how to make sense of it all.


New course: Android 4.0 New Features

By Megan Russell on April 24, 2012

Jim Wilson has just published a new course: Android 4.0 New Features Android 4.0 includes a number of new developer features that improve the ability for applications to support a wide variety of devices and enhance developer productivity. In this course, Jim examines many of these new features including Android user interface Fragments, the ActionBar, [...]


Pluralsight “New Releases” Newsletter – April 24, 2012

By Steve Woolley on April 24, 2012

In this week’s newsletter check out our new courses, Introduction to the ASP.NET Web API by Jon Flanders, Advanced Orchard by Kevin Kuebler, and Exception Handling Application Block by John Sonmez. You can also learn about our new iPad-a-day giveaway going on in April, subscriptions for businesses, and learn about a free course offer that [...]


Video: Get Strict with Android Async Programming

By Paul Ballard on April 24, 2012

Sometimes it takes a steady hand to rein in tasks that don’t follow the proper etiquette in a multithreaded system.  In this video excerpt from Jim Wilson’s course Android Async Programming and Services, you’ll see how the StrictMode feature allows developers to find tasks that are potentially blocking and track down where and why they [...]


Push Your Media and Encoding Into The Cloud with Windows Azure Media Services

By Paul Ballard on April 23, 2012

Microsoft has announced a new service in their Windows Azure cloud services to allow media publishers to store, distribute, encode, convert, and manage media content. The new service dubbed Windows Azure Media Services supports distribution and streaming of multiple media formats to a vast number of clients including those not running Windows. You can use [...]


Meet the Author: Richard Seroter on AWS Developer Fundamentals

By Paul Ballard on April 23, 2012

In today’s episode from our Meet the Author podcasts, Fritz Onion talks to Richard Seroter about his course AWS Developer Fundamentals.  In the interview Richard describes why a .NET developer might choose Amazon Web Services over Windows Azure and how the two can compliment each other.  He also describes the various services available and the [...]


VS11 Fakes Framework Considered Harmful

By Jim Cooper on April 23, 2012

It seems to me that Microsoft still doesn’t quite understand the serious TDD culture.  I recently saw an InfoQ article entitled VS11 Gets Better Unit Testing Tools, Fakes Framework.  My assumption is that the word “better” in that title applies only to the unit testing tools, not the fakes framework. Although, I like that Microsoft [...]