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Archive for May, 2012

Securing Networks Access List Implementation on Cisco Routers

By Tracey Wilson on May 23, 2012

Access Control List (ACL) configuration and deployment is covered in this installment of Tracey’s network security series. Brush up on IPv4 protocols, configuration commands, and extended ACLs on Cisco routers and be on the lookout for more tips upcoming in this ACL series.


Meet the Author: Jesse Stay on Google+ for Business

By Paul Ballard on May 23, 2012

In today’s episode of our Meet the Author podcast, Fritz Onion talks to Jesse Stay about his new course Google+ for Business.  The interview starts off with a quick description of Google+ as the social layer on top of Google’s other services.  Jesse also discusses how Google+ compares with other services such as Facebook and [...]


New Course: Git Fundamentals

By Megan Russell on May 23, 2012

James Kovacs has just published a new course: Git Fundamentals Git is a popular distributed version control system (DVCS). In this course, learn how to create a local repository, commit files, push changes to a remote repository, fix errors in your commits, and many of Git’s other features. Understand the difference between the working copy, staging area, [...]


Video: Track Down Failed Requests in IIS 7

By Paul Ballard on May 23, 2012

IIS 7 includes the ability to log information even for failed requests.  In this video excerpt from Robert Boedigheimer’s course Extending IIS 7.5 with Modules and Handlers Robert shows how to configure Failed Request logging as well as how to create handlers to provide remote access to the log data.  In the full course Robert [...]


SOLID Code for SOLID Reasons

By Jim Cooper on May 22, 2012

We should write good code because good code is easy to maintain, not because it makes the code easier to unit test. However, it just so happens that well written code is easy to unit test; and testing our code, especially test-driving our code, helps us to write good code.  But ease of unit-testing is [...]


Video: Living in the Asynchronous World of Windows 8 Metro Apps

By Paul Ballard on May 22, 2012

The new WinRT APIs that developers use to create Metro apps for Windows 8 have made a shift away from synchronous processing to force the developer to write asynchronous code.  In this video excerpt from Kate Gregory’s coure Building Windows 8 Metro Apps with C++ and XAML, she shows how to call the FilePicker asynchronous [...]


Pluralsight “New Releases” Newsletter – May 22, 2012

By Steve Woolley on May 22, 2012

In this week’s newsletter check out our new courses, Creating User Experiences: Fundamental Design Principles by Billy Hollis, XML Fundamentals by Dan Sullivan, and Enterprise Library Validation Application Block by John Sonmez. You can also learn about subscriptions for business and see what countries Pluralsight is visiting next week. Read this week’s newsletter today! You can [...]


Video: In the beginning there was XML

By Paul Ballard on May 21, 2012

Pluralsight is adding XML courses to its library. The first one is the XML Fundamentals course written by Dan Sullivan. It isn’t a course about a particular XML API, it is about the technology that underlies all applications that process XML. This course covers the XML Recommendation and Namespaces in XML Recommendation with plenty of [...]


Meet the Author: John Sonmez on MonoTouch with XCode 4 and iOS 5

By Paul Ballard on May 21, 2012

In today’s edition of our Meet the Author podcast, Fritz Onion sits down with prolific author John Sonmez to discuss his new course MonoTouch with XCode 4 and iOS 5.  In the interview John explains what MonoTouch is and describes some of the new features in it as well as XCode 4 and iOS5.  He [...]


Video: Using Caching Policies in the Enterprise Library Caching Application Block

By Paul Ballard on May 21, 2012

If you want to take a more “hands-on” approach with your caching expiration, this video excerpt from John Sonmez course Enterprise Libary Caching Application Block will show you how to use policies to do just that.  In the video excerpt he shows how to combine expiration settings with scavenging priority to create the perfect policy for [...]


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

By Sean Wilkins on May 21, 2012

You know the CCNP is hard, but sometimes prioritizing the focus of your studies can help to make sure that you succeed in conquering unfamiliar & difficult concepts. Nail done these 5 topics, and you’ll be on your way to passing in no time.


New course: HTML Fundamentals

By Megan Russell on May 18, 2012

Matt Milner has just published a new course: HTML Fundamentals HTML markup is the heart of any web application and this course will teach you the fundamentals of HTML regardless of the tool you use to author it.  You will learn how to properly define your HTML markup and follow the standards, how to create [...]


If You Had $20 Billion Would You Still Write Code?

By Paul Ballard on May 18, 2012

Today’s Facebook IPO is adding fuel to the burning desires of startups and investors the world over with valuations both corporate and personal of truly incredible amounts of money.  At the start of the day the company was being valuated at $104 billion with Mark Zuckerberg’s personal stake somewhere in the exceedingly comfortable range of $20 billion.  [...]


Meet the Author: Julie Lerman on Entity Framework Code First Migrations

By Paul Ballard on May 18, 2012

In this episode of our Meet the Author podcast, Fritz Onion speaks to Julie Lerman about her course Entity Framework Code First Migrations.  In the interview Julie describes how the newest features of Entity Framework are being released and tries to help sort out some of the confusion around the versions available.  She also describes [...]


Video: Make Your Apps Dynamic using the ExpandoObject in C# 4

By Paul Ballard on May 18, 2012

C# 4.0 added lots of interesting new features, including the Dynamic Language Runtime.  In this video excerpt from Scott Allen’s course C# Fundamentals Part 2 you’ll see how to use the ExpandoObject from the DLR to provide static language constructs to dynamically typed objects.  In the full course Scott also covers key topics such as [...]


New course: Enterprise Library Security and Cryptography Application Blocks

By Megan Russell on May 17, 2012

John Sonmez has just published a new course:                                                             Enterprise Library Security and Cryptography Application Blocks Security and cryptography are important to most applications. It can often [...]


Our small business plans just got easier to use!

By Keith Sparkjoy on May 17, 2012

As your technical team grows, it’s now easy to keep everyone on your team outfitted with a Pluralsight subscription. In a recent release of our website, we added a feature that allows you to purchase more licenses for the remainder of the term on your small business plan at a prorated discount (you only pay [...]


Video: Using a Security Token Service with an ASP.NET Application

By Paul Ballard on May 17, 2012

Want to learn how to hook up a Windows Identity Foundation based security token service to an ASP.NET 4.0 application?  In this video excerpt from Sahil Malik’s new course SharePoint 2010 Security Part 2, you’ll see how to do just that as a precursor to establishing your own sophisticated claims based security for a SharePoint [...]


Pluralsight just got better down under!

By Keith Sparkjoy on May 16, 2012

Since we started our video training library, we’ve always used Amazon’s cloud infrastructure (S3 and CloudFront) to handle the heavy lifting of serving video content around the world. And we’ve had very few complaints… …until about three months ago when we started hearing that some of our Australian customers were suffering with long buffering times. [...]


Cisco CCNP Training Package by CCIE Joe Rinhart

By Chris Magiet on May 16, 2012

The CCNP Training Package is Now Available! If you do any work in Cisco networking or already have your CCNA, don’t miss the opportunity to study all CCNP exam objectives with CCIE Joe Rinehart. Learn how routing and switching for LAN, WAN and VLAN environments, AND how to troubleshoot everything on a Cisco network.