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Archive for June, 2012

Android player beta update addresses lag – 0.98

By Keith Sparkjoy on June 30, 2012

Some users have been reporting stutter in audio and laggy playback on certain devices. We think we’ve made some progress toward solving this problem, and we’d love to get your feedback. For best results, uninstall the old version before installing this beta. Android player beta release – v0.98 Please leave a comment here and let [...]


5 Examples of Microsoft Access Date Functions

By Heather Ackmann on June 29, 2012

Microsoft Access date functions are a powerful way to retrieve and analyze data in your Access databases. In this tutorial from Microsoft MVP Heather Ackmann, you’ll learn 5 different ways to leverage Microsoft Access date functions in your Access 2007 and Access 2010 databases.


Video: Remove All Doubts by Writing Provable Code

By Paul Ballard on June 29, 2012

When you call a method on an object, are you sure the object won’t be null?  Now you can be as Michael Perry shows in this video excerpt from his new course Provable Code.  In the video he shows how to use the Code Contracts Visual Studio add-in from Microsoft Research to enable both implicit [...]


New Course: SQL Server- Performance Troubleshooting Using Wait Statistics

By Jason Salmond on June 28, 2012

Paul Randal of SQLskills has just published a new course: SQL Server- Performance Troubleshooting Using Wait Statistics Where do you start looking when trying to diagnose a performance problem with SQL Server? The answer is to use wait statistics! In this course, Paul will introduce you to the powerful ‘waits and queues’ performance tuning methodology. [...]


Meet the Author: John Papa on JSRender Fundamentals

By Paul Ballard on June 28, 2012

In today’s episode of our Meet the Author podcast, Fritz Onion sits down with John Papa to discuss his new course JSRender Fundamentals.  In the interview John explains exactly what JSRender does and why a web developer would want to use it.  He also talks about its heritage of having derived from jQuery Templates.  Finally [...]


New course: RhinoMocks Fundamentals

By Megan Russell on June 28, 2012

Jim Cooper has just published a new course: RhinoMocks Fundamentals Donald Belcham is also a contributing author. He gives a brief overview of of hand rolled mock objects. Be sure to keep watching for the release of his next full course! In this course you will learn how to use Rhino Mocks to isolate your tests [...]


New Course: WCF Extensibility

By Jason Salmond on June 27, 2012

Carlos Figueira has just published a new course: WCF Extensibility Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is a very powerful framework for building connected systems in the Windows platform. WCF has many building blocks which can be used out-of-the-box to build complex applications. It also has many extensibility hooks where you can customize the framework by configuring [...]


Google Unveils Android 4.1 – Jelly Bean

By Paul Ballard on June 27, 2012

Google’s big developer conference kicks off today and the keynote centered around the next version of Android, version 4.1 or Jelly Bean to its friends.  While not as radically different as the jump from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich, this release does include some nice feaures like improved performance via Project Butter, offline dictation, and [...]


GNS3 Initial Configuration

By Sean Wilkins on June 27, 2012

This GNS3 how-to uses a Cisco 7206 platform to create a simulation of a Cisco IOS environment. Learn the process for GNS3 initial configuration to get better and hopefully proficient in Cisco IOS.


Video: Put Memory Hungry Services on a RAM Diet

By Paul Ballard on June 27, 2012

Debugging services is not always an easy task, but in this video excerpt from Mario Hewardt’s new course Debugging Chronicles I you’ll see how to use DebugDiag to capture a memory dump on a running WCF service based on memory threshold triggers and then how to use debuggers to inspect the dump and find the culprit. [...]


Beginner’s Guide to Excel 2010 Data Filters

By Bill Kulterman on June 27, 2012

New features in Excel 2010 make getting the most out of your spreadsheet simple and efficient. Learn step by step tips to locating data quickly from within your largest documents.


Should Your New App Target Windows Phone 7 or Windows Phone 8

By Paul Ballard on June 26, 2012

The recent announcement of Windows Phone 8 has left more than a few people shaking their head in confusion over Microsoft’s decision not to support current hardware devices with the new mobile OS.  While the leap forward offered by a shared core with Windows 8 can provide developers with an easier transition between Metro UI [...]


Pluralsight “New Releases” Newsletter – June 26, 2012

By Steve Woolley on June 26, 2012

In this week’s newsletter check out our new courses, HTML5 Canvas Fundamentals by Dan Wahlin, Debugging Chronicles by Mario Hewardt, and Algorithms and Data Structures – Part 2 by Robert Horvick.     You can also learn about subscriptions for business and see who won our 100K User Accounts celebration contest. Read this week’s newsletter today! [...]


New Course: PowerShell and SQL Server

By Jason Salmond on June 26, 2012

Robert Cain has just published a new course: PowerShell and SQL Server Robert designed this course to teach you the fundamentals of how to make effective use of PowerShell from a SQL Server job. He provides an introduction to the SMO (SQL Management Objects) and the SQL Server Provider. He also covers basic DBA and [...]


CUWSS Training Now Available

By Chris Magiet on June 26, 2012

Check out our first Cisco CCNP Wireless training course, Conducting Cisco Unified Wireless Site Survey (CUWSS), created by Dr. Avril Salter. You will learn RF network fundamentals and how to plan and conduct a wireless site survey with Cisco equipment from start to finish.


Meet the Author: Kevin Kuebler on Advanced Orchard

By Paul Ballard on June 26, 2012

In the latest episode in our Meet the Author podcast series, Fritz Onion talks to Kevin Kuebler about his new course Advanced Orchard.  In the interview Kevin explains the origins of Orchard and how it came to be Open Source as well as some of the extension points available for developers. Listen to the Audio [...]


How to Diagnose SqlConnection Leaks

By Paul Ballard on June 25, 2012

This is a fairly common problem – you test your app, everything works great. Throw it into production and then it stops working and you see a lot of these: System.InvalidOperationException: Timeout expired.  The timeout period elapsed prior to obtaining a connection from the pool. You then check the number of connections in Perfmon and [...]


SQL Server 2012 Certification: Everything You Need to Know

By Michael Gabriel Sumastre on June 25, 2012

2012 has seen Microsoft Learning already make significant changes to their certification paths, and as the wave of expected platform upgrades begin to roll out (notably Windows Server 2012), changes in other Microsoft Certified technologies are anticipated as well. Start preparing with everything you need to know for the recently announced SQL Server 2012 certifications.


Video: Get Videos in Synch with the HTML5 Canvas

By Paul Ballard on June 25, 2012

HTML5′s Canvas feature is a powerful tool for rendering graphics in a web browser.  In this video excerpt from Dan Wahlin’s new course HTML5 Canvas Fundamentals you’ll see how you can use the Canvas object to synchronize display with a playing video.  In the full course Dan covers other topics such as drawing primitives, manipulating [...]


Video: Go All-In With Planning Poker for Agile Estimation

By Paul Ballard on June 22, 2012

Learn to move beyond simple t-shirt size estimations for Agile estimation by using planning poker in this video excerpt from Stephen Forte’s new course Agile Estimation.  In the video Stephen explains why planning poker is a better estimation tool as well as how the team uses the concept to help facilitate conversations and make decisions [...]