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Archive for July, 2012

A Brave New Microsoft – Are We Ready?

By Paul Ballard on July 31, 2012

As an Enterprise Architect and Editor for your friendly neighborhood technical blog, I spend quite a bit of time trying to read through the pea-soup Redmond fog to make educated guesses on where Microsoft is going with their technologies and tools. This used to be a lot easier, with most new products and features leaking [...]


MVC4 Video Outtakes

By Paul Ballard on July 31, 2012

Creating incredibly informative training videos isn’t always easy work, and sometimes even our most prolific and popular authors slip up.  Most of these end up on the virtual cutting room floor, but following in the footsteps of Burt Reynolds and Dom Deluise, our own Scott Allen has posted those outtakes from his new course MVC [...]


Pluralsight “New Releases” Newsletter – July 31, 2012

By Steve Woolley on July 31, 2012

In this week’s newsletter check out our new courses, Creating N-Tier Applications in C# by Steve Smith and Code Contracts by John Sonmez. You can also learn about a subscriptions for business and learn about our sponsorships program for user groups and community events. Read this week’s newsletter today! You can subscribe to our weekly newsletter to receive [...]


Meet the Author: John Sonmez on Enterprise Library Logging Application Block

By Paul Ballard on July 31, 2012

In the latest episode in our Meet the Author podcast series, Fritz Onion chats with John Sonmez about his course Enterprise Library Logging Application Block.  In the interview John explains a bit about what the Logging Application Block does, as well as how it compares to other frameworks such as Log4Net.  He also describes the [...]


New Course: SQL Server: Collecting and Analyzing Trace Data

By Jason Salmond on July 30, 2012

Jonathan Kehayias of SQLskills has just published a new course: SQL Server: Collecting and Analyzing Trace Data One of the easiest ways to collect information about SQL Server workloads is to capture trace information. In this course, Jonathan introduces you to using SQL Trace and SQL Profiler for tracing SQL Server activity, including common pitfalls [...]


Video: Deputize Your Windows 8 Metro Apps with Tile Badges

By Paul Ballard on July 30, 2012

Many Metro UI apps need to inform the user when something has changed.  In this video excerpt from Yacine Khammal’s new course Windows 8 Metro Connected Apps, you’ll see how to give your app’s tiles some not-so-stinking badges including both system glyphs as well as numeric feedback.  In the full course Yacine also covers accessing [...]


Join Us for TrainSignal’s Playing for the Kids Charity Event

By Chris Graham on July 30, 2012

Join us Saturday, August 11th for a TrainSignal sponsored charity event in support of Child’s Play — an organization that donates toys, board games, video games and book to kids in children’s hospitals across the world. We hope to see you there!


CCSK Overview: Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge

By Michael Gabriel Sumastre on July 30, 2012

Learn about the cloud computing security certificate from the Cloud Security Allaince, CCSK, what it is and how you should pursue it. With new technology and services arriving within the cloud sector all the time, security has become a growing concern for organizations using all types of cloud infrastructure. The Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge is one of the ways to measure cloud skills in security.


Video: Social Media Lessons Learned by Blending an iPad

By Paul Ballard on July 27, 2012

Contrary to the comments seen on more than a few political websites, there are rules to using social media as a marketing tool.  In this video excerpt from Amber Mac’s new course Social Media:  The Big Picture she uses a video posted on YouTube as an example of one of those rules; Authenticity.  In this [...]


Writing IT Resumes with Word 2010 Part 3: Bullet Points

By Alan Ackmann on July 27, 2012

Organization and aestheticism are important elements to consider when composing a powerful resume. Learn how to use the bullet point feature in Microsoft Word 2010 to display your qualifications in a clear, impressive way.


Meet the Author: Robert Boedigheimer on Fiddler

By Paul Ballard on July 26, 2012

In the latest episode of our Meet the Author podcast, Fritz Onion talks to Robert Boedigheimer about his course Fiddler.  In the interview Robert gives an overview of how the course builds from basic to more complex topics as well as explaining some of the lesser known features of Fiddler such as FiddlerCap and how [...]


Building a Successful Career with Microsoft’s New MCSE Certifications

By Kasia Lorenc on July 25, 2012

If you’re still wondering why or how Microsoft has reinvented their popular MCSE certifications then our live webinar and new GoCertify article are just what you need. Join us this Thursday for a free webinar on how to successfully build your Microsoft certified career and check out our latest MCSE article on GoCertify.


New course: Mocking with Moq

By Megan Russell on July 25, 2012

Donald Belcham has just published a new course: Mocking with Moq This course explores the fundamental reasons for using mocking frameworks, and then provides a comprehensive overview of how to leverage the Moq mocking framework within your test infrastructure.  Advanced uses of Moq, such as strict versus loose mocking, dealing with base class implementations, recursive [...]


Microsoft Announces Build 2012 Conference

By Paul Ballard on July 25, 2012

There’s been quite a bit of rumor and supposition going back and forth about whether Microsoft would be holding another Build conference event this year, but Microsoft has put the rumors to bed by announcing dates and location for their next big Windows 8 love-fest.  Build 2012 will be held October 30-November 2 at their [...]


8 quirks Windows 8 XAML developers should understand before starting their Metro app

By Paul Ballard on July 25, 2012

It’s no secret, I love XAML. I write XAML, I talk about XAML, I dream in XAML. Sometimes that’s true – especially in the middle of a project. Sometimes people misconstrue that I don’t like HTML as a result, but as a father of three daughters, I can assure you picking favorites isn’t a requirement [...]


Top 5 Most Common VMware Compatibility Issues (and How to Work Around Them)

By Petra Jorgenson on July 25, 2012

Make sure your hardware is configured to be compatible with VMware ESX/ESXi to avoid response failures or other operationial problems. Here are the top 5 issues you’ll encounter with VMware compatibility and how to work through them.


Video: Find Your Way In Clojure Using Maps

By Paul Ballard on July 25, 2012

If you too follow the code-as-data philosophy, then you probably already know about Clojure, a LISP dialect dynamic language.  If not, then get ready to take a walk on the immutable side.  In this video excerpt from Alan Dipert’s new course Clojure Fundamentals – Part 1, you’ll learn how to create and access the Map [...]


Scott Lowe Teaches VMware Infrastructure Design

By Chris Magiet on July 24, 2012

One of the biggest names in virtualization authored a course in one of the rarest skills in IT: vSphere design. Learn about the holistic approach VCDX Scott Lowe takes when designing VMware infrastructure.


Meet the Author: Matt Milner on HTML Fundamentals

By Paul Ballard on July 24, 2012

In today’s Meet the Author podcast, Mike Woodring sits down with Matt Milner to discuss his course HTML Fundamentals.  In the interview Matt explains what brought him back to web development from his mid-tier courses published previously and why every developer probably needs to know HTML.  He also outlines a bit of what you can [...]


Pluralsight “New Releases” Newsletter – July 24, 2012

By Steve Woolley on July 24, 2012

In this week’s newsletter check out our new courses, Social Media: The Big Picture by Amber Mac, Windows 8 Metro Connected Apps by Yacine Khammal and Clojure Fundamentals by Alan Dipert.     You can also learn about a subscriptions for business and learn about our sponsorships program for user groups and community events. Read this week’s newsletter [...]