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 out of Microsoft like a sieve through MSDN blogs or direct interaction with employees at the occasional conference. But lately they’ve slammed the blinds shut on prying eyes like mine in an attempt to pull some Apple-esque product marketing coups; a move that has left many an industry expert to speculate on the motivations and choices they are making. In some cases, it’s the speculation and uncertainty that in fact become the news, leaving the real story to be buried under attacks on Steve Ballmer, predictions of “catastrophe”, and overall FUD. The real story is that Microsoft is taking some big chances and doing exciting things they’ve never done before… and that scares the HECK out of us!
But our fear and overall shock at the radical change in direction shouldn’t make us lose sight of the fact that some real innovation is coming our way, whether we’re ready for it or not.
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 4 Fundamentals for the world to see… and laugh at. We hope you enjoy.
Originally posted at http://odetocode.com/Blogs/scott/archive/2012/07/29/mvc-4-video-outtakes.aspx
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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 logging pipeline abstractions and how they allow for customization of the logging functionality.
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Meet the Author: John Sonmez on Enterprise Library Logging Application Block
[Fritz] Hi, this is Fritz Onion. Today I am talking with John Sonmez about his new course, Logging Application Block. John is a longtime C# and .NET developer with roots in C++. He has recently been doing more mobile development for Android and iPhone. He has also spent many years working as a consultant on a number of projects and has deep ties to the Agile Community. He is very interested in automated testing tools like WaitN or Selenium. And on any given day you’ll find John programming in C#, Java, Objective-C, VB .NET, or all of the above. Welcome back John.
[John] Thanks Fritz.
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 and problems to avoid. You’ll learn how to analyze the collected information using a variety of methods that will help with performance troubleshooting, workload benchmarking, activity auditing, and much more. The course is perfect for developers and DBAs who need to collect information about workloads running on SQL Server for analytic purposes. The information in the course applies to all versions from SQL Server 2005 onwards.
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 HTTP services, using background transfers, and push notifications among other key topics.
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 video the inventor of a high end blender quite literally blends an iPad to dust. In the full course she covers other topics such as your social story, top tools, and creating a digital plan.
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 to debug using devices.
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Meet the Author: Robert Boedigheimer on Fiddler
[Fritz] Hi. This it Fritz Onion. Today, I’m here speaking with Robert Boedigheimer about his new course Fiddler. Robert works for Schwan’s Shared Services, LLC, providing business solutions with web technologies and leads Robert Boedigheimer Consulting, LLC. Robert has been designing and developing websites for the past 15 years including the early days of ASP and ASP.NET. He’s a columnist for ASPAlliance.com an ASP.NET MVP and author and MCPD for ASP.NET 3.5 and a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Thanks for talking with me today, Robert.
[Robert] Thank you.
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 mocking, and more are also explored.
JIm Cooper is also a contributing author. In module 2 Jim gives an overview of how using test doubles can simplify unit testing. Be sure to also check out his Rhino Mocks Fundamentals course!
Click here to check out Mocking with Moq. We hope you enjoy the course!
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 Redmond campus. Registration begins in a couple or weeks.
While there have been no official announcements regarding content for the conference, it’s a safe bet to assume that there will be plenty of Windows 8 material, as well as Windows Phone 8. Hopefully we’ll also get a peek at features coming beyond Windows 8, and if we’re truly lucky Microsoft could hand out some of those shiny new Surface tablets. So clear your calendar and get your umbrella ready, Redmond here we come.