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Archive for August, 2012

Amateur Hour

By David Adsit on August 31, 2012

What is wrong with the picture? First off, he is blatantly disregarding his own safety and that of anyone who happens to use that doorway. His weight is likely causing imperceptible damage to the hinges and the wood of the door frame. He isn’t using the proper tools for changing hard-to-reach light bulbs. This is not an […]


Video: Fake it Until You Make It with FakeItEasy

By Paul Ballard on August 31, 2012

FakeItEasy is a .NET framework for easily creating mock objects in tests.  In this video excerpt from Donald Belcham and Jim Cooper’s new course FakeItEasy, you’ll see how easy it is to create a mock object with complex nested hierarchies.  In the full course the duo also covers topics such as AAA syntax, ordered assertions, […]


New Course: Windows Identity Foundation Patterns: On-Premise and Cloud

By Jason Salmond on August 30, 2012

Niraj Bhatt has just published a new course: Windows Identity Foundation Patterns: On-Premise and Cloud Dealing with multiple identities has always been challenging; even more so with the advent of the cloud. Developers and architects are often confused by the numerous terms, acronyms and buzzwords – such as Active/Passive Federation, SWT, SAML, ADFS, WIF, WS-Trust, […]


Learning Path: C# – 24 Hours to Becoming a C# Master

By Fritz Onion on August 30, 2012

Our library has grown to over 300 courses and almost 1000 hours of content, which means if you spent 8 hours a day watching Pluralsight courses it would take you nearly 6 months to watch the entire library. Of course we wouldn’t stop publishing courses while you watched, so by the time you finished, you’d […]


Meet the Author: James Kovacs on Git Fundamentals

By Paul Ballard on August 30, 2012

In the latest episode of our Meet the Author podcast series, Fritz Onion talk to James Kovacs about his course Git Fundamentals.  In the interview James reveals the origins of Git and the background it shares with the founder of Linux. He then describes the differences between a distributed version control system and a centralized […]


VMworld 2012 Keynote Introduces vSphere 5.1

By Ashraf Al-Dabbas on August 29, 2012

There’s always big announcements at the VMworld Keynote. This year’s news includes updates with vSphere and vCloud Director 5.1, vRAM, and the future of VMware with new CEO Pat Gelsinger. Get your coverage here.


How to Rename Your Active Directory Domain

By Ashraf Al-Dabbas on August 29, 2012

Renaming your Active Directory domain can involve complications as wide ranging as any business environment’s individual needs. Further renaming or reorganizing may also be a necessary step of the process. This AD tutorial shows some simple steps to follow when faced with this often business critical task.


Our 300th Course! Watch it FREE for 48 Hours!

By Steve Woolley on August 29, 2012

Today we’re excited to announce the release of our 300th course! Celebrate with us and watch John Papa’s Single Page Apps course free for the next 48 hours! No need to register or provide a credit card! Learn how to create rich user experiences by building Single Page Applications with HTML5, jQuery, Knockout and the ASP.NET […]


New Course: Single Page Apps with HTML5, ASP.NET Web API, Knockout and jQuery

By Jason Salmond on August 29, 2012

John Papa has just published a new course: Single Page Apps with HTML5, Web API, Knockout and jQuery Single Page Applications (SPA’s) focus on delivering rich user experiences with significant client-side interactions using JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS. In this course, John explores how to build end to end SPA solutions using data binding and MVVM […]


Pluralsight Top 10: Building a Great Software Development Team

By Keith Sparkjoy on August 29, 2012

I’ve had the pleasure of hiring a great team of developers here at Pluralsight. In this post, I share the top ten ideas I had in mind for building (and keeping) a great team. 1.  Hire small. Small teams are generally more efficient than large teams, and they are easier to manage too. Communication is easier […]


Photo of the Week — Geeks by Osmosis

By marisparkjoy on August 29, 2012

Megan Russell and StacyAnn Allen ponder their inner geek.


Video: Get the Big Picture on Big Data with Hadoop and Azure

By Paul Ballard on August 29, 2012

Microsoft is adding more and more cloud services under it’s Azure banner seemingly every day.  Figuring out what these services are and how they might be useful can be a challenge.  David Chappell’s new course Windows Azure: The Big Picture will help you sort out these services and give you ideas about how you can […]


New course: Introduction to Kendo UI

By Megan Russell on August 28, 2012

Keith Burnell has just published a new course: Introduction to Kendo UI Today, more than ever, users are demanding a rich interactive web experience and developing those types of web applications requires you to have a vast array of tooling in your developer tool belt. This includes MVVM frameworks, validation frameworks and frameworks to handle […]


Pluralsight “New Releases” Newsletter – August 28, 2012

By Steve Woolley on August 28, 2012

In this week’s newsletter check out these recently released courses: Windows Azure: The Big Picture by David Chappell, Cross Platform Game Development with MonoGame by John Somnez, and FakeItEasy by Donald Belcham and Jim Cooper. You can also read trending articles from the Pluralsight blog, watch free videos, listen to Meet the Author Podcasts, and see where we are going to be […]


Meet the Author: Dr. Joe Hummel on Async and Parallel Programming: Application Design

By Paul Ballard on August 28, 2012

In today’s Meet the the Author podcast, Mike Woodring sits down with Dr. Joe Hummel to discuss his course Async and Parallel Programming:  Application Design.  In the interview Joe gives us a brief insight into his favorite pastime, and then discusses how this course extends on the information from his previous course Introduction to Async […]


Do I Take Cisco CCENT & ICND2 or CCNA?

By Chris Magiet on August 28, 2012

Cisco offers multiple paths for achieving the certification: CCENT ICND1 plus ICND2, or the full CCNA exam covering all the objectives. Figure out if you should take the 1 or 2 exam method for getting your CCNA.


Single Page Apps with Knockout, jQuery, and ASP.NET Web API – Part 1 – The Story Begins

By johnpapa7 on August 27, 2012

I’m currently recording a course for Pluralsight with a working title of “Building Single Page Apps (SPA) with ASP.NET Web API, Knockout and jQuery” targeting to be out by August 31. This is an end to end course that hits hundreds (ok, not quite) of technologies that work together to create a SPA that works […]


Video: Deflect Incoming Fireballs with MonoGame

By Paul Ballard on August 27, 2012

MonoGame is an open source implementation of Microsoft’s XNA framework that allows developers to create games for multiple devices including XBox, iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. In this video excerpt from John Sonmez’ new course Cross Platform Game Development with MonoGame you’ll learn how to detect sprite collisions sending balls of fire back at an […]


5 Days of Windows 8: The Reports of Windows’ Death are an Exaggeration

By Paul Ballard on August 24, 2012

The final day in our 5 Days of Windows 8 has come and gone, and like a nerdy Jerry Springer I’m going to use this last bit of time together to share my final thoughts on Windows 8 running on a desktop.  But before we get to that, I want to give a brief review […]


New course: Force.com for Developers

By Megan Russell on August 24, 2012

Richard Seroter has just published a new course: Force.com for Developers Force.com is the platform beneath the market-leading Salesforce.com application. Force.com provides a rich framework for quickly building full-featured cloud applications. This course includes descriptions and demonstrations of all the major facets of Force.com including the data model, user interface, reporting, business logic, custom coding, […]