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Archive for October, 2012

TrainSignal’s 2012 Halloween Costume Contest: Vote and Win Free Stuff

By Jillian Pandav on October 31, 2012

Every year the TS team dresses up to eat treats and play pranks on Halloween. Vote for what you think is the best Halloween costume and you could win a prize pack full of TrainSignal gear, including a free training course of your choice!


New course: Big Data: The Big Picture

By Megan Russell on October 31, 2012

Andrew Brust has just published a new course: Big Data: The Big Picture In this course, ZDNet’s Big Data correspondent Andrew Brust teaches you all about Big Data. This course will get you up and running with the definitions and technologies you need to know, and the vendors you need to know about. By the [...]


Emulated Ethernet Switch Functionality: GNS3 Lab Configuration

By Sean Wilkins on October 31, 2012

In this article we walk you through the setup of a GNS3 lab with three routers and one Ethernet switch. With easy to follow screen shots you will be able to easily absorb this setup process and implement it in your own configuration endeavors.


Photo of the Week — The Extent That Some People Go To Get Candy…

By marisparkjoy on October 31, 2012

Sales guy, James Cole celebrates Halloween in the office.  At least I hope that is James.


New course: LinkedIn Fundamentals

By Megan Russell on October 31, 2012

Jason Alba has just published his first course: LinkedIn Fundamentals This video series is different than other courses we offer. Jason introduces LinkedIn to help you with your personal career management, and/or to help your company grow and get increased visibility. Whether you are interested in strengthening relationships with your professional contacts, growing your business [...]


Microsoft Build 2012 – Day 1 Wrap Up

By Paul Ballard on October 31, 2012

Microsoft’s Windows 8 Love-fest feels less like a traditional technical conference and more like a backyard camp out with 2500 of your nerdiest friends.  The Day 1 keynote featured CEO Steve Ballmer doing a good job of showing the consistency of experience across a range of form factors from an 80 inch touch screen to [...]


Video: Keep Your Apps Happy with Optimistic Concurrency in AppFabric Caching

By Paul Ballard on October 31, 2012

Is the glass half empty or half full?  The choice between optimistic and pessimistic concurrency is much the same question, particularly when using distributed caching.  In this video excerpt from Jon Flanders’ new course Windows Server AppFabric Cache you’ll see how to choose the glass is half full option by implementing optimistic concurrency for your [...]


New Training for SQL Server 2012 Has Arrived

By Chris Magiet on October 30, 2012

Our first two SQL Server 2012 video courses will help anyone trying to broaden their database skills by teaching a wide range of SQL management and querying concepts.


Pluralsight “New Releases” Newsletter – October 30, 2012

By StacyAnn on October 30, 2012

In this week’s newsletter check out these recently released courses: Top 10 Cool PowerShell v3 Features with Windows Server 2012 by Thomas Lee, SQL Server: Deadlock Analysis and Prevention by Jonathan Kehayias, Windows Server AppFabric Cache by Jon Flanders, SharePoint 2010 Administrator Ramp-Up: Part 5 and Part 6 by Ted Pattison. You can also read trending articles from the Pluralsight [...]


Meet The Author: Thomas Lee on Creating PowerShell Modules

By Paul Ballard on October 30, 2012

In today’s episode of our Meet the Author podcast series, Fritz Onion talks to Thomas Lee about his course Creating PowerShell Modules.  In the interview Thomas explains what PowerShell modules are and how they can improve the portability and reusability of your PowerShell functionality.  He also describes some of the differences between PowerShell version 2 [...]


Video: Stub Your Generics with Microsoft’s Fakes Framework

By Paul Ballard on October 29, 2012

Using Microsoft’s new Fakes framework for creating mock objects isn’t always as straightforward as you might think. In this video excerpt from Jim Cooper and Donald Belcham’s new course Microsoft Fakes Fundamentals you’ll see how to create a stub for a generic type using some unusual syntax.  In the complete course the duo covers other [...]


Best iPhone 5 Features Apple Brings to the Table

By Mike Lata on October 27, 2012

Now that the iPhone 5 is upon us, let’s examine what it offers and whether it’s a worthy addition to Apple’s mobile lineup. Is this sleek device the one to convert the long-standing Android and Windows phone users?


Photo of the Week — And You Think YOUR Office Mates Are Catty

By marisparkjoy on October 26, 2012

[slideshow] A family of Bobcats spent the entire day in CTO Keith Brown’s California backyard.   Keith’s home office has a view of the ducks, rabbits, lizards and squirrels that are regular visitors to his yard. 


A Bit “Touch” Sensitive

By Paul Ballard on October 26, 2012


New course: Introduction to Struts 2

By Megan Russell on October 26, 2012

John Sonmez has just published a new course: Introduction to Struts 2 Struts 2 is a framework for developing MVC based web applications in Java. When building a complex web application it is often difficult to keep business and view logic separate from each other. In this course, you will learn how to create a [...]


Video: Test Your Unit Tests with Intellitrace

By Paul Ballard on October 26, 2012

Sure Microsoft’s new Intellitrace feature will let you debug apps in production, but unit tests?  Absolutely, as this video excerpt from Marcel de Vries’ new course on Intellitrace shows, you can use Intellitrace to get details of complex unit tests.  In the full course Marcel also covers topics such as using debugging symbols, using Intellitrace [...]


New Course: Understanding Server Hardware

By Jason Salmond on October 25, 2012

Glenn Berry of SQLskills has just published a new course: Understanding Server Hardware How do you know what the capabilities of your server are? How do you choose a new server? Which processor should you select? How can you avoid having to pay exorbitant amounts for licenses, or wasting money through over-provisioning a server? Glenn [...]


The Vulnerabilities of Microsoft XML

By Michael Gabriel Sumastre on October 25, 2012

It is no secret that Microsoft XML experienced a recent attack. Learn what this means for you and how you can avoid experiencing the repercussions of this vulnerability, which was actually discovered in the first place by Google. Are your users safe from an attack?


Meet the Author: Steve Smith on Creating N-Tier Applications in C#, Part 1

By Paul Ballard on October 25, 2012

In the latest episode of our Meet the Author podcast series, Fritz Onion talks to Steve Smith about his course Creating N-Tier Applications in C#, Part 1.  In the interview Steve discusses how his view of application architecture has changed over the years evolving from traditional layered applications to a domain driven design model.  He [...]


New Course: Selling Windows 8 Apps

By Jason Salmond on October 25, 2012

Yacine Khammal has just published a new course: Selling Windows 8 Apps This course explores the Windows Store and the art of publishing and selling your app. Yacine teaches all about store certification and planning your app against that objective. He explores the different monetization strategies, the tools available for implementing these strategies and measuring [...]