MongoDB for .NET developers

I’m very proud to announce DevelopMentor’s soon-to-be released MongoDB for .NET course which I am authoring along with Pierre Nallet.

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NoSQL and MongoDB for .NET developers

This course is a deep exploration of building applications in MongoDB (the most popular NoSQL document-database). There are many benefits to choosing a NoSQL database over traditional RDMBSs such as SQL Server or Oracle. This course starts out by looking at why you should choose NoSQL in the first place. We will explore the native query language and capabilities of MongoDB. Then we will start working with MongoDB from our .NET applications and look at several topics that explore the advanced aspects of the MongoDB .NET API including (MongoDB from .NET, Advanced serialization in .NET, Untyped API in .NET via BSON documents, and more). We will see how to leverage the immense scalability of MongoDB using the aggregation framework, replica sets, and sharding. You will discover how to store and manage files of virtually unlimited size in MongoDB using GridFS. We will discuss how to properly design your entities and documents (both natively and in C#) to take full advantage of what MongoDB has to offer. Finally, we will round out the course with a few topics that you will need to be successful with MongoDB including Server administration for developers and Security and permissions.

During this class, you will learn:

  • Learn why you should consider NoSQL as your database.
  • Discover the MongoDB shell and ‘native’ query language and capabilities
  • Work with MongoDB from .NET and LINQ
  • Design your classes and entities to take full advantage of MongoDB
  • Build and tune high performance applications with indexing and profiling
  • Use the extensive .NET serialization API to go between .NET and MongoDB
  • Work with the filesystem (GridFS) within MongoDB from .NET
  • Answer complex questions while leveraging MongoDB’s scalability using the aggregation framework
  • Learn enough to administration MongoDB servers to be productive
  • Scale out using sharding and replica sets
  • Add security and permissions to MongoDB

Note: Some of the topics cover in this course are technology agnostic (for example the native query lesson is equality applicable to .NET developers as well as Python developers) and some are specifically optimized for .NET developers (for example Advanced serialization in .NET).

Why should you choose DevelopMentor’s MongoDB course? At DevelopMentor we have experience building and running large scale MongoDB deployments in .NET including our online training platform LearningLine and develop.com itself. The course authors work closely with the MongoDB team and are in the MongoDB Masters program. We have been teaching MongoDB in our Guerrilla .NET course for several years. In short, we we know what we’re doing with MongoDB and .NET and we’d love to share it with you.

Reblogged: What should I learn to get started in .NET and web development?

[Note: I am reblogging this post which originally was posted to the LearningLine blog. Hope you all find it useful here as well]

I recently had a conversation with someone who is looking to make a fresh start and become a developer (coming from other IT positions).  The question they had was:

What should I learn to get started in .NET and web development?

Now this question was starting from a position of “I’d like to get started with .NET and the web. How do I do that?” So please hold your “No, choose Ruby (or NodeJS or … )” comments. That’s another blog post. :)

Here’s my advice along with a bunch of courses you can use to accomplish this efficiently and affordably. Continue reading

Take the first hour of any online developer course for free at LearningLine

[Note: reblogged from blog.learninglineapp.com. I'd like to personally invite you to check out our work over at LearningLine - just follow the links below.]

We believe that LearningLine is the most effective online training for developers, period. Today it gets even better. We are announcing the ability to preview any of our online courses, for free without entering any payment information.

This is not a trial that becomes a subscription or a silly 5 minute preview like other company’s offer.  You can now study approximately the first hour of any one of our courses. And you can spend as much time as you like doing so.

To get started, just head over to our schedule page, click on any course title you’d like and choose “Preview course for free“:

   preview-online-developer-course-for-free

This means there is now lot of content available to you right now. At a typical student speed working for an hour a day, it would take over a month to complete all the content that is available for preview. Continue reading

Announcing LearningLine: Instructor-led online training from DevelopMentor

I am very proud to announce an exciting new online learning platform from DevelopMentor:


http://www.learninglineapp.com

At DevelopMentor we have been thinking deeply about online training. We wanted to create an environment that combines the best parts of online learning and classroom training, the best parts of self-directed exploration and expert-led mentoring. We believe we have created just such an environment and I am thrilled to publicly announce it today.

Here’s a short 2-minute video which will give you a quick overview. You can get more details at http://www.learninglineapp.com.

Online training today

There are many shortcomings in how developers learn online today. Continue reading

Join Me at Guerrilla .NET in November

Just a quick announcement for an developer upcoming event I’ll be participating in…

Early November I’ll be co-teaching DevelopMentor’s biggest .NET developer event of the year in Los Angeles: Guerrilla .NET. If you haven’t been to Guerrilla .NET, it’s a very unique and memorable event – it’s unlike almost any other training class you’ve seen. We’ve just updated the outline with the most important current and upcoming technologies (see below).

I hope to see you there! Feel free to contact me with any questions.
@mkennedy

Guerrilla .NET
November 5th-9th
in Los Angeles
    Newly Updated with: Windows 8, VS 2012, MVC 4 and Entity Framework 5.

Guerrilla .NET provides a deep exploration of .NET design philosophy and practical advice. You learn a myriad of patterns and best practices, and you get hands-on experience developing applications using Visual Studio 2012 and Windows 8. Learn to write code using new .NET class libraries like Entity Framework 5, MVC 4, and even the new Windows Runtime (WinRT).

Course Topic Highlights:

  • Windows 8 For The Developer
  • LINQ and Entity Framework 5
  • XAML-based Programming
  • ASP.NET MVC 4.0: Beyond the Basics
  • Introduction to jQuery
  • Model-View-ViewModel for WPF and Metro
  • Building RESTful Services with The ASP.NET Web API
  • Programming Win8 Apps: Metro / WinRT
  • Entity Framework 5 and Code First
  • PFx: Task: a Unified Threading API
  • PFx: The Parallel Class and Concurrent Data Structures
  • C# 5.0
  • What’s New in .NET 4.5
  • Cloud Computing for the .NET Developer: IaaS, PaaS, and Patterns
  • Applied NoSQL with LINQ, and MongoDB
  • KnockoutJS
  • Power Debugging
  • Design Patterns for Testable Applications
  • Topic X

Asynchronous Programming in .NET 4.5 (Video)

Here’s a recording of a webcast I did for DevelopMentor covering .NET 4.5 and .NET 4 asynchrouns programming concepts, including Task<T>, async, and await.

Enjoy!
@mkennedy

PS – Be sure to watch it in 720p quality.

Michael’s .NET Suggested Reading List

With Guerrilla .NET from DevelopMentor coming up on May 7th, it’s time to refresh my .NET reading list.

Want to get ready for this class or a class like it or just get a quick-start on .NET? Here’s what I would recommend. There are many books covering the topics (but no small list covering most). Instead of trying to read them all in-depth (a fairly unattainable goal), I would suggest that you read the first 2 – 3 chapters from all of these books listed below. This would cost about $250 if they buy them all, but they are all available on Safari Books Online.

http://my.safaribooksonline.com/

You can get the free trial for 10 days and if you like it you can then pay $19 / month and have access to all these books (see the coupon at the bottom of the trial page on safari online).

CLR via C#, Third Edition (foundational knowledge)
http://my.safaribooksonline.com/book/programming/csharp/9780735640467

WPF 4 Unleashed
http://my.safaribooksonline.com/book/programming/microsoft-wpf/9780132174367

Silverlight 4 in Action
http://my.safaribooksonline.com/book/web-development/silverlight/9781935182375

Pro ASP.NET MVC 3 Framework, Third Edition:
http://my.safaribooksonline.com/9781430234043

Programming Entity Framework
http://my.safaribooksonline.com/book/software-engineering-and-development/9780596807276

RESTful .NET
http://my.safaribooksonline.com/book/programming/microsoft-dotnet/9780596155025

Learning WCF
http://my.safaribooksonline.com/book/programming/microsoft-wcf/9780596101626

C# in Depth
http://my.safaribooksonline.com/book/-/9781935182474

jQuery in Action
http://my.safaribooksonline.com/book/web-development/jquery/9781935182320

Host Your Web Site in the Cloud
http://my.safaribooksonline.com/book/web-development/9780980576832

MongoDB: The Definitive Guide
http://my.safaribooksonline.com/book/databases/mongodb/9781449381578

Agile Principles, Patterns, and Practices in C#
http://my.safaribooksonline.com/book/programming/csharp/0131857258

Debugging Applications for Microsoft .NET (sections on WinDBG)
http://my.safaribooksonline.com/book/programming/microsoft-dotnet/9780735645349

Cheers,
@mkennedy