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 →
[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.
This means there is now a 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 →
Important note: In order to run this demo, you must download MongoDB and start it on your local machine. You do not need to initialize a database or anything like that but the db will be empty so use the admin feature to create categories and books. Running MongoDB as a Windows Service is not required.
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 quick ASP.NET MVC tip to help you be more productive and write cleaner code. We will see how to leverage C# 4′s optional and default parameters in our action methods for greatly simplifying our code while keeping it fully functional and error free.
Often you want to pass data to your controllers based on URL parameters. This can either be part of the URL itself in the case of route data or it can be part of the query string. In fact, this tip even works for input forms.
Let’s take a basic method which shows some census data, potentially filtered and sorted if that information is passed along, otherwise we’ll just show everything with a default sort.
In this screencast, I’ll show you how easy it is to create ASP.NET MVC layout pages based on existing layout pages. This let’s you achieve a nested layout which you can compose to build beautiful websites in MVC with minimal code duplication or effort.
Imagine you’re building an ASP.NET MVC website which has some performance problems. I’m sure this would never actually happen to you, but imagine you’re facing this problem just for the sake of exploring the possibilities. :-)
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).
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
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
What’s New in .NET 4.5
Cloud Computing for the .NET Developer: IaaS, PaaS, and Patterns
I recently blogged about how web apps have hotkeys too. To encourage more developers to add hotkeys to their web applications, I created a jQuery plugin called jQuery.hotKeyMap.js and a sample application.
In this webcast we will explore the powerful features of ASP.NET MVC that allow us to build rich forms that accept user input. We’ll begin by discussing the built-in HTML Helpers and Model Binding. Next we’ll add validation and show how we can do both client- and server-side validation using DataAnnotations. Finally, we’ll see that sometimes using domain models as our form-bound objects doesn’t make sense. We’ll look at more advanced scenarios using View Models.
Hot keys (or accelerator keys) have been an important navigational tool for desktop applications for many years. Finally, web applications are adopting this functionality too. Check out this simple example of a web app with hotkeys.
Expect a more general blog post on the topic soon. For now, I’d like to share my jQuery plugin that enables this capability with you.
Announcing jQuery.hotKeyMap.js: A jQuery plugin that allows you to add complex hot-key functionality and navigation to your web apps with very little effort.
So you’re ready to start that new and ambitious ASP.NET MVC project. Maybe you’re kicking off a new startup or just finally moving that old-and-crusty webforms project into modern development world. Either way, here are a few very simple things you can do immediately after creating that new MVC project that you will thank yourself for as your project grows in complexity.
1. First of all, even MVC 3 has old-and-crusty aspects lurking in its projects. There are old MicrosoftMvc*.js AJAX and validation libraries that have be replaced with new jQuery hotness. These *.js files aren’t used so just delete them.
2. Many of the dependencies of your MVC project are out-of-date as soon as you create your project. You have an old version of jQuery, Entity Framework, etc. Luckily Phil Haack and crew had the brilliant insight to link these to NuGet. So the next thing you do is just run NuGet and choose the Updates tab.