Posts Tagged ‘pluralsight’

ASP.NET MVC 4 Hosting

April 18th, 2013 Comments off

On the one hand I don’t like to shill for people too much; on the other I like to endorse people or services that make my life easier or better.  I’m a big fan of Samsung for their line of Galaxy products (S3, Note 2, Tab 10.1 and 7), Microsoft for Visual Studio and .NET and for their training material.


I used GoDaddy for years because I got some good deals with them.



Git: It’s not poor spelling

March 29th, 2013 Comments off

I’ve used git with github and Azure before but in both cases I followed a pretty easy set of instructions.

Tonight I fired up PluralSight’s Git Fundamentals course by James Kovacs (4 modules, 1:51:25).  I was able to make it through the first two modules (about 45 minutes & no, I didn’t finish the material yet) before I took to messing around with my local repo and pushed it to bitbucket.  To be fair, bitbucket’s walk through as well as their documentation appears to be the equal of github’s and a little easier to find (at least the git related instructions) than Microsoft Azure’s.


Azure DB Connection errors

February 16th, 2013 1 comment

I was working through a training and ran into an issue that occurs often with technology.  Examples and expectations of someone presenting seem to consistently diverge from real world experience.  It’s not the presenter’s fault; it’s the nature of the material.

In my example I was studying about Microsoft ASP.NET applications and the presenter made course material available but PluralSight charges $49/month (or $499/year) to get that and I’m trying to stick with the $29/month (or $299/year) model.  That means that to follow along I have to do whatever it takes to reproduce the same kind of environment.  Since I didn’t have the database available but I have access to Windows Azure development platforms from my corporate MSDN license (thanks, work) I thought a good option would be to host an SQL database on Azure and use that for my training.


Reading in 2013

February 4th, 2013 Comments off

Looking back over 2012, and 2011 for that matter, I recognize that I’ve let my reading lapse. I’ve read only required material and that with little enthusiasm. I’ve focused more on the mundane, the mechanical and not the transcendent aspects of life that produce fertile ground for fresh ideas.