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Pluralsight – “New Course Available”

It is a small UI change, but with big consequences for the user: When you are looking at channels (their version of bookmarks), “New Course Available” might appear. If you click on it, you get a box like this: So you learn about the new course, avoid wasting time viewing outdated material and replace it […]

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HelpXPlain – Product Review

HelpXPlain is a tool for making “videos” with step by step explanations, and screencasts. They are not really videos – it uses Javascript and images to make something that looks like a video, but is much smaller and more fluid. If perhaps you used something like Instant Demo (which hasn’t been updated for a while), […]

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DevExpress MVVM WPF Framework

I have recently started using DevExpress’ MVVM WPF Framework. I really like it. The amount of code you get to skip vs regular MVVM is huge. For example (I use the POCO ViewModel based system), to add a command just add a public method. Need it be on/off based on some conditions? Just add a […]

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Safari Learning Paths New Interface

I really like the new Safari Learning Path interface. It is a bunch of small things – specially the time marker on the top and the section time on the right. The clean design is nice too, and the video player works well. One thing that still didn’t change is that a whole lot of […]

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.NET Micro ORMs – Course Review

Just finished .NET Micro ORMs, by Steve Michelotti, on PluralSight. This course covers a few Micro ORMs for .NET – including Dapper, OrmLite, Massive, PetaPoco and Simple.Data. It was very interesting to see how easy they are to use, and how fast they are, compared to Entity Framework. From my very limited experience, the best […]

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WPF MVVM In Depth: Course Review

WPF MVVM In Depth is a PluralSight course by Brian Noyes that covers using the MVVM pattern (Model/View/ViewModel pattern) in WPF. I really like the way MVVM cleanly separates concerns. Great for re-usability and unit testing. It also goes pretty nice with WPF. I have taken some of Brian Noyes courses before, and as usual this […]

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WPF Productivity Playbook

Just finished WPF Productivity Playbook on PluralSight. Lots of smaller productivity details I didn’t know in WPF, as well as examples of several other things you can do with WPF. Very interesting, and very well presented. My only complaint would be that there are no captions. Got to say that the more I learn about it, […]

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Principles of Game Design – Course Review

I recently completed the course Principles of Game Design, on Coursera, from Michigan State University. This course is part of the Game Design and Development Specialization. I have reviewed the first course in the series – Introduction to Game Development . This one covers how to design games – having game ideas, creating a story, characters […]

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Quick Start To Unity – Course Review

Quick Start to Unity is a learning path on PluralSight/DigitalTutors that shows some of the basics of getting around in Unity and making a simple game. There are about 3 hours of video content (although I took a couple of hours more, as I followed along in Unity and took notes). I felt the focus […]

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Introduction to Game Development – Course Review

Introduction to Game Development, by Michigan University, is a MOOC in Coursera that teaches the principles of game development. It shows some general principles, and then mostly dives into Unity, which is a very popular game development tool, free for most users, and very easy to use. You will then develop 3 simples games as […]