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Learning Path: Java Professional Developer – Course Review

Learning Path: Java Professional Developer is a Learning Path in Safari. These usually have sets of book chapters or videos from different sources. This one is from Paul J. Deitel Java video courses, alone. It covers a lot of Java, from the basics to Swing, some JDBC and the start of Java FX. I felt […]

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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 […]

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Become a SpeedDemon: Productivity Tricks to Have More Time – Course Review

Become a SpeedDemon: Productivity Tricks to Have More Time is a course on productivity by Jonathan Levi – author of Become a Superlearner (a much longer and better course, BTW). It is nicely short and to the point, and there are some useful tips there – such as: – prepare before starting a task, so that you […]

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Enterprise WPF with XAML and C# from Scratch – Course Review

Just finished Enterprise WPF with XAML and C# from Scratch, by Jesse Liberty, in PluralSight. It covers the basic of XAML with C# – panels and controls, data binding, animation, styles and templates. The course is very short (less than 3 hours for me, while taking notes)  and to the point. You won’t get in […]

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Learning How To Learn Course Review

Learning How to Learn: Powerful Mental Tools to Help You Master Tough Subjects is an excellent free course on Coursera.org that shows very useful techniques on how to learn more, faster. The course is full of ideas based on actual research (instead of guesswork, which unfortunately is way too common in education) on the best ways […]