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Reducing Product Risk – Course Review

Reducing Product Risk is a course at PluralSight, by Nenad Laskovic.

It covers ways to minimize risk when creating new products or features. It is pretty short – about an hour.

It has a few different ways of testing various risks for a product, such as:

  • lack of demand
  • inability to complete the project in time or budget
  • not being better than the competition
  • poor UX or performance
  • not solving the actual problem, just what you think it was

Of course, it then covers ways to mitigate those risks, such as using landing pages and ads to test for demands, using prototypes to test the UX, etc.

Overall, useful considering the limited time spent.

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WebStorm Fundamentals – Course Review

I have just finished watching WebStorm Fundamentals, a Pluralsight course on the JetBrains IDE.

I have never actually used it – although I have used other IDEs by JetBrains – so there was a lot of interesting things compared to my usual JS/HTML IDE (Notepad++, for minimal touch-ups on my main site).

The course only takes a few hours, and was pretty clear. I viewed most of it at 120% speed, and the instructor was still very clear at this speed.

Overall, recommended if you already have access to PluralSight courses and are interested in WebStorm.

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So you want to be an entrepreneur – Course Review

So you want to be an entrepreneur is a course by Dan Appleman in PluralSight.

It covers some interesting elements, including what you will go through as an entrepreneur, looking at goals, coming up with the idea, hiring, accounting, and funding.

I learned quite a bit, as while I've been an entrepreneur for decades – selling software online – it is a solo thing and thus doesn't include a lot of what he talks about.

I was particularly interested in the “lifestyle company” concept, as I had not seen it before – creating a company expecting that it won't grow much – just enough to make a living for you.

Overall, quite interesting, and well worth the 4 hours. Of course, joining Pluralsight for this would be overkill, but if you are already there and interested in the subject, I'd recommend it. The author also has several other interesting courses.

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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 for me seems to be OrmLite – which is not surprisingly a paid product (although it has a free version for up to 10 tables in a project, which can work in some situations).

All the others seem very interesting, though.