Shawn Wildermuth

Author, Teacher, and Filmmaker
.NET Foundation Board Member

The Blog

My Rants and Raves about technology, programming, everything else...


Ready to Learn Bootstrap 4?

Bootstrap When I created my Bootstrap 3 course back in 2013, I never thought it would take five years to get to the new version of Bootstrap 4. Back in 2016, I outlined and got ready to create a new course about Bootstrap 4. But it never came out. Until now.

I had always planned to do this course for Pluralsight, but they are changing some of the ways they want to publish content. So this is giving me the chance to promote some one-off courses that they don't have room for in my own course library. Bootstrap 4 is the first of these full-length courses.

You may have seen that I recently published a free course on Font Awesome 5 (if you haven't, go watch it for free here: https://courses.wilderminds.com/courses/font-awesome-5). This course is a good example of what I'm trying to do with these one-off courses. They differ from what I can do with Pluralsight in that I have a quiz at the end of each module and a lab for students (who want to) to go through instead of just following along with the video. My courses will be still focused on being pragmatic and showing you all the code, but some people just do better with written out labs so I'm making them both available.

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Using Services in ASP.NET Core Razor Pages

I feel like the job of software developer in the last 20 years has been to decouple. Whether it's dependency injection or building modular systems, or even the new trend of micro-services; coupling has been the killer of everything good in software development (maybe).

In many small ways, I find that trying to fit in small disconnected sets of functionality into the ASP.NET MVC Controller to View mechanism can be overwhelming. In some cases I'll need something that is completely separate from the logic of the controller. Luckily ASP.NET Core comes to the rescue.

The ServiceContainer in ASP.NET Core is great, but we tend to worry about constructor injection in most cases. But once I realized I could inject directly into Razor, I realized I had a good solution for my needs.

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New Day for Wilder Minds Training

As many of you know, I've been making courses for Pluralsight for a long time now. I think my first course was released in 2011.

I made a decision early on to only make Pluralsight video courses so that I didn't have to worry about exclusivity of topics. They've made me very happy over the years. But I think it's time to stretch a little.

This big change is coming about as a result of how successful Pluralsight has become. Because so many authors want to make courses for them, I don't always have the chance to write about topics I am invested in. I can't blame them. The difficulty in keeping all the authors happy cannot be an easy one.

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New ASP.NET Core 2 Workshop in Atlanta

I'm getting back into face-to-face training. And I'm starting with a new workshop on ASP.NET Core 2 and Angular 5. If you're in Atlanta or can get here, I'll be doing a three-day workshop from May 16-18th this year.

Here's a little bit about the workshop:

Building websites is a common task for almost any developer. But building a website includes many discrete tasks including UI design, creating services, coding in a backend and frontend language, data store design and security. It can be daunting to be good at all these tasks at once. That is where this course comes in.

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Re-thinking Running Migrations and Seeding in ASP.NET Core 2.0

SeedBack in ASP.NET 4, I really liked the way that it supported running migrations and seeding of the database for you. But in ASP.NET Core and EF Core, that hasn't come to the table yet.

I doubt it actually needs to happen because since ASP.NET Core gives you much more control over the life cycle of the web project. In Entity Framework Core, I've been using an approach to run migrations and seed the database that I kind of crufted together in the Betas. I don't think it's working.

Back when I realized that you couldn't just use the seeding and initialization from EF6 in Entity Framework Core, I looked at a few solutions and pick and choose what made the most sense to me. This is what I had come up with:

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New Year, New Skills: ASP.NET Core 2.0 and Angular Course

Nothing starts a new year like a new skill or two. A couple of months ago I released a new Pluralsight course on building a website using ASP.NET Core 2.0 and Angular.

If you're looking to prepare for the future of web development, I think my course does a good job of teaching the technologies involved. This is a great time of year to start looking at the new stack.

If you haven't taken one of my courses before, you might be surprised by the way that I teach. This course walks you through building a website from File->New to publishing the site. The course covers the following topics:

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End of the Year Review

In the FjordsWith the New Year coming, I thought I'd look back at the last year in my life. Warning this is going to be technical and personal, that way I can turn 50% of the people off with every sentence...just a different set of people with every paragraph ; )

I've had a tough few years, but overall this has been a good year in the Wildermuth house (removing entirely our Political climate which I won't talk about here). It's not been easy, but it's been good. That's the way it usually is for me.

One of my favorite lines from music is "Every five years or so I look back on my life, and I have a good laugh." 1 That's how I have felt most of my life. This year is no different. One constant is my life is that I'm constantly trying to learn something new, whether that be technology or anything else. Here are some categories of my life that I'm looking back at:

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Reverse Engineering Existing Databases in Entity Framework Core 2

ScaffoldingIn my ASP.NET Core 2.0 Pluralsight course, I specifically teach how to build DbContext classes and the POCO classes that go with them. But I've been getting many questions about how to work with existing databases, so I thought I'd explain it in a blog post.

I purposely teach the DbContext and POCO classes first because I want the students to understand what is happening. The process of using it with an existing database generates sometimes a large amount of code.

Before you get started, you'll need to make sure the project has some required packages and tools. If you open up your .csproj file, you'll need to add EntityFrameworkCore.Design and SqlServer (or whatever database you're using) as references:

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Ending the Kickstarter

Commodore 64I want to start by thanking everyone who contributed to the Hello World Film Kickstarter. It's been a humbling exercise. I've learned a lot along the way too.

The film is still happening, but the Kickstarter is being canceled today. No one's pledges will be processed. Let me tell you a little about why and how you can continue to help if you're still excited about the project.

The goal of the film is to help demystify the developer and talk about my own journey as someone who look like what the media says software developers look like and my realization that it shouldn't be true. That, as an industry, we're missing out on the variety of different kinds of people in our industry that would make it a lot better. That's the story I am telling.

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Two Weeks Left in My Kickstarter!

It's been a crazy month for me. I've been spending a lot of time annoying my Twitter followers with announcements about the Kickstarter.

If you're interested in what I'm trying to do, you're running out of time to back my project. It's only two weeks left before the Kickstarter ends.

If you want to back the film, you can pick between a t-shirt, laptop sticker, access to stream the film, a signed CD, preview of the film, quarterly video updates, or even a private screening of the film with a Q&A (North America only). Every dollar helps! Back it here:

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