Shawn Wildermuth

Author, Teacher, and Filmmaker
.NET Foundation Board Member

The Blog

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


A Different Kind of Podcast

c64I am happy to announce that I am starting a podcast. I’ve been thinking about this for a while but I didn’t want to just do another podcast that talked about what is new in software development.

I’ve been listening to the Nerdist Podcast a lot and it gave me an idea. The Nerdist is fun because they talk to a lot of the people I like and often talk about the business more than just plug the latest project. I am interested in these same stories about software luminaries.

When we’re talking at events, I find lots of interesting folks that have great stories about how they got into this business. So that’s where “The Hello World Podcast” was born.

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Web API 2's Attribute Routing: Looking Deeper

underwaterI recently recorded a new module for ASP.NET  Web API course (on Pluralsight) to cover the new features of Web API 2 (it’s not out yet, soon…I promise).

It was fun plumbing the depths of how it works. I generally like the feature but the implementation may change some of your code if you’re dealing with routes under the covers (i.e. for auth or versioning).

If you want a quick overview, I really like Dan Wahlin’s walkthrough of the feature here:

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I'm Coming to Louisville, KY this Thursday

Are you in the Louisville, KY area this Thursday? I will be! I’ll be at the Louisville .NET Meetup Group talking about Web API..including Web API 2 that was recently released. The details of the event are:

We will meet on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at Adecco's offices at 101 Bullitt Lane. Doors will open at 6:30pm and the presentations will begin sharply at 7:00 pm. Along with a great presentation, we'll have food and raffle prizes. Be sure to RSVP so we know how much food is needed.

I’ll be posting the slides (though there won’t be many) and the example code here so keep an eye out for the downloads!

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My Impressions of Ender's Game

***INCLUDES SPOILERS TO BOOK AND MOVIE***

Ender’s Game is a book I meant to read. Everyone I know has read it and just loved it. When I heard the movie was coming out, I decided it was time to read it in time to see the movie.

The verdict on the book is that I loved it. The themes were very important to me and I lost some amount of sleep trying to get to the end of some chapters.

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AngleBrackets Fall 2013

BX27kRzCAAACnrdI finished up my post-con for AngleBrackets today and am ready to head home. I had a great time and just spectacular attendees who had great questions! If you have a chance to go to AngleBrackets (or it’s sister conference, DevIntersection) make the trip. They’re coming to Orlando this fall!

I had a chance to do two talks and an all-day course. If you attended these, check out the source code and slides (where applicable) below:

Mobile First Responsive Web Design with Bootstrap 3

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My eBook Free During AngleBrackets

My book about my life as a software developer (The Opinionated Software Developer: What Twenty-Five Years of Slinging Code Has Taught Me) is available for free until October 31st. Consequently this is same the time I am at AngleBrackets  (part of DevIntersection) in Las Vegas talking about Mobile Web, PhoneGap and Designing for Developers.

If you haven’t gotten the book yet, here is your chance for free! This has been the book I wanted to write for years now. Don't look for code in this book (ok, there are exactly two lines of code) - but instead I am writing about what being a software developer has meant to me. Hopefully some of the advice and observations will help you in your own career too!

Get it here:

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Upcoming Appearances

Fall-orange-maple-tree_-_West_Virginia_-_ForestWanderAs the leaves change, I realize that I am going to be on the road a bit this month. I am doing a conference, a meetup and the MVP summit. I just want to get my Skymiles Platinum card ; )

If you’re at any of the following events, please come up and say hello. Don’t be shy. I don’t bite…at least not hard.

AngleBrackets (DevIntersection) – Oct 29-31

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Using ASP.NET Authentication in Web API

Web API is a pretty sexy REST stack (though others are cool too). As I’ve been talking about it a lot lately, the biggest question by far is authentication and authorization. There are many options including OAuth, Token-based authentication, basic authentication, and even custom solutions. One option that should be included is to use your existing ASP.NET Forms-Based Authentication.

As a preview to my recently released course on ASP.NET Web API, we’ve released a clip that shows you how to piggy-back on ASP.NET Authentication to protect your Web API interfaces:

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JavaScript Function Scopes

As some of you know, I authored a Pluralsight course on JavaScript for C# Developers. We’ve released an excerpt from that course covering how JavaScript function scopes work.

If you’re just getting started learning JavaScript, it can be easy to bring your C# biases to the language since they both have curly braces. Hopefully this excerpt will help:

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My Opinions in eBook Form

I recently released my new writing project: “The Opinionated Software Developer”. This short book (about 35 pages according to Kindle) is a quick look at my experience in software development. It includes a history of my experience in the field as well as a look at the software developer psyche. The hope was to share my opinions about being a developer in the industry including how to deal with co-workers, how to avoid being a brat developer and how to motivate developers in larger organizations.

The eBook is free of specific technology choices and focuses on experience, skills, and opinions about being a coder in this fast-moving field.

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