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Node.js for .NET Developers

As some of you may have noticed, I’ve been dipping more than my toe in the waters of Node.js. I think Node.js has a lot to teach us as ASP.NET Web Developers; most of it good.

To this end, I’ve produced a brand-new course for Pluralsight about Node.js specifically for .NET developers. This course covers using Node.js with Visual Studio as well as the command-line tools. It compares and contrasts .NET technologies to their Node.js equivalents.

The point of the course is to walk you through creating an entire small website with Node.js and teaching you along the way (similar to my End-to-End ASP.NET course on Pluralsight). It includes:

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My Dev Kit: Circa 2014

c64Back in 2008, I posted an entry that showed what I used for my dev kit. It is about to to update it with what I am using now. A lot has changed from back them, but a lot hasn’t. While I do a lot more web development than I did back then, some of the tools haven’t changed but the hardware has.

I am going to be on the road this year, but that’s not the only reason my gear is mobile. I spend most of my time at a coffee shop or onsite with clients so I need gear that all fits into my backpack. The difference with my upcoming year on the road is that my recording gear for my Pluralsight videos and Hello World Podcast have to fit in my luggage too.

1122.m3800For my main machine I use a Dell M3800 (which is just a Dell XPS-15 in business clothing). I max this 4.15lbs machine out with as much power as I could afford:

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Jim Wilson on the Hello World Podcast

In my last episode recorded at the recent Pluralsight Author Summit, Jim Wilson sits down with me and talks his early days. Jim explains how metal-shop and a TRS-80 both led him to get started in this business.

Jim and I don’t necessarily agree about Windows Phone but at least we’re both passionate about mobile platforms. Hear his talk about his early days with Windows Mobile and why he got into Android.

The Hello World Podcast is where I get to talk with some of your favorite authors, developers and speakers about how they got started in software development.

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Choose Your Own Adventure with Node.js View Engines

javascriptAs some of you know, I’ve been delving into Node.js for a new Pluralsight course that is coming out soon. One of the interesting aspects to me is the idea of server-side view engines. As an ASP.NET (and ASP before that) guy, I’ve been using server-side view engines for a long time…not that we always called them that.

Most Node.js templates out there (including the Express.js application template that ships with the Node.js Tools for Visual Studio) includes the Jade View Engine.

Jade (NPM Package Name: jade) is interesting to some because it’s very terse and (in theory is quicker to write). It’s also similar to the default view engine (AFAIK) for Ruby on Rails so that is going to make it pretty popular. Here is the syntax:

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Node.js and Visual Studio? Sure!

nodejsI’ve been working on a new course for Pluralsight on “Node.js for .NET Developers”. It’s been a fun course to write and one of the aspects of the course that I find interesting is that the open source Node.js Tools for Visual Studio plugin actually works really well.

What I particular like is that it doesn’t change the way you use Node.js – it can live side-by-side with command-line tooling like NPM, Bower, or even node.exe. It doesn’t try to do more than it should.

Once you install the tooling, it’s as easy as creating a new project (empty or a boilerplate with Express.js). It even has a project type for an existing node.js project:

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Client-side Package Manager: How I Love Bower

2353845688_36a304eb95_zDepending on your environment, you’re probably already using some package manager for your server-side code. Gems for Ruby, Nuget for .NET, NPM for Node…whatever. In any of these cases you’re used to being able to get the piece of code you need and the other requirements. For the web this is more difficult…or used to be.

For web projects, we’ve needed a way to get these client-side scripts. Sure Nuget or other package manager *can* do this but it’s been a round peg in a square hole. That’s where Bower comes in.

Bower is a simple package manager for the web. Bower depends on node and npm so you need them installed first. And if you do, then installing Bower is as simple as using NPM:

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John Papa is on the Hello World Podcast

John and I have been in many of the same tech circles going back to the ADO.NET days. I was delighted to get to spend some time with him at the recent Pluralsight Author Summit.

John and I both come from the humble Commodore beginnings (I started with a Vic-20, he had a 64). We both have moved beyond Silverlight too. Of course, John’s love affair with Disney isn’t something we share. All of this an more come out in this week’s podcast.

The Hello World Podcast is where I get to talk with some of your favorite authors, developers and speakers about how they got started in software development.

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Julie Lerman on the Hello World Podcast

Back in 2002, I released my first book. I was living in Boston at the time and I embarked on a mini-tour of New England to promote the book. I went to a lot of user groups back them to talk about ADO.NET, but a special one was when I visited Julie Lerman and the Vermont .NET Users Group.

That trip started a long friendship. I consider Julie a special gem of technical knowledge. She has a special voice and really cares about celebrating women in technology. I was really happy to hear she’d be on my podcast and this week’s episode is a testament to that. I hope you enjoy it!

The Hello World Podcast is where I get to talk with some of your favorite authors, developers and speakers about how they got started in software development.

You can listen to episode 14 here:

http://wildermuth.com/hwpod/14_Julie_Lerman 

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OdeToCode Visits the Hello World Podcast

This week I got to talk to K. Scott Allen of OdeToCode and Pluralsight fame. If you haven’t had a chance to watch his Pluralsight courses or hear him talk at a conference near you, you are certainly missing out.

In the latest episode of the Hello World Podcast, I get to chat with him about his early life in computers including his beloved TI-99, writing code to test Chocolate, his decision about joining a gaming company and even hooking up MIDI keyboards to his Atari ST back in the day. I hope you enjoy listening!

The Hello World Podcast is where I get to talk with some of your favorite authors, developers and speakers about how they got started in software development.

You can listen to episode 11 here:

http://wildermuth.com/hwpod/13_K._Scott_Allen 

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Mary Jo Foley on the Hello World Podcast

I’ve been reading Mary Jo Foley’s take on Microsoft for a greater number of years than either of us would like to admit. I’ve been fascinated with her ability to get the early news on most things Microsoft. This week I got a chance to chat with her on my podcast.

When I first approached her about being on the show, she admitted that she doesn’t write code (which she seemed to think disqualified her for the podcast). Hearing her stories about interviewing Microsoft folks in the early days was well worth the time. I thoroughly enjoyed the interview. I hope you do too.

The Hello World Podcast is where I get to talk with some of your favorite authors, developers and speakers about how they got started in software development.

You can listen to episode 11 here:

http://wildermuth.com/hwpod/11_Mary_Jo_Foley 

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