Shawn Wildermuth


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

Back in the Swing of It

WP_20150412_17_43_51_ProIt’s been a tough couple of months here at Wildermuth central. I’m finally feeling good enough to get back on my proverbial feet. The hair is longer, the beard grayer, and hopefully a little more wise.

You should hear a lot more of me now that I’m back home in Atlanta. I have a lot of web development experience to share with the blog. I hope you will enjoy what is coming.

My Entities, Validation and View Models Course

slidesA few weeks back, I released a new course on Pluralsight. This new course talks through what I consider “Best Practices” (though there are no absolutes) for ASP.NET Entities, View Models, and Validation.

I was tremendously pleased to find it made it into the top ten courses for a few days. It seems to be resonating with some students and that makes me really happy. If you’re writing ASP.NET code, this course could make your job easier!

We're Coming Home!

WP_20150605_21_22_07_Pro__highresSo, it’s over.  After a year on the road I am coming home.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t my decision.  While visiting friends in Thailand, I fell through a footbridge and broke my shoulder.  With surgery and physical therapy coming we decided it will be easier in Atlanta than in Bangkok. 

For me the real shame is that we have to cancel the Hello America Road Trip.  I was really looking forward to crossing the country and meeting some great developers. Don’t worry we’ll reschedule it.

How'd You Build That Map?

OctocatWhen I started the Wilder World Tour, I built a simple map so my Mom could know where I was during the trip. I thought others might be interested too.

I’d been meaning to find an extra day or two to wrap this all in a little wrapper and share it. I finally found time the last couple of days. The result is travelMap, a library that allows you to build your own travel maps including showing current location, lines between locations, and popup information about each stop.

AngularJS and VS Code in Singapore

I’m currently in southeast Asia for my world tour. While in Singapore, I had the pleasure to chat with a great group of developers about AngularJS.

I love when I get great questions and the developers at this event were really keyed into the web stack and asked the hard questions about AngularJS (and of course AngularJS 2.0).

Announcing the Hello America Road Trip

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UPDATE: Registration is open for most cities now. We’re happy to also welcome new guests including David Giard, Joel Cochran, John Petersen, and G. Andrew Duthie! Don’t forget to signup. Only two and a half months to the first event in Seattle with Scott Guthrie!

.NET Fringe is Coming!

.netfringeAs many of you know, I’m not in the country at the moment but if I were, I’d be going to .NET Fringe in Portland, Oregon on April 12-14th. This new conference is all about open source in the .NET space and I and really excited that a conference is focused on it.

I have a couple of small, older .NET open source libraries, but my real facination has been with where the overall community is going. Both Microsoft and the community at large are all going open source and it’s great news for us all I think.

A Look at ASP.NET 5: Part 3 - EF7

database planNOTE: This post has been updated for changes in Beta 7 and later.

Every web project needs some sort of data framework and ASP.NET 5 is no exception. Like it’s forbearers, ASP.NET 5 uses Entity Framework, but this version of the Entity Framework is different. It’s being re-engineered from the ground up just like the ASP.NET 5 stack.

Fun Talk Today in Delhi

P1000446I’m on the World Tour and this stop is in Delhi, India! While here I had the fun opportunity to give a talk on AngularJS to a great group at Sapient in Delhi, India.

Via Pluralsight and the great Pinal Dave helped organize this event. If I go long enough without giving a talk, I start to get the shakes. The group had great questions which I always like.

A Look at ASP.NET 5: Part 2 - Startup

dipswitchIn this second post in my six-part series on ASP.NET 5, we’ll take a look at how your ASP.NET 5 applications will be configured upon startup. The startup in this new version of ASP.NET 5 is very different, but hopefully is clearer and easier to debug. At least that’s my impression so far.

If you haven’t read the prior topics, it would probably be helpful to start with the earlier articles. You can see a list of the links to the articles below:

A Look at ASP.NET 5: Part 1 - Getting Started

babyflyerOver the past few weeks I’ve been playing with the new ASP.NET 5 (also known as ASP.NET vNext) bits using Visual Studio 2015. I’m trying to make sense of the new changes and how they will affect how I build websites. I’d like to share some of what I’ve learned about the new stack.

I’m going to do this by talking through an example website I wrote using the new bits. Do know that we’re still pretty early and Visual Studio 2015 (CTP6 as of this writing) and ASP.NET 5 Beta 3 are both in a state of flux. This is definitely about what’s coming, not what is here so far.

ASP.NET 5: First Impressions

cloudraysI’ve been working on a new web site wholly using the ASP.NET 5 (e.g. vNext, MVC6, etc.) for the past couple of weeks. This means using Visual Studio 2015 Preview and the new project types in ASP.NET 5.

The idea around the site is to be an example of an ASP.NET 5 site using MVC6, EF7, and Visual Studio 2015. It’s not perfect and ASP.NET 5 isn’t ready yet so I expect to continue to fix and remove hacks for quite a while, but it’s been fun to dig into a whole new stack while it’s still getting the kinks worked out.  Here are some of my first impressions.

Visual Studio and WebStorm: Am I Mad?

Traffic accident and to drivers fightingI might be. In many of the projects I help with we have to handle back-end and front-end coding for web projects. This means I need the best in breed in tools no matter where I’m writing code.

In many cases this is Visual Studio. I love this tool and have for years. While it’s not without it’s own foibles, it does most things really well. But not everything.

Great Time in Germany

Just the PicThis week, I’m in Köln, Germany for two short events. This is one of my favorite cities and I spent time here back in the early ‘90s as a street musician. I didn’t need an excuse to visit this great city, but I had one anyway.

First was the Web Developers Kompact where I showed off AngularJS in an hour. The next day I did walkthrough of ASP.NET Web API at the .NET Developers Kompact. The attendees were great and even though there were fewer questions than I normally get, the quality of the questions was great.

Goodbye Netflix API (And HowToWat.ch Too)

largelogoToday is the day that Netflix has decided to shut down their public API. They stopped giving out API keys a long time ago, but except for a select few apps, all others are dead…including mine.

As I shut it down today I have no regrets. I actually am surprised by how long it has lasted because the road was rocky and I learned a lot.

What's New in WebStorm 9 Webinar

Recently Pluralsight has been doing a series of Webinars on a variety of subjects. This week I’ll be doing one in their Dev series. Join me this Tuesday when I’ll be talking about the new features in WebStorm 9 and demonstrating it.

Advanced Technology Days 10 - My Talks

11-12-2014 11-02-37 PMI had the pleasure of being invited to come to Zagreb, Croatia for the Advanced Technology Days! Though my Croatian is pretty dusty (by that I mean completely missing), I got to talk to a lot of great devs and have a wonderful lunch!

I love events like this as it gives me the chance to talk about technologies that benefit from showing live coding (versus just slide ware). I did two talks, one on AngularJS and another on Node.js for .NET Developers. Below you can find the slides and the demos:

Angular 1.3 and Breaking Change for Controllers

angularjsIf you are upgrading your projects to AngularJS 1.3 and you’re noticing a problem, there is a breaking change that might affect you. The error usually presents itself as “Controller error Argument is not a function”. If you’re seeing this, this post should help.

Unfortunately, my Pluralsight “Building a Site with Bootstrap, AngularJS, ASP.NET, EF and Azure” course repeats this problem (since it was built with a much earlier version of AngularJS. I am going to be rebuilding this course soon with updated versions of everything (Boostrap 4, AngularJS 1.3, ASP.NET vNext, EF7) but until then, you’ll want to see the fix.

My New Course: WebStorm Fundamentals

WS9_640Last week my seventeenth course for Pluralsight! I love building content for Pluralsight and it allows me to teach technologies that I am utilizing in my own life. This new course is no different.

The new course is all about using WebStorm 9 to build web applications. The course was built using the WebStorm 9 EAP so I was able to cover new features as well as the basics.

It Is Too Soon to Panic on AngularJS 2.0

angularjsSo AngularJS team finally is talking more publically about what they’re trying to do. At the ngEurope conference last week, they talked very opening about their new strategy for AngularJS 2.0 and it has a lot of people freaked out. Sounds a lot like some reaction to Silverlight in fact.

I’m seeing a flood of hate on the AngularJS team at the moment. I am not sure it is justified. Here’s why:

Hello World Podcast Changes

Last November when I decided to start the Hello World Podcast, I wasn’t sure how long I could sustain it. I’m having fun doing the show and getting to speak to the most amazing people in our field. I’m most surprised by the different stories.

How I Answer Course Questions

I am delighted to be creating courses for Pluralsight. It’s fun and it’s something I can do while I am travelling on the http://wilderworldtour.com. I hope the students are getting a lot out of the courses and am happy to answer questions when they get stuck.

But it seems that many of the questions end up as messages directly here on my blog or even directly to my email address. The only problem with this is that if I answer questions directly, the other students can’t benefit from them.

Ghost, Node.js, and Azure Websites: Not a Pretty Picture

6yjn2rLet me start this post by saying I might not know what I am doing. It happens more than you might imagine. I love Azure Websites and use it pretty extensively for my ASP.NET hosting..this blog is even using it. Love it.

I also host a couple of Ghost blog sites using Azure Websites. This works sometimes…but usually it’s a nasty rash of trial and error and I often give up. Here’s the story of getting me and my wife’s blog using Ghost and Azure Websites that left me pulling out my hair yesterday.

Get your C++ on with Kate Gregory

I’ve known of Kate Gregory forever. When C++ was the core of what I did in software development, her advice and books were crucial to my understanding of how the great language worked.

So no shocker when I had a chance to get her behind the mic for the Hello World Podcast, I couldn’t pass it up. We talk about her start from punch cards through to C++ 11 and the revolution that the new standards have had on the language. If you’re a current or past fan of C++, you need to listen to this one!

Finally Talked Kathleen Dollard into Doing the Podcast

It took more than I expected to get Kathleen to join me on the podcast. But after begging, pleading, and some honest compliments she gave in. I think it was well worth the wait!

If you’re a fan of Kathleen like I am, I think you’ll enjoy her story of how her career unfolded. It all started with a cast-off NASA computer when she was growing up in Huntsville, AL. And I don’t’ think she’s ever stopped since.


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