Shawn Wildermuth


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

My visit to Gloucester UK

My next stop this week was in the town of Gloucester in England. The group that ran this meetup was great and had everything setup to make this an easy talk to give. I especially want to thank Franck Terray and Sophie Lipowska for running the meetup.

For this stop, we talked about both ASP.NET Web API 2 as well as Azure Websites. I merged the two into a built API then deployed into Microsoft’s cloud. Lots of great questions later we stopped by the pub for a nice talk with the hard-core members. Great time was had by me.

Hereford Node.js Talk

I stopped by the small town of Hereford to talk to them about Node.js on Monday. The small, but very enthusiastic group was great! If you get a chance stop by and visit this adorable small town.

I have a talk on Node.js for .NET Developers and while I doubt I convinced everyone to try it out, I am hoping I got the ASP.NET guys to think about async in their controllers.

My Talks in Bristol England

As my first talk in the UK, I was tasked with doing two talks in one day.  The group was a lot of fun and asked some key questions.

I got a chance to show two contrasting technologies in showing ASP.NET Web API 2 as well as Node.js for .NET Dev’s. With only fifty minutes for each talk, I had to try and cover them briefly.

England Swing of the WilderWorldTour

Next week I start a short swing around southern and south-midlands England. I had hoped to do more events in England, but this short swing of four user groups is all I’m doing in England (though I’ll be in close-by Scotland in early August and Ireland in September).

These events will cover a variety of topics including Node.js, ASP.NET Web API v2 and AngularJS.

Meet Up With Me in London This Thursday

Quick reminder that I’m going to be holding a quick, informal Nerd Dinner in London, UK this Thursday (July 17th, 2014) at 6:30pm (or 18:30 if you prefer) local time!

If you’re a geek of any type, a viewer of my Pluralsight courses or even just a fan of my books, this is a great opportunity to share a pint and conversation.

The Other Half of Your Job

listening_wideI do enjoy building things with code. When I started 28 years ago, that’s what I thought was the essence of what a “computer person’s” (e.g. software developer) job was to sit dark in a room and grind out computer code. Of course we know that it just isn’t true.

For me technical acumen is a decent mark of a good developer. But if you can marry technical ability with communication skills, you’re a huge asset to any company.

It Is Time to Learn JavaScript

javascriptJavaScript is having a great year. With the continuation of web development, Node.js, and even Apple adding JavaScript as a replacement for their AppleScript.

You may be waiting until you have to learn JavaScript, but maybe you should learn JavaScript to make you a better developer. Let me pitch it to you:

Learning How to Balance Work and Life

WP_20140610_16_31_44_ev2_Pro__highresI love what I do. The consulting, the software development, the courses…I really love it all. It keeps me in a constant state of learning and I am overjoyed and extremely lucky for this to be my life’s passion.

This year a lot has changed in my life and I am finally married for the first time. I met the amazing woman 2 1/2 years ago and I am lucky she agreed to be my life. Sappy…I know, but the experience has been transformative.

John Robbins Debugs the Hello World Podcast

John Robbins has saved me in uncountable ways over the years due to is great work on books and tool for debugging. That’s why I was so excited when he agreed to be on the show.

John and I have crossed paths but never had much of a chance to chat about how we each got started. We get to hear a great story that starts with the Green Berets and shows how special forces can make you a great developer.

On This Week's Podcast: Jon Flanders Files a Brief

Jon Flanders and I go back to our DevelopMentor days and now we’re both authors at Pluralsight. It was great catching up and see how he got started.

After all the time I’ve known him, I would have never guessed he used to be a lawyer before he dove into software development. I found it particularly interesting on how his experience as a lawyer informed his work as a software developer.

Humanitarian Toolbox

imageI’m happy to announce that I will be working with the Humanitarian Toolbox to both help publicize this important project as well as work on some of the projects. This is an important open source project that is trying to do some real good for the world out there.

If you’re anything like me, you like to make a difference. The Humanitarian Toolbox is a place to make a difference. They are helping people during disaster response by using technology.

Time Zones and Servers

Wonder-121-Time-Zone-Static-ImageI am getting married and that means I get a bunch of development tasks to do for the wedding planning. I guess it’s my own fault, I did propose with an app.

One of the tasks I had to do was create a new page on my wedding site for the day of the wedding to include things like directions and parking. Pretty simple HTML stuff, but one thing I wanted to be sure of was to only show the page on the day of the wedding. This should be easy, but the time zone of the server has kicked my ass before.

My Switch to Azure Websites

UntitledI am a developer first. I’ve become my family’s IT department but not by choice. This is the fate of most developers I know.

For the past year or so I’ve been experimenting with Azure Websites as a solution for quick, one-off sites and even for class examples. I’m a big fan. Let me tell you why.

Phil Haack and a Bad Joke on This Week's Podcast

As a fan of the direction of ASP.NET, I’ve been an avid fan of Phil Haack’s for some time now. His clarity of communicating why the web should work definitely helped ASP.NET become the great framework it is today. He’s now doing the same thing at GitHub!

I get to finally use my bad joke about his last name on this week’s podcast. We also talk about his start, the move to Seattle to work at Microsoft and how to keep Californian’s out of Washington state.

A Bunch of Devs Presentation

I recently had the pleasure of talking to the “A Bunch of Devs” user group in Atlanta about Web API. I had never spoken at this group and I had a great time.

They had really great questions all around. If you have a chance to visit the user group, it is really worth your time. Of course, free pizza is never a bad thing.

New Course on .NET Code Reviews

DiscussOne of the things that I help companies with are code reviews. I love doing code reviews. It let’s me look at a large codebase with fresh eyes and help a company out with a set of recommendations for improving their process, teams and code.

After doing enough of these some patterns emerged. From this has come my new Pluralsight course on Lessons Learned from Real World .NET Code Reviews.

I Turn The Tables on Richard Campbell This Week

I’ve had a great time being interviewed by the .NET Rocks guys over the years in a variety of ways. This week on the Hello World Podcast I get to turn the tables and interview Richard.

We talk about how he got started by soldering cash machines and his early programming on a TRS-80 Model 1. It’s a great story, but would you expect anything different from Richard Campbell?

Do You Write C++? Then Listen to my Podcast This Week

I had the enormous thrill to talk with Scott Meyers (of Effective C++ fame) on my Podcast this week. If you write C++ or even used to write C++, then Scott is likely as important to your career as he has been to mine. Talking to him this week included how he got started, how the C++ spec has evolved and how much better Oregon is as related to California.

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.

The Other Windows Phone 8.1 Features

cortanaA lot of blogs have been showing off and talking about new Windows Phone 8.1 features that are the big picture features I love like Cortana, Action Center and even the new Calendar views.

Well, I have the new build and I have to say I’m loving it too. These features are great, but I’ve noticed a bunch of smaller features that I also adore. Let’s talk about these smaller, but very cool features:

I'm Coming to Belgium to Teach Web Development

As many of you know, I am heading out on World Tour this June and heading across Europe and Asia for a year. For the first stop, I’ve partnered with Sparkles to do a training in Belgium this June. If you’re in Europe and you’ve been looking for a way to easily take my web development course, this is your opportunity. We’re only holding it once in Northern Europe.

The course takes place from June 23-25th, 2014. If you’re in the area, this is a great opportunity to learn how to build websites using the ASP.NET on the back-end and open source tools like Bootstrap 3 and AngularJS on the front-end.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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