A New Year's Resolution That Actually Worked: 2 Years of Daily Exercise
Hey! It’s been a few years since I last blogged here! Let’s get this blog thing back in action, starting with something non-technical that I’ve had a few requests for – my story of two years of daily exercise.
How to Talk Yourself out of your New Year’s Blogging Resolution… One Day At A Time
It’s a new year! Even though years are an arbitrary construct and all that, you feel reinvigorated! Alive! Ready to take on the world! And you’ve read all those posts and tweets and instatumblrs about blogging! They’re pretty compelling, really, and you’re in a suggestible state of mind. You’re thinking about taking the plunge.
Two free video courses: Intro to ASP.NET MVC and Responsive UI with Bootstrap
I'm really excited to announce that two of my latest courses on Microsoft Virtual Academy are now live! Both are recordings of live courses Christopher Harrison and I lead in the beautiful Channel 9 studios, and include downloads of all slides, code and live chat logs.
Web Camp in Los Angeles with Scott Hunter - July 9
Scripting .NET project migration to Automatic NuGet Package Restore
NuGet Package Restore allows you to reference NuGet packages in your project without shipping them with your source code or committing them to source control. The general idea is that the packages are restored - that is, downloaded and installed - into your project when it is build. This offers a number of benefits, including better interaction with source control and smaller code distributions.
MVA: Introduction to ASP.NET MVC - Free Live Training - June 23
UPDATE: The course (including videos, slides, and links to the code) are published here: http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/introduction-to-asp-net-mvc
New Book: Pro Windows 8.1 Development with XAML and C#
Between releases of my other book (Professional ASP.NET MVC, next release due out soon!) Jesse Liberty somehow talked me into collaborating with him on writing a book on Windows 8.1 development. Actually, it wasn't a hard sell, because I've done a good amount of XAML dev, love C#, and Windows 8 / 8.1 development is a lot of fun. We co-wrote the table of contents, I wrote code samples and very rough drafts (sometimes just bullet points), and Jesse turned it into prose. That worked pretty well, but was a little too slow - especially once my work on Professional ASP.NET MVC 5 ramped up. Fortunately, Phil Japiske agreed to join us and finish the book off. Phil really nailed it - he polished off the remaining chapters, reviewed and greatly improved the existing chapters, and made sure everything was up to date for Windows 8.1.
weblogs.asp.net Now Running On Orchard and Azure Web Sites
I'm incredibly happy to announce that my blog - and all 750 other blogs running under weblogs.asp.net - are now powered by Orchard and Azure Web Sites! That's 750 blogs, all hosted in 4 Azure Web Sites all running on only one large virtual machine.