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  • Blog Post: HOWTO: Getting Started with Yeoman (Part 1)

    This tutorial series will teach you the basics of Yeoman ; how to set it up on Windows, how to use the tools and generators, how to create your own generators. I will also share my top 5 favorite yeoman generators along with a short review. You are expected to know HTML5. Level: Beginner to Intermediate...
  • Blog Post: A chatroom for all! Part 6 – The Finale and Debugging Remote Node Apps

    This node.js tutorial series will help you build a node.js powered real-time chatroom web app fully deployed in the cloud. You are expected to know HTML5 and JavaScript. Throughout the series, you will learn how to setup node.js on your Windows machine, how to develop a web frontend with express , how...
  • Blog Post: Evolving ASP.NET Apps - Dealing with Dependencies

    This post is a continuation of the Evolving ASP.NET series: Evolving ASP.NET Apps - Introduction Evolving ASP.NET Apps – Evaluating the Code Evolving ASP.NET Apps – Moving to a Web Application In the second post in this series we took a close look at the source code for BugTracker.NET. We found a number...
  • Blog Post: A chatroom for all! Part 5 - Connecting the Chatroom with WebSockets

    This node.js tutorial series will help you build a node.js powered real-time chatroom web app fully deployed in the cloud. You are expected to know HTML5 and JavaScript. Throughout the series, you will learn how to setup node.js on your Windows machine, how to develop a web frontend with express , how...
  • Blog Post: Evolving ASP.NET Apps – Moving to a Web Application

    This post is a continuation of the Evolving ASP.NET series: Evolving ASP.NET Apps - Introduction Evolving ASP.NET Apps – Evaluating the Code Our first big changes to the BugTracker.NET code base will be to convert the existing Web Site project to a Web Application Project. Web application projects have...
  • Blog Post: A chatroom for all! Part 4 – Building a Chatroom UI with Bootstrap

    This node.js tutorial series will help you build a node.js powered real-time chatroom web app fully deployed in the cloud. You are expected to know HTML5 and JavaScript. Throughout the series, you will learn how to setup node.js on your Windows machine, how to develop a web frontend with express , how...
  • Blog Post: Evolving ASP.NET Apps – Evaluating the Code

    In the previous blog post , in this series we blindly imported the entire project into git and pushed up to github. Having a good source control tool for the next few steps is crucial. There will certainly be times when you get an hour into refactoring, decide you've made a terrible mistake and need...
  • Blog Post: A chatroom for all! Part 3 - Building a Backend with Node, Mongo and Socket.IO

    This node.js tutorial series will help you build a node.js powered real-time chatroom web app fully deployed in the cloud. You are expected to know HTML5 and JavaScript. Throughout the series, you will learn how to setup node.js on your Windows machine, how to develop a web frontend with express , how...
  • Blog Post: Evolving ASP.NET Apps - Introduction

    I'm always surprised when I think about how long ago it was that ASP.NET came out. Although I had a pretty big break in the middle there I started working with ASP.NET a dozen years ago. When I started, .NET was pre version 1.0 and all the cool kids hung out on some website created by a couple of guys...
  • Blog Post: A chatroom for all! Part 2 – Welcome to Express with Node.js and Azure

    This node.js tutorial series will help you build a node.js powered real-time chatroom web app fully deployed in the cloud. You are expected to know HTML5 and JavaScript. Throughout the series, you will learn how to setup node.js   on your Windows machine, how to develop a web frontend with express...
  • Blog Post: A chatroom for all! Part 1 - Introduction to Node.js

    This node.js tutorial series will help you build a node.js powered real-time chatroom web app fully deployed in the cloud. You are expected to know HTML5 and JavaScript. Throughout the series, you will learn how to setup node.js on your Windows machine, how to develop a web frontend with express , how...
  • Blog Post: 30 Days of Bootstrap with the MVC Framework–Week 2

    Last week I shared here on the Developer Connection that I've started on this adventure of blogging 30 days in a row, all with the intent of giving you, the readers, exercises in the neighborhood of 10-15 minutes a day. It's shaping up to be a good introductory lesson plan that you can consume at your...
  • Blog Post: 30 Days of Bootstrap with the MVC Framework

    Over the last several years I've had the privilege of meeting some great folks across the country, great developers who have solid jobs and who are typically focused on long-running projects. The barrier, they say, to jumping into a new language, technology or framework is simply that they don’t have...
  • Blog Post: CSS Validation with Visual Studio Web Essentials

    I like when my IDE tells me I’m doing something wrong. I find it mush less embarrassing than when a co-worker or customer tells me I’m doing something wrong. That’s why I love Visual Studio and the Web Essentials extension. Web Essentials has some great CSS Validation features that can help to point...
  • Blog Post: Refactoring your CSS with LESS in Visual Studio Web Essentials

    I recently took on the somewhat daunting task of giving a legacy ASP.NET application a major facelift. At first, I thought this would be an easy task. All I need to do is update the CSS, right? In reality, this was an application with 8 years of history and at least 10 different CSS files that had all...
  • Blog Post: Escape from Windows XP, Now a Game

    Last Tuesday marked the end of life of Windows XP! For some, it has been an easy transition to Windows 7 or Windows 8. For others, not so much. Either way, congratulations for getting it done! Now it’s time to have some fun with it! Enter Escape from XP , proudly brought to you by the Internet Explorer...
  • Blog Post: Rethinking Visual Studio as a Web Editor

    I have to admit, at one time I thought Visual Studio was overkill for those building front-end websites. It felt what most would say was “heavy” and not in tune with the needs of front-end web devs. But with Web Essentials for Visual Studio , that has changed and I cannot imagine doing web...
  • Blog Post: When Something New Is Released, Is It Really Completely New?

    Here’s a philosophical question for you - when something new is released, a new technology or framework, is it really so new or so completely different for you as a developer? Or do you find that, more often than not, after the “new”-ness wears off, you find that what was just released was just a ...
  • Blog Post: Browser Link–A Web Developer’s New Best Friend

    At a conference a few months ago, I was demonstrating the F12 developer tools in Internet Explorer when someone asked me: Do you think Microsoft will ever make it so we can edit CSS in the browser’s developer tools and have those changes save back to the original CSS files? That would certainly be a...
  • Blog Post: HTML5: The Parts You Care About (Part 3)

    This is the last post in the blog series HTML5: The Parts You Care About. Read Part 1 and Part 2 . Investing in the Right Tools To close this series of posts discussing HTML5, I want to discuss the toolset that you use for development. Everyone is going to have an opinion on what is the “best” thing...
  • Blog Post: HTML5: The Parts You Care About (Part 2)

    This is post 2 of 3 in a blog series previewing the upcoming presentation, HTML5: The Parts You Care About by David Wesst at Prairie Dev Con in Saskatoon, SK (November 4-5). Read Part 1 here . As discussed in my previous post, HTML5 has come a long way since its inception and release in the early 90...
  • Blog Post: HTML5: The Parts You Care About (Part 1)

    This is the first of 3 posts in a blog series previewing the upcoming presentation, HTML5: The Parts You Care About by David Wesst at Prairie Dev Con in Saskatoon, SK this November. Documents Evolved HTML began back in early 90’s when a physicist by the name of Tim Berners-Lee created the spec for HTML...
  • Blog Post: Easy Background Processing with WebAPI and Windows Azure

    The Problem Assume, for example, that you are developing your own mobile app (or apps, in my case) and want to be able to send push notifications to these apps every once in a while. You would require a server that will run somewhere in the background, collect new information every given interval and...
  • Blog Post: Certification Jump Starts

    You’ve seen many posts in the past about the value of certification, so I won’t get into it here. Bottom line, as far as I am concerned, certifications are one of the best ways to differentiate yourself amongst other developers. If you think about how much time you invest in the technologies you work...
  • Blog Post: Turn Your Future into a Hobby

    For a large number of you, your daytime work doesn’t give you the opportunity to work with the latest and greatest technologies (some, of course, do have this privilege, but not most…). Further, usually the training courses that you go on, given that they are paid for by your employer, apply to the technologies...
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