Pluralsight is the largest online tech and creative library on the planet: an online education platform that offers a variety of video training courses for software developers, IT administrators, and creative professionals through its website.
I have been learning quite a bit from Pluralsight, and here are my favorites so far.
Learning Technology in the Information Age
So much to learn, so little time... This course will show both beginners and experts how to learn more in less time.
Would you write code without a design? Build hardware without a schematic? Configure a server without a plan? Of course not. Yet, how many of us learn technology without any planning, choosing resources at random in the hope that one of them will be worthwhile? This is horribly inefficient, and worse, can leave critical holes in your knowledge and skills. In this course you'll learn how to design a plan for learning any technology effectively and efficiently based on your own needs and goals.
Reprogramming the Developer Mind
Explore the habits and career tactics that create remarkable developers. Take control of your career, and set yourself apart from the pack. Become an Outlier.
This course is about making a paradigm shift in how you manage your career. We’ll discuss concrete activities and skills that transform average developers into outliers. You’ll learn why developers can't afford cable, ways to improve your “luck surface area”, and techniques to compress your career through accelerated development. You'll learn the foundational skills for becoming an outlier: command your time, hack your image, and own your trajectory. Prepare to think about your development career in a whole new way.
Encapsulation and SOLID
This course teaches how to write maintainable and flexible object-oriented code. Learn how to write maintainable software that can easily respond to changing requirements using object-oriented design principles. First, you'll learn about the fundamental object-oriented design principle of Encapsulation, and then you'll learn about the five SOLID principles, also known as 'the principles of object-oriented design.' While this course is aimed at beginner to intermediate developers, it's based on decades of experience, so even advanced programmers can learn a thing or two. There are plenty of code examples along the way; while they're written in C#, they should be easily understandable to readers of C, C++ or other curly-brace-based languages.
Date and Time Fundamentals
This course will help you to understand dates and times, and how they should be used in software development.
Web Security and the OWASP Top 10: The Big Picture
Security on the web is becoming an increasingly important topic for organisations to grasp. This course takes you through a very well-structured, evidence-based prioritisation of risks and most importantly, how organisations building software for the web can protect against these risks.
Visual Studio : Essentials to the Power-User
This course introduces Visual Studio and includes productivity boosters for everyone to make writing and reading code easier and more fun. Visual Studio is an integrated development environment you can use to create applications and libraries with many different frameworks and languages. It has a rich feature set, including an intelligent editor, built in compiler (and related tools), and context sensitive help. This course starts with basic concepts like projects and solutions, shows you how to make Visual Studio look and work the way you want it to, and demonstrates how to use the most popular tool windows and dialogs. It goes further into tips and shortcuts that will save you time every day. Using Visual Studio is about more than writing code or reading code written by others. To be truly productive, you need to debug well and understand the designers that help you build your user interface. This course also shows you how to add helpful extensions that make Visual Studio even better. When you've completed it, you'll know how to use the tool itself and can focus on a specific language or framework as your next step.
Twitter's Bootstrap 3 can help you achieve a great looking and performing web site. Building great looking websites that work well with different sized devices can be a challenge. By utilizing Bootstrap 3 framework, you can meet that challenge head-on. Bootstrap 3 is a mobile-first responsive design framework for structuring your website's HTML. It includes a great grid system, responsive design, CSS typography and components to solve many of the most common design challenges that face web developers today.
Building Your First Xamarin.Android App from Start to Store
Xamarin is a cross-platform development tool. It solves dilemmas many developers face when developing cross-platform apps: separate coding languages and UI paradigms. With Xamarin, you can use C# for iOS, Android, and Universal Windows apps.
In this course, you'll learn how to build a complete, fully-working Xamarin.Android app using C#. Xamarin.Android is covered in a very practical, hands-on way that you can follow along.
More Effective LINQ
Learn how to fully harness the power of LINQ by exploring best practices and avoiding common pitfalls by solving some fun and challenging problems. In this course, you will learn how to take full advantage of the power and capabilities of LINQ. You will see how the LINQ extension methods can be combined together to solve complex problems in a simple and succinct "pipeline." Throughout the course, you will learn to solve some "LINQ Challenges" and pick up lots of pro tips that will take your LINQ skills to the next level, including how to extend, debug, optimize, and test LINQ.
In this advanced series, Jon Skeet shows us the new Asynchronous goodness available in C# 5.0. Managing threads, awaiting asynchronous calls - these are all made simple with a few new keywords and types.
Asynchronous coding in a static language is not exactly "simple," and rather than try to simplify complex topics, Jon have, instead, decided to go deep and see how things work at a deeper level.
Again, this is an advanced production! If you are new to C# (or new to programming in general), you may want to become familiar with the basics of C# before you tackle this one.
Understanding ASP.NET Core
This course will help you quickly grasp how to get going with ASP.NET Core with a compact, practical presentation, covering all the best new features of ASP.NET since its release.
This latest release of .NET has a lot to be excited about, it not only supports development for a lightweight version of .NET called .NET Core, but for the first time you can also target non-Windows platforms. In this course, Understanding ASP.NET Core, you'll get to see what concepts are most important to get you quickly up to speed. You'll start with seeing what's changed within the project structure and mechanics in Visual Studio. Then, you'll get to see what's new in MVC for ASP.NET Core along with sharing code across existing .NET frameworks and newer .NET Core frameworks. Finally, you'll get to see it's versatility first-hand when an application is deployed to multiple operating systems. By the end of this course, you'll be ready to take advantage of the best new features of this latest release of .NET.