ASP.NET MVC Training

November 2014

I took 1 week training “Developing ASP.NET 4.5 MVC Web Applications – 20486” and I liked it. It’s an instructor-led class but it’s all done remotely. I was alone in an small office. Technically I don’t need to be in the course provider’s office but I find it convenient. It was my second class with ONLC and with this format of training. Everybody is remotely and all around US. Because of the East Coast participants the classes start way too early but they end early too. This time my class was Monday to Friday, 7AM-1:45PM PST. The class instructor MJ Parker was in NYC and she did a fabulous job.

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There were 11 other participants. Some of them I wish I met in person and at least one I wish was never part of the class.

What I liked about the class:
– I like the convenience. This format offers a lot of freedom.
– You get the best instructors as they are not limited by the geographical location.
– I find it amazing that you can take the class as many times as you like in a year.

What can be improved about the class:
– There were way too many technical difficulties with the remote machines, conference bridge, Internet (the building I was in lost Internet for an hour or more and of course that means no phone, no labs, no instructor).
– The class format doesn’t facilitate you to network with the other participants and I’ll never know or connect with the people I spent a whole week on the phone with.
– Some participants are encouraged by the impersonal setting of the class to ask shameless and stupid questions.

This time I got a printed book from the class and I needed a lot of coffee. I love the book. I hope to get some time around Christmas to look at it some more.
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The class doesn’t just cover designing and developing models, controllers, views for the web applications.

Here are the highlights on what else the class covered:
– Testing and Debugging.
– Front end development with CSS.
– Security.
– Using JavaScript and jQuery.
– Using SQL Azure.
– Creating/consuming Azure Web Services.
– Calling and developing Web APIs.
– Deploying web applications.

You get 1 month of free Azure account with the class. A lot of fun.
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The bottom line is I loved it. Unfortunately because of the remote setting I was still able still to work half of the time and not to pay attention to the class but I’m thankful for the class and the knowledge.

SoCal Code Camp

November 9 and 10, 2013 in Los Angeles

At the USC (University of Soutern California) campus in Downtown LA.
99 FREE 1-hour sessions
Around 500 developers.
$140K promissed in prizes but the prizes are really silly so if you go, go for the sessions.
It usually happens twice a year.

It’s a great free event but sometimes it’s hit and miss with the quality of the sessions.

So Cal Boot Camp

We enjoyed a great session on 3D gaming with Unity by a Microsoft Evangelist.
An intro to Unity for creating killer 3D Games
Adam Tuliper

So Cal Boot Camp

We went to a session on web hacking. It was a disasterous demo and the presenter stopped sharing his screen after 10 min. But he got just to talk for the rest 50 minutes. Neil is a Twitter security expert.
Intro to web hacking
Neil Matatall

So Cal Boot Camp

Learning everything about IIS in one hour. Steve gave everybody a free PluralSight 1-month promotion cards. I plan to use it.
IIS for Developers: Choose Your Own Adventure
Steve Evans

So Cal Boot Camp

We attended a web design session. Nice presentation but very slow and easy.
Getting Started with Responsive Web Design
Mario Hernandez


Warner Bros. Studio Tour

We went on the VIP Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Burbank, California. $55 per person.
Sunday evening, the last tour of the day at 4PM.
If you plan to take the tour and have the opportunity I would recommend you go during the week when there is a chance to see the stars in action. You need to book in advance to secure your spot but you can buy the tickets when you get there.

The tour is 2 hours in a group of 12 and this is the transportation:
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We learned about the ‘green department’ at Warner Bros that sometimes needs to color every leaf to match it to the season they are filming in.
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The tallest sound stage in North America. The biggest sound stage in the World is in Canada.Microsoft Field Trip

The workshop.Microsoft Field Trip

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The Transportation Museum with the Duessenberg of Leonardo Di Caprio from the Great Gatsby in the forefront and the “Shaguar” from the Austin Powers movies behind it and the “General Lee” of the Dukes of Hazard in the back.
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Microsoft Field Trip

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Ford requested their logo to be removed for the movie, can you believe it?
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Now filming on the Warner Bros. Lot – television shows such as The Big Bang Theory, Conan, The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Mentalist, Two and a Half Men, Pretty Little Liars, Mike & Molly.

The stage for the 1 billion a year show ‘Friends’. It’s the most watched show ever, even now. Every minute of every day somebody around the World is watching ‘Friends’.
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The actors of ‘Friends’ get 24 million a year each till the end of their lives…
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The office and parking spot for Ellen:
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We visited the Warner Bros. Museum. There are two floors and the second floor is dedicated to Harry Potter. Superman’s costumes and other clothes are on the first floor.
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You are not allowed to take photos in the sound stages but we visited many of them… Ellen, Tow and a Half Man, The Big Bang Theory…
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Microsoft Field Trip

At the Transportation Museum we were able to take a photo in a green screen. At the end of the tour we were offered to buy it for $5.40. I thought it’s worth.Microsoft Field Trip

Here is the website for Warner Bros Studios tours.