Free Xamarin Training

Training, Xamarin
Yesterday I published a reminder about next week’s Connect(); event. What I didn’t mention in that post is that if you register your e-mail address to receive Connect();-related information you will receive a free, extended 60-day trial of Xamarin University. This offer is twice the length of the 30-day trial that is typically offered!Xamarin University provides unlimited access to live, online classes led by mobile experts in your time zone and on your schedule. With almost 70 classes offered across 8 learning tracks, Xamarin University offers everything you need to stay up-to-date in today’s constantly evolving mobile landscape.Start your free 60-day trial today to access our Self-Guided Learning, Lightning Lectures, Guest Lectures, and two introductory courses which count towards becoming a Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer.Signing up is as easy as…
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Technology Education And Literacy in Schools (TEALS)

Training
The U.S. is facing a shortage of computer science (CS) graduates. Every year, 80,000 positions requiring a CS degree go unfilled by domestic talent. This will cost the U.S. economy $500 billion over the next decade, which is detrimental to our economic competitiveness and national defense. Furthermore, 38,000 out of 45,000 high schools do not teach computer science. Only 0.7% of all AP tests taken last year were for computer science. TEALS is looking for tech professionals to team-teach a high school computer science class in an effort to build a sustainable CS program in every American high school. Classes are first period before work, just 2 days per week; you can help us solve this problem and keep your day job! Learn More Kevin Wang, who manages TEALS, has offered…
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On-line Training

Training
  Pluralsight – 593; 10-day free trial; Recently acquired PeepCode and TrainSignal. Wintellect NOW – 108; $29/mo; $319/annual; a few free videos available to watch; provides egghead – 46; free; currently all AngularJS videos (streamed from YouTube) jQuery – all things jQuery & everything is open source Microsoft Virtual Academy – free; includes self-assessments
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Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit

Training, Visual Studio 2010
The Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit has been updated for the recent Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate.  There is a lot of great content in this update including the following technologies: C# 4.0 Visual Basic 10 F# Parallel Extensions Windows Communication Foundation Windows Workflow Windows Presentation Foundation ASP.NET 4 Windows 7 Entity Framework ADO.NET Data Services Managed Extensibility Framework Visual Studio Team System (note that the “Team System” name has been dropped from Visual Studio 2010 – this will no doubt be reflected in the final release of the training kit) The download is about 200MB in size and can be downloaded from here.  Once you download, run the executable file to extract it to your hard drive and open the Default.htm file to get started.
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Microsoft Learning & Hands-On Labs

Training
If you've never checked out the Microsoft Learning site I would recommend giving it a look.  This site provides a great deal of training-related information for various Microsoft products.  You can easily find training for a variety of products based on the learning resource types, technologies, or subjects. You can also search for a specific exam and get detailed information on what materials are available for use in preparing for the exam.  It will also give you other useful information such as what certifications does the exam apply to. Another cool feature of the site are the Learning Plans.  There are several pre-defined learning plans that allow you to easily add a group of learning resources to your "My Learning" page.  For example, you can select the Learning Plan for…
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The Semester is Over!

Training
This semester marked the first time I've ever taught at the college level - an introduction to programming class using C#. It has been a fun semester and I've learned a lot - hopefully the students learned even more ;-).Tonight was the final exam for the class so it is officially over until next time (actually, it's not over until I finish grading the exams - but close enough :-). I'm looking forward to having some of my evening hours back for other projects (home projects, software projects, movies, etc.).Having been a contractor for eight years (not a contractor any more) I have done a lot of mentoring and one or two day sessions. However, I must admit that I like teaching in a classroom setting even more.
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Visual Studio Team System Training

Training, Visual Studio
I came across a (relatively) new Microsoft site today that is dedicated to providing technical information for Visual Studio Team System.Here you can access comprehensive resources from introductory to expert that include both online and self-paced training, the latest technical articles, videos, evaluation downloads, Webcasts by Visual Studio Team System experts and more. Take the first step to expand your opportunities!There are a few "coming soon..." placeholders here and there but there is still a lot of good information on this site if you're interested in learning more about Team System.
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