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Data Layer Validation with Entity Framework 4.1+

This is a helpful series for when you need to start doing any sort of validations on your entities. I need to dig more into OData and how it integrates nicely with NG and friends using .NET. Personal notes follow.

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Entity Framework 4.1 – DbContext Data Access

Entity Framework 4.1 – DbContext Data Access covers the DbContext object. It is important. The lecture explains why it is important. It might seem abstract if you haven’t touched any of this stuff before. That is OK. You will recall it when you need it.

Personal notes follow.

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Entity Framework 4.1 – Code First

Entity Framework 4.1 – Code First is a good next-step from this. Guessing that all of the courses referenced in the latter are going to be good next steps, so I will watch all of them. My neighbor at work asked me why I’m using PluralSight instead of just reading all of the EF material.

Normally I read all of the literature on a topic, in depth, at least a couple of times. Every time I’ve done that before, there has been a lot of energy and desire surrounding the pursuit. Learning EF though I feel like I am late to the game. That means that people aren’t really excited about sharing their experiences with EF anymore, so I can’t draw from their energy at all regarding EF, and, I want that. That is why I want to use PluralSight here.

Lerman is sharing 3 things here: facts, values and personal preference. That is exactly what you get interacting with your professional peers. For an experienced programmer, this is the sweet spot for learning new things. Yes my peers are totally up for sharing those things, too, just not 10 hours of it! This is where courses like this are valuable.

The fact that Lerman is vouching for EF means a lot, and sharing her values and beliefs about how to do EF is energizing, and that makes it fun. Lerman’s courses on PluralSight provide a very pleasant learning experience in a very short time-span.

My personal notes on EF follow.

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Getting Started with Entity Framework 5

Julie Lerman’s PluralSight training is as almost as good as her books. Perhaps it is not a fair comparison? She has a great writing style, and her books are a joy to read. You might expect the same experience with her training videos, and that is probably unfair. You are all about fairness, right? Entity Framework is quite mature at this point. For those of us returning to .NET, this video is quite perfect. It covers just enough. If you’ve built systems before, you will get so, so much out of her series.

Building Web Apps & Services with Entity Framework and Web API

Building Web Apps & Services with Entity Framework and Web API.

If you already know JavaScript, C#, an ORM, and IoC, and all of the other stuff for dealing with, then this is a fast-track to getting on-board with them on the MS platform. Yea, it is fast, but you can get the details elsewhere. This is the place just to see it happen. So many value-adds are referenced in the video. Don’t want to talk it up to much, but it is just very valuable. The major failing here is that the examples are no longer correct though, so you have to do research just to make sense of what is happening and how to implement it.

Realtime web development with skewer and Emacs

[skewer-mode] provides live interaction with JavaScript, CSS, and HTML in a web browser. Expressions are sent on-the-fly from an editing buffer to be evaluated in the browser, just like Emacs does with an inferior Lisp process in Lisp modes.

Looks like a pretty nice option if you are used to Emacs already and so much more pleasant then running code in the Chrome/Firefox/IE REPL.

Effective JavaScript Book Review

Looking for resources to help you maximize your learnings and minimize your time use is often fruitless. Publishing deadlines cut books short, real life gets in the author’s way, and personal preference, well there isn’t much you can do about that. In many ways, this book is an oddity.

The voice is at ease, nothing is crammed down your throat and it doesn’t feel like he was slamming caffeinated beverages just to get it done. It is refreshing being the recipient of an exposition that not only teaches you, but questions you, and sets expectations of you and what you should learn. The book is broken up into 68 different lessons, and it ends up being a perfect approach. It gives you time to pick it up when you are free and dig as deep as you want. It also is very humble, the sections make the point and pose the advice, and if you don’t grok it then you had better revisit it. Again, it makes for peaceful and pleasant reading, without sacrificing the seriousness or even urgency of the valuable points contained within.

Books like this are few and far between, at least when it comes to industrial concerns. This book is a gem for the JavaScript technology, because it poses the technology for thoughtful grownups instead of obsessing over the 24h tricks, recipes of the week, and “one way to do it right”, it will be a timeless contribution that will always be valued.

Just like the author said, it is not for new learners of the language, it is for experiences programmers who have gotten through the first 80% and now want to master the remaining 80%.

On the Kindle it looked great, text, code, and pictures.

In my eyes, this is the missing manual that should have gone out with ECMA-262. 5/5

JavaScript: The Good Parts Book Review

If you are new to JavaScript, then you have voluminous options available to your for your pursuit of knowledge. In my case, I started with the ECMA-262 standard for ECMAScript 5. You can tell that there was a lot of love there; though it wasn’t really the right place (at least for me) to get started. Instead I wanted a “when the tires hit the pavement” overview, and the book delivered that.

The book is lovingly written in a way that all technical people should behave, or for that matter, every conscious entity should behave: focus on the positive, respect the negative, and move on with life. The book covers tons of great guts of the language and how to use it “for real”. I need not say more, the book delivers on its promises, and that is why I gave it a 5/5.

The Kindle version looks great, everything is readable. The chapters and sections are light and terse, you get a lot of bang for your buck. In terms of the voice, it wasn’t my personal preference, and for me it was really hard reading, but that is my problem, not the author’s, and consequently the rating stands.