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Free ASP.NET Training Videos from aspConf now available for download or streaming

July 26, '12 Comments [15] Posted in ASP.NET | ASP.NET Ajax | ASP.NET Dynamic Data | ASP.NET MVC | Open Source | Speaking
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There's lots of goodness happening in the .NET and ASP.NET community right now. If you're not plugged in, you can follow ASP.NET on Twitter or Like ASP.NET on Facebook and we'll keep you up to date with all the great goings-in. You can visit, bookmark and subscribe to the newly revamped and oft-updated ASP.NET website. The new site is lovely on various phones and pads and has loads of content, both textual and video as well as HOURS of free training videos from Pluralsight. There's also an excellent Daily Community Spotlight on the home page there you can also subscribe to in Google Reader that is curated by our very own Jon Galloway.

The ASP.NET Webstack is Open Source now as is the Entity Framework. There's goodness happening from the new MS Open Tech organization and there's also the burgeoning goodness from the newly-created "Monkey Square" non-profit, the same organization that runs the Monospace Conference (follow MonkeySquare on Twitter) started by Joseph Hill, David Nielsen, Dale Ragan, Louis Salin, Phil Haack, and myself, dedicated to open source on .NET. If you haven't registered for Monospace, consider it, as it's a high-signal, low-noise boutique open source .NET conference out of Boston this October. You could even speak!

Download or Stream all these ASP.NET Conference videos and training sessions for free.

But, enough of that, let's talk about videos and education. Just last week we held aspConf, a a free, virtual conference dedicated to ASP.NET organized by and for the community, and all free. It was the sequel to mvcConf and mvcConf 2 and was this year expanded to two full days of great content on the entire ASP.NET platform. There were over 60 presentations from amazing speakers both inside and outside of Microsoft. I was fortunate enough to present the teams' and my vision for "One ASP.NET" in this silly keynote that was presented from the comfort of my home office to over 1200 of you Dear Readers.

aspConf 2012 is now a collection of videos for you to download or stream online in all the usual formats. There's dozens of them to check out and they are excellent. Some of my favorites are:

  • Next Generation Visual Studio Web Tools - Building websites has become more and more important for most businesses worldwide, and with the introduction of HTML 5 we now have more possibilities than ever. Join Mads on a journey through the features of the upcoming version of ASP.NET and Visual Studio to get a sneak peak on the new abilities ...
  • Introduction to the ASP.NET Web API What is REST? and a RESTful API? How does the ASP.NET Web API fit in? How does the ASP.NET Web API work? How can it be consumed by clients such as ASP.NET MVC, Win8/Metro, etc.? In this session, John discusses how to get up and running with the ASP.NET  Web API thorugh practical examples.
  • Async in ASP.NET Async is here and it's awesome, but how do you leverage for maximum affect in a server environment? When should you use async and what shouldn't you do to avoid headaches? Hear from the ASP.NET team about async support in ASP.NET, the features, the pitfalls and most importantly the use cases that ma...
  • Modern Web Development  In this talk, Shawn will walk the attendees through the new way that web applications are being built today using the latest in client-side development the best practices of how to carry that out with ASP.NET MVC.
  • Ask the Experts - Here's your chance to get answers to your deep technical questions about SignalR, MVC, Web API! With Damian Edwards, Brad Wilson and Marcin Dobosz.

Have fun!


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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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ASP.NET for Mobile, One ASP.NET and Realtime ASP.NET with Signalr - Video of Scott Hanselman's talks in Russia

June 5, '12 Comments [24] Posted in ASP.NET | ASP.NET MVC | Javascript | SignalR | Speaking
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Hey that says Scott Hanselman in Russian!I was outside Moscow last week speaking at Microsoft DevCon 12 in Russia. They did a great job with the event and not only filmed everything but did picture in picture as well as real-time translation into Russian. It was also live streamed at the team and later edited for download. Very cool. Big thanks to the team for putting the videos up so fast!

The English versions of my three talks (plus one open Q&A sesssion) are now all up for your viewing pleasure. If it seems I'm speaking ever so slightly slower than usual, that was at the request of the translators, and is a good practice when speaking English to non-native speakers.

You can also download and view the Russian versions if you like as well.

ASP.NET for Mobile Phones and Tablets

The ASP.NET for Mobile Phones and Tablets video

Download links:

SignalR and the Realtime Web

The SignalR and the Realtime Web video

Many problems, many solutions: One ASP.NET

The Many problems, many solutions: One ASP.NET keynote video

Open question and answer session – Ask Scott Hanselman

The Open question and answer session – Ask Scott Hanselman video

Hope you enjoy them!

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It's not what you read, it's what you ignore - Video of Scott Hanselman's Personal Productivity Tips

April 9, '12 Comments [55] Posted in Productivity | Speaking
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I've done a number of talks on Productivity in the past. Lots of folks ask me what my tips are for being productive. I've taken all those tips as well as tips from Kathy Sierra, Stephen Covey, David Allen, The Pomodoro Technique and many more and aggregated them into a system that works well for me. I talk about how to effectively handle large amounts email, sorting your personal data stream, how to conserve your keystrokes, the "one email rule" that you need to be effective

I'm giving this talk in a few places in the coming months like StirTrek in Ohio, DevCon in Russia, and possibly "That Conference" in Wisconsin. If you will be attending one of these events, you might want to wait and see it in person. ;)

There's a few jokes in the beginning of the talk that refer back to some discussion about Gamification and a funny back and forth that Kathy Sierra and I had. If they don't make sense, that's the context.

I hope you enjoy it. It's about 42 minutes long. There's lots of other great talks from WebStock '12 up at their event site. Do check them out. http://talks.webstock.org.nz/events/webstock-12/. I particularly like Lauren Beuke's talk on Kinking Reality, Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal) and his talk on getting people to read what you write, Adam Lisagor (the world's quietest pitchman) and Rob Malda on the Rise and Fall of Slashdot.

Of course, feel free to share this post with your friends. I hope it helps them.

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Easy steps to a mobile-friendly responsive design with an embedded YouTube video and a fluid resize

January 6, '12 Comments [11] Posted in HTML5 | Mobile | Open Source | Speaking
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imageI recently did a video with Rob Conery on how to be a better technical speaker and blogged about it. I wanted to put up a site for this video to give people more details and to make it easier for me to get the word about about the video separate from Tekpub. I went and bought http://speakinghacks.com and fired up WebMatrix to do a quick one-pager.

The idea was to spend only an hour on this from the moment I got the domain to a "complete" site. My requirements were:

  • An easy to remember domain name.
  • A site that looks kind of like my existing site, to keep the branding cohesive.
    • Cool I've got some existing CSS.
  • Site should look good on mobiles and tablets so I want to use responsive design.
    • Um...
  • A site that includes the free trailer for my video that plays on any device, including phones and tablets.
    • Um...
  • A site that resizes cleanly, rotates cleanly and the video thumbnail is always as large as possible.
    • Um...

First step, a decent starter template that works on Mobile

For stuff like this, I now always started with a decent boilerplate. There's even group knowledge and experience that there's little reason for me to New Blank HTML File these days.

There are a number of options out there, including two of my favorites:

There's others, and the nice thing is that you can get started with a template like this in minutes, not hours, so go find one that makes you happy.

I picked Skeleton, then with a little magic help from Jzy and a late night Skype (go visit his http://programmerryangosling.tumblr.com site, by the way!) we brought in a few elements from my currently blog template so the general look and feel is still there.

Add a YouTube video

There's a number of ways to embed a video that will use Silverlight or Flash if HTML5 video isn't available, including

  • VideoJS - A really nice and image-free HTML5 video player with a series of templates that can make it look like Vimeo or YouTube or others. Works everywhere.
  • SublimeVideo - Free and pretty but they have a few sign up things if you serve hundreds of thousands of views.
  • jMediaelement or "jme" - Clean, basic, simple, open. Flash fallback and semantic code.

These are all great but if you've already got your video up on YouTube, Vimeo, Blip or another video sharing site, you might just want to make that existing video embed resizable.

For that, you can use FitVid, a small jQuery plugin that will take effectively any video element and make it resizable and usable in a responsive design.

Originally Rob was using a Flash player called Flowplayer but I recommended that he save money by serving his video trailers on YouTube. That meant that I could serve my trailer video from YouTube. While I could then use the FitVid JavaScript to make the video resizable, it seemed like overkill to use some JavaScript to resize something that CSS should be handling for me.

Enter A List Apart and their article on Intrinsic Ratios for Video. The hardish part about resizing a video is maintaining the ratio, like 16:9 for example. As they say:

padding-bottom: 56.25%
To create a 16:9 ratio, we must divide 9 by 16 (0.5625 or 56.25%).

Anders M. Andersen has a nice clean example of this with the CSS, so I ended up with this markup. Only the embed-container class matters in this context. The other containers are used by Skeleton.

<div class="container">
<div class="sixteen columns">
<div class="embed-container">
<iframe id='player' src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4U4TzAtyYs0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
</div>
</div>
</div>

And this CSS:

.embed-container {    
position: relative;
padding-bottom: 56.25%; /* 16/9 ratio */
padding-top: 30px; /* IE6 workaround*/
height: 0;
overflow: hidden;
}

.embed-container iframe,
.embed-container object,
.embed-container embed {
position: absolute;
top: 0;
left: 0;
width: 100%;
height: 100%;
}

photoSo now, when you visit http://speakinghacks.com in your desktop browser or your mobile browser, you'll have a lovely experience.

Conclusion

I think I only spent about 2 hours total on this site. Taking advantage of existing CSS wisdom and standing on the shoulders of giants is absolutely the way to go for layouts. I'm totally sold on Responsive Design and am planning on including it on all my sites whenever possible.

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P.S. As an aside, if you bought the video, drop me a line if you liked it and maybe I can put your review on the site! Also feel free to write a review at SpeakerMix if you've seen me speak before.

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VIDEO: The Art of Speaking - with Scott Hanselman

December 9, '11 Comments [25] Posted in Screencasts | Speaking
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The Art of Speaking with Scott HanselmanIt all started in high school with Musical Theatre. Then it continued when I was teaching as an Adjunct Professor at a State University. I like talking to people. Now I've been doing it for 20 years (25 if you count "My Fair Lady").

While I've had an opportunity to share some tips and tricks for speaking over the years on my blog, I've never really felt the information was organized. I've presented on presenting, but never assembled courseware. I've written many posts on the subject, but never created an e-book. The information is here and there, but not well, ahem, presented.

Then Rob Conery came to me with the idea of a polished 1 hour video where he asks me to speak on an unfamiliar topic, I research and build the talk, then present on the spot. All filmed, all real, all legit. It was too good an idea to pass up. Complete with interviews, examples, demos, how I design story arc, my thought process - applied.

We did it.

I'm sincerely thrilled to share the results with you today. A lot of hard work late at night, hours of thought, more hours of editing, and a little TekPub magic later and we can happily bring you my first TekPub video (UPDATE: Now Pluralsight) "The Art of Speaking - with Scott Hanselman."

Perhaps you've given technical speeches at work and are considering a local user group. Maybe you've spoken at code camps and want to go national or international. Or, perhaps you'd just like to be more comfortable talking to the folks at your office and presenting to the boss.

It's included with your TekPub annual or monthly subscription or you can just buy the one video. It's packed with information and it's got that polish that TekPub is known for. Rob and I feel that this one hour documentary style video is a great introduction into the minds of a technical speaker with not only experience, but passion for the topic.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it.

Scott Hanselman

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