Some of the most common questions I get from new developers is “How do I get started?” and “Are there free resources online for me to learn?“. The good news is that it is very easy to get started and Microsoft Virtual Academy is a phenomenal free resource online with hundreds of courses.
If you are just getting into web development I highly recommend visiting Web Development Courses and Beginner Courses to browse all the free courses Microsoft Virtual Academy has to offer. Simply register on the site to get complete access to the videos, course materials and example code.
There are many to choose from and they guide you from basic HTML to launching Web Apps using Microsoft Azure. Head on over and happy learning!
The team over at Microsoft Virtual Academy has put together an amazing course focusing on the highlights of what we learned about Windows 10, and developing for it, at //build 2015.
The course is broken down into the following sections
- Introducing the Windows 10 App Model
- Windows + Open Source Software
- Microsoft Edge: Introducing the New Browser and Web App Platform for Windows 10
- Developing Universal Windows Apps in Visual Studio 2015
- Game Developers: Get the Most Out of Windows 10
- Internet of Things Overview
I highly recommend watching this free course to learn about all the new stuff coming out and how it will change the way we develop and interact with devices.
The course is available here: http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/best-of-build-and-windows-10
If you haven’t been there already, you must check out Microsoft Virtual Academy. This website provides free online training for literally hundreds of topics. All the videos you will find are professional and come with accompanying slides and assessments.
There will be many new courses and updates published to the site during the month of May. For more information on the new updates, please visit the following link: MVA Monthly: May 2015
Getting started developing Microsoft Azure solutions by watching the amazing online course put together by Bret Stateham and Sidney Andrews.
This course focuses on topics you will need to know in order to pass Exam 70-532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions.
This serves as a great broad overview of the Microsoft Azure platform and its core capabilities.
If you you’ve always wanted to learn about the Microsoft Cloud, this is the perfect technical intro for you to dive into.
One of the best ways for any developer to grow is by staying up to date on all the current technologies and tools that are available to them. And as well all know, technology advances very fast.
The hardest part for most of us is simply finding the time to learn new things. If you are anything like me, you stick to what you are most familiar with to get a project done and out the door. In the end the client is still happy and your project still gets done, but, you may be missing out on ways you can streamline your work and get projects done even faster and with cleaner code.
So where am I going with this?
Well, for years and years I have developed in VB.net using web forms. I have literally built over 300 sites using ASP.net Web Forms and LINQ to SQL. For quite some time know I had read about MVC and even had a few colleagues demonstrate it to me. While I was impressed I really never took the time to sit down and learn it. After all, it was a different way of thinking and who has time to learn? And let’s be honest, I was just being stubborn and did not want to leave my comfort zone.
Well after months and months of bugging me, a friend finally got me to sit down and take a few courses on MVC, AngularJs, and Web API’s. Needless to say, once I started learning about it I was absolutely blow away and have not looked back since.
The biggest challenge is finding a good resource online to provide great training that would serve as a jump off point for me. I found most of my training at Microsoft Virtual Academy and Plural Sight.
I’ve included links below to the courses that I found useful and hope that they help you as well.
Note; Microsoft Virtual Academy is 100% free. Plural Sign has a minimal monthly fee.
Enjoy and Happy Coding!