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Self-styled "hardcore" developer training company Pluralsight has put out a call to the software application programming community to highlight its classroom-style training without the classroom, which it says is delivered by a group of serious, authentic, and altogether hardcore developers.

Targeting seasoned professional software engineers, hobbyists, and even stay-at-home parents and students, the company asserts that it has an offering for anyone with or without a developer background looking to enhance their career training or even begin a successful freelance developer career on the side.

Aaron Skonnard is cofounder and CEO of Pluralsight and has been recognized by Microsoft as an MVP in the "Connected Systems" developer community for almost a decade. He has spent years developing course materials and teaching professional developers throughout the world.

Offering a lower cost, continual monthly approach to training resources and educational materials is, according to Pluralsight, a way for companies to avoid the higher expense associated with sending developers to user conferences and symposia that can amount to thousands of dollars per event.

Extracts from some of the firm's author blogs detail conversations with pros such as nine time MVP Shawn Wildermuth, who discusses his new course Debugging the Web. "Shawn talks a little about the divide between developers who prefer IDE debugging versus those that use browser based debugging tools. He also describes the areas of debugging covered in his course including Javascript, CSS, and Network."

In other material, company blog author and trainer Michael Perry is profiled to talk about his new course, Provable Code. "Michael explains how his background in mathematics led him to apply the concept of mathematical proofs to software development. He also describes how the concept of provable code and test-driven development complement each other to provide reliable software."

The company's top 10 leaderboard of most popular courses is as follows:

  1. C# Fundamentals — Part 1
  2. Introduction to ASP.NET MVC 3
  3. jQuery Fundamentals
  4. Introduction to WCF
  5. Design Patterns Library
  6. WPF and XAML Fundamentals
  7. Building ASP.NET MVC Apps with EF Code
  8. Introduction to ASP.NET 4 WebForms
  9. C++ Fundamentals
  10. ASP.NET MVC 3.0 Fundamentals


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