H1 2016 Conference Plan

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The first few months of 2016 are so incredibly busy that I didn't find time to blog about my conference talks and provide additional resources, as I usually do. So here's a quick summary of my speaking engagements so far, and the plan for the next two months. Thanks for your patience! Chilly Montreal: ConFoo My first conference for 2016 was ConFoo in Montreal. This is a great community-driven non-profit conference, organized by the indefatigable Anna Filina and Yann Larrivee. One highlight from my visit this year is that, in three days, I spent exactly 2 minutes outside. And most of that time was frantically trying...
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Why You Have to Learn Modern C++

Saturday, August 15, 2015

The C++ language many of us are using today goes back more than thirty years. You might be using some “newer” features, such as templates or the standard library, which have been standardized around 1998 – the previous millennium. Since 1998, C++ has seen two major international standards – C++ 11 and C++ 14, and work is in progress on another major revision to be published in 2017. Over the last few years, C++ developers all over the world are transitioning to the new, modern C++. It’s not just a matter of language features or library APIs. It’s a matter...
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Wrapping Up DevWeek 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Just a couple of months ago, I agreed to deliver eight breakout sessions and a full-day workshop at DevWeek 2015. And no, I don't have any regrets -- but it was definitely a very packed week with lots of room changes and, more importantly, context switches from one topic to another. If you've been to DevWeek this year, I'm sure you enjoyed it: it's getting better year over year, and this is my third one so far. Below you can find the materials for my eight sessions. If you've been to my workshop and haven't got the materials, please contact...

Making .NET Applications Faster: My Pluralsight Courses

Friday, November 14, 2014

I can't believe I waited until now to blog about it, but I have two courses on Pluralsight covering .NET performance optimization. If you've been reading this blog for any time now, you know this is one of my favorite topics -- and I was absolutely thrilled to join the Pluralsight author team in early 2014. My first course is titled Making .NET Applications Faster, and it was released in May. It's a fairly short course, running just under 2 hours, that covers the basics of .NET performance optimization. Some of my favorite topics include implementing value types correctly, using NGen...

SELA’s New Classroom PCs

Saturday, July 9, 2011

During the last few months, SELA’s IT group has been evaluating new PC hardware for our classrooms. If you’ve ever visited our headquarters in Ramat-Gan, you know that we have nearly 20 classrooms of various sizes equipped with 10-25 PCs. Replacing them all at once is a rather expensive endeavor. Before this replacement, our classrooms PCs enjoyed a mixed variety of hardware, including: High-end Intel Core i5 workstations with 4GB RAM Somewhat outdated Intel Core 2 Duo workstations Somewhat more outdated Intel Core workstations, and even an occasional...
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A SELA Course Is Born: Parallel Programming in .NET 4.0, and a 20% Discount

Monday, March 21, 2011

I alluded to the existence of a parallel programming course in my previous post about the SDP. This three-day course, Parallel Programming in .NET 4.0 , was born a few weeks ago following intense work by Bnaya Eshet and yours truly. The syllabus can be broken roughly into the following: Introduction to processes, threads, and the thread pool Explicit (task) parallelism—creating and managing tasks and continuations Implicit (data) parallelism—parallelizing loops and LINQ queries Synchronization mechanisms, including lock-free code, memory models, thread-local storage, and kernel synchronization...

Great News: WCF MOC and XNA Windows Phone 7 Labs

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

This is just a quick post to let you know about two important accomplishments we at Sela had in the past few days. In a few days, the WCF 4.0 MOC 10263A (Microsoft Official Course) is going to be released to training centers all over the world. This course was developed by Sela from scratch, and I’ve been a fly on the wall during its production process. (Well, to tell you the truth, I did quite a bit of technical editing work on this project, which has certainly earned me some hate from the content...
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My MCT Virtual Summit 2010 Sessions Are Publicly Available

Monday, April 19, 2010

A few days ago I wrote about my sessions at the MCT Virtual Summit 2010. The session recordings have been made publicly available using LiveMeeting, so even if you didn’t attend the conference you can tune it at: 50150 and 50166: C# 3.0, Programming the .NET Framework 3.5 and a glimpse towards Parallel Programming in Visual Studio 2010 50153: .NET Performance When clicking the links, enter your name and leave the recording key field blank, for example: Next, fill in your email address and company name,...
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My Session from the MCT Virtual Summit 2010

Sunday, April 11, 2010

On Friday I presented two sessions at the MCT Virtual Summit 2010, a Microsoft event for Microsoft Certified Trainers and Educators. Both sessions were train-the-trainer presentations for the courses Sela has in the Microsoft Courseware Library, but I decided to spice things up a little bit by adding a couple of demos to each of them. The first session was about the Sela courses 50150 and 50166—C# 3.0 and Programming the .NET Framework 3.5—as well as an introduction to Parallel Programming with Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0. I showed a couple of demos from...
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Are We Training Our Customers to Be Dumb?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

During the past few years at Sela, I’ve authored several courses and participated in the development process of several dozens more. They covered a great deal of topics – ranging from the gory inner workings of Windows and the CLR, through new technologies like LINQ and Windows 7, and all the way to introductory courses to C# programming. I’ve also had the experience of designing and developing courses in a variety of styles – the “Sela style”, which focuses on the brilliance of the instructor delivering the course and slightly deemphasizes the minute details in student handbooks, the “standard...