Notes from the ASP.NET Community Standup – July 26, 2016

This is the next in a series of blog posts that will cover the topics discussed in the ASP.NET Community Standup. The community standup is a short video-based discussion with some of the leaders of the ASP.NET development teams covering the accomplishments of the team on the new ASP.NET Core framework over the previous week. Within 30 minutes, Scott HanselmanDamian EdwardsJon Galloway and an occasional guest or two discuss new features and ask for feedback on important decisions being made by the ASP.NET development teams.

Each week the standup is hosted live on Google Hangouts and the team publishes the recorded video of their discussion to YouTube for later reference. The guys answer your questions LIVE and unfiltered. This is your chance to ask about the why and what of ASP.NET! Join them each Tuesday on live.asp.net where the meeting’s schedule is posted and hosted.

This week’s meeting is below:

This week, Jon Galloway actually IS on vacation, and Damian is wrapped up in important meetings.  Scott was joined this week by Maria Naggaga from New York City to talk about training and learning about ASP.NET Core from Code Schools.  While Maria’s twitter account is @LadyNaggaga, she needed to clarify for some of the live viewers that in fact, she is not the pop singer Lady Gaga.

Maria pointed out that many code schools are being attended by teachers who are looking to start bringing programming and technology to their classrooms to augment the K-12 teaching curriculum.  Also, there are teachers attending code schools to change careers.

In years past, it was common for developers to read a book or take a class and then take a certification test to be designated a “Certified Developer” in a programming language or discipline.  With the code schools or bootcamps, its typical to attend class for a 40-hour week over 2-4 months (perhaps even a year) and have a portfolio of applications built and interviews setup to connect you with a future employer.

Scott and Maria reviewed a few online schools and talked about them:

  • CodeSchool – is a service from Pluralsight that offers interactive in-browser coding, quizzes, and easy learning that can be completed over a few days.  CodeSchool now has a .NET course available  for free to the public
  • Learn How to Program.com from Epicodus is a series of online tutorials in different topics, and they have C#  as well as ASP.NET courses available.
  • Maria is also working with CodingDojo to help build a course that is scheduled to be released in September
  • Scott shared his ASP.NET Core Workshop source on GitHub that you can download and walk through.  We plan to assemble the various workshops Microsoft is creating so that there is one cohesive learning experience that can be completed on Visual Studio Code or Visual Studio 2015.

Maria also shared EDX, which is an online marketplace of courses on many topics and we plan to get ASP.NET Core content into their catalog.

Questions

Question: Is Microsoft planning to do more Virtual Academy courses?

— Yes, we are planning several of these for ASP.NET Core in September

Question:  Is there a writeup on getting ASP.NET Core running with Mono on Raspberry Pi 2?

— We did have it running in earlier builds, but we are still working on getting ASP.NET Core running on a Pi.

Question:  Will ASP.NET Core work on Apache some day?

— Configure your Apache server to reverse proxy requests to Kestrel.  We’ll write up a blog post on this topic soon.

Question:  Continuous deployment from GitHub to Azure, does this work?

— Yes, we are working on this now.  Damian has some updates to the deployment script that are being integrated and it should be faster.