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The videos are not streaming at all, or I can’t rewind / fast forward / scrub the video playhead on the timeline.
I created an entire page devoted to this topic: http://www.learnvisualstudio.net/streaming/
I can’t install the Flash player on my computer in order to watch streaming videos. What are my options?
Will the videos stream to the iPad or iPhone? How about other devices (besides a computer)?
Yes, I can personally attest to the fact that the videos stream well to iPad and iPhones! I tested both devices and it works gloriously!
It works in all browsers I’ve tested on Windows (IE9, FireFox, Google Chrome) and Mac (Safari, FireFox and Google Chrome).
Supposedly the videos will work on Android devices (phone and tablet) but I’m awaiting some kind customer who may be able to tell me whether it worked for them.
Unfortunately, no love for Windows Phone 7 at this point. Since we’re using Vimeo as our video host, we rely on their updates to provide availability for all devices. We’re hoping they add this capability (or Microsoft does) soon!
What if I’m not satisfied with my purchase, can I get a refund?
We do offer a 30-day money back guarantee. The exception for Lifetime members is when you download a single file you are no longer eligible for the money back offer. You should watch the videos streaming first before you download to make sure you want to keep the service. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions (that you agreed to when you purchased) for more information.
Bob, I want to be a programmer. What do I do?
The single best thing you can do is to make learning a habit. Every day, fill your life / brain with reading books and blogs and watching videos. Next, practice. This is one of the reasons I’ve added so many Challenge exercises in on LearnVisualStudio.NET. Struggling / applying the concepts will help you cement ideas that you learn.
Here’s a couple of blog posts I wrote that you might find interesting:
Bob, should I get a certification / take an exam?
Certifications and exams are generally intended for people with 2-3 years of actual experience. I honestly don’t think having a certification behind your name will help you if you don’t also have real experience. (See the answer to the next question). If you do insist on taking the exam, then you may want to check out Transcender (Google it). Their questions are so close to the actual exam questions that by going over them constantly you will (kind of) memorize the topic matter. (And may I add that this is exactly the problem with the exam / certification problem.)
Bob, I can’t get a job due to lack of experience, what should I do?
I wrote a blog post about this, however in a nutshell: create your own experience. In other words, find a company or organization and offer to do pro bono work for them. The end product should be highly visible (on their website) and / or you should be able to take screenshots and show the code you wrote during an interview. Do several of these if necessary. Can’t find a company / organization to do pro bono work for? Then create something and give it away for free on the internet or some marketplace. Create a light-weight competitor to SurveyMonkey, ZenDesk, Basecamp, a CRM, a storefront, etc. OR create a Windows Store app or Windows Phone 8.1 app and publish it to the store. You need to walk into interviews with a portfolio of work you’ve actually completed and people are using.
Bob, I’ve watched your C# series. What should I learn next?
It really depends on which direction you want to take your career. Do you want to (a) build games or apps that are sold in the Windows Store or Windows Phone store, (b) develop web applications that live either on the web or inside of corporate networks (intranets), or (c) build desktop based apps used inside of corporations? Once you decide on an end goal, choose a path that focuses on those technologies. Don’t attempt to be a jack of all trades. Master *something*.
Bob, should I learn VB or C#?
My personal opinion is that C# is your better bet. I believe there is more demand for C# developers and there are more resources (books, blogs, videos) that use the C# language for examples (even on Microsoft’s own websites).
Bob, what books do you recommend?
Sorry, I don’t have any specific recommendations for beginner topics. My best advice: Use Amazon’s reviews and the preview feature to find the book that suits you best.
Do you have a video about ….?
Maybe. Use the search box in the header of each page of this website.
If you’re looking for freebies, then search here instead: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/Beginner
Bob, if I get stuck can I ask you questions?
Lifetime members can ask questions about specific videos. If you’re a lifetime member, please use the Q&A section below each video. I generally do not answer technical / career questions outside of blog posts anymore.
Try these blog psots:
Bob, do you still do coaching / mentoring?
No, while there was healthy interest in this service, it simply wasn’t an effective way to spend my time. I’ve decided to live or die by creating videos.
What are you working on now?
Have you seen the new 2014-2015 Curriculum? Check it out: http://www.learnvisualstudio.net/curriculum/ It all starts with the new C# Fundamentals via ASP.NET Web Applications. From there, I’ll move on to a new ASP.NET Web Forms and MVC series.
Bob, I’m getting an error …
Bob, I can’t install Visual Studio, can you help?
No, sorry. My advice:
1. Make sure your computer meets the requirements. For Visual Studio 2013 Express and greater, that usually means Windows 7 of greater, plenty of RAM (4gb) and hard drive space (100gb). See Microsoft’s website for more information.
2. Read the error message you’re getting during install and Google it using the *exact* phrase you’re seeing.
3. Perhaps it’s time to refresh your computer. By “refresh” I mean you may want to reinstall the operating system and then try installing Visual Studio again.
Bob, I want to create a Windows 8.1 / Windows Phone 8.1 / ASP.NET / etc. application. How do I …?
I’m sorry, I don’t provide any guidance on this. Again, I’d love to help everyone, but there’s simply not enough time. I used to try, but I wound up making myself miserable.
Bob, I want to ….. will this work?
Here again, I don’t provide guidance like this. Why not just try it and see if it works for yourself? 🙂
What software do you use to create screencasts / what software do you use to run your website?
Most of the videos I record on a Mac running VMWare, a virtual machine host, that allows me to save off many different configurations of Windows and Visual Studio. I use Screenflow to record, edit and produce the videos. I use Vimeo Pro to host the streaming videos and Amazon S3 to host the downloads. The websites are WordPress (and a bunch of plugins) running on Rackspace Cloudsites.