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I noted that you are willing to mentor, so; I would like to be part of your group; there is so much that I want to learn properly.
1. I work on my own – not employed, looked and decided to do things on my own. So, challenging with no formal certificate to be employed. I did a leadership and I believe that I know I lot to do most things – properly.
2. I read a lot; I now want to move to LightSwitch, JQuery, WPF and Unit Test. That’s where I will need more help. I have downloaded books from the link you submitted, and also downloaded your book on Unit Testing.
3. I have been working on myself for years and also doing some contracts (freelancing), now I noted that I am behind, that’s the pain of working on your own. I have been doing repeated things, same way without going with the current changes.
4. I have three clients, but I won’t ask you to do my work. I am want to mentoring in the above mentioned, I believe you the one who wrote – Social Site article? Using the above, then I realize that I really need to move with the current trends.
I think I have explained enough, I will be starting with LightSwitch and UnitTest midweek (None of my current system are UnitTest). I will be nice to start doing things the right way. Hope to contact you when I get stuck - after doing my reseach.
How will I contact you? Email? I live in South Africa.
Best of luck trying to find a mentor (nobody has the time), but here is some free advice:
1) Your best place to start if you need entire articles on specific problems, is right here on Code Project. Browse or search through the articles to see if there is anything covering whatever you are working on.
2) If you have questions on some smaller part of an application, like the proper syntax for a specific statement, try the website of Stackoverflow.com. There you can find thousand of postings. That website I have very often found very useful.
3) There is always Microsoft, but a beginner may find their articles too high level in the beginning.
4) You can find almost anything on the web these days for a very attractive price: Nothing. It's free.
5) Budget to buy several tons of Starbucks, or your favorite brand of coffee. (Not decaf - that's an ineffective waste of money.) Be prepared for some long, lonely nights with only your computer for company. That's just a coder's way of life, especially in the beginning. Mistress Internet does not mind spending all-nighters with you and her services are free. All coders know this. Do not expect any hand-holding in this work.
6) If you stick to it and make the necessary sacrifices you will find the end result to be worthwhile.
welcome to the forum and what an excellent question! Dont listen to the moaners here because you're in luck, Chrisan Grauss is your man. Hes very experienced in helping beginners and loves nothing more than to mentor chaps like yourself.
Drop him a message - i know you'll find him excellent to work with.
Reminds me of my encounter with SQL Server and trying to get it installed on a compressed drive. It doesn't like that at all, but it doesn't give you a straightforward message to let you know that's the problem. I don't remember exactly, but I think it just fails at some point during the install.
I am in Canada, well currently visiting HQ in Alabama but I live and work in Calgary; My territory is literally anything west of Toronto. I have returned to my home in Alberta, but have rather transplanted myself to Calgary rather than Edmonton.
I have not yet been to the Ontario office, but when I do, I'll be sure to look up everyone there.