I signed up for a free three-month Pluralsight subscription, via Microsoft’s Dev Essentials program, a couple of months ago. The main purpose of the subscription, initially, was to learn more about SharePoint programming, for a project at work. So far, I’ve completed Andrew Connell’s “SharePoint 2013 Developer Ramp-Up” series, and I’m most of the way through Sahil Malik’s “Understanding SharePoint 2013” series. So I’m actually using the subscription, and getting some value out of it.
I’ve been watching the videos largely at work, but now I’m getting a little self-conscious about it. There’s apparently been some political stuff going on at work regarding streaming video. It’s a long story, but apparently we need to be careful about not watching too much streaming video now. I don’t think anybody would look askance at a few hours of Pluralsight per week, but you can’t be too careful, so I guess I might need to stick with watching the videos at home from now on.
But, either way, I’m getting value out of the free Pluralsight subscription, so I’m thinking about getting a paid subscription. Normally, I’d wait until the free one was up, but Pluralsight does a Black Friday sale every year, so now would be a good time to pay for a year-long subscription. Their regular rate of $300 per year is a bit too steep for me. The Black Friday deal is $200 per year, so that’s a bit better, but still not insignificant, so I haven’t quite decided yet. The deal is good through Monday, so I have some time to make up my mind.
On the subject of SharePoint programming in general, I’m pretty deep into a SharePoint 2013 project right now, and I’m learning a lot of stuff by trial and error. I seem to keep finding weird little quirks that I have to work around. And I keep trying to do stuff that, apparently, isn’t easy to do in SharePoint, or at least isn’t obvious. I’ve been thinking about writing up a few SharePoint-related blog posts, but I’ve been too busy to really get my notes together on anything particularly interesting, to the point where I could write a coherent post. But maybe soon.