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 August 1, 2013  Posted by at 5:12 am Life of Iris, Uncategorized  Add comments

I’m very happy and proud to share that my first Pluralsight course was published yesterday, and I am now truly a part of the Pluralsight team. I did the course together with veteran author Scott Allen, and it was a pleasure working together with him. We complimented (Comment: Thank you Sallie for that hahaha πŸ˜€ )Β  complemented each other well covering the topic, which was Learning To Program- Being a Better Programmer. As a matter of fact, our recording (done side by side) went so well that the course was finished and published before I finished my first course that I’m currently putting final touches on, a course on cross platform development in .Net and WinRT πŸ˜€


I am so proud of the final results, and I believe you will find a quality course that covers many questions developers have, and provides practical answers:

  • How do I get better at my language?
  • How do I learn a new language?
  • Are there any skills that matter more than others?
  • How do I read code? And where can I find code to read?
  • How can I practice coding?
  • How to I evaluate my learning?
  • How do I get feedback on my code, and how should I respond?
  • Which types of learning possibilities are there for workplaces?
  • What are the costs for those, and how do I convince management?
  • What are some great tools and techniques I can use for learning?
  • How do I manage time and prioritize appropriately?

Both Scott and I learned a lot from each other during this course, and if we found the course useful I feel more confident you will as well. The level of the course is appropriate for both senior as well as junior developers, so student- don’t shy away!

Learning To Program - Being A Better Programmer

Learning To Program - Being A Better Programmer

Learning To Program - Being A Better Programmer

My journey with Pluralsight has been rather special and they have been a part of my programming life since the very start.

When I started learning programming from zero two years ago I used the courses to learn new skills that wasn’t covered as a part of my education, and to get better grades and confidence in the skills that were taught. We had a 90 day trial with school, but I went to user groups to collect more trial cards, and created a new account as soon as one expired.

Graduating as a developer a month ago

Graduating as a developer a month ago

I won a hackaton at one of the UG and got a ticket to a conference, and at that conference I said hi to one of the authors and I was recognized as the girl from Twitter and facebook that had mentioned Pluralsight a few times. A week later I was contacted my no other than CEO Aaron Skonnard, he invited me to NDC conference to do a video interview about me and my experience with Pluralsight. The video is here, nice to see the usual nice comments on YouTube, notice the top comment – I actual know where that guy works he he πŸ˜€ Not so slick mister zlikk πŸ˜‰

With the PLuralsight team at NDC

I made many new friends at that conference, one of them was Scott.

Dinner at NDC with new friends

A few months later I started the Sweden Pluralsight Study group (now changing name to Gothenburg Pluralsight Study Group), and got to watch more videos. AS my skills improved I started speaking at conferences and usergroups, bumping into the Pluralsight crew quite often, as well as other authors. This spring when Aaron and the crew visited the usergroup after attending Scandev where I had two successful session I was asked if I wanted to try out and send in an audition video.

UG meeting :)

UG meeting πŸ™‚

I spend several weeks making a 10 minute video, terrified it wouldn’t be good enough. But it was, and I was signed up with my cross-platform course accepted as first course.

I would stay behind until almost midnight after each UG meeting and spend some extra time programming and working on the new skills

I would stay behind until almost midnight after each Pluralsight UG meeting and spend some extra time programming and working on the new skills, one of them being mobile development.

In June I went to several conferences, DevSum and spoke at NDC. Not so surprisingly my dear friends were there as well, and Scott and I started talking about possibilities to do a course on something we both were very passionate about, teaching and learning programming. A month later without any difficulties (I know!) the course was wrapped up, sent in, approved and published.

Me at techdays- happy dev :D

Me at techdays- happy dev πŸ˜€

And here I am today. From newb, to student, to fan, to friend, to UG organizer, to author. I’m telling you, I couldn’t be happier. It has been an amazing journey, but in no way does it end here. A massive thank you for all of you that inspired, helped and supported me and other newb devs. I <3 this community!

  9 Responses to “My first Pluralsight course is out!”

  1. Awesome!
    You’re an inspiration to us and I’m Looking forward to watch your videos.

  2. Congratulations Iris. Keep up the good work, I’ll have to check out the course over the next couple of weeks.

  3. Great job on the course. I’m a pluralsight die hard fan as well and great to see that company grow. I’ll check out the course when I can get the chance and give any feedback. I’m considering starting and organizing a pluralsight study group in Austin, Texas. Me and a couple of other developers who are in beginning stages of forming a software developer co-op would love to support it as a way to network and train up any new members in the future.

  4. Great Course … and I believe you quoted me in it…. πŸ˜‰

  5. I’ve been programming for about 15 years now, but there’s always something new to learn. I look forward to viewing your Pluralsight course. Good luck with your continuing journey. Also… very cool hair color!

  6. Congrats Iris, I will check it out soon πŸ™‚

  7. You are an inspiration to most of us… Big Up and Congratulations on your first Pluralsight course… Looking forward to watch it… πŸ˜‰

  8. Inspiring

  9. two years of programming with all these achievements, maybe i’ll follow in your footsteps lol.
    Here in Nigeria the learning curve is kind of different, maybe creating a user group would do it.

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