I’m the technical editor on a new Learning Tree course. It is course 2620: .NET 4 Programming for Existing .NET Developers. The course is not specifically about cloud development. However, ASP.NET and other .NET developers working on cloud-based applications would certainly be interested.
The course is unique in a number of ways. First, the author is one of our French instructors, Gérard Frantz. Gérard has worked for Learning Tree since 1992 and teaches practically all of our .NET courses, as well as courses in other curricula. For many years, he’s also been translating courses into French, and he has a very active consultancy in Paris.
Course 2620 is also our first 2-day .NET course. The good thing about a 2-day course is it forces us to prioritize. I think the topics we chose are those that would be most likely used by experienced .NET 2 developers looking to upgrade to .NET 4. These topics include new language features in C# and VB, Entity Framework 4, PLINQ, ASP.NET 4 new features, Silverlight and more.
This course is targeted specifically at experienced .NET developers. This will allow us to get started on new .NET features right away without covering the basics. We can’t waste any time given that we only have two days.
I also really like the case study Gérard has chosen. We will start with the finished version of a case-study from another class and one-by-one add new .NET features that make the program better and easier to maintain. This seems to be a real world scenario. Many of us have existing .NET applications that we’d like to improve.
Anyway, the course should be released at the end of the year. I’ll post an update when the brochure page is made available on the Web. In the mean time, you should come to Learning Tree course 2602: Windows® Azure™ Platform Introduction.