Teaching developers: A peek inside the inner workings of InnerWorkings

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InnerWorkings is an independent software company whose mission is to help developers learn to write better code faster on the .NET framework. Developers learn by solving real coding challenges and getting instant feedback on their solutions in Visual Studio.  An online platform supports the product offering -- help is provided through MSDN articles, Safari Books Online, and a dedicated Personal Tutor service.  In addition, they have developed a catalog of ‘practice based’ content showcasing Microsoft technologies (including pre-RTM) such as ASP.NET, Silverlight 2, Object Oriented Development, Generics, WCF, WPF, WF, .NET 3.5 (LINQ, new features in C# 3.0 and VB 9), AJAX, Enterprise Library, Visual Studio Team System, TSQL, and Web Services.  Watch the interview to hear more about their plans to develop learning content for Dynamic Data (Astoria) as well as Cloud computing (Azure) and more.


When you’ve finished watching the interview, visit this special offer with free Silverlight 2 training, developed just for the Channel 9 audience.  You can download 1 hour of free hands-on coding challenges on the MediaPlayer control and data binding in Silverlight 2 from InnerWorkings.  Check it out!

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    Nice idea, so I downloaded it to see if it would be any good for us here and found it very easy to use, I like it.

    BUT the free trial I picked, 'What's new in C# 3' the first challange does NOT run out the box on x64!  If I was learning C# I proberbly whould have dumped the trial there and then and continued looking for something else.

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    Hi PerfectPhase! This is Michael from InnerWorkings -- all our challenges should definitely work on x64 (in fact most of our developers use Vista 64 as their main OS), so something must have gone wrong here Sad If you hame time, get in touch with us at customer.support AT innerworkings.com and we can help you out.

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    PerfectPhase -

    Thanks for the taking the time to review our offering, glad to see it!

    I am however sorry to hear you've had some difficulty with the first challenge.  As my colleague Michael O'Brien stated in his comments, the InnerWorkings challenges for Visual Studio 2005 and 2008 are x64 compatible and should work without issue.  So I am curious as to what may have happened on your machine.  If you would like you can contact me directly and I will work with you to help figure out what may have happened.  My email is jkayler@innerworkings.com, so feel free to send on any details as well as any questions and I will be glad to work with you!

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