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We all have our own methods of studying, learning and practicing newly acquired skills as developers. Luckily nowadays we are not limited only to written text or on-site trainings, but have so many great options like podcasts, webcasts and video tutorials, which we can utilize wherever we are based on our own time schedule.

When it comes to online developer/software training, again, we may all favor different sites. Yet my go to site for developer training has been Pluralsight for some time now. Currently I have 3 Pluralsight 30 day subscription cards, which I would like to offer in a give-away daily this week starting this Thursday, February 23rd. The winner will get a chance to discover the entire set of the hardcore developer training courses offered on the site. Pluralsight’s content is not only limited to .NET technologies, but there are courses for Facebook development, iOS, Java, JavaScript, CSS, Android etc.

What participants need to do:

To participate in most give-away contests aside from user tweets and Facebook likes, you have to find an answer to some random questions. Most of the time you may already have the answer, however thanks to search engines it is not that difficult of a task to find the info in mere seconds. So I decided to skip the knowledge-based questions altogether and try a different approach based solely on your individual feedback.

I would like to know, what Windows Phone application in a specific category you like the most and what you specifically enjoy about it. For example; why it is fun to use, why you could not live without it, which features of it stand out etc. You can provide as much detail as you want. You do not have to come up with an answer of 1000 words or whatsoever, but answers like “because AppABC is soooo awesome” or “AppXYZ blows my mind” would certainly not be sufficient.

Many many developers have already started or are starting out to code for Windows Phone and I would like to add even if it is only the tiniest bit of momentum to that movement. I plan to share all the feedback from participants on my blog. I may also feature certain applications in more detail, in case a single application gets numerous comments. We not all take the time to rate and/or review applications on the Windows Phone Marketplace and this activity would be chance to highlight some Windows Phone applications and specific features, which make them stand out.

Give-away Date/Time/Details:

The give-away is starting Thursday, February 23rd.

Day-1: Thursday, Feb 23rd

Day-2: Friday, Feb 24th

Day-3: Saturday, Feb 25th

Daily Timeline:

8 AM PST – 8 PM PST

My plan is to announce the actual application category for the day at 8 AM PST each day with a short blog post. You can check out some of the potential categories here. At the same time, I am going to select a random number X, let’s say from 1-20. You will be able to post comments on that blog post for 12 hours and I will approve all comments each day at 8PM PST. At that time I will check for comment #X, which has been posted between 8 AM and 8PM PST. The comment owner will win the Pluralsight 30 day subscription of the day. Certainly, if there are less than X comments, the last reader to comment will get the prize. But I do hope, that there is a good amount of  motivation for participation and discussion! The idea here is to collect developer feedback in order to promote developer work plus add fuel and inspiration to applications, that are still a work in progress. It is just supporting fellow developers through a simple activity!

For the curious Windows Phone enthusiast:

If you would like to check out the current Windows Phone training content on Pluralsight, here is a quick look:

Just by supporting your favorite Windows Phone apps with a comment, you will get a chance to win a 30 day Pluralsight subscription and check out their vast library of developer courses.

Good luck to all participants or should I simply say; all supporters of Windows Phone developers?

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