[EN] My first workshop
21 December 2015
During my visit to Poland I was doing I was asked to make a 3-hour workshop for people who have never worked before with ASP.NET MVC.
I was wondering about the best solution to lead that workshop. I tried to remember how it was when I started to learn ASP.NET. But... I was a different case.. I studied it on university and 3 hours to show what ASP.NET MVC is and what we can do with it is not enough. It’d be an only first step to show that creating a website with .NET is easy.
I created a requirements list with knowledge attendees should have before they get a ticket for this workshop:
- The attendee should install Visual Studio 2015 Community Edition. Why? Because they can see more futures what VisualStudio have.
About 20 people participated in the workshop. Unfortunately, some of them didn’t try to install Visual Studio before they came and some of them came with Macintosh. Now I know that next time I have to create an installation instruction. Lesson learned.
I tried to create an application to be as simple as possible.- I created a TodoList. A simple model using dblocal, a simple read/write a controller and a default view for them. Easy? Yes. So what can come unexpectedly? Dblocal has not been installed with VS. Installing dblocal separately or even SqlExpress didn’t help.
Solution? I don’t know. I asked attendees to check if dblocal is installed and asked them to reinstall Visual Studio at home and contact me in the case of any problems. People who use Macintosh (or even Linux) can still code in .NET but using third party product like MonoDevelop.
And what else came unexpectedly? My computer doesn’t have an HDMI port. So with a little luck, I displayed presentation on WiT organizer Ania’s computer with Visual Studio 2013. It was a very stressful workshop.
What have I learned?
- I cannot check everything before the workshop. Something unexpected always can happen.
- I should write a course specification to help attendees prepare before the workshop
- I should check if my computer will work with the given devices before the workshop!
How do I feel after that workshop?
Nice. It was my first workshop (short workshop). I was getting stressed out a lot. Attendees were great. They wanted to study and do all stuff I prepared. I hope attendees were happy after all.
Yes, in future I would like to create some more workshops. Maybe longer, maybe more difficult. I got a new achievement. But yes, all thanks for the success of this workshop should go to Ania and all attendees, who came and wanted to get knowledge! 🙂