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I amĀ an independent software consultant specializing in the development of successful Web (AngularJS) and Windows (.NET) applications. I have authored several technical books and speak at conferences.
For work in support of software developers, I have been recognized with the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award.


  1.   Alfred Clausen — November 9, 2014 @ 1:03 pm    Reply

    Hi Deborah
    I am about half way through the Object Oriented Programming Fundamentals in C# training course. I think that this is the first online training course I really enjoy. I have taken many classes in a variety of subjects and my biggest complaint is that most courses are using PowerPoint all the time. A trainer show a slide and then read the slide from beginning to end.
    I really hate that kind of training. I mean I can read the slide myself but it doesn’t make me understand it any better.

    But not your training, you write no more than you need to for the understanding of the next lesson which is hands-on. I like your method very much, I also remember the terms and understand the steps and details a lot better your way.
    Read, apply, explain.
    Thank you.


  2.   deborahk — November 9, 2014 @ 3:00 pm    Reply

    Thanks Alfred! I appreciate the feedback!

  3.   sudhakaran packianathan — November 9, 2014 @ 11:23 pm    Reply

    Hi Deborah,

    I tried reading many books on topic of OOP. surprisingly no C# book covers oop in C# and general oop books are too tough to read. your course was the only one where you have practically taken a complex topic and with a good example illustrated it in a short span of time.

    I feel that many of the developers are weak in OO design area because we do not have good training materials in this area. it will be great if your OO expertise and excellent training pedagogy can help come up with good training materials accessible to all.

    Thank you and expect more good training from you

    •   deborahk — November 24, 2014 @ 2:45 pm    Reply

      Thanks Sudhakaran! Glad you liked the course!

  4.   Aarthi Kannan — February 16, 2015 @ 2:05 am    Reply

    Hi Deborah,

    I was facing a lot of difficulties in understanding oops concepts, the difference between abstract classes and Interfaces ans so on.
    Your course has really helped me in learning these core concepts. Your way of presenting helps in understanding the subject very easily.. I would definitely recommend this course to all those who wants clear understanding of oops fundamentals.
    Thank you. Expect more plural sight courses form you.

  5.   deborahk — February 16, 2015 @ 8:32 am    Reply

    Thanks, Aarthi! Glad to hear that it was helpful!

    You can see the list of all of my courses here:

    Thanks again!

  6.   Michele — August 22, 2015 @ 6:24 pm    Reply

    Hi Deborah,
    I just finished your course Object Oriented Programming Fundamentals in C# on Pluralsight. This by far was the best online AND in-person course that I have ever taken. I finally get it!!!!! Thank you so much and I look forward to watching the rest of your courses on Pluralsight.


    •   deborahk — September 13, 2015 @ 3:15 pm    Reply

      Thanks, Michele!

  7.   Faraz Javaid — September 22, 2015 @ 4:03 am    Reply

    I really like your courses on Plural Site. They are just great.


  8.   Andi — November 4, 2015 @ 1:02 am    Reply

    Hi Deborah,
    so I made it to your blog – as I didn’t want to register with just another site only to be able to leave a comment. Though I am a member on they still expect you to register at “livefyre” or some such for commenting. Couldn’t make sense of this e-mail @DeborahKurata.
    Browsing thru courses I chanced on one of yours, looked a little bit into it and dropped it fairly soon because it seemed to be just talk. As I try to get on my feet for real life jobs I can’t just sit there, listen to someone else and admire what he/she can do. That just washes over me, takes my time and afterwards I am hardly smarter or more “job-trained” than before.
    But then I peeked into your C# Best Practices course, as it popped up as a recommendation, and, of course, I got stuck. I quit for the moment all other courses and gave this first preference (two modules still to go).
    Realizing how good this course is, I gave it 5* after the first module.
    You designed, crafted and delivered this course exceptionally well.
    The reasons?
    First and foremost: I could code along (thanks to your GitHub site…, really thank you for this alone). Coding-along is by far, by far, by far the most important aspect to me (and most likely for many others). If I cannot code myself as shown, the course is not of much value to me, as I won’t learn. This is not even intellectual judging – as I never downvote courses – there is just inside of me that trails off and goes elsewhere. It seems to be impossible for me to stick to courses that just try to impress by piling up facts and dry stuff. I would even drop pluralsight if I wouldn’t find courses there where I can code-along.
    Then, of course, the summaries, the newest features of C#, the FAQ all add to your C# Best practices course. Not to forget that this course is designed more closely to “real life” with its different modules and Unit testing. This gets me a step closer to the real job world.
    Thank you for this superb course.
    I might go back now and give your other course another try (I believe it was C# defensive coding). Maybe it is just upfront that there is only talk. I didn’t make it past the introduction, I believe, which is already 16 minutes long.

    By the way, I am from Germany, from the Munich proximity (12 miles to downtown Munich).
    You reach people in far ends of the world…
    Kind regards

    •   deborahk — June 30, 2016 @ 9:12 am    Reply

      Hi Andi –
      Thank you for your comments and your kind words about the C# Best Practices course!

      Yes, often the Introduction module of a course is mostly words … providing an overview of the topic and what will be covered in the course.

      Just FYI … @DeborahKurata is my twitter address, not my email.

      Best wishes!

  9.   Muhammad Nouman — November 24, 2015 @ 1:50 am    Reply

    Hi Deborah!

    I hope you would be doing fine.
    I took Pluralsight course on OOP. It was really informative and easy to understand.

    The only thing which was missing from the course was incorporation of data stores or databases. Can you please recommend any course with emphasis on databases with much practical approach. I would be really thankful to you.

    Thank you.
    Have a great day.


    •   deborahk — January 21, 2016 @ 3:38 pm    Reply

      Glad to hear that you found the course useful! The main reason that incorporation of databases was excluded is because how it is done depends so much on the database you use and on the data access technology that you select. For example, working with an Oracle database is different from working with a No SQL database which is different from a SQL Server database. And using ADO.NET is quite different from using Entity Framework as the data access technology, for example. If you want to define *what* database and *what* data access technology, I could suggest some appropriate courses. Thanks again!

  10.   Deepak — December 14, 2015 @ 1:29 am    Reply

    I went through your latest course in plural sight and its really good. I would need a course where there are projects and we are coding step by step to achieve the end goal. So its like starting from the scratch like design and then coding modules and then get it integrated to get a final product. Any courses of materials you can point out would be useful.

    •   deborahk — January 21, 2016 @ 3:46 pm    Reply

      Which course did you take? (I wasn’t sure what you mean by “latest”?) The Object-Oriented Programming Fundamentals course walks you through the creation of the application. Is this what you are asking for?

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