After writing my previous post in this Minimal March series, it was pointed out to me that my approach is still a little bit of ‘gatekeeping‘. I was using a very expensive machine with lots of memory and drive space in a virtual machine. What about those folks that don’t have access to these resources? Let’s knock down those doors and show that ANYONE ANYWHERE can be a .NET developer.
I set the following parameters for myself, to ensure that I was getting a computer that just about anyone could acquire:
- Purchase a laptop at my local discount retail shop, a Walmart in my case.
- Spend less than $200
- It must be a Chromebook – this is now very common in high-schools here in the US
- Configure it with .NET developer tools and work on productive software on my Twitch stream
… and it worked.Continue reading