Community Megaphone Podcast

Community Megaphone Podcast
By Dane Morgridge and G. Andrew Duthie
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June 11, 2012
Stephen J. Bodnar is the President and Owner of Geeks and Gurus, Inc. which has been developing data-driven software applications for desktops, corporate networks and the Internet since 1999. Steve has been developing line-of-business applications for approximately 25 years and particularly enjoys learning new businesses and technologies as time goes on.   Steve is also the President of the Mid Atlantic Developers Expo, Inc,  a non-profit that organizes an annual developers conference in Hampton, Virginia.  Information about MADExpo can be found at   Steve has spoken at user groups and conferences across the country and actively attends user groups, Code Camps and other conferences as much as possible. Steve currently lives in Newport News, VA with his wife and three sons. Geeks and Gurus ( has offices in Detroit, MI; Williamsburg, VA and Madison, WI.
March 28, 2012
In this episode, Dane, Andrew, and occasional co-host Joel Cochran talk to Brady Gaster, from Sammamish, WA (formerly from Charlotte, NC until being hired by Microsoft as a Windows Azure Technical Evangelist. Brady and the crew talk about comic book movies, food, oh, and some technology, too, including Brady’s love affair with SignalR, his work on upcoming Web Camp events, Azure Service Bus, releasing the magic smoke from a robot, and more. Brady Gaster is a Christian father of 2 boys, a husband to 1 amazing woman, and owns at least 4 guitars. Brady is a Windows Azure Technical Evangelist with Microsoft who focuses on what it means to the web developer to be "in the cloud," and hosts the Channel 9 Web Camps TV show. His core competencies include middleware development, cloud computing, TDD, service orientation, and continuous integration. His most recent computing-related distractions include Windows Azure, SignalR, Fluent programming principles, aspect-oriented programming, and Behavior Driven Development. When feeling brave, he tinkers with robotics and custom musical instruments but maintains his ignorance with electronics through numerous small-instrument fires and exploding speakers.
Feb. 29, 2012
In this episode, Dane and Andrew talk with Michael Crump from Birmingham, AL. We discuss his work with Silverlight 5, including his new free e-book on Silverlight 5, his work with Windows Phone, and his love for all things XAML. Michael Crump is a Microsoft MVP, INETA Community Champion and an author of several .NET e-Books. He speaks at a variety of conferences, including CodeStock, DevLink and TechDays. Michael has also written dozens of articles on .NET Framework development for sites including CodeProject, SilverlightShow, and Dzone. He currently works at Telerik, spreading all the wonderful news of XAML. You can follow him on Twitter at, or keep up with his blog at
Dec. 16, 2011
Pete Brown is a Senior Program Manager with Microsoft, leading the Developer Community team, as well as a former Microsoft Silverlight MVP, INETA speaker, and RIA Architect. Pete's focus at Microsoft is the community around client application development (Windows 8 XAML, WPF, Silverlight, Windows Phone, Surface, Windows Forms, C++, Native Windows API, .NET Micro Framework, Robotics, and more), with a particular focus on XAML and gadgets. Pete is the author of the best-selling Silverlight 4 in Action, currently published by Manning Publications, and of Silverlight 5 in Action and Windows 8 XAML in Action, both currently in development with Manning.
Sept. 19, 2011
In this episode, Dane and Andrew talk with David Giard from Detroit, Michigan, about the upcoming 10th anniversary meeting of the Great Lakes Area .NET Users Group (GANG), its founding, and some of the efforts he and the rest of the GANG leadership have made to successfully grow the group over the last 2 years. GANG has more than doubled their attendance and had great success in getting attendees more involved, so if you run a user group (or are thinking about starting one), this is a show you won’t want to miss. We also talk with David about recent guests on his Technology and Friends video podcast series, and his recent conference and user group talks on topics including Data Visualization and jQuery. David Giard is a Microsoft MVP and the INETA Mentor for 4 states. He has been developing software solutions with Microsoft technologies since 1993. Over the years, David has presented at dozens of technical conferences and user groups. He is a recovering certification addict and holds an MCTS, MCSD, MCSE, and MCDBA, as well as a BS and an MBA. He is the host and producer of the mildly popular online TV show Technology and Friends. David is president of the Great Lakes Area .Net User Group. He is an avid photographer and has visually documented many of the Heartland community events. You can read his latest thoughts at David lives in Michigan with his two teenage sons.
Aug. 8, 2011
In this episode, Dane and Andrew talk with Jason Follas from Toledo, Ohio, about everything from Spatial Data in SQL Server to conference organizing, to his work building a Z-Machine emulator in .NET (if you've ever played one of the old Zork games, they originally ran on a Z-Machine interpreter). Jason Follas is a Technical Architect for Perficient, serving clients primarily located in the greater Detroit region (including Toledo, where he lives and serves as a leader of the Northwest Ohio .NET User Group). Since 1994, he has developed many interesting solutions on the Microsoft platform, including an Aircraft Weight and Balance system used by an air freight company, several e-Commerce websites, Risk Management systems, and blend optimization software. Jason has also been recognized by Microsoft in the past as a Microsoft MVP (SQL Server). Jason is part of the planning teams for Codemash ( and Ann Arbor Day of .NET (
June 24, 2011
In this episode, Dane and Andrew talk with New York software developer Ben Dewey about a wide array of topics, from Silverlight and Windows Phone 7, to MEF, NuGet, and the new WCF Web API. Ben also talks about his involvement in the New York developer community. Ben is employed at Tallan as a Senior Software Developer where he consults on many projects around New York City, focusing on Architecture, Silverlight, ASP.NET and jQuery. Ben also works to develop Server Oriented Applications using WCF. Ben strives to create SOLID application of the highest craftmanship while paying special attention to clean User Experiences (UX). Ben is currently a committer on the Apache Stonehenge project, and is actively involved in numerous community events from speaking at local user groups and helping to organize the ALT.NET Meetup in NYC. Ben periodically posts information on his blog which can be found at
June 3, 2011
Steve Presley has been involved in the development, architecture and implementation of client/server, web, mobile and embedded applications since 1995. He likes to share his experiences from working as a multi-platform application engineer as well as commanding lead development, architecture and management roles in development shops for large organizations. With the experience of implementing dozens of applications that needed to be location and/or network aware and dealing performance and portability considerations, feel free to pick his brain on how fun, and sometimes pesky, application development can be. He is a charter Member of the ASPInsiders and served on the Board from the group's inception. Steve currently resides near Richmond, VA.
April 29, 2011
In this episode, Dane and Andrew bring back guest #2 (and frequent guest host) Joel Cochran, for a conversation on MVVM, WPF, Blend, and of course Joel’s new book. Joel shares his manifesto for practical MVVM, and his philosophy of how he approaches this popular pattern for WPF and Silverlight development.
March 24, 2011
In this episode, Dane and Andrew sit down at the MVP summit with a handful of current and former Visual FoxPro MVPs to talk about the role that FoxPro played in the development of the MVP program itself, in the development of (and ongoing participation in, for many folks, including some of our past guests) the .NET community, and more. We got to hear some fascinating stories about how the MVP program grew out of a single support forum for Fox developers, and how many veterans of the Fox and VFP communities ended up in senior positions within Microsoft and elsewhere. The influence of the FoxPro community has a long reach, and you’ll find out how and why in this episode