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 http://madexpo.us.
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 (www.geeksandgurus.com) has offices in Detroit, MI; Williamsburg, VA and Madison, WI.
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.
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 twitter.com/mbcrump, or keep up with his blog at michaelcrump.net.
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.
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 www.DavidGiard.com. David lives in Michigan with his two teenage sons.
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 (http://codemash.org/ and Ann Arbor Day of .NET (http://dayofdotnet.org/).
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 http://www.bendewey.com/blog.
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.
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.
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
Chad Green is a project lead for HP Enterprise Services on the United States Army Accessions Command where he develops and manages the development of applications ranging from identity management, information technology acquisition, and a public-facing recruit referral application. In addition to being the founder and chairman of Code PaLOUsa, Chad is the organizer of the Louisville .NET Meetup Group and a speaker at technical events. Chad has worked on applications in several markets including military, government, financial services, chemical research, and electronic commerce. You can view his blog at blog.chadgreen.com and follow @chadgreen on Twitter to see what he’s up to.
In this episode, recorded on November 6th, 2010, Andrew flies solo at CMAP Code Camp in Columbia, MD, aided by guest co-hosts David Makogon and Dani Diaz. Guests include Rich Dudley and David Makogon, talking Windows Azure, Kevin Bailey, talking about his experiences in attending and volunteering for CMAP Code Camp, and Rich Dudley and Dani Diaz, talking Windows Phone 7.
In this episode, Dane and Andrew talk with Eric Kepes from Pittsburgh, PA, continuing a conversation on Software Craftsmanship that began with an offhand comment by Andrew on Twitter, and continued in a panel discussion at the Northern Virginia Code Camp for our previous episode. During the conversation, we try to unpack what software craftsmanship is all about, how it got started, and its proper role in our industry.
Eric Kepes is an aspiring software craftsman specializing in developing distributed systems using agile methods. He enjoys sharing his experiences using technology with the .Net community at user group meetings and Code Camps. He is on the board of directors for the Pittsburgh .Net User Group and the Pittsburgh Code Camps.Having spent over 16 years in software development wearing many different hats, he currently works for McKesson Automation as a Technical Lead Developer building pharmacy automation solutions. He is a reformed certification junkie with a wall full of Microsoft Certifications from long ago.
When he’s not playing with computers or studying the latest fads in agile engineering and process, he enjoys spending time with his wife Barbara and two daughters Anna and Paige.
In this episode, Dane and Andrew try something a little different, and host a panel discussion at the Northern Virginia Code Camp discussing Software Craftsmanship. Panelists included:
- Antonio Chagoury
- Roberto Hernández-Pou
- Buchanan Dunn
- Eric Kepes
- Ed Buhain
- David Makogon
The panel was held during the lunch break, and was open to attendee Q&A. The idea for the panel originated from a lively discussion on twitter of the value of Software Craftsmanship as a movement, and whether it is just another iteration of the cycle of our industry trying to figure out how to improve what we do, or whether it has its own unique value to offer.
Thanks to all of the panelists for participating, and to Hal Hayes and John Blumenauer from NoVA Code Camp for accomodating the panel and recording.
Be on the lookout for our next episode, in which we bring panelist Eric Kepes on the show for a full episode to dive a little deeper into the discussion on Software Craftsmanship
Julie Lerman is the leading independent authority on the Entity Framework and has been using and teaching the technology since its inception in 2006. Julie is the author of the highly acclaimed "Programming Entity Framework (with a 2nd edition released in August 2010). She is well known in the .NET community as a Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider and INETA Speaker. She is a prolific blogger, a frequent presenter at technical conferences large and small around the world, including TechEd and DevConnections and she writes articles for many well-known technical publications, including authoring the Data Points column in MSDN Magazine.
Julia lives in Vermont where she has run the Vermont.NET User Group since 2002 and was a founding board member of the Vermont Software Developers Alliance. You can read her blog at www.thedatafarm.com/blog and her tweets at twitter.com/julielerman.
In this episode, Dane and Andrew continue their telecommuting experiment from the Richmond and Philly Code Camps. This time, Andrew talks to L. "Van" Van Lowe from the Capital Area Silverlight SIG, and Stuart Leitch from the Charlottesville .NET User Group on making the move from participating in the community primarily as attendees to being both speakers and community leaders for their respective groups. We chat about what motivates such a move, as well as the benefits that come from deeper participation in the community.
From Philly, Dane talks to attendees Julio Miranda and Mike Wellborn, as well as Rich Dudley from ComponentOne, who helped us obtain sponsorship for the Community Megaphone Podcast, so we can keep bringing you great discussions of technology and community.
David Hoerster, who has been working with the Microsoft .NET Framework since the early 1.0 betas, is the owner of AgileWays, a technology services firm specializing in providing software architecture, design and development solutions based upon Microsoft technologies. David is also the co-founder of BrainCredits, a recent start-up that is using Microsoft Azure technologies to change the way people learn on the net. David is the co-chair of the Pittsburgh .NET User's Group (PGHDOTNET), organizer of several recent Pittsburgh Code Camps and is also an occasional speaker at Pittsburgh and regional user group and code camp events.
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 (http://technologyandfriends.com). 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 www.DavidGiard.com. David lives in Michigan with his two teenage sons.
In show #16, Dane and Andrew talk with John Blumenauer, from Germantown, MD. We discuss MEF, the Orchard Project, as well as John's work in the community including his user group, the Frederick .NET User Group. We also found time for a little discussion about Visual Studio LightSwitch, Microsoft WebMatrix and the Razor syntax (also available in ASP.NET MVC 3), and the Pomodoro Technique, which Andrew recently tried his hand at using.
John Blumenauer is a Senior Software Engineer for Applied Information Sciences (AIS). Prior to joining AIS, he designed and developed applications of all sizes in a variety of industries including telecommunications, aerospace/defense, point-of-sale, engineering and financial. During John’s 14-year career in software development, he has worked with a variety of languages and has contributed to projects of all sizes, including large scale enterprise applications. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and valuable experience with the development community as a frequent presenter at code camps and user groups throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. John is the President and co-founder of the Frederick (MD) .NET User Group (www.frednug.org). His blog can be found at http://geekswithblogs.net/jblumenauer/.