The episode starts with Mike talking about Hockey and how he got started playing it. The conversation then turns to the Red Sox and how winning the championship energized the Boston community. Mike then shares how he got started in technology as a kid. He also talks about his love for writing games and how he wrote a game with his kids. Cecil and Mike then discuss virtual reality technology and how technology has changed over the past few years. Mike then shares how he works from home and talks about some of the things he’s looking forward to in the remainder of 2016.
Mike Bluestein is an internationally recognized expert on the Xamarin platform, and one of the first users of Xamarin.iOS, dating back to the pre-Xamarin days when the product was called MonoTouch. As an early Xamarin employee, both as the documentation lead and later a developer evangelist, he taught many of Xamarin’s employees how to build Xamarin applications, as well as several of Xamarin’s larger customers. The majority of the content in the Xamarin Developer Center was initially created by Mike. Mike also authored the book Learning MonoTouch: A Hands-On Guide to Building iOS Applications with C# and .NET, from Addison-Wesley, which has been published internationally in multiple languages, as well as a MonoTouch course for AppDev. Previously Mike worked on a variety of engineering applications ranging from CAD software, to distributed 3D content systems. Before working exclusively as a software engineer, Mike was an aerospace engineer who did aerodynamic design for jet engines.