In this episode, we have the pleasure of chatting with developer, author, and dedicated learner, Ian Felton. We start off the conversation talking about Ian’s background and learning how he got into technology. He tells us about his experience in college, playing in a band, and recording music. We also get some insight into how he got into NASA with some help from a college professor. Then we spent some time understanding how Ian dealt with the pressures of his figure job.

We also get to learn more about Ian’s book, The Code of the Samurai. Ian tell us where he got his inspiration from to write the book and some of the historical research he had to do. Richie asks Ian to tell us how writing books compares to writing code. Moving forward, Cecil asks Ian about his musical past.

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Ian Felton has more than twenty years of professional experience writing software for organizations such as NASA, Mayo Clinic, Thomson Reuters, and many more. He is the author of, “The Coding Samurai – The Way of the Computer Warrior.” His blog, The Psychologist Coder, explores IT through the lens of psychology. Ian is also a published author of haibun, a prosemetric Japanese form of writing, mainly centered around travel and journies to far-off places. In addition to writing and wildlife photography, his interests include running his nonprofit organization, which puts musical instruments into the hands of children  who need them, and practicing meditation, Chinese, and several Chinese martial arts. He’s also a graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts in Psychology and Counseling Services.

The conversation starts with Aurelia sharing what she’s currently watching on Netflix. Which leads to a discussion about 13 Reasons Why and the controversies around the show. Aurelia then shares what she does at the Mozilla Science Lab and the projects she’s worked on. She then talks about her time studying Art in grad school. Cecil then inquires about Aurelia’s love for maps which leads to a discussion on open source mapping tools. The conversation then wraps up with Aurelia talking about what she does when she’s away from the keyboard including her radio show Stereo Semantics.

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Aurelia is a developer and curious cartographer building communities around code at the Mozilla Science Lab. Previously of Ushahidi, Internews Kenya, and Carto, she’s been working in the open tech and non-profit journalism space for a few years, and recent projects have had mapping sensor data to support agricultural security and sustainable APIs ecosystems in the Global South. She’s taught coding classes at GDI-NYCSVA-DSI, and Parsons. She also runs a radio show based on the Semantic Web, called Stereo Semantics, and co-hosts a show-and-tell meetup called That Belongs in A Museum. Sometimes she makes and writes stuff too.

The conversation starts with Chris talking about how he got started in web development and his experience as a web designer. The conversation then turns to his site, CodePen. Chris describes how CodePen got started, how they determine features, and some of the interesting things that people are building with CodePen. Chris then talks about some of the things he likes to do when he’s away from the keyboard and then describes what it was like living in Miami for six months.

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Chris is a web designer and developer. He writes about all thing web at CSS-Tricks, talks about all things web at conferences around the world and on his podcast ShopTalk, and co-founded the web coding playground CodePen.

 

The conversation begins with Kevin talking about his early childhood and how he ended up in the technology field. The conversation then turns to what he’s learned by authoring books and the difficulties in writing them. Kevin then talks about speaking and how it has made him a better professional. The conversation wraps up with Kevin sharing the problems he encountered while leading the community organization PASS.

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Kevin Kline is a renowned database expert and software industry veteran. A long-time
Microsoft data platform MVP and noted leader in the IT data management industry,
Kevin is a founder and former president of PASS and the author of popular IT books like
SQL in a Nutshell. Kevin is a principal program manager for SentryOne. Kevin is a top-
rated speaker at industry trade shows worldwide. He tweets at @kekline.

In this episode, we get to chat with freelance Software Developer and educator, Victor Moreno. We start off the show with Victor telling us how influential his father was in encouraging his interest in computing. Victor also gives us the background story that lead to him becoming involved in education. We then get into an interesting discussion about his initial experiences being a teacher. Victor shares with us how he tries to maintain a balance of academic and engaging material with his students. We talk about the importance of having a support community, and also discuss what can the technical community do to help foster technical education especially for newcomers.

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Victor Moreno has been working with web technologies since before CSS was invented. With 8 years of professional experience, he’s worked as a Python developer, ReactJS developer, and also has experience in managing corporate IT infrastructures in a VMWare/Windows Server environment. Victor is not only an AngularJS and ReactJS enthusiast but also an AWS Certified Solutions Architect, AWS Certified Developer, and a developer on Toptal.com. Victor‘s background in entrepreneurship makes him a programmer with an uniquely pragmatic perspective, concerned with delivering business value first and foremost. He’s very adept at cutting through hype and his software practice focuses on agility and value over buzz. Victor is involved with two early stage startups and is currently the academic director of a coding boot camp named TechLaunch.

Bradley Ball is back for his second stint on the show. The convo starts with Brad sharing what he’s excited about in the comic movie world. Then we talk about the television shows that he’s currently watching. The conversation then focuses on the excellent DC animated movies and how Batman is the centerpiece of it all. The convo then shifts to baseball and how the Cubs winning the World Series affected Bradley.

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Bradley Ball is a former Microsoft SQL Server and Data platform MVP with over 15 years of IT experience. He spent 8 years working as a Defense contractor for clients such as the U.S. Army and The Executive Office of the President of the United States. He works for Microsoft on the Premier Services Developer team as a Sr. Consultant. He has presented at SQLSaturday, DevConnections, SQLBits, and PASS Summit. He can be found blogging on sqlballs.com about SQL Server or anything else that interests him.

This episode starts off in typical AFTK fashion with us finding out how our guest, Carlos, got into technology. Carlos let’s us know how influential his father was in the early days. Cecil asks Carlos how he went from being a SQL Server professional to starting his own company. Carlos talks us through some of the decisions he had to make and also things he had to consider, when starting his business. He also gave us some interesting advice if you’re interested in bringing on a partner into your company. In addition to this business, Carlos hosts a successful podcast, coaches soccer, is a scout leader, and is also a published author. Through this episode, we really get to dig into Carlos’ life away from the keyboard

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Carlos Chacon is the managing partner of SQL Data Partners LLC a consulting firm assisting private practices with their data. He is the co-host of the SQL Data Partners Podcast, which just celebrated two years on the air. He enjoys traveling and has been to four continents, speaks Spanish and can eat his weight in raspberries (not yet proven). He and his family live in Richmond, Virginia. Connect with him on Twitter or LinkedIn.

 

Part two of our conversation with Kasey Champion begins with Kasey describing how she joined Microsoft and how she was tasked with teaching the Word team how to write unit tests. The conversation then shifts to her involvement with the TEALS program and her experiences teaching at the collegiate and high school levels. Cecil asks Kasey what makes a good teacher and how does one create a course. The conversation wraps up with Kasey discussing her involvement with the edX program and a discussion on the rewarding aspects of teaching.

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Kasey Champion is a firm believer that “talent is universal but opportunity is not”; she is dedicated to bringing technical education, and the economic empowerment it provides, to all students. A software engineer turned teacher, Kasey graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Electrical Engineering, in addition to her course work she was a teaching assistant for the Computer Science Department.

After graduation, she joined Microsoft as a software engineer, but every morning before work for the last 3 years she has been a computer science teacher at local area high schools with the TEALS program. Recently she was lucky enough to make her passion her full-time job and joined the Microsoft Learning team to develop computer science courseware designed to be inclusive of all students.

Her current passions include employment courses for community college students, increasing interest in tech for girls and students of color, empowering women in Afghanistan to rebuild their communities and helping kids in refugee camps fill the gaps in their education.

The conversation gets started with Kasey introducing herself and her school years. The Hamilton quotes get deep as she discusses her background in the theater. Kasey then reminisces about her transition from drama into computer engineering and how 2008 the financial crisis hit her family. Kasey then reveals her love for all things Disney and how that has influenced her small business.

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Kasey Champion is a firm believer that “talent is universal but opportunity is not”; she is dedicated to bringing technical education, and the economic empowerment it provides, to all students. A software engineer turned teacher, Kasey graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Electrical Engineering, in addition to her course work she was a teaching assistant for the Computer Science Department.

After graduation, she joined Microsoft as a software engineer, but every morning before work for the last 3 years she has been a computer science teacher at local area high schools with the TEALS program. Recently she was lucky enough to make her passion her full-time job and joined the Microsoft Learning team to develop computer science courseware designed to be inclusive of all students.

Her current passions include employment courses for community college students, increasing interest in tech for girls and students of color, empowering women in Afghanistan to rebuild their communities and helping kids in refugee camps fill the gaps in their education.

The conversation begins with Jo introducing himself and explaining how he got started with mobile apps. Jo then talks about his app biggest success, Ugly Meter. Cecil then asks Jo how he handled the success of Ugly Meter and what was some of the downsides to having 30 million downloads. The conversation then turns to Jo’s current company, SwingDev. Jo talks about the genesis of the company and some of the characteristics that makes SwingDev so special.

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Jo Overline, CEO of Swing Development, has been a successful iOS app creator for over ten years. He’s built over 30 apps in various categories, and over 30 million downloads under his belt holding the #1 spot in 94 countries.

The “Ugly Meter” app was one of his most successful – it even landed him spots on the Howard Stern show on four separate occasions.

Jo’s expertise lies not only in technology and development, but in the business aspects of being an independent tech entrepreneur. Since his days as an iOS consultant, he moved on to found SwingDev, which specializes in web and mobile app development for individuals and companies ranging from startups to the Fortune 500.