In typical AFTK fashion, we start us with asking Aaron where his passion for technology came form. Aaron tells us how his father got into software development and also how his father got him into writing software. He goes on to share a story from the Engineering Department of Vanderbilt University. Aaron also tells us about his first business at 9 years old.

Cecil asks how MarkedUP came about. Aaron tells us how he went from working at Microsoft as an Evangelist to venturing into his first startup. He shared with us how he was able to leverage his contacts and work with investing to get funding for his company.

Aaron talks about the decline of the Windows Desktop application market and having to shutdown MarketUP. Cecil asks Aaron about the lessons he’s learned through this experience. Aaron describes it as his PhD in Engineering along with an MBA at the same time. Moving on, we get into a discussion about explicit communication and asynchronous workflows for software teams. Aaron then talks to us about Petabridge and the need for an Actor Model implementation in .NET.

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Aaron_Stannard_BioAaron is the founder and CEO of Petabridge, and the co-founder of the Akka.NET open-source project. Prior to Petabridge, Aaron founded MarkedUp Analytics, a real-time in-app marketing and analytics service used by 1000+ developers. Prior to that he worked at Microsoft as a Startup Developer Evangelist.

While we were at the Podcast Movement conference last year we had the opportunity to record in the Buzzsprout recording booth. The limited time that we had was a perfect opportunity to record another Extra episode. In this episode we discuss our favorite mobile apps. Enjoy.

Cecil’s Top Picks

apps_airbnb Airbnb
apps_flipboard Flipboard
apps_shazam  Shazam

Richie’s Top Picks

apps_starwalk2  Star Walk 2
apps_glympse  Glympse
apps_tripit TripIt

Cecil’s Honorable Mentions

apps_feedly Feedly

Richie’s Honorable Mentions

apps_lastpass LastPass
apps_authenticator Google Authenticator

Amir starts by introducing himself and then shares about how he got started in game development. The panel then discusses their favorite video games. Amir then describes how he builds games and his toolset. He then goes to talk about his best selling game, A Dark Room, and how he brought it to life. Amir then talks about his next game and his inspirations for making games. Richie then asks Amir if he plays any board games. Amir then shares some knowledge about how to get started in mobile game development. Cecil then asks Amir about his new book “Surviving The App Store: How to Make It as an Indie Game Developer”. The show wraps up as Amir talks about his passion for drawing and for the TV show, The Bachelor”.

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Amir_Rajan_Bio Amir Rajan is a pretty decent dev and is constantly trying to improve in his craft. He’s a jack of all trades, being comfortable with a number of platforms and languages.

Last but certainly not least, Amir is the creator of A Dark Room iOS. This RPG conquered the world and took the #1 spot in the App Store and placed in the top #10 paid apps across 70 countries. It has been downloaded over 2.5 millions times and is a staple game in the App Store with over 25,000 five star reviews.

In this episode we’re excited to have Michael Kennedy on the show. We start off with Michael telling us how he got into working with Python. We then get into some popular examples of Python usage, such as Dropbox, YouTube and more. Cecil asks Micheal about getting into podcasting and what keeps him going. We also share with Michael some of our motivations for our own podcast. Micheal also share some of his favorite podcasts with us.

We ask Michael bout creating online courses, his very successful Kickstarter, and we also get into his future projects. The discussion then goes into the topic of the “computer science” in the education system and what is the difference between computer science and computer literacy? Finally, we end the show with Michael telling us about his latest adventure of living in Germany for a year!

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Michael Kennedy is the creator and host of the Talk Python To Me podcast and founder of Talk Python Training an online training company for Python developers. He is also an author, an instructor, and conference speaker. While working at DevelopMentor, he has taught over 100 week-long training courses to professional software development teams throughout the world. Follow him on twitter via @mkennedy.

Santosh gets things started and explains how he got into technology after getting his electrical engineering degree in India. He then explains how he moved to the US to attend college and the difficulties in the transition. Cecil asks Santosh about the kinds of food one can expect in Mumbai. Santosh talks about his role as Director of Software at Spectrum Bridge and how he grew into the role. He then shares on how he got involved with the OneTug user group and how he facilitates the creation of software for the group.

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Santosh_Hari_BioSantosh is a software entrepreneur with experience building products on the .NET platform since 2002 and over 15 years in the software industry. Before 2000, his claim to fame was working on projects that saved the world from the Y2K disasters.

Santosh currently works for Spectrum Bridge, a wireless startup, where he leverages his software skills to help build high quality, affordable wireless broadband to the developing world. He also dons the volunteer cape and helps the Orlando .Net User Group (ONETUG) organize meetups and Orlando Code Camp. After hours, he helps out at Sand Dollar Technology, a joint tech venture with his wife.

Santosh is a public speaker in the areas of geospatial data and Azure. He has given talks at meetups, code camps, barcamps and also at Ignite Tampa Bay in 2013. When not working on software projects, Santosh loves playing tennis, rescuing animals and rooting for his favorite sports team, the Florida State Seminoles.

In this episode, we drive into the comic book world with our guest Bradley Ball. We start off with Bradley talking to us about the passion he has for his career and why he decided to accept a leadership position at Microsoft. He talks about all the considerations he made and the questions he had to ask. Cecil asks Bradley is he ever considered working for himself.

We get into Bradley’s love for comics. Richie asks why Superman is so compelling. Bradley talks to us about why Superman is his favorite comic book hero and the story of the Elite. We then get into a discussion on the current state of Marvel and DC comics. The show ends off with Bradley sharing some suggestions on comics people might want to get started with.

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Bradley_Ball_BioBradley 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.

Entity Framework guru Julie Lerman guest hosts on this special episode. Ashley explains his roots in South Carolina and his experience at Florida State University. Ashley talks a bit about his affinity for cars and how he started a car club. Ashley talks about studying for his pilot’s license and the process of obtaining it. Then he shares how he joined the Aurelia core team and became the community champion. Julie shares the many different ways maple syrup can be used and Ashley talks about how he loves to cook.

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Aurelia Javascript Framework

The Data Farm – Julie’s Blog

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Ashley_Grant_BioAshley is a full stack web developer from Tallahassee, FL with over ten years of industry experience. Ashley blogs at http://blog.ashleygrant.com on whatever strikes his fancy. He recently discovered just how awesome modern javascript development can be and is passionate about sharing the awesomeness! As a Aurelia Core Team Member, Ashley focuses on community outreach and making sure everyone knows that their voice matters in the future of the web.

Cecil asks Nik what’s he been up to since the last time we had him on the show. Nik starts off with telling us about he first few months at Microsoft. We get into discussing Glimpse and how it’s now being sponsored by Microsoft. Cecil asks what it’s been like making a living off of his open source project, Glimpse. Nik tells us the backstory of how he got to where it is today. We go on to talk about the state of open source in the enterprise and how developers can get involved. Nik tells us about his experience adopting his daughter and how his life has changed. We end off the show with Nik telling us about his new projects for 2016.

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Lake Bill
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Nik_Molnar_BioNik Molnar is a Program Manager on Microsoft’s Cross Platform and Open Tooling team and co-founder of Glimpse, an open source diagnostics and debugging tool. Living in Austin Texas, Nik specializes in web performance, debugging and development. In his spare time, Nik can be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen, hanging with his wife, speaking at conferences, and working on other open source projects.

Cecil asks Dan about his company, Lexicon Systems, and how they started in mobile development. Dan discusses the app his company built that was nominated for a 2014 Xammmy award. Dan then discusses the transition from dev to business owner and the true value of networking. Dan shares that he’s not only a fine artist but also a composer that has released albums. He also shares what kind of music he listens to when hes coding. Cecil and Dan talk about his new book “Xamarin Mobile Application Development” and the surrounding book tour he’s currently on. Finally, Dan talks about his fascination with making Tiki drinks and how to make the perfect Zombie.

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Dan_Heremes_BioDan Hermes is a Xamarin MVP, software consultant, and founder of Lexicon Systems, an award-winning Xamarin and .NET consulting firm. Dan helps developers create great mobile apps and helps businesses develop a winning mobile strategy. He speaks at conferences and teaches software development at colleges, developer user groups, and corporate training centers. A contemporary Renaissance man, Dan is also active in the arts. He is a recognized composer and his classical crossover music has been aired on National Public Radio (NPR). He is an active digital artist, exhibiting his work internationally, and a founding director of Art Technology New England (ATNE).

Dan is the author of a new book entitled Xamarin Mobile Application Development.

Cecil asks how did Ryan get involved in technology. In his story, Ryan shares with us how he got into a TedEx event by volunteering and linking up withe Felecia Hatcher. Cecil asks where did his drive to be an entrepreneur and speak come from. Ryan tell us how his family has been the inspiration for his ambitions.

We then get into talking about what is Code Fever Miami and what do they do. Ryan talks to us about their target demographic and how they differ some other programming educators. We talk about the Code Fever programs, who their target audience is and what are some of the future goals of Code Fever. Cecil asks what does it cost the student to get involved in such a program.

We then get into find out about what BlackTech Week is. Cecil asks if BlackTech week is open to everybody. Ryan talks to us about the diversity of the event and reminds us that Trick loves the kids! Ryan lets us know that BlackTech week is open to everyone and discusses their want to reach outside the US. We end the show with Ryan telling us about his love for writing.

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Ryan_Hall_BioRyan Hall is an accomplished digital marketing consultant, web developer, and instructor for Code Fever. He’s been involved in the Miami Tech and Entrepreneurship scene since high school having volunteered for events like TEDxMiami and SFL Hack & Tell back in 2011. He’s a programming and entrepreneurship instructor for Code Fever. Over the years, he’s helped many local Broward/Miami-Dade entrepreneurs, small business owners, and artists build their web presence and design their digital marketing campaigns and content strategies.