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.

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Mike_Bluestein_BioMike 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.

In this episode, we start off with James telling us about his love for music. James gets into how he got into hip-hop and how he listens to albums. Cecil and James talk about what type of music they put on to help to get in the zone. They talk about making playlists and whats wrong with the top charts lists. The discussion the moves into how albums are composed and being able to enjoy the entire body of work.

The conversation quickly moves into how we set priorities and how those priorities change over time. James reminds us how important it is to put our devices down and connect with the world around us. We also briefly discuss the pros and cons of being in time where we’re more connected than ever before.

Cecil asks James about cycling and not having a car. James tells us the story of how he started getting in better shape and what got him into cycling. We end off with James talking about his most memorable traveling experience.

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James_Montemagno_BioJames Montemagno is a Developer Evangelist at Xamarin. He has been a .NET developer since 2005 working in a wide range of industries and before joining Xamarin was a professional mobile developer and has now been developing with the Xamarin platform since 2011.

Newt introduces himself and talks about his company, CareerScore, and how it originated. Newt then explains how he came from an economics and finance background and started to learn how to code. He then goes on to discuss how to find quality people and what CareerScore offers companies.Cecil then asks what is it like to work in a startup incubator. Richie then hops in an asks how CareerScore can help the job seeker. The conversation then wraps up with Newt sharing what he’s looking forward to in 2016 and what he does when he’s away from the keyboard.

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Newt_Porter_HeadshotNewt is the CEO and co-founder of Careerscore, a career engagement platform helping tech professionals accelerate their careers. The spark for starting the company began while attending the University of Florida where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Economics and master’s degree in Finance. Newt is a Miami native, a data nerd, a fitness enthusiast, and a private pilot. Follow him on twitter @newtporter.

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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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.