Dmitry introduces himself as a software developer and a gamer. He also describes his role in putting on the massive Build conference. Cecil asks Dmitry what’s it like working for the “new Microsoft”. Dmitry shares about what his position as a Product Manager is like and how he produces videos for Microsoft. Richie asks Dmitry what is the difference between a program manager and a product manager. Dmitry shares how he was able to keep evolving and progressing in his career. Richie asks Dmitry how Visual Studio Code came to be. The panel discuss video games and how playing games can be a communal activity.

Links

Tech Night at the Ballpark
Visual Studio 2015
Build Conference

Connect Event
Visual Studio YouTube
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Community Edition
Star Wars: The Old Republic

Bio

Dmitry_Lyanlin_BioDmitry Lyalin has been building software for 16+ years and has worked in various industries including payroll, education, banking, media and more recently Microsoft Consulting & Premier Support. Currently Dmitry works as a Product Manager for Visual Studio team out of Redmond, where he moved to from NYC a few years back. In his spare time Dmitry loves building mobile apps, cloud services and is a very dedicated PC gamer.

Kendall explains how he cooks for his user group every month. Kendal talks about how he got his pilot’s license at 15 years old. Cecil and Kendal talk about their experiences watching Space Shuttle launches. Richie talks about how awesome the Atlantis exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center. Richie and Kendal discuss the new Space Launch System (SLS). Kendal talks about his experience with the NASA Social program. Kendal gives some resources to learn more about space and space flight.

Links

NASA
NASA Socials
Spaceflight Now
Kennedy Space Center
The Year of Pluto – New Horizons Documentary

Bio

Kendal_Van_Dyke_BioKendal is a database strategist, community advocate, public speaker, & blogger. A practiced IT professional with over 15 years of SQL Server experience, Kendal excels at disaster recovery, high availability planning/implementation, & debugging/troubleshooting mission critical SQL Server environments. Kendal is a Principal Consultant at UpSearch SQL (http://www.upsearch.com), a Microsoft MVP, & President of MagicPASS (http://magicpass.sqlpass.org), the Orlando, FL based chapter of PASS.

Paola talks about modeling, acting, and why she decided to become a technologist. Cecil asks Paola why she decided to investigate WordPress. Paola talks about her desire to be a front end developer and how she’s looking into a formal program. Paola asks the guys how they got started in technology. Richie asks Paola what’s it like to be in a session where you have no background in the topic. Richie talks about the challenges of hiring young developers, his internship with Walt Disney World, and a new hire gone wrong. Paola talks about her desire to continue to model and code.

Links

Juan Night Stand Short Film
Meetup.com
WordCamp Miami
Code Academy

Bio

Paola_Valiente_BioPaola Valiente was born and raised in Corozal, Puerto Rico. As an actress she’s worked in commercials for Minute Maid and Puerto Rican Lottery. She co-starred with Braulio Castillo, Jr. in a short film called Juan Night Stand (2013) which got to the Short Film Corner of the Cannes Film Festival in France. Her experience in modeling includes national campaigns, fashion editorials, and runways. Paola now lives in Miami where she has taken a new adventure, learning to code. You can find her on Twitter at @PaoPaoDaily or on the web at https://thepaopao.wordpress.com/

Matt introduces himself and how he got started in technology. Matt explains why he get involved with LaunchCode. He explains what LaunchCode is and some of the challenges that LaunchCode faces. Cecil ponders the statistic of one million programming jobs will be unfilled by 2020. Matt talks about LaunchCode getting a mention by President Obama. Cecil shares a story on the LaunchCode website of an individual that went from stocking groceries to writing software. Matt describes the typical LaunchCode student. Cecil asks about how LaunchCode’s partnership with edX works.

Links

LaunchCode
LaunchCode South Florida CS50X
Tested at ChefSteps: How To Cook Amazing Ribs without Smoke or Fire
Sous-Vide

Bio

Matt_Mawhinney_BioA Sunshine State native, Matt Mawhinney is the Community Manager for LaunchCode South Florida, a non-profit that helps people from non-traditional technology education backgrounds start careers in tech. Matt is also an alumni of Wyncode, Florida’s first accredited web development bootcamp and is actively involved in South Florida’s technology, entrepreneurial, and creative communities. In his spare time, Matt likes to cook, travel, and do improv comedy–if people in the audience promise they will laugh. You can follow him on Twitter @TweetsbyMatt and on Instagram @GramsbyMatt.

The group discusses the perception of Microsoft over the years and how it’s changed recently. The panel discusses their history with jQuery. Rey talks about the pitfalls of using libraries without understanding the underlying language. Richie asks Rey how he became so passionate about developer adv..advoc..advocacy. Rey explains the difference between evangelism and advocacy. Rey talks about how he keeps a high level of professionalism in a world where social media is everywhere. Rey tells a story of how he was booed on stage because he was representing Microsoft. Cecil asks Rey what are the more interesting developer communities that he’s visited. Richie asks how communities can be less argumentative. Rey talks about his love for diving and how he got certified.

Links

jQuery
Mozilla Foundation
Microsoft Edge Browser
Charles Petzold – When Worlds Collide
Underwater Unlimited
Pompano Dive Center

Bio

Rey BangoRey is a lover of the web and an advocate for web standards. At Microsoft, he’s focused on helping developers build awesome cross-browser experiences and being a feedback conduit for the community. He’s privileged to be an original member of the jQuery Project Team.

Todd gives a quick introduction about himself. Todd talks about what he’s learned about starting a product based business. Todd emphasizes the importance of getting customer feedback early and measuring what people do with your software. Todd describes how his product, TrackJS, was created and how it helps your application track errors. The panel discusses the frustration of monitoring systems via e-mail. Todd shares his vision of what TrackJS could look like in the future. Cecil inquires about the TrackJS stack. Todd talks about moving away from Azure and onto physical hardware and the performance boost his application is seeing. Todd doesn’t really like JavaScript!

This episode was recorded on May 7th, 2015

Links

TrackJS
Lean Startup
Wat

Bio

Todd_Gardner_Bio Todd H Gardner is the president and co-founder of TrackJS (trackjs.com), an error monitoring service for modern JavaScript applications. He also consults with companies to help develop their business and their products for the web. With over a decade of experience building software systems, Todd has built large enterprise systems, complex software products, and launched businesses. He is also at the keyboard when he should not be. He can be found on Twitter at @toddhgardner.

Esteban and Richie talk about their new standing desks. Esteban shares about starting his own company, using a co-location facility and hiring staff. Esteban describes the emotions he had while making the decision to leave his job and start his own company. Esteban talks about how he finds balance with starting a startup and having a family. The panel talks about how they can teach their kids about technology. Esteban talks about organizing the Orlando Code Camp and the challenges around hosting a large community conference.

This episode was recorded on April 22, 2015.

Links

StandDesk
Nebbia Technology
Julie Lerman – Entity Framework Guru
ONETUG
Orlando Code Camp

Bio

Esteban GarciaEsteban Garcia is the founder and Chief Technologist at Nebbia Technology, an ALM consulting and Azure-powered technology company. He is a software developer with a passion for ALM, TFS, Azure, and software development best practices. Estaban is a Microsoft Visual Studio ALM MVP and ALM Ranger, Pluralsight author, and am the president of ONETUG (Orlando .NET User Group). Esteban can be found on twitter at @EstebanFGarcia and the web at http://www.almguide.com

Cecil has never had a Yoo-hoo! Shane explains how he runs marathons and how obstacle races isn’t for him. Shane talks about how Jiu-Jitsu helps him keeps control. The panel talks about how community is important fitness and in technology. Video games frustrate Shane. The panel discusses fitness trackers. Cecil destroys FitBit bands. The panel discusses how health data could be used in nefarious ways.

Recorded on March 28th, 2015 at the Orlando Code Camp.

Links

Orlando Code Camp
Yoo-hoo!
Kennedy Space Center
FitBit
Microsoft Band

Bio

Shayne_Boyer_BioShayne Boyer is a Solutions Architect with over 15 years experience working with Microsoft based solutions. He is an ASP.NET MVP, INETA community speaker, and Telerik Developer Expert. Over the past 10 years he has lead development teams working on enterprise solutions with a focus on productivity, performance and sustainability. Shayne often publishes content on ASP.NET, TypeScript, Node.js. JavaScript and Web API development and can always be found on twitter @spboyer or on his blog at tattoocoder.com.

Mike and Nik talk about their presentations at the South Florida Code Camp. The panel discusses how to become a specialist and finding your passion. Nik explains how he became a foodie. Cecil is embarrassed after watching Master Chef Junior. Mike talks about some of the board games he plays with his family. Nik explains how he cooks with a device that was originally designed to preserve organs. Nik mentions that the secret to great barbecue is Excel. Nik and Mike give their tips on how to follow your passion. Nik turns the tables and starts interviewing Cecil and Richie.

Recorded on February 7th, 2015 at the South Florida Code Camp.

Links

PASS Summit
Ticket To Ride
FlashPoint
Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game
Immersion Circulator
Richard Campbell

Bio

Mike_Wood_BioMike Wood is a Technical Evangelist for Red Gate Software on the Cerebrata Team. He describes himself as a problem solving, outdoorsy, user group founding, dog-loving, blog writing, solution creating, event planning, married, technology speaking, father of one kind of guy. When he’s not living up to that title he’s an avid reader, (horrible) violinist and gamer. Michael is a Microsoft MVP in Microsoft Azure, an Azure Insider and the Editor for JustAzure.com. You can follow Mike on twitter under the handle @mikewo.

Nik_Molnar_BioNik Molnar is a New Yorker, Microsoft MVP, ASP & Azure Insider and co-founder of Glimpse, an open source diagnostics and debugging tool. Originally from Homestead Florida, Nik specializes in web development, web performance, web API’s and community management. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences and on technical podcasts. In his spare time, Nik can be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen, hanging with his wife and working on other open source projects. Nik can be found online at http://nikcodes.com and on twitter at @nikmd23.

Rich talks about how cool HoloLens is. Then he talks about Universal Windows App and how you can write one app that runs on many different form factors. The panel talks about the Window 10 bridges which allows iOS, Android, Web Apps and Windows 32 apps into the Windows 10 Store. Rich then explains .NET going cross-platform. Cecil has been doing some testing with Visual Studio Code, the new cross-platform code editor. Rich gives the low-down on Windows 10. Richie goes over some of his favorite SQL related announcements and how the machine learning scares him. Finally, Rich shares what it’s really like attending Build and if you should go next year.

Recorded On May 5, 2015.

Links

Hands-On with (a Near Final) Microsoft HoloLens
Universal Windows apps
Introducing the Universal Windows Platform Bridges
Introducing ASP.NET 5 – Scott Hanselman @ Build 2015
Deep Dive into ASP.NET 5 – Scott Hanselman @ Build 2015
VSCode: Creating an Application with Yeoman aspnet generators
Shayne Boyer
Windows 10
Azure SQL Database previews major updates for BUILD

Bio

Rich_Dudley_BioRich is a Senior Software Engineer for Quicken Loans, supporting Marketing via the Microsoft stack. Rich has been using Microsoft technologies to build data driven and e-commerce websites since 2001. Rich and his wife are known throughout the floral industry for their adoption and use of technology to expand their florist business. Rich holds an MS in molecular biology, and his work prior to software development includes surviving cholera and purifying radioactive neurotoxins. Rich is also a co-leader of the Pittsburgh .NET User Group, an ASP Insider and a Packt author. You can find him online at http://rjdudley.com/ or on twitter at @rj_dudley.