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Carl and Richard talk to Ben Watson about his work around writing high performance .NET code. Ben talks about how the Bing team decided to use .NET code internally, which seems like an obvious choice for a Microsoft group, but it isn't really - when milliseconds count, does .NET makes sense? Ben says it does, and he's done the work to prove it. Ben's book "Writing High Performance .NET Code" focuses not only on coding techniques, but also the larger practice of having a deep understanding of how .NET works, and the processes that take place to turn .NET code into machine code. The conversation also digs deeply into the need for performance measurement, especially Event Tracing for Windows. .NET can be fast when you do it right!

Since joining Microsoft in 2008, Ben has worked on the Bing platform team, where he was instrumental in building one of the world’s leading .NET-based, high-performance server applications. This application handles high-volume, low-latency requests across thousands of machines for millions of customers. Most recently, his efforts have focused particularly on performance measurement and improvement. A recognized expert on .NET performance, he is the author of the books Writing High-Performance .NET Code and C# 4.0 How-To. In his spare time, he enjoys geocaching in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, photography, music, books of all kinds, and spending time with his wife and daughter.

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Running Time 52 minutes      Date Tuesday, September 30, 2014     Comments Comments


Carl and Richard talk to Mårten Rånge about his efforts to contribute to the open source project that is F#. F# is really open source and taking public contributions, but as Mårten explains, it's not that simple. You need to get engaged with the project on CodePlex and actually get to know the team and where the project is at to hope to make a difference there. As Mårten says, everyone is very nice, but they do have a vision of where the project is going - and you can contribute to that vision! The conversation digs into what it takes to actually build your own version of F# as well as the art of making a contribution to a project that will ultimately be delivered in Visual Studio. This is just the start for Mårten, and perhaps for you also!

Mårten been a programmer since 1988 and a meta programmer since 1990 and has worked for small start-ups to larger organizations such as Visma or Microsoft. In T4 Mårten found his calling and is constantly trying to spread the word to family, friends, colleagues and strangers who just said hello. These days he works at Ericsson.

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Running time 62 minutes      Date Thursday, September 25, 2014     Comments Comments


Carl and Richard talk to Trevan Hetzel about writing CSS code to do JavaScript work in modern web pages. When you're a coder, you tend to code. When you're a designer, you're more likely to style. Trevan discusses the many things that CSS can do that most coders tend to write JavaScript for instead. And once you see what's possible in CSS, the question drills in on - is this a good idea? Are we writing JavaScript that is better served as a behaviour in a style? Where do you want your stuff to live? Trevan also digs into a bunch of great tools for taking your CSS to a higher level, check them out in the show notes!

Trevan Hetzel is a front-end developer with a focus on designing and building scalable responsive sites. A big passion of his is to push the perceived limits of CSS to do things a lot of developers use JavaScript for (things like click events). Trevan works remotely from Iowa at appendTo as a visual design engineer, helping enterprise level companies create responsive sites. On top of front-end development, his roots lie in user interface design and he still enjoys throwing pixels around in Photoshop. Outside of the web world, Trevan enjoys spending time with his wife and two young boys, reading and racing dirt bikes.

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Running time 53 minutes      Date Wednesday, September 24, 2014     Comments Comments

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