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Carl and Richard got the amazing opportunity to go to the NASA Goddard Space Flight center to see the James Web Space Telescope in person. And while there, they sat down with Craig Tooley, the Project Manager of the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS) to understand a bit more about space weather and the remarkable science and engineering that goes into a mission like MMS. The MMS mission utilizes four identical spacecraft flying in formation to measure plasma interaction effects between the Earth's magnetosphere and the sun. The goal of MMS to capture (by flying through) a magnetic reconnection event, where a huge amount of plasma energy is discharged. As with most things in the universe, reality is a complex thing, and the MMS is at the forefront of our understanding of the universe, at least around our planet!

Mr. Tooley is currently the project manager for NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission. MMS is an in-house GSFC mission launching in March of 2015, which will use four identical spacecraft, flown in formation in Earth orbit, to make three-dimensional measurements of the plasma in the magnetospheric boundary regions and investigate the fundamental energy transfer process of magnetic reconnection. Mr. Tooley joined the MMS Team as Project Manager in May 2011. Prior to being assigned as the MMS project manager Mr. Tooley was NASA's project manager for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Flight Project. The JPSS Flight Project is responsible for providing the nation's next generation of polar orbiting weather and climate science satellites in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Before joining JPSS Mr. Tooley was the project manager for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). He was responsible for the development and execution of the LRO mission for NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD). LRO was developed in-house at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, was launched on June 18th, 2009, and is successfully operating in lunar orbit. Previously, Mr. Tooley was the Head of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Instrument Development Office at GSFC. In this capacity oversaw the development of instruments that were installed in the HST during the 4th HST servicing Mission. During his tenure in the HST Project Mr. Tooley also worked as part of the EVA Servicing Team, which developed procedures and trained astronauts for the successful SM3B servicing mission in 2002. Prior to working in the HST Project Mr. Tooley served as the Deputy Project Manager for the Triana Project. Triana was a Space Shuttle launched earth science mission which was to provide continuous global observation from a libration point (L1). Mr. Tooley also directly lead the engineering development of the upper stage and Space Shuttle Airborne Support Equipment required for the Triana mission. Triana (now renamed DSCOVR) was built and fully qualified at GSFC but has not yet been launched. During his career at GSFC Mr. Tooley has served as the Mission Manager and Mechanical Engineering Lead for 5 successful Shuttle borne, solar science Spartan missions and held the position of Associate Branch Head of the Carrier Systems Branch. During the first part of his career he worked as an engineer the Mechanical, Attitude Control and Stabilization, and the Mission Analysis groups at GSFC. Mr. Tooley has been employed by NASA since 1983 and has a background in Mechanical Engineering. He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Evansville and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland. He holds a Senior-Expert level of Project Management certification at NASA.

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Running Time 48 minutes      Date Thursday, December 18, 2014     Comments Comments


At the NDC London conference, Carl and Richard talk to Steve Sanderson about his work on the Azure Portal and building arguably the greatest Single Page Application (SPA) around today. Steve talks about the approach the Azure Portal team has taken to deal with memory management as well as a flexible plugin architecture that allows the various Azure related teams to plug into the common "shell" component of the Azure Portal. The conversation digs into the challenges of SPAs as the scale and utilization goes up. You can make it work, but it isn't always simple! Steve also discusses the choices you can make around SPAs, it's not just about AngularJS, there are many ways to build a SPA toolchain.

Steven Sanderson is an Azure developer for Microsoft, living and working in Bristol, UK. He's sometimes an author or a presenter, but is mainly a programmer with interests in web development, security, and agile principles and practices.

Steve started the Knockout project, an amazing web framework for enhancing your web site's awesomeness. He regularly blogs and releases open-source code at http://blog.stevensanderson.com.

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Running time 50 minutes      Date Wednesday, December 17, 2014     Comments Comments


While at NDC London at the Excel Center, Carl and Richard talked to Phil Trelford about building your own compiler. First off, why would you do that? Phil talks about the various ways that compiler technology can be used and help improve your own understand of languages and tools. You probably don't need to replace the C# compiler for your applications, but you might want to use parsing technology to provide algorithmic support in your applications. The power of F# is apparent when you start working on compilers, with its amazing pattern matching and parsing capabilities. Phil also mentions some toolsets to make experimenting with compilers easier, check out the show links for more info!

Phil Trelford is a UK based developer with over 20 years development experience from video games to financial software. He codes F# and C# in his day job. Phil is a regular speaker and blogger, co-organizer of the London F# User Group and an F# MVP.

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Running time 59 minutes      Date Tuesday, December 16, 2014     Comments Comments

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