Danny Simmons is the CTO of a small, Seattle-based startup which recently released the world's first off-the-shelf RFID accounting system for small businesses. Prior to this venture he worked on various software pursuits including founding an early ISP and spending nearly 15 years on various development teams at Microsoft where he is probably best known for the time he spent jousting with the nHibernate mafia on behalf of the Entity Framework.
Carl and Richard chat with David Graham about what it takes to create a new developer. David starts out the conversation talking about the shortage of developers today, and how the shortage is getting worse, not better. This leads to a conversation about existing training approaches, such as a four-year computer science degree. While we all agree that the best way to learn to program is to actually program, what are the best tools to start out with? How do you get out into the industry and continue to grow?
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David has been a Microsoft developer for the past 15 years. He has worked with Microsoft, Exxon, Apollo Group, and Adecco as a Senior Developer / Architect. Now he is the founder of a nine week intensive programming boot camp called Coder Camps that is opening up across the country.
Carl and Richard talk to Jason and Brian Kriesel about their work building Amazon Fire Tablet applications. The conversation starts off talking about the differences between the Android world and the Amazon world - they aren't that far apart! The brothers Kriesel talk about what it takes to maintain an application that runs in regular Android tablets and phones as well as the Amazon Fire world - what features Amazon brings to the table and the strengths of their platform and app store. The discussion also digs into the new Amazon Fire Phone and the concerns around the FireFly SDK. There are pluses and minuses to all the platforms!
Jason Kriesel is the Co-Founder of Chopstick Software LLC. He has worked across multiple industries spanning automotive testing, electronics manufacturing, health care, and aerospace and defense. He is currently an Associate with The Kini Group (http://www.thekinigroup.com). He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Computer Science Engineering and a MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas-Austin. He has experience in C, C++, .Net, and Java.
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Brian Kriesel is the Co-Founder of Chopstick Software LLC. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Computer Engineering in 2003. He has been a .NET developer since .NET 1.1. He is currently a .NET developer and technical liaison for Hagerty Insurance Agency (http://www.hagerty.com/). Beyond making Android Applications Brian enjoys reading, his dog, kettle, chess, poker, and good food. @bkriesel on Twitter.