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Carl and Richard talk to Lino Tadros about his viewpoint on doing mobile development using the plethora of cross-platform development tools available today. First up - Xamarin's tools for building iOS and Android apps. Windows Phone also makes an appearance, especially with Xamarin Forms. The Xamarin stack continues to evolve and improve, and Lino is pretty impressed. Then it's over to the HTML/JavaScript world of Adobe Cordova, with implementations in Visual Studio as well as the Telerik Platform. Lino talks about its strengths around working beyond even the three top mobile platforms for when you really want to deal with the long tail, but the implementations vary a bit, leading to the ecosystem of plugins to fill in the gaps. Both these approaches work, Lino focuses in on the skillsets needed, and reminds of the reality - there is no cross-platform solution out there that doesn't demand you understand the platforms you're working with.

Alain "Lino" Tadros is President & CEO of Falafel Software, a Silicon Valley based company, with presence in Colorado, Texas, Michigan, Florida and North Carolina, dedicated to providing world-class consulting, training, and software development for small, medium, and enterprise level businesses. Prior to founding Falafel, Lino was a member of the development team at Borland for Delphi and C++Builder. Lino has been awarded Microsoft MVP status 12 years in a row for his numerous contributions to the C# community and is an expert in .NET, LINQ, ASP.NET, MVC, XAML, Windows Phone and Web Services. Lino is an industry renowned speaker and has given numerous presentations on five different continents since 1994. He also currently sits on the Board of Directors of four Silicon Valley corporations.

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Running Time 54 minutes      Date Wednesday, October 1, 2014     Comments Comments


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

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