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Developer On Fire

Summary: Developer On Fire with Dave Rael is an interview podcast with inspiring and successful software professionals telling personal stories about their experiences with delivering value. It is a chance for you to get to know your favorite geeks and learn more about who they are, how they deliver, and what makes them tick. Learn from and get to know special geeks like Matt Wynne, Rob Eisenberg, Udi Dahan, Ted Neward, John Sonmez, Phil Haack, and David Heinemeier Hansson.

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 Episode 363 | Ed Charbeneau - Community Powerhouse | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:48:48

Guest: @ Ed Charbeneau talks with Dave Rael about innovation, community, extra effort, and making good happen Ed is a Microsoft MVP and an international speaker, writer, online influencer, a Developer Advocate for Progress, and expert on all things web development. Ed enjoys geeking out to cool new tech, brainstorming about future technology, and admiring great design. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Ed Charbeneau - How Ed got started in software, working with electronics and parts, and creating a software engineering job by automating his own job - Inventing a career - Ed's start of community involvement and speaking - The rewards of extra-curricular activities in Ed's free time and becoming a developer advocate - Learning new and exciting technologies and the future of software - Knowing what lies underneath - Mindset - distinguishing between a rocky start that will get better and something not connecting - Being nervous before, during, and after an event - Ed's book recommendation (more of a recommendation for tech journals and blogs) - Ed's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Ed Resources: Eat Sleep Code - Ed's Podcast - The Official Telerik Podcast Telerik Blogs Progress Progress Telerik Logo Wave Soldering Popcorn Effect Chad Green Code PaLOUsa Sam Basu History of Artificial Intelligence Donovan Brown on Developer On Fire Kevin O'Shaughnessy on Developer On Fire team blog ASP.NET Core Documentation Google Assistant "With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter." - H.G. Wells Ed's book recommendation: H. G. Wells: The War of the Worlds - H. G. Wells Ed's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Don't get stuck in your 9 to 5 role Family First Find time to be healthy

 Episode 362 | Billy Korando - Automating Gratitude | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:51:40

Guest: @ Billy Korando talks with Dave Rael about being a speaker, the benefits of user groups, automated testing and delivery, and gratitude Billy Korando works as a software consultant with Keyhole Software in Kansas City Missouri. Billy has been a developer for a little over a decade and has worked in many exciting industries including insurance regulation, shipping, and government. One thing Billy has often wondered throughout his career is why do organizations struggle delivering software to production? The drive to answer this question has led to the developing of his two biggest passions, automated testing and finding ways of reducing workplace toil. Billy also helps run the Kansas City Java Users Group which is dedicated to creating a fun and welcoming environment for Java developers to learn about the latest trends and connect with other developers outside their work. When Billy is not writing code, he enjoys traveling, watching the Kansas City Chiefs (who often end up breaking his heart), and hurriedly writing biographies in a way that makes him sound far more interesting than he actually is. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Billy Korando - Billy's path to serious testing and continuous deployment - Becoming a speaker - a rocky road for Billy - The appeal of Java and .NET in 2018 - How Billy got started in software - Billy's story of failure - humbling interviews, failure to connect with a team - Getting diverse experiences - Organizing user groups - Billy's book recommendations - Billy's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Billy Resources: Billy's Website Kansas City Java Users Group Keyhole Software Cory House on Developer On Fire JUnit 5 Java to Move to 6-Monthly Release Cadence Chase Aucoin on Developer On Fire Ted Neward on Developer On Fire Alex Balazs on Developer On Fire Eric Evans on Developer On Fire Billy's book recommendation: Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation (Addison-Wesley Signature Series (Fowler)) - Jez Humble Release It!: Design and Deploy Production-Ready Software - Michael T. Nygard Domain-Driven Design: Tackling Complexity in the Heart of Software - Eric Evans The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Steven Pinker Billy's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Be aware of your biases Be nice Success requires effort

 Episode 361 | Jakob Heuser - Optimized for the Learner | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:48:48

Guest: @ Jakob Heuser talks with Dave Rael about the human side of engineering, training focused on learners, formative experiences, and making an impact Jakob Heuser (HEW-zer) has taken up the mantle of Evangelist for human-centered instruction to help businesses, start-ups and brands retain talent. His unique blend of engineering and instructional experience results in a different kind of training; it’s optimized for the LEARNER, not the instructor. This approach is a breath of fresh air in a world overcrowded with ebooks and generic leadership seminars. When surveyed by Gallup, 87% of millennials rate “professional or career growth and development opportunities” as the most important factor to them in a rewarding job. Yet in that same poll, less than 15 percent of all employees surveyed had received useful training or development opportunities in the last 30 days. Jakob is turning that knowledge into action, helping businesses invest in their team. No matter if it’s your employees or their leaders, his goal is to help you turn your talent into an advantage. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Jakob Heuser - Jakob on builders and problem solvers - The meaning of "optimizing training for the learner" - The accessibility of being able to train in a style focused on the learner, iterative, adaptive and in the appropriate context - How Jakob became interested in Instructional Design and the human side of software engineering - How Jakob got started in software - Jakob's failure story - bringing down Pinterest early in his employment there - Large organizations - Jakob's book recommendations - Origins of Jakob's interest in management and the human side of engineering - Learning about managing and developing people - Developing a relationship with a manager and fostering an environment welcome to constructive feedback - How Jakob stays current with what he needs to know - The "training" Jakob offers - Jakob's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Jakob Resources: Jakob's Lead SV Page for Developer On Fire Listeners Instructional Design Doc Norton on Developer On Fire Gorilla Warfare - QBasic Situation - Behavior - Impact Arrange Act Assert Given When Then Jakob's book recommendation: Designing Effective Instruction - Gary R. Morrison, Steven M. Ross, Howard K. Kalman, Jerrold E. Kemp Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager - Michael Lopp Jakob's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Build good calendar habits - schedule time for doing important things Write more and better documentation about why and how you're doing things in code Test your assumptions early

 Episode 360 | Guy Royse - Generalized Excellence | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:56:22

Guest: @ Guy Royse talks with Dave Rael about impact, conference speaking, curiosity, and going deep on understanding what lies beneath Guy works for DataRobot in Columbus, Ohio as a Developer Evangelist. Combining his decades of experience in building software with a passion for sharing what he has learned, Guy goes out into developer communities and helps other build great software. Guy has programmed in numerous languages over the years—many of them semicolon delimited—including C++, C#, and Java. More recently he has worked with dynamic languages like JavaScript and on mobile applications with languages like Swift. Teaching and community have long been a focus for Guy. He is President of the Columbus JavaScript Usergroup and has been part of the session selection committee for CodeMash for the last five years. When given an opportunity, he teaches programming at a prison in central Ohio. In past lives, Guy has worked as a consultant in a broad range of industries including healthcare, retail, and utilities. He spent several years as a consultant and several more years working for a major insurance provider. This has given him a broad understanding of technology application and business problems. In his personal life, Guy is a hardboiled-geek interested in role-playing games, science fiction, and technology. He also has a slightly less geeky interest in history and linguistics. He lives in central Ohio with his wife and three sons. In his spare time, he helps lead his neighborhood Cub Scout Pack and likes to camp. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Guy Royse - Teaching programming to prison inmates - Guy's motivations for becoming a conference speaker and why he continues to do it - Guy, gestures, beards, and fun - Relating to children - How Guy got started in software and picked a career at 10 years old - Guy's story of failure - high impact mistake in a financial algorithm - Moving into a developer evangelist role - opportunity, luck, and preparation - Guy's book recommendations - Guy's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Guy Resources: Guy's Blog GeePaw Hill on Developer On Fire Dan Wiebe The EverCraft Kata George Walters Jim Holmes on Developer On Fire PubConf Tood Gardner on Developer On Fire David Neal on Developer On Fire Lee Brandt on Developer On Fire Nik Molnar on Developer On Fire "The wand chooses the wizard, Mr. Potter" It's Basic: The ABC's of Computer Programming - Shelley Lipson Vocational school DeVry University Nexosis Jeff Gabriel Scott Hanselman on Developer On Fire The Wealth of Nations - Adam Smith Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor E. Frankl The Serenity Prayer Guy's book recommendation: Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software - Charles Petzold The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics - Bruce Bueno de Mesquita The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic - Mike Duncan Guy's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Be a generalist Learn what lies beneath Know what you can and can't control and plan accordingly

 Episode 359 | John Rouda - Leading Wisely | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:53:21

Guest: @ John Rouda talks with Dave Rael about family, leadership, education, learning, and the value in books and talks John Rouda is an IT Leader and Computer Science Professor. Currently, he is an IT Director and he teaches as an adjunct professor at both York Technical College and Winthrop University. John has spoken at numerous conferences and is currently on the board of the Interface Cyber Security Conference. John’s past experiences include more than a decade of Technical management in both software development and network infrastructure. In 1999, John Rouda and 2 partners founded a business developing, hosting and marketing websites. The business was profitable each year until it was sold in 2007 to a larger competitor. John has developed dozens of mobile apps for the Apple Appstore and Google Play Marketplace. He holds two master degrees, one in Business Administration and one in Computer Science. He has written 3 books that can be found on Amazon & Audible. John regularly speaks on technology, entrepreneurship and leadership topics at events and conferences, including a TEDx talk in 2015. He hosts a technical leadership podcast called A Geek Leader that can be found on iTunes or at John is married to a beautiful wife and has three wonderful kids who he dearly loves. He volunteers for his church and the community. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and John Rouda - John on teaching and how he became a professor - Managing doing a multitude of different things - Connecting with students and hiring them - John's transition into leadership and lessons learned the hard way - Becoming a good leader - Feedback loops in leading people - Comparing being a technical contributor and a leader - John's history with conference speaking - John's motivations for becoming a podcaster and the nature of A Geek Leader - Finding ways to reward team members with purpose - John's book recommendation - Managing doing many things - John's wisdom on productivity and focus - John's story of failure - losing a significant portion of a team at the same time - The importance of mentors and nature of the relationship - Education and schooling - the diminishing value of college - John's top 3 tips for delivering more value Resources: A Geek Leader - John's podcast John's Website John's TEDx talk Simon Sinek - How Great Leaders Inspire Action Dan Pink - The Puzzle of motivation TED Talks Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us - Daniel H. Pink The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Tell Your Family History, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More - Bruce Feiler Bruce Feiler on TED The Design of Design: Essays from a Computer Scientist - Frederick P. Brooks Jr. John's book recommendation: Herding Tigers: Be the Leader That Creative People Need - Todd Henry John's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Communicate effectively Use your time wisely Never stop learning

 Episode 358 | Zach Supalla - Internet of Awesome | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:58:47

Guest: @ Zach Supalla talks with Dave Rael about starting a business, making bets, hard, software, manufacturing, caring, and the Internet of Things Zach Supalla is the founder and CEO of Particle, an IoT startup that’s making it easier to build, connect and manage internet-connected hardware on an enterprise scale. Zach launched Particle on Kickstarter in 2013 with the vision of making the Internet of Things easy and accessible. Particle has grown to have the largest developer community in the Internet of Things with over 125,000 engineers. Particle devices are used at 50% of the Fortune 500 and ship to more than 100 countries. Particle has been featured in WSJ, Forbes, Wired, Engadget, Fast Company, TechCrunch, the Discovery Channel, and many other publications. Zach has spoken as an authority on Agile Hardware and the Internet of Things at prominent events such as OSCon, GMIC, and Launch. Zach earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and an MEM (masters in engineering management) from the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern. Before Particle, Zach worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, advising Fortune 500 companies on strategy, operations, and product development. He is a graduate of HAX, the world's first and most prolific hardware accelerator. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Zach Supalla - Being able to provide livelihood for people - Origins and motivations of Particle and it's early story - Transition from specific consumer products to hardware and software supporting products and making them easier to build - Diverse products and experiences being created using Particle - Lessons from manufacturing, hardware, and software applied to one another and the differing constraints and goals of each - The broad engineering disciplines and challenges at in the Internet of Things space, specifically at Particle, and bridging gaps - Valuable employees, motivation, remote culture, and dealing with limitations and advantages of location - Incentives and impact and skills and jobs - Zach's stories of failure - voicing anxiety and concern along with the team instead of easing them, pitching without data - Making voices heard and amplified - Zach's book recommendations - Zach's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Zach Resources: Particle The Particle Blog Zach on Medium Nest Rachio Smart WiFi Sprinkler Controller The Spark Socket Kickstarter HAX Shenzhen Message on toasted bread Tesla''s Iterative Approach Andreessen Horowitz Zach's book recommendation: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us - Daniel H. Pink The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers - Ben Horowitz Zach's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Care about the things you do, the people you interact with, the products you create Focus on problems, not technology Don't let the bad stuff get you down

 Episode 357 | Bryan Colligan - Dragon Slayer | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:47:01

Guest: @ Bryan Colligan talks with Dave Rael about dragons, software, business, audio, and growth Bryan Colligan is a 3 time founder and developer with over 15 years experience and 10 years of startup experience. Bryan loves building channels of growth has helped multiple companies Hack Growth and expand their customer base including, TalkDesk, Equidate, Sliced Investing, Lumity, Sendoso and Aquila(A-Quill-A). Currently Bryan spends his time advising companies and growing AlphaVoice a podcast marketing platform. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Bryan Colligan - Why Bryan uses dragons as the symbol for problems to tackle - Bryan, the entrepreneur - The story of the Panama Canal and relevance to building products and businesses - How Bryan got started in software - AlphaVoice - what Bryan is building - Bryan's immense interest in audio - Discoverability of internet content and learning - Why Bryan is creating products and why voice is so compelling - Bryan's story of failure - buliding unwanted technology - Bryan's book recommendations - Bryan's top 2 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Bryan Resources: AlphaVoice AlphaVoice on Twitter Back to the Future - Doc Brown - "We don't need roads" Dr. Jordan Peterson The Flinch - Julien Smith Julien Smith on the Bulletproof podcast Johannes Gutenberg Printing Press Dominance Hierarchy Her (film) Jaron Lanier Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now - Jaron Lanier Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products - Nir Eyal Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth - Gabriel Weinberg Bryan's book recommendation: The Ascent of Humanity: Civilization and the Human Sense of Self - Charles Eisenstein The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference - Malcolm Gladwell Malcolm Gladwell Bryan's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Be as good as you can with estimation so you don't lose credibility Be empathetic and pay attention to people when they're speaking

 Episode 356 | Chris Buecheler - Rampant Creation | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:58:32

Guest: @ Chris Buecheler talks with Dave Rael about being creative, teaching, writing, marketing, and making an impact Christopher Buecheler's a self-taught developer who's been working on the web full-time since 1997. He's spent almost all of his time with startups and was an early employee at and OkCupid, among others. He's lived and worked in upstate New York, Southern California, Philadelphia, New York City, Indianapolis, Paris, and Providence Rhode Island, where he currently lives with his wife, two cats, and about a dozen fish. In 2016, he went full-time on his current endeavor, CloseBrace, where he helps JavaScript developers skill up in new tech. He's also written seven novels and self-published four of them to reasonable success. In his spare time, he enjoys video games, the NBA, crafting cocktails, and playing guitar. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Chris Buecheler - Chris's relationships with programming languages - Chris's path to becoming a JavaScript educator and relationship with the web - Building an audience and creating a business - Comparing software development and marketing - Learning resources for marketing - Chris, the author of fiction - Common elements of many types of creation - Chris's story of failure - rebuilding a website that went away, bombing a coding test for an interview - Chris's book recommendations - What Chris offers with CloseBrace - Chris's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Chris Resources: CloseBrace - Chris's JavaScript Tutorials and Resources CloseBrace on Twitter Five Minute React The Blood That Bonds: Part 1 of the II AM Trilogy - Christopher Buecheler Blood Hunt: Part 2 of the II AM Trilogy - Christopher Buecheler The Children of the Sun (The II AM Trilogy Book 3) - Christopher Buecheler Chris's Books on Amazon Jonathan Stark on Developer On Fire Hourly Billing Is Nuts - Jonathan Stark MicroConf Startups for the Rest of Us Patrick McKenzie on Twitter Freelancers’ Show Ditching Hourly Fan Fiction Stephen King on Amazon Anne Rice on Amazon Felienne on Developer On Fire Programming is writing is programming - Felienne Crispy Gamer Neal Stephenson on Amazon Chris's book recommendation: JavaScript: The Good Parts - Douglas Crockford The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi Alien: The Cold Forge - Alex White Chris's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Never stop learning Focus on end goals Broaden your toolset

 Episode 355 | Jamon Holmgren - Context, Effort, Feedback | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:48:46

Guest: @ Jamon Holmgren talks with Dave Rael about the joys of software, early exposure to business, figuring things out, open source, and the importance of context Jamon (pronounced JAY-mun) is one of the founders and Chief Operating Officer of Infinite Red, a fully distributed app design and development agency based out of Portland, Oregon. He's been coding since he was twelve and professionally for over 14 years, working on projects across a broad range of industries. Jamon has spoken at conferences and meetups about technology topics and is also one of the hosts of "Building Infinite Red", a podcast with his cofounders that explains the philosophy and challenges of running a digital agency. Jamon lives in Vancouver, Washington, with his wife and four kids, and enjoys family, church, basketball, weightlifting, PC gaming, and contributing to open source software. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Jamon Holmgren - Jamon's early exposure to running a business and the distinction between working on the business vs working in the business - Jamon's business history and the history of Infinite Red - Jamon's daily activities - business work and opportunities to write some code - Business and family - Jamon on remote teams - Creating a conference - Jamon's motivations for involvement in conferences - What Infinite Red does - Jamon on podcasting - How Jamon got starting in software - Jamon's story of failure - deficiency of setting expectations, failure to share important context - Jamon's book recommendation - Jamon's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Jamon Resources: Infinite Red Building Infinite Red - Jamon's podcast, co-hosted with his co-founders Chain React - The React Native Conference Mike Tyson – “everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”. David Heinemeier Hansson on Developer On Fire Basecamp Shawni Danner Ryan Linton Darin Wilson Woody Zuill on Developer On Fire Labor Theory of Value Kyle Shevlin on Developer On Fire Jamon's book recommendation: Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto) - Nassim Nicholas Taleb Jason Fried Books David Heinemeier Hansson Books Jamon's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Realize that value is often very disconnected from effort Gather as much context as possible Establish a feedback loop

 Episode 354 | Sirar Salih - Lit Up on Community | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:50:46

Guest: @ Sirar Salih talks with Dave Rael about burnout, human connection, community involvement, and caring about good software that serves people Sirar Salih is a solution architect working at Making Waves. He is the creator and maintainer of the node-server-ar-drone library at NPM, co-founder of the AngularJS Oslo user group, program committee member of the Mobile Era Conference, board member of the Norwegian .NET User Group Oslo, the Oslo Software Architecture user group and the Oslo F# user group. Sirar loves holding presentations and has experience from speaking at international conferences such as; Norwegian Developers Conference Oslo, JavaZone, DDD Wales, SATURN, Trondheim Developer Conference and HTML5 Developer Conference. He also frequently shares his knowledge in the tech community by blogging at; Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Sirar Salih - Sirar's discovery of the importance of empathy and interpersonal communication and skills - Sirar's motivations for speaking and being involved in running user groups and conferences - Sirar's utility of downtime - The appeal of working with drones and making software freely available - How Sirar got started in software - Sirar's current position at Making Waves - Sirar's story of failure - experiencing burnout - Sirar's book recommendation - Recovering from burnout, perspective gained, and a new emphasis on the human interaction inherent in the craft - Sirar's advice for those suffering stress - Sirar's success story - becoming a solution architect - The benefits of being a user group organizer - Sirar's top 3 tips for delivering more value Resources: node-server-ar-drone Angular Oslo Mobile Era Conference Oslo Software Architecture (OSWA) OsloFSharp Pavneet Singh Saund on Developer On Fire Practical Empathy: Unlock the Super Power - Pavneet Singh Saund Jim Rohn on the "Average of the Five People You Spend the Most Time With" Funcom Austin Bingham on Developer On Fire Making Waves Panama at the FIFA World Cup Pablo Rivera on Developer On Fire Sirar's book recommendation: Cloud Atlas: A Novel - David Mitchell Sirar's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Have a positive and kind attitude Treat your peers and managers well Think of yourself first, especially your health

 Episode 353 | Kevin Grossnicklaus - Sustained Impact | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:53:47

Guest: @ Kevin Grossnicklaus talks with Dave Rael about passion, software, business, learning, and mid-life crises At one point in his career Kevin was the youngster on most development teams. He got his start developing with Visual Studio and managed .NET code during the early beta cycles in 2001. As a technical author, his first writing experience was for the Visual Basic.NET Bible released in 2002. He has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP since 2009 and is a member of the ASPInsiders program. He is also very active in the local St. Louis development community. In 2009, Kevin Grossnicklaus started his own software product development firm called ArchitectNow ( At ArchitectNow, Kevin and his team specialize in a wide variety of tools and technologies and take pride in helping their customers deliver great solutions on a variety of platforms. As expected (and necessary) today, they are always on the lookout for the “next big thing” in the software or technology space while guiding customers through the waves of new technology. Born in rural Nebraska, he has spent the last 20 years in St. Louis, Missouri where he lives with his wife Lynda and their three daughters: Alexis, Emily, and Hanna. He is an avid guitar player, home brewer, and gamer including everything from retro arcade games, to board games, to role playing games. When not spending time on any of those hobby’s he waits patiently for a second season of Firefly. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Kevin Grossnicklaus - Kevin's history with being a business owner - Schooling and the real sources of education - How Kevin got started with software - Kevin on writing and speaking - The growth of Architect Now - Dealing with the stress of running a business - Kevin on remote work - Hiring good people - Kevin's book recommendation - Kevin's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Kevin Resources: Architect Now - Kevin's Business Missouri University of Science and Technology Apple IIGS Edgar Dijkstra: Go To Statement Considered Harmful Google Translate Mobile App on Google Play Google Translate Mobile App on Apple App Store Building Web Applications with Visual Studio 2017: Using .NET Core and Modern JavaScript Frameworks - Philip Japikse, Kevin Grossnicklaus, Ben Dewey Real World .NET, C#, and Silverlight: Indispensible Experiences from 15 MVPs - Bill Evjen Bill Evjen St. Louis .NET User Group Visual Studio Team Services Pluralsight Architect Now Blog Kevin's book recommendation: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't - Jim Collins Patrick Rothfuss Ready Player One: A Novel - Ernest Cline Armada: A novel by the author of Ready Player One - Ernest Cline Kevin's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Over-communicate Speak up if you have a question or a concern Stay passionate about what you do

 Episode 352 | Chase Aucoin - Looking and Leaping | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:51:38

Guest: @ Chase Aucoin talks with Dave Rael about his unique medical history, business, sales, data science, microservices, and delivering Chase Aucoin is a passionate technologist. He has been fortunate to work with some of the best minds in enterprise-scale data, services, DevOps, BI, and people management. His knowledge is the culmination of approximately 20 of the best professionals in these fields spanning more than 100 years of expertise. He is in a unique position for a developer to be as business savvy as he is technically gifted. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Chase Aucoin - How Chase got started in software development - Chase on making impact with software and statistics - The utility of a business focus for developers - Chase's work as a developer evangelist at AppDynamics - Chase on MIcroservices - Chase's story of failure - suffering a loss of motivation and the end of a business due to theft - Chase on entertaining, speaking at conferences, and getting in front of people - Chase's advice for potential conference speakers - Chase's book recommendations - Data science and the things that appeal to a statistics geek - Limitless automation and prognosis for the future - Chase's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Chase Resources: AppDynamics AppDynamics Blog Aortic Root Aortic Root Replacement Heather Downing Heather Downing on Developer On Fire Udi Dahan on Developer On Fire Conway's Law Kansas City Developer Conference Chase at NDC Oslo 2018 The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses - Eric Ries Chase on Neural Networks Chase's book recommendation: Running Lean: Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works (Lean Series) - Ash Maurya The Sales Bible, New Edition: The Ultimate Sales Resource - Jeffrey Gitomer Chase's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Try to understand who you are delivering value for and what they consider valuable Collect as much data about the value you deliver as possible Iterate quickly

 Episode 351 | Laura Elizabeth - Designing Life | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:46:14

Guest: @ Laura Elizabeth talks with Dave Rael about lifestyle, passion, learning, designing software and websites, and teaching Laura Elizabeth is a designer with a hankering for cross stitch and rockets. She runs Design Academy which aims to help developers conquer their fear of design. She's also launched her first product called Client Portal—a client-friendly way to keep your projects organised. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Laura Elizabeth - Design for developers - Reuse in both development and design - Laura's lifestyle and devotion to her craft - Laura's path to learning how to really design, identifying the elements she learned, and becoming an educator - What is taught in (Laura's) schooling for designers and the inherent deficiency - Making sense of good design - The content of what Laura teaches - The barriers to creating Laura's first course and long path to getting there - Laura's story of failure - freelancing woes - The idea that became Client Portal and the process of turning that into a product - Laura's natural relationship with developers - Laura's book recommendation - The importance of noticing good design and building a cache of knowing what you like - Laura's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Laura Resources: Design Fundamentals - Laura's Course Do Not Repeat Yourself Client Portal - Laura's WordPress Plugin for Managing Client Projects Laura's Email Course on Principles of Design Laura's book recommendation: Badass: Making Users Awesome - Kathy Sierra Laura's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Share everything you're doing Don't underestimate what people don't know - you don't have to know everything to provide value Always think about your target audience and what they want and think about - and ask them and listen to what they tell you

 Episode 350 | Jhonny Edelist - Action | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:49:38

Guest: @ Jhonny Edelist talks with Dave Rael about culture, taking action, delivering value, human interaction, and punching fear in the face Born and raised in a suburb of Tel Aviv, Israel, Jhonny acquired his degree in software engineering from the Israel Institute of Technology. Following that, he served his obligatory military se rvice, first as a lead for a helpdesk support team, and then as a software developer and development team lead. After leaving the military, Jhonny spent the next few years as a senior developer and team lead at a few Israeli startups, in roles that varied between backend development in C# and frontend development in angularJS. In 2015 he moved, with his now-fiancee, to London, England, where he found work as a ruby on rails developer. For the last two years, Jhonny has worked as a lead engineer at one of the platform teams at Simply Business, an online business insurance broker. Jhonny tries to learn from his, and others', experiences, and has evolved or changed his opinions on several topics throughout his 10 years career. His favourite coding style, though, still involves plenty of cursing at the computer. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Jhonny Edelist - Big life changes in rapid succession and adjusting to different cultures - The liberation provided by constraints and the tyranny of the limitless choice - Jhonny's experience with military service in Israel and the nature of large, bureaucratic organizations - Jhonny's motivation for wanting to appear on Developer On Fire - Jhonny's story of failure - communication breakdown - Jhonny's success story - designing an understandable and maintainable system - Jhonny's video course recommendation - The things that have Jhonny most excited - Culture and quality of life - Jhonny's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Jhonny Resources: Jhonny's Blog Dave on .NET Rocks! Mark Seemann on .NET Rocks! - Constraints Liberate Mark Seemann on Developer On Fire Nate Walkingshaw on Developer On Fire Join Wall Street. Save the world. Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Help Others, Do Work that Matters, and Make Smarter Choices about Giving Back - William MacAskill The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically - Peter Singer Dark Matter Developers: The Unseen 99% - Scott Hanselman Scott Hanselman on Developer On Fire Jhonny's book recommendation: Applying Functional Principles in C# - Pluralsight Course by Vladimir Khorikov Jhonny's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Be mindful and aware of what you do in a work context- understand why the code is there and why it is as it is Be mindful and aware of what you do to provide value to yourself - understand the nature of work relationships and that they are not (necessarily) personal Be mindful and aware of what you do to provide value to the world - do your job and put your income to work to help people as outlined in Effective Altruism

 Episode 349 | Eric Potter - Harness Your Enthusiasm | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:49:17

Guest: @ Eric Potter talks with Dave Rael about being a leader, speaking at conferences, the relationship of life to software, and relationships between experienced and inexperienced developers Eric is a Software Architect for Aptera Software and a Microsoft MVP for Visual Studio and Development Technologies. He works primarily in the .Net web platform but loves opportunities to try out other stacks. He has been developing high-quality custom software solutions since 2001. At Aptera, he has successfully delivered solutions for clients in a wide variety of industries. He loves to dabble in new and exciting technologies. In his spare time, he loves to tinker with Arduino projects. He fondly remembers what it was like to develop software for the Palm OS. He has an amazing wife and 5 wonderful children. He blogs at and you can follow him on twitter as @pottereric. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Eric Potter - The diverse landscape of applications Eric gets to see and architect at Aptera - Timeless principles and perspective gained with experience - Hardships and health challenges and the joy of having software as an outlet - Eric's story of failure - underestimating everything, not seeking needed help and not communicating jeopardized status - The things that "light Eric up" - Eric's book recommendation - How Eric stays current with what he needs to know - Eric on conference speaking - The importance of knowing the warts and downsides of what you use - Eric's success story - Contributing to the excellence of young developers via mentoring - Eric's experience with teaching college classes - Eric's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Eric Resources: Aptera GeePaw Hill on Developer On Fire Developer On Fire Book Recommendations QBasic Nibbles (video game) The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition (2nd Edition) - Frederick P. Brooks Jr. The Mythical Man-Month Quotes (including "pure thought-stuff") The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master - Andrew Hunt Andy Hunt on Developer On Fire Dave Thomas on Developer On Fire Eric's ScriptCS-Arduino controlled Nerf gun Jeremy Clark on Developer On Fire Derek Comartin on Developer On Fire GitHub Education Azure Cognitive Services Object Design: Roles, Responsibilities, and Collaborations - Rebecca Wirfs-Brock Rebecca Wirfs-Brock on Developer On Fire Scott Wlaschin on Developer On Fire Eric's book recommendation: Pragmatic Thinking and Learning: Refactor Your Wetware - Andy Hunt Eric's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Follow your interests and harness your enthusiasm Join a community, find conferences, and engage Learn a functional programming language


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