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#80 Angela Dugan, Impostor Syndrome

Summary Angela Dugan tells me about impostor syndrome, why it matters and what you can do about it. Details Who she is, what she does. What impostor syndrome is, Hanselman's post. Who is affected by it. The more you know, the more you realize you don't know; being an "expert"; why is "I don't know" not acceptable, do agile sprints and commitments force unreasonable expectations. Angela's impostor syndrome survey. The opposite of impostor syndrome - Dunning–Kruger. Should one do anything...

Duration: 00:34:32

#79 Josh Doody, Salary Negotiation

Summary Josh Doody talks about salaries, how they are set and how to negotiate a higher one. Details Who he is and what he does. What is a salary negotiation coach, negotiation by proxy. Who can benefit from Josh's help, how to get his book. Salary structures, what they are and how they work. Estimating your market value; judging your value compared to others, Bryan disagrees with Josh, John Sonmez says "ask for the moon". The interview, preparation, never share your current salary or...

Duration: 00:47:24

#78 Dustin Campbell, C# 7.1 and Beyond

Summary Dustin Campbell talks about the future of C# 7.1, 7.2 and beyond.Details Who he is and what he does, Mads and the other guy, cross platform experience, playing guitar. Why move to incremental C# releases, bug fixes, move language forward more quickly, csharplang on GitHub, changes needed to compiler, C# releases are tied to Visual Studio releases. Could C# become a NuGet package. Preventing accidental use of 7.1. Possible dates. Release cadence, halting problem. Speed of change of...

Duration: 00:53:23

#77 Laurent Bossavit, Software Myths

Summary Laurent Bossavit talks about the myths like the 10x developer that have grown in the software industry. Details Who he is, what he does. His book - "The Leprechauns of Software Engineering", why he wrote it. The 10x developer, literary archeology. The telephone game, examples in the software world, cost of when defects are discovered. Industry does not have interest exposing faults, why is the word "belief" used in software, is software an engineering discipline, opinions over...

Duration: 00:52:09

#76 Eyewire, Amy Sterling & Chris Jordan

Summary Amy Sterling and Chris Jordan of EyeWire talk about mapping the neurons and synapses of the brain. Details Who they are, what is EyeWire, how it started. About the brain, 80 billion neurons in a human brain, 100 trillion synapses. It used to take 1000 hours to map a neuron now it takes 80 hours. 250,000 users from around the world. Combined effort of players and AI. EyeWire is focusing on 1 cubic mm of a brain which has a 100,000 neurons and billion synapses. Where EyeWire's data...

Duration: 00:39:17

#75 David Mead, Start With Why & Better Communication

Summary David Mead of Start With Why talks about improving communication skills, leadership and handling conflict. Details David's role in Start With Why, Simon Sinek, David's own background. Starting with why, golden circle. What we do, how we do it, why we do it; without why it is much harder to differentiate ourselves. Most companies start with what, examples of companies that start with why. People like to be around people like them and believe what they believe. Imperfect companies...

Duration: 00:42:03

#74 Patrick Smacchia, NDepend

Summary Patrick Smacchia creator of NDepend explains how this tool can improve the quality of your code. Details Who he is, what he does. Why he is interested in code quality. NDepend is 10 years old. Transitioning from free to commercial. What is static analysis. Comparing NDepend to other tools, Roslyn analyzer. Finding spaghetti code, all rules are linq queries. Measuring technical debt, estimating the cost of fixing the code vs leaving it alone. Call graphs, dependency matrix, tree...

Duration: 00:42:53

#73 Bill Wagner, Microsoft Documentation Service

Summary Bill Wagner discusses the new Microsoft documentation service, a new way of learning about Microsoft's development offerings. Details Who he is, what he does, upcoming talks in Portland, Vermont, Boston and Sydney. The new .NET documentation project, why they are doing it, reorganizing the docs to help solve problems. New docs give more context, e.g. thread safety, advice on usage. Picking what to write about. Open to user contributions. Who keeps the docs up to date, internal pull...

Duration: 00:43:02

#72 Eric Schles, Fake News and How To Filter It With Big Data

Summary Eric Schles talks about a set of tools he is building to identify and filter fake news stories.Details Who he is, a story on human trafficking. Importance of identifying "fake news". News Literacy Project, how Eric got involved. Manually categorizing news stories. Building software to do the job, metrics to identify "fake news", Stitch Fix, word distance map, comparing to the manual process. Eric loves Python, scraping. Other applications of tool, machine generating long form...

Duration: 00:34:31

#71 Dylan Reisenberger, The Polly Project

Summary Dylan Reisenberger talks about Polly, a resilience and transient-fault-handling library for .NET. Commonly used for retries, circuit breaking and fallback when calling remote services. Details Who he is. Quick overview of Polly, why do I need Polly - the network is not reliable. History of the Polly project. How popular it is. What a resilience framework is. Retires in Polly; backoff; doing other things during the retry. Policies, what they are. Handling exceptions and result...

Duration: 00:42:08

#70 Ben Day, Dev Ops in the Microsoft World

Summary Ben Day, Pluralsight author and consultant talks about dev ops in the Microsoft world and how to introduce it in your organization. Details Dev ops will solve everything. definition is hard to pin down. Three questions, 1) how long from checkin to deployment, 2) what are the steps to get code deployed, 3) how much time is spent on production support issues. Why do we need dev ops. Who takes on the role of dev ops. What Microsoft offers. All the way from local dev to release. Do dev...

Duration: 00:28:38

#69 Rachel Roumeliotis, 2017 Technology Trends

Summary Rachel Roumeliotis of O'Reilly Media spoke to me about technology and development trends for 2017. Details Who she is and what she does. Upcoming conferences, OSCON and Fluent. Rachel and I discuss tech trends for 2017: open source, the big players, can every company do it? Code is not the only value, customer lock-in. "All businesses are software businesses", how common is that perception, is dev over valued sometimes. "Infrastructure changes", very hard to keep up, big companies...

Duration: 00:38:54

#68 Michael Biercuk, Quantum Computing

Summary Michael Biercuk, director of the Quantum Control Laboratory at the University of Sydney talks to me about quantum computing and the future it will lead to. Details Who he is, what he does. Quick overview of quantum computing. How traditional computers work, transistors, charge etc. Moore's law, transistor size, nanometer size, tunneling. When quantum effects start to cause problems. What problems can only quantum computing solve; quantum supremacy. Can quantum computing crack ssl...

Duration: 00:46:45

#67 Steve Ellmore, On Game Development

Summary Steve Ellmore, co-founder and president of Disbelief, tells me that games are a collaborative effort and how game dev differs from other dev. Details Who he is. What he does. His first game was in BASIC. What Disbelief does. "A game is a piece of art that can move". Game dev is iterative and never the vision of one person; why it is thought to be that way; the visionary is more of a guide, deciding what to include and exclude; Hundreds of people involved. Using game engines....

Duration: 00:38:04

#66 Ben Day, Therapist for Teams

Summary Ben Day, Plualsight author, coach and trainer talks to me about real world agile and scrum. Details Who he is, what he does, Pluralsight, how long it takes to make a course; what agile and scrum are, agile is abstract, scrum is concrete; why daily standups are boring, shortening the cycle between dev and qa; Bryan doesn't think you need the meetings if the project is going well, Ben explains why you do; scrum masters should not be project managers, scrum masters are coaches, scrum...

Duration: 00:43:05

#65 Mads Torgersen, C# 7

Summary Mads Torgersen, program manager for C# at Microsoft, talks to me about the upcoming release of C# 7. Details Who he is, being the C# program manager; the favorite features he introduced as PM - linq and async, why linq was added, does the C# increment big features, was async as much of a success, complications are too well hidden, Stephen Toub blog; Mads won't tell me when C# 7 is coming out, new features, tuples + deconstruction, pattern matching; how Mads manages C#, boundaries...

Duration: 00:53:05

#64 Rachel Appel, Accessibility

Summary Rachel Appel talks to me about accessibility and how a more accessible website makes a better website. Details Who she is, what she does; the Rachii; assistive technology, what they are, examples of tech; standards bodies; simple changes that help; why make a site more accessible, skip links, screen readers - NVDA, ads cause lots of problems; more easy changes that help;; even more easy changes to a site; what to do if you can't change the site yourself, a11y. Links...

Duration: 00:31:29

#63 Jimmy Bogard, AutoMapper

Summary Jimmy Bogard talks about AutoMapper, why and how he built, and recent performance improvements. Details Who he is, what he does; how AutoMapper started, what it is; projections, what that are, how they work, expression trees; early mistakes, inspired by StructureMap, performance problems, difficulties with projections, rewrite, how Jimmy uses AutoMapper vs how other people use it, learning from other mappers, improving performance, expression trees are hard to debug; upcoming...

Duration: 00:51:27

#62 Samantha Stone, Tech Product Launches

Summary Samantha Stone, author and CMO of the Marketing Advisory Network talks me about tech product launches, marketing and sales. Details Who she is, what she does; her book; complex sales process, what it is and how it differs from a simple prices; launching and positioning a tech product, going to market, don't build for the largest audience; engineers might not have the skills needed to target a product; how to prioritize the right product for development; focus on differentiation but...

Duration: 00:39:55

#61 Jon Skeet (part 2), Google Cloud Platform

Summary This is part two of my interview with Jon Skeet, we continue from part 1 with some more on C# before discussing the Google Cloud Platform. Details .Net Core; is C# Jon's second language? starting on Spectrum, BBC Micro, writing his own language, c, Java was first professional language, took up C# in 2001, "Java is not that bad a language"; Google Cloud Platform, what differentiates Google from the other cloud platforms, Jon aims to make the best c# libraries; Stackoverflow "this...

Duration: 00:46:58

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