Speakers at DevWeek 2013
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DevWeek 2013 features a number of the world’s best-known experts on software development, who between them have written dozens of books and hundreds of magazine articles.
Dave is an independent software consultant specialising in in the various Microsoft presentation tier technologies, such as Metro, Silverlight, WPF and ASP.NET/ASP.NET MVC. He’s also an instructor for DevelopMentor, where he’s co-author of the Essential Silverlight course and an upcoming class on Windows 8 and Metro. He’s a regular speaker at various leading technical conferences, such as DevWeek and Software Architect.
K. Scott Allen
Scott is founder and principal consultant with OdeToCode LLC. He has 19+ years of commercial software development experience across a wide range of technologies, and has successfully delivered software products for embedded, Windows, and web platforms. Scott has developed web services for Fortune 50 companies and firmware for startups. He’s also a published author in leading print and online technical journals, and a regular speaker at various conferences around the world. These days he primarily works with C#, ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC, and SQL Server.
Christian is co-founder of thinktecture, a European company aiding and supporting software architects and developers in designing and implementing distributed solutions. He has modelled and implemented distributed applications with Java, COM, DCOM, COM+, Web Services and other technologies over the years, and recently he has been focusing on the ideas and concepts of service-orientation and their practical translation in customer projects, primarily using Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Windows Workflow Foundation (WF).
Andy is a co-founder of Rock Solid Knowledge, prior to which he cut his teeth working in various start-ups programming on a host of platforms, finally working for a business acquired by Cisco in 1997. Having worked for Cisco for a few years, the lure of the start-up world was too much to resist, and he now spends his time working on RSK’s kiosk-based solutions on Windows Embedded with .NET, along with consulting and teaching for a diverse range of clients.
Neal Ford is director, software architect, and meme wrangler at ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy with a focus on end-to-end software development and delivery. He is also the designer and developer of applications, articles, video/DVD presentations, and author and/or editor of an increasingly large number of books spanning a variety of subjects and technologies, including the most recent Presentation Patterns. His professional focus includes designing and building of large-scale enterprise applications. He is also an internationally acclaimed speaker, speaking at over 300 developer conferences worldwide, delivering more than 2000 presentations.
Dominick leads the security curriculum at DevelopMentor. This includes teaching and authoring courses about .NET, ASP.NET, WinFX, and ‘Vista’ security. He holds a degree in Computer Science, is a certified BS7799/ISO17799 Lead Auditor, and speaks at various conferences around the world about application security. When not teaching he spends his time researching security, doing audits and penetration tests, and helping other developers worldwide to build more secure applications. Currently he is writing a book about ASP.NET security for MS Press. Dominick is a Microsoft MVP in the ‘Visual Developer – Security’ category.
Kevlin is an independent consultant and trainer based in the UK. His development interests are in patterns, programming, practice and process. He has been a columnist for various magazines and web sites, including Better Software, The Register, Application Development Advisor, Java Report and the C/C++ Users Journal. Kevlin is co-author of A Pattern Language for Distributed Computing and On Patterns and Pattern Languages, two volumes in the Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture series. He is also editor of the 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know site and book.
Sahil is the founder and principal of Winsmarts.com, and has been a Microsoft MVP and INETA Speaker for several years. He is the author of more than ten books and numerous articles in both the .NET and SharePoint space, and a consultant and trainer who delivers training and talks at conferences internationally. Sahil has trained for the best names in the Microsoft technology space, and has architected and delivered SharePoint based solutions for extremely high profile clients. He has been deeply involved in SharePoint 2013, and delivers SharePoint training around the world.
Bob is a database-centric application practitioner and architect, instructor, course author, writer, and developer skills partner for SQLskills. Over the past few years he’s been writing and teaching his SQL Server 2005 and 2008 courses to students worldwide through the Ascend program, the Metro (SQL Server 2008 Jumpstart) program, and client-focused classes. He is lead author of the books A Developer’s Guide to SQL Server 2005 and A First Look at SQL Server 2005 For Developers, and author of Essential ADO.NET, and he has written articles and whitepapers on SQL Server and other database technologies for MSDN, SQL Server Magazine, and other publications. Bob appears regularly as a speaker at SQL Connections and TechEd in the US and Europe.
Simon lives in Jersey (Channel Islands) and works as an independent consultant, specialising in software architecture and its role in modern software development teams. He regularly speaks at international software development conferences and provides consulting/training to software teams at organisations across Europe, ranging from small start-ups through to global blue-chip companies. He is the author of Software Architecture for Developers, an e-book that is being published incrementally through Leanpub.
Robert has been designing and developing web sites for the past 13 years, including the early days of ASP and ASP.NET. He is a columnist for aspalliance.com, an ASP.NET MVP, an “early achiever” MCSD for .NET with C#, an MCPD: Web with C#, and a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Robert has spoken at industry conferences including TechEd, AJAXWorld and VSLive. He works for Schwans Shared Services, providing business solutions with web technologies, and leads Robert Boedigheimer Consulting, LLC.
Richard has been working in the software industry for over 20 years, starting with mainframes through the early years of client/server to today’s service-oriented world. He has spent his professional life working on large distributed systems including being the middle tier architect on the UK national police systems. He now focuses on technologies that enable developers to build large-scale systems on the Microsoft platform such as WCF, BizTalk, Workflow and Azure. He is a well-known conference speaker having spoken at TechEd, DevWeek, Software Architect and Oredev, and can often be found helping people on various newsgroups, mailing lists and web forums. Richard is also a DevelopMentor instructor, where he writes and teaches material on WCF, Workflow, BizTalk, Azure, Oslo and a whole range of other technologies.
Dino is a trainer and software consultant based in Rome. A member of the IDesign team, he specializes in Microsoft .NET technologies, and spends most of his time teaching and consulting across Europe and the USA. He has hands-on experience in architecting and building distributed systems for banking and insurance companies. A prolific author, Dino writes columns for various magazines, and has written a number of books on various cutting-edge topics. An ASP.NET MVP, he regularly speaks at industry conferences around the world, including TechEd, DevConnections, Software Architect and DevWeek.
Hadi is a developer, speaker, podcaster and technical evangelist at JetBrains. His passions include software architecture and web development. A book author and frequent contributor to developer publications, Hadi has been speaking at various industry events for over a decade. He is based in Spain where he lives with his wife and two sons, and runs the .NET Malaga User Group. He is also an ASP.NET MVP.
Dejan focuses on development of database and Business Intelligence applications. Besides projects, he spends about half of his time training and mentoring. He is the founder of the Slovenian SQL Server and .NET Users Group, and is the main author or co-author of eight books about databases and SQL Server. Dejan has also developed two courses for Solid Quality Mentors – Data Modeling Essentials and Data Mining with SQL Server 2008.
Kevin has been involved in software development and design for longer than he cares to remember, originally as a mainframe programmer and more recently developing .NET and Java applications. He’s been programming Windows since Windows 1.04, and Windows 32 since the first beta release in July 1992. Kevin has been involved in training and consultancy since 1990, and helped co-found DevelopMentor UK in 1997. He was the author of DevelopMentor’s ‘Visual Studio Team System’ and ‘Code Smarter with Design Patterns in .NET’ classes, and co-author of the books Servlets and JavaServer Pages: The J2EE Technology Web Tier and Team Development with Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server.
Klaus is an independent SQL Server consultant, working with companies across Europe and the US, and helping them to understand, use, and run SQL Server installations in their environments. He’s worked with the .NET Framework and SQL Server 2005/2008 from the early days, and from 2004 to 2005 he was recognised as an MVP by Microsoft. Klaus is the author of Pro SQL Server 2008 Service Broker, which was published by Apress in 2008.
Allen is an internationally acknowledged expert in OO-Design, Agile Process, Java, and Cloud-based web application development. He provides training and consulting services in those areas, and even slings code on occasion. He’s spoken at numerous conferences over the years, has taught regularly for the University of California, and presents in-house classes for companies worldwide. Allen has authored nine books (including Holub on Patterns, Taming Java Threads, and Compiler Design in C), and 200+ magazine articles for various publications.
Tobias has been working in the area of user experience for over ten years, leading projects and teams to create user interfaces in various industries. He is Director of User Experience at Infragistics, a software company which specialises in user interface development tools and services. While he is deeply familiar with all aspects of user experience, his specialty is Human Factors Engineering, which is rooted in his academic background in cognitive psychology. Tobias is a frequent speaker at various conferences and author for technical journals, magazines and blogs.
Over 25 years Allan has held just about every job in the software world, from system admin to development manager. London based, he works for Software Strategy providing bespoke development, plus training, consulting and coaching for companies adopting and deepening Agile practices. He specialises in working with software product companies, aligning company strategy with products and processes. In addition to numerous journal articles and conference presentations he is the author of Business Patterns for Software Developers and Changing Software Development: Learning to become Agile. He is also the originator of Retrospective Dialogue Sheets.
Brock is an independent consultant specialising in .NET, web development, and web-based security, with almost 20 years of industry experience. He is also an author and instructor for developer training company DevelopMentor, where he manages the web curriculum. Brock consults for Thinktecture and contributes to the Thinktecture.IdentityModel security library, and provided the CORS implementation that you’ll find there. Finally, Brock spends a lot of time posting on the ASP.NET forums and his blog.
Dan is a senior BI consultant for Pragmatic Works. As a member of the Pragmatic Works SEAL Team (Special Engagements and Learning) he is focused on learning new BI technologies and training others how to best implement the technology. Dan has published several books and numerous articles on .NET programming and BI development. He is a regular speaker at various developer/database conferences and user group meetings, and enjoys interacting with the Microsoft developer and database communities.
Colin Beales works in the Developer and Platform Evangelism Group at Microsoft in the UK as a technical specialist covering development tools, specializing in the full Application Lifecycle Management tooling of Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio. Colin joined Microsoft in 1996 working in the Visual C++ team, before working with COM(+) teams. Following this Colin joined Microsoft Consultancy Services specializing in .NET development and application architecture. In his latter years of consulting, Colin worked with many customers and partners as an Application Lifecycle Management specialist and Agile coach working with Team Foundation Server.
As a full-time instructor for DevelopMentor, Michael specializes in core .NET, Web, Agile development, and Test-Driven Development (TDD) technologies. He has been building commercial applications with .NET since its initial public beta in 2001. Prior to working with .NET, he spent years working with C++ on Windows and SGI platforms. He holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics from San Diego State University and is a Microsoft Certified Trainer. Michael has a broad background in software development, with extensive experience in Windows UI technologies (MFC, Windows Forms, WPF), web technologies (ASP, ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC, AJAX, IIS), service-oriented technologies (WCF, Web Services, Workflow), data technologies (EF, LINQ, NoSQL), and software development process related methodologies (TDD, Unit Testing, Continuous Integration, TFS).
Nuno Filipe Mendes Godinho
Nuno is a Cloud Solution Architect at Aditi Technologies, with more than ten years of experience helping customers to identify, plan, manage and develop software products and solutions. Recently he has focused primarily on Cloud-based projects, mostly utilising Windows Azure and other Microsoft technologies including ASP.NET, Silverlight, Windows Forms, WCF, WF, WPF, and Windows Phone. He has been a Microsoft MVP for the last five years.
Sasha is the CTO of SELA Group, a Microsoft C# MVP, and an international consultant and trainer. Sasha is the author of Introducing Windows 7 for Developers (Microsoft Press, 2009) and Pro .NET Performance (Apress, 2012), a prolific blogger, and author of numerous training courses including Parallel Programming, Windows Internals, .NET Debugging, and .NET Performance. His consulting work revolves mainly around distributed architecture and high-performance systems.
Andrea is a solution architect, consultant, and trainer based in Milan. A Microsoft MVP for ASP.NET, he leads the Italy-based Microsoft .NET User Group, and is a regular speaker at industry events. He is co-author of Architecting Applications for the Enterprise, published by Microsoft Press.
Mark has been involved with software development for over 20 years, starting on mainframes (IBM VM/SP) and moving on to OS/2 and finally settling on Windows. He has extensive experience consulting for large companies, providing architectural and debugging help, performance tuning and design advice. He currently works with Microsoft Research on large dataset analysis, designing algorithms to take advantage of multiple cores to process and visualize large biological sequences. He also consults for Wintellect, helping their clients to design and improve their WPF-based solutions, and teaches for DevelopMentor, where he is the author of their WPF, Blend, Surface and Windows 8 courses.
Steve (or ‘Planky’ as he is more widely known) works to broaden the message of cloud computing in his role as a cloud computing evangelist at Microsoft UK. He is an author and regular speaker at events such as RSA, Gartner, Tech.Ed and the many cloud forums that are emerging. He addresses the mix of developers and IT Pros on the technical side of the equation and also reaches out to business audiences about the relevance of the cloud to their organisations.
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