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I'm that tech guy…you know the one. When things are broken, I fix them. When they don't make sense, I explain them. When nothing is getting done, I do it. When a void occurs, I fill it. When there is silence on the call, I state the necessary. I'm that guy in IT that is relied upon by the competent as the nth tier of support, overlooked by management, and despised by the slackers. An InfoTech professional, aficionado of all things technological. I've been getting my geek on full-time since 1993, and have worked with information technology in some capacity since 1997 including VB 4-6, ASP, .Net, SQL, Java, HTML, ColdFusion, VBS, JS, Crystal Reports, COGNOS and more. I've worked on global scale environments for Fortune 500 companies and as a software engineer for local government agencies. My expertise is in Visual Basic currently in the .Net flavor, and focuses on user applications. I am also currently active in the ASP.Net programming arena, specializing in DotNetNuke Module development, site creation, and administration. Stated simply, if you need to get information from a-to-z, I'm the guy you want to see.

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Clean Architecture with Steve Smith

Thursday, April 19, 2018

What does it mean to have clean architecture? Carl and Richard talk to Steve Smith about his work on an e-book and template for clean architecture using ASP.NET Core. Steve describes the new tools that make life easier for following clean architectural principals as well as the separation of concerns, between business logic, infrastructure, and clients. The conversation also digs into Domain Driven Design, Test Driven Development and the ever popular Pain Driven Development. Great, common-sense thinking from Steve Smith!

Xamarin Update with Laurent Bugnion

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

What's new with Xamarin? Carl and Richard talk to Laurent Bugnion, now a Microsoft Cloud Developer Advocate, about his latest experiences with the cross-platform mobile development tool. It's been two years since Xamarin joined Microsoft, and a lot has happened - and far more to come. Laurent talks about both .NET and XAML Standards, and the challenges of reconciling development approaches for an array of mobile devices, the PC and the web. The conversation also dives into the truth that there is no one right way to build cross-platform mobile applications. New approaches and tools continue to be developed!

Practical Test Driven Development with John Callaway and Clayton Hunt

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Test Driven Development (TDD), good idea in theory, but in practice? Carl and Richard talk to John Callaway and Clayton Hunt about their success with TDD. At it's simplest level, TDD is about writing tests first, before coding. In practice, everything is more complicated than that. Writing testable code isn't as simple as it seems, and refactoring existing code to become testable can cause it to break - which is why you wanted tests in the first place. John and Clayton talk through their experiences getting things right and exploring the advantages that TDD brings - more reliable software that sustains for longer and can continue to evolve!

Desktop Deployment using Squirrel with Paul Betts

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

How do you do desktop deployment? Carl and Richard talk to Paul Betts about the open source project called Squirrel, which is all about making desktop deployment less painful. As Paul says, like ClickOnce, only doesn't suck! This leads to a discussion about the various installation tools out there and what they focus on. Paul talks about what makes Squirrel different - providing the tooling to make it easier for a developer to provide unobtrusive updating of applications - as in, not when they start up!

Productivity Tools in VS2017 with Kasey Uhlenhuth

Thursday, April 05, 2018

How productive are you with Visual Studio? Carl and Richard chat with Kasey Uhlenhuth about her work making Visual Studio even more productive for developers. The conversation focuses on the huge array of features that Visual Studio has, to support all sorts of different styles of programming. Kasey talks about balancing the needs of developers - some want lots of support and hints from Visual Studio, and some want it to just get out of the way while they program. There are a ton of options, you just have to discover them. Kasey points out a productivity guide that she has helped create to help you take advantage of the power of Visual Studio - check out the link in the show notes!

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Monday, April 23, 2018

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PUBG Announces $2 Million Major Invitational Tournament - Forbes

Monday, April 23, 2018


PUBG Announces $2 Million Major Invitational Tournament
PUBG Corp. has just announced an invitational tournament for their breakout battle royale title Player Unknown's BattleGrounds. Twenty top teams from around the world will battle to be the last team standing in a tournament hosted in Berlin, Germany ...
PUBG Is Getting Some Big Weapon Balance Changes On PCGameSpot
PUBG's first major esports tournament kicks off this summerPolygon
PUBG's Miramar Map Is Playable Tomorrow on Xbox OneIGN (blog)
Game Rant -PC Gamer -Engadget -SlashGear
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Ninja held a Fortnite competition in Vegas, but underdog players stole the show - PC Gamer

Monday, April 23, 2018

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Ninja held a Fortnite competition in Vegas, but underdog players stole the show
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Despite playing well, Ninja was bested by a host of unknowns in a competition built around the Twitch star. Comments. Shares. Last weekend, Fortnite Twitch-streaming phenom Tyler "Ninja" Blevins tested his mettle in competitive Fortnite for the first ...
Fortnite Streamer Ninja Breaks Viewership Record AgainGame Rant
'Fortnite' Streamer Ninja Breaks Concurrent Record (Again), Talks Being FamousVariety
Here are the 4 best moments from the first big Fortnite e-sports tournamentThe Verge
Forbes -USgamer -VG247 -Metro
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Breakingviews- Google's owner starts to look like Alphabet soup - Reuters

Monday, April 23, 2018


Breakingviews- Google's owner starts to look like Alphabet soup
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Google's owner Alphabet is starting to look like alphabet soup. The tech group's $9.4 billion of earnings in the first quarter came with new noise after it adjusted the way it accounts for investments like ride ...
We finally know how much money Nest makesRecode
Google Earnings: Why The Ad Backlash Hasn't HappenedFast Company
Google is bleeding cash trying to take on Amazon in the smart homeThe Verge
Android Central -WWD -Engadget -Smarter Analyst
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YouTube says computers helped it pull down millions of objectionable videos in three months - Recode

Monday, April 23, 2018


YouTube says computers helped it pull down millions of objectionable videos in three months
Bad news for YouTube: Last quarter, users uploaded millions of objectionable videos to the world's largest video site. Good news for YouTube: Last quarter, the site pulled down millions of objectionable videos before any users saw them. The news ...
YouTube removed 8.3 million videos in 3 monthsCNET
YouTube shares first quarterly report on video takedowns, new Reporting dashboard9to5Google
YouTube says computers are catching problem
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