Blog Posts

Sep 07

I'm Speaking at Prairie.Code() 2019

I'm speaking again next week, September 13, 2019. This time I will be giving a session at Prairie.Code() 2019 in Des Moines, IA. This is another conference I have not been to before, but it is part of the highly regarded Amegala tech conference series. I have personally heard many good things about these conferences and how good of a job Amegala does in organizing them. 

I am presenting on improving some soft skills that all developers our there can benefit from with my favorite presentation of the year "How to Win Friends and Influence...Better Developer Estimates". I have given this talk a few times now, and the feedback and particiation from the audiences at THAT Conference and Code PaLOUsa have been amazing. As a result, I'm excited to be off and traveling to lovely Iowa to talk about developer estimates.

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Aug 17

I'm Speaking at Code PaLOUsa 2019

I'm speaking once again this coming week at Code PaLOUsa in Louisville, KY. Code PaLOUsa is a multi-day software development conference, located in Louisville, KY, designed to cover all aspects of software development regardless of technology stack. The conference schedule features presentations from many well-known professionals in the software development community.

This will actually be my third time speaking at this conference, and it ranks up there as one of my favorites. The organizers do a great job of planning the conference, and it doesn't hurt that the venue is almost always right in downtown Louisville (where there is a ton to do). I actually have double duty this week as I am speaking on both Thursday and Friday. 

Keep reading after the jump to find out which two sessions I am presenting.

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Aug 06

I'm Speaking at THAT Conference 2019

Wow, I can't believe that I forgot to mention this here, but I'm speaking again, tomorrow! This time I will be giving a session at THAT Conference in Wisconsin Dells, WI. I have not been to this conference before and am super excited about attending and presenting for the first time. Apparently THAT Conference is the second largest developer conference in the region (just a bit shy of CodeMash) with over 1700 attendees of diverse technology backgrounds and expertise levels. Oh and did I mention that the venue is a giant indoor / outdoor water park? That doesn't hurt either.

This is an interesting presentation for me, as I am shifting gears a little bit from my normal technical deep dive on a topic. Instead, I am presenting on improving some soft skills that all developers our there can benefit from. Keep reading after the jump to hear more about my session on "How to Win Friends and Influence...Better Developer Estimates".

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Jun 30

I'm Speaking at Code on the Beach 2019

On July 27th, 2019 I will be speaking at Code on the Beach 2019 in Atlantic Beach, FL. This will be the second time I have presented at this event. To be honest, this is one of my all time favorite events to speak at. They simply do it right by giving attendees and speakers plenty of time for sessions, plenty of socializing time, and then ,uniquely, they give you time for you and your family to hang out at the beach mid conference. It's hard to beat that. 

Keep reading after the jump to find out my full abstract for CoB 2019.

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Jun 02

I'm Speaking at Detroit Tech Watch 2019

The first annual Detroit Tech Watch conference is happening June 29th, 2019. I am happy to announce that I was selected as a speaker for this new event. Detroit Tech Watch's goal is to look toward the future of software development and is a day long event with nationally recognized speakers to discuss cutting edge ideas in software development and new programming languages.

My session at the event is titled "Do Not Build a Website with Last Decade’s Tech". Keep reading after the jump to get the full details on why I feel that the future of software development is not a large monolithic software installation, but instead powered by microservices, api, and simple front end rendering.

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Apr 20

I'm Speaking at Beer City Code 2019

On June 1st, 2019 I will be speaking at Beer City Code 2019 in Grand Rapids, MI. Yes, that is my hometown, and that is why I am stoked about it! I have actually spoken multiple times at this event back when it was named GRDevDay, but in the last few years the conference organizers have really upped the ante on the conference. Along with the re-branding, it has grown much larger than the old days, now attracts close to 500 developers around the West Michigan area, and brings in national level speakers.

It's great to see this conference grow because the board at West Michigan .NET Users Group does such a great job at making it affordable for almost anyone to attend. Also in the last few years the conference has spawned new events like a Diversity Mixer provides people in under-represented groups in the tech industry a chance to get to know each other before the conference, and a new kids portion of the event for some hands-on and kid-friendly sessions at the first annual Root Beer City Code. 

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Mar 16

I'm Speaking at Philly.Net Code Camp 2019

On April 13th, 2019 I will be speaking at Philly.Net Code Camp 2019 in Malvern, PA. I am excited about speaking at this event because it will be the first time attending for me, and it sounds like the code camp had quite the turnout last year (700 attendees). This will be the 28th Code Camp over 15 years at Philly.Net. The camp itself is run by a dedicated staff that includes several Microsoft MVPs.

I actually have two different sessions selected for the camp. Keep reading after the jump to find out what they are.

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Oct 06

I'm Speaking at Kentico Connection 2018 Chicago

Wow I can't believe that I almost forgot to mention it here on my blog, but in little less than a week from now, October 10th-11th, Kentico developers, partners, employees, and customers will be meeting up in Chicago, IL for the 2018 version of Kentico Connection. I'm happy to announce that this will be the 7th time that I am speaking at the conference.

The good thing is that I am just as excited about it as I was back in 2012. Why, you might ask? Well that is because this year's conference is centered around one of my favorite topics, the fact that Kentico 12.0 is about to release with first class support for ASP.NET MVC.

This time I will be giving a session on how my team at BizStream has been utilizing Kentico EMS with the MVC development framework for a few years now, and what we were able to do with it for one of our customers, National Heritage Academies. Keep reading after the jump for the full abstract of my session.

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Jul 21

I'm Speaking at Code on the Beach 2018

In just less than a month from now (August 10th, 2018) I will be speaking at Code on the Beach 2018 in Atlantic Beach, FL. I am very excited about participating at this event because it will be the first time attending for me, and one of the big draws of this event is that it is family friendly, so my family is making the journey with me. And don't forget any change to go to Florida is pretty nice when you live in Michigan.

This time I will be giving my popular chat bot talk on "How to Build an E-commerce Chat bot with Azure Bot Framework". The talk was very well received at CPL this year and a few other events. For this instance I have added another new ability of the bot to show off as well.

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Apr 23

I'm Speaking at GLSEC 2018

SoftwareGR is once again hosting its annual software conference, the Great Lakes Software Excellence Conference, known as GLSEC. Each year the conference is dedicated to building and enhancing the software industry in the West Michigan region. The conference brings hundreds of software professionals and business leaders together for a day of learning and networking. And once again I am happy to announce that I will be speaking for the second time at the event.

GLSEC 2018 takes place this year on April 30th, 2018 in downtown Grand Rapids, MI. This year the theme is on "Data Protection" or how to keep your company's data and systems safe and secure. The goal is help software developers understand the security risks that are always present whenever dealing with potentially sensitive or personal information, and how to create applications and systems that protect against that risk.

As a result of the theme, my session is titled "Doom, Gloom and the New GDPR, What's a Web Developer to do?". If this is the first time you are hearing about GDPR and reside in West Michigan, I fully recommend joining my talk to find out more about this important topic. Keep reading after the jump to see the full abstract of my talk.

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