Blog Posts

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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May 20

I'm Speaking at the next CDNUG

In about two weeks (May 31st, 2018) I will be presenting at the next Chicago .Net Users Group meetup in Downers Grove IL. I'm looking forward to my first time attending and speaking at this group's meetup because I have heard good things of the group even all the way up here in Michigan from a few other developers in the .Net community.

I'll be giving my 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 today I am working on updating a few of the samples to give the session a small refresh. 

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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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May 29

I'm Speaking at Chicago Coder Conference

The Chicago Coder Conference (CCC) is entering its fourth year of supporting and promoting the Chicagoland area’s technology community. The conference, which runs June 26th through June 27th 2017, boasts topics that include Agile, Architecture/Integration, Big Data, Cloud, DevOps, .Net, Java, Mobile, IoT, Robotics, Security, Tech Leadership and UX/Front End Dev and features over 100 sessions. This year I am pleased to announce that I will be presenting one of those sessions. 

I will be presenting my session "Search Bogging You Down? Move it to the Cloud!" on the first day of the event. The presentation is intended to introduce cloud based search technologies, such as Azure Search, and how developers can leverage such a microservice in their solutions. Keep reading after the jump to see my full session abstract.

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May 07

2017 Kentico Roadshow Roundup

I was lucky enough to attend both the Chicago and Boston editions of the 2017 Kentico Roadshow this past week. For those of you that might not have attended, or don't know too much about it, the event was hosted by the product management team at Kentico in various cities around the world. The main agenda consisted of Kentico communicating its vision for a dual rail strategy of continually developing and enhancing Kentico EMS as well as building new functionality into Kentico's new product, Kentico Cloud.

As usual with a Kentico event, there were two tracks throughout the day, one for the business / marketing focused attendees, and the other for technically inclined attendees. There were also a few deep dives into the Kentico Cloud technology, a performance optimization session on Kentico EMS, and case study presentations of websites that have been built with Kentico Cloud. Since I was able to attend two of the roadshows, I actually got to see pretty much every session that was available.  I was also honored that Kentico asked my team and I at BizStream to present our own case study of our first Kentico Cloud project, www.CaseStream.net.

Keep reading after the jump to hear my thoughts on some of the key takeaways from the event, and see the slides from my our presentation on our impressions of using Kentico Cloud to implement a content first strategy for building a website. 

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