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Dec 12 2015

Specialist vs. Generalist: Which are you?

In this episode, Jess, Chris, and Todd try to figure out what it means to be a specialist vs. a generalist in software development. Does being a generalist help you be a better specialist… or vice-versa? Can you even be one without the other? Join us as we try (and fail?) to answer these questions and manage to get an episode under one hour long.
Dec 03 2015

TypeScript: JavaScript Evolved or Devolved?

It’s TypeScript battle royale style as Jess, Chris and Todd discuss the emergence of TypeScript, ECMAScript 6 and the growth of JavaScript transpilers. Hear Jess promote the benefits of TypeScript for improving the quality of JavaScript and developer productivity. Meanwhile, Chris and Todd take on the competing argument that TypeScript is just syntactic sugar and that add classes and types on top of pure JavaScript can end up being a leaky abstraction that does more harm than good.
Nov 27 2015

Connect(); Response Show

In this episode Jess, Chris and Todd discuss the big announcements from the Microsoft Connect(); conference on November 18 and 19. Hear their thoughts and reactions to the changes in Visual Studio 2015, the beta release of Visual Studio Code, the announcement of Visual Studio Dev Essentials, the RC release of ASP.NET 5 and all the new exciting things coming down the pike for Azure and the rest of the Microsoft Server Stack.
Nov 20 2015

The .NET Developer's Guide to Package Managers

NuGet burst onto the .NET developer scene in 2010 and took Visual Studio development by storm. We .NET developers were able to easily add key Microsoft dependencies like Entity Framework, ASP.NET Web API, or client-side libraries like jQuery and bootstrap. But now new package management is front and center in Visual Studio 2015. And there’s nothing stopping you from using them in your development toolbelt today. Where does this leave NuGet? And what will you need to get up to speed on now? Chris, Todd, and Jess talk about what NuGet meant to developers until now, and introduce NPM and Bower and their integration into the ASP.NET 5 beta templates. By no means is it the whole list of package managers you can use, but they will be front and center for web developers who live in Visual Studio. Mentioned in the show:
Nov 13 2015

Distributed Source Control and Social Coding with Git

Chris, Todd, and Jess chat about distributed source control with Git - why Git was created, what problems it solves, and how you get can get up and running with it right away.


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Jess Chadwick

Jess Chadwick is a software developer and technologist with over fifteen years of development experience ranging from embedded devices in start-ups to enterprise-scale solutions in Fortune 25s. He is an ASPInsider and a magazine and book author with O’Reilly publishing, as well as several courses on Lynda.com including Up and Running with ASP.NET 5. Jess is actively involved in the development community, regularly speaking at user groups and conferences as well as co-lead of the NJDOTNET Central New Jersey .NET user group.

Todd Snyder

Todd has been a software developer/architect for over 20 years. During that time, he has spent several years as a consultant providing technical guidance and leadership for the development of enterprise class systems on the Microsoft and Web Platforms. At Infragistics, he is a principal consultant that focuses on the design and construction of Rich Internet Application (RIA), mobile and n-tier based systems. Todd is the co-leader for the New Jersey .NET User Group, NJDOTNET, and is a frequent speaker and book author.

Chris Gomez

Chris has been writing Windows software professionally for over twenty years. His day jobs have included developing kiosks for theme parks and retail stores and building portfolio analytics for commercial lending. Today Chris is building distributed systems with .NET and other platforms and is a Microsoft MVP in ASP.NET / IIS. His hobby for game development turned into a game development user group called Philly GameWorks, founded in 2014.