SDD 2016 speakers

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Adam Tornhill

Adam Tornhill is a programmer, psychologist, Lisp hacker, author, and a fan of music and martial arts.

Adam is a programmer who combines degrees in engineering and psychology. He’s the author of Your Code as a Crime Scene, has written the popular Lisp for the Web tutorial and self-published a book on Patterns in C. Adam also writes open-source software in a variety of programming languages. His other interests include modern history, music and martial arts.

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Allen Holub

Guru: Agile/OO-Design/OO-Programming. bio from Twitter

Allen is a world-class expert in Agile process, software architecture, and OO design. He's built full-stack web applications, micro-services, compilers, database servers, real-time operating systems, and more. He provides guidance and training for all sizes of organizations, working with everyone from C-levels to developers. Allen has also written a dozen books and hundreds of articles, and taught for the University of California Berkeley Extension.

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Andrew Clymer

Prior to co-founding Rock Solid Knowledge, Andy cut his teeth working in various start-ups, programming on a host of platforms, and finally working for a company acquired by Cisco in 1997. After working for Cisco for a few years, the pull 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, alongside consulting and teaching for a diverse range of clients. Andy is co-author of Asynchronous Programming on the .NET Framework, published by Apress.

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Benson Joeris

http://bjoeris.wordpress.com/ bio from Twitter

Benson is an expert in algorithms, functional programming and type systems. He’s programmed in just about every paradigm available. With a PhD in mathematics (graph theory) from the University of Waterloo, his academic work includes novel algorithms in addition to pure mathematics. His teaching includes the Pluralsight course “Haskell Fundamentals”. He’s also worked in the business world as an algorithms expert and in designing and implementing a highly scalable server for the online game Prismata. He can sift through a volume of complex concepts to focus on the ones that matter to you, and then teach these to you in a way you can understand and apply.

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Brock Allen

Programming is hard. Security is harder. bio from Twitter

Brock is an independent consultant with 20 years of industry experience, specialising in web development and web-based security. He’s an author and instructor for developer training company DevelopMentor, where he manages the web curriculum. Brock is also a contributor to many open source projects including IdentityServer, IdentityManager, IdentityModel and MembershipReboot. He frequently posts to the ASP.NET forums, is an MVP for ASP.NET/IIS, a member of ASPInsiders, and a contributor to the ASP.NET platform.

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Chander Dhall

Chander Dhall is a Microsoft MVP. He also teaches some world class yoga. More information www.chanderdhall.com. bio from Twitter

Chander is a Microsoft MVP, ASP.NET Insider, Web API Advisor and open source contributor, with years of experience in enterprise software development. He started coding when he was 6, and created his first successful software product at the age of 14. He is the dev chair of DevConnections, and he works in a goal-oriented, technologically-driven, fast-paced Agile (SCRUM) environment. He has a master’s degree in computer science with specialisation in algorithms, principles and patterns, and is focused on building high-performing modular software.

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Cory House

Pluralsight Author, Software Architect at Vinsolutions, Independent Consultant

Cory is an independent consultant specializing in front-end development and clean coding practices. He is a Pluralsight author, Microsoft MVP in C#, ASPInsider, and a member of the Telerik Developer Experts. As a software architect at AutoTrader, Cory specialises in creating C# .NET and JavaScript based single page applications for the automotive industry. He regularly speaks and coaches teams on clean code, architecture, and software career development at conferences and user groups across the USA and internationally. Cory has authored multiple Pluralsight courses including Clean Code, Architecting Applications in .NET, and Becoming an Outlier. He blogs at bitnative.com and outlierdeveloper.com, and is active on Twitter.

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Daniel Plaisted

I work on the .NET Framework at Microsoft. Ask me about Portable Class Libraries or MEF! bio from Twitter

Since joining Microsoft in 2008, Daniel has worked on the Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF), Portable Class Libraries, and the .NET Framework. He loves .NET and Open Source, and has created a couple of portable OSS libraries: PCL Storage and PCL Testing. He’s presented at various conferences including Microsoft Build, MS TechEd, Xamarin Evolve, and .NET Fringe.

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Darrel Miller

Independent Consultant. Web APIs, Hypermedia APIs, REST based LOB systems are my area of expertise. Microsoft Integration MVP.

Darrel is an API Evangelist at Microsoft, working on the Azure API Management team. He has been building distributed business applications on the Microsoft platform for more than 20 years, and is an active member of the .NET community and OSS contributor. When he’s not reading IETF specifications in order to answer StackOverflow questions, or writing tooling to help people build hypermedia-driven client applications, you'll find him enjoying time with his wife and daughter in Montreal, Quebec. Darrel was a member of the Microsoft Web API advisory board, is now an Azure Advisor, a Microsoft Integration MVP, and he co-authored the O'Reilly book, Designing Evolvable Web APIs with ASP.NET.

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Dino Esposito

JetBrains and WURFL technical evangelist, book and Pluralsight author. CTO @ Crionet.com.

A long-time trainer and top-notch consultant, Dino is the author of many popular books for Microsoft Press which have helped the professional growth of thousands of .NET developers and architects. CTO of a fast-growing company providing software and mobile services to professional sports, at the moment Dino is also a technical evangelist for JetBrains, where he focuses on Android and Kotlin development, and a member of the team that manages WURFL - the database of mobile devices used by organizations such as Google and Facebook. Recently, Dino co-authored (along with Andrea Saltarello) the second edition of bestseller Microsoft .NET: Architecting Applications for the Enterprise(Microsoft Press). Similar content is also available online through Pluralsight.

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Dominick Baier

Identity & Access Control

Dominick is an independent consultant, trainer and software developer. His focus is identity & access control protocols, web, mobile and API security. He’s the co-creator and maintainer of the popular IdentityModel, IdentityServer and IdentityManager open source projects (http://identityserver.io), blogs at http://leastprivilege.com and tweets as @leastprivilege.

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Don Wibier

Technical Evangelist @ DevExpress

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Hadi Hariri

Developer, Technical Evangelist at JetBrains bio from Twitter

Developer and creator of many things OSS, Hadi’s passions include web development and software architecture. He has authored a couple of books, a few courses and has been speaking at industry events for nearly 15 years. He currently works at JetBrains, leading the Developer Advocacy team. He spends as much time as he can writing code.

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Itamar Syn-Hershko

Search & BigData technologies expert. Elasticsearch Consulting Partner, Microsoft MVP. Speaker. Apache Lucene .NET PMC member. RavenDB in Action author. bio from Twitter

Itamar is a search technologies, distributed systems and software architecture expert. He’s also an Apache Lucene.NET committer and PMC member, Elasticsearch consulting partner, Microsoft MVP, and a co-organiser of .NET Fringe, a conference dedicated to OSS .NET. His day job involves building low-latency software systems to catch fraudsters in real-time at Forter, and he’s a frequent speaker at international conferences. Itamar is also the author of RavenDB in Action, published by Manning.

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Jack Franklin

Ruby & JS, soon @GoCardless. Uni of Bath Comp-Sci. Author of 'Beginning jQuery'. Writes at javascriptplayground.com. Google Dev Expert for Chrome platform.

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Jeff Prosise

Jeff Prosise is a software developer and cofounder of Wintellect (www.wintellect.com). bio from Twitter

Jeff is a co-founder of Wintellect who makes his living writing software and helping others do the same. With expertise in HTML5, Windows, mobile application development and Microsoft Azure, he has written nine books and hundreds of magazine articles, trained thousands of developers at Microsoft, and spoken at some of the world’s largest software conferences. In his former life as a mechanical and aerospace engineer, Jeff worked at Oak Ridge National Lab and Lawrence Livermore National Lab, where, among other things, he developed software that combined thermal and structural finite-element methods to model optical systems for high-power laser beams.

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Jules May

Jules is a software architect presently consulting at Keysight, an electronic instrument manufacturer in Scotland. He has a particular interest in mathematics, language design and compiler development, and more recently has worked actively in converging web and mobile technologies. A teacher and speaker for twenty-five years, he now conducts frequent lectures and workshops to a range of audiences. He is the author of The Inventor's and Innovator's Kick-start Guide, is working on another called Programming Like Your Life Depends On It, and he is the inventor of Problem Space Analysis.

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Juval Löwy

Juval is the founder of IDesign and a master software architect specializing in system and project design. He has mentored hundreds of architects across the globe, sharing his insights, techniques, and breakthroughs, in architecture, project design, development process, and technology. Juval is Microsoft’s Regional Director for the Silicon Valley and had participated in the Microsoft internal strategic design reviews for C#, WCF and related technologies. He is a frequent speaker at international software development conferences, and he has written a number of books, the latest of which is the 4th edition of Programming WCF Services (O'Reilly).

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Kathleen Dollard

I coach your .NET teams to improve in place, without disrupting current projects bio from Twitter

Kathleen wants to teach you to code better. She wants to teach you more about the tools you use every day and the tools, and maybe even languages, you aren’t yet using. Coding is her passion and debugging is her challenge - you’ll be happier if you do both better. Kathleen has written dozens of articles, spoken at conferences and user groups around the world, and pushes Microsoft to respond to your real-world needs as a long time MVP. She’s the Director of Engineering for Real (www.engagereal.com) and you can check out her courses on .NET and metaprogramming in the Pluralsight library.

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Kevin Jones

.Net, Java and wannabe Rails developer. Instructor and all around good guy (according to my mum)! bio from Twitter

Kevin has been involved in software development for 30 years, starting out on DEC 20s and graduating through mainframes and onto all the versions of Windows. He divides his time between teaching, consultancy and getting his hands dirty with real coding in the real world. He’s taught Windows, MFC, C++, Java, and many other courses for a leading UK developer training company, and he’s worked as a technical architect at ICS Systems and at Confused.com. His primary areas of expertise are patterns and enterprise architectures, and in particular web application design and implementation. It wasn't until MVC appeared that he finally felt he had come home to Microsoft. Now of course MVC is so last year, and Kevin is focusing more and more on rich clients using JavaScript and tools such as Knockout and AngularJS.

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Kevlin Henney

consultant · father · husband · itinerant · programmer · speaker · trainer · writer

Kevlin is an independent consultant and trainer based in the UK. His development interests are in patterns, programming, practice and process. He 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 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know.

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Manfred Steyer

Lektor und Fachbereichsleiter Software Enineering an FH Campus 02, Trainer, Berater, Autor, Software-Architekt bio from Twitter

Manfred is a trainer and consultant who focuses on modern web and service-based architectures using AngularJS and .NET. He is also responsible for the specialist software engineering department at the University of Applied Sciences CAMPUS 02 in Graz (Austria). Manfred writes for O'Reilly, Hanser Press, windows.developer and Heise Developer. Microsoft recognizes him as a Most Valuable Professional (MVP), and he regularly speaks at technical conferences.

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Martin Hinshelwood

EBMgt Consultant for Software Organisations, Trainer at Scrum.org, and Specialist in Visual Studio ALM, TFS, & Scrum

Martin is a consultant for naked ALM Consulting, a technical and management consultancy that focuses on helping organisations modernise their development processes and enable a greater degree of business agility. He aims to help your company shorten its time to market and stay ahead of its competitors using proven ALM & DevOps tools and techniques, as well as Scrum & Nexus processes and practices. Martin is a Professional Scrum Trainer & Expert, and a Microsoft Visual Studio ALM MVP. In 2014 he co-authored Professional Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio 2013.

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Michael Kennedy

Michael is an author, instructor, and the technical curriculum director at specialist training company DevelopMentor. He is also a co-creator and lead developer for LearningLine, DevelopMentor's online training platform. He is the author of a number of DevelopMentor's courses, including MongoDB for .NET Developers, Essential Python, Advanced Python, The Python Language; as well as Essential ASP.NET MVC and MongoDB and NoSQL for .NET developers, for LearningLine. Michael is an expert in .NET, Python, and MongoDB among other technologies. He has been building commercial applications with .NET since its initial public beta in 2001, and is a member of MongoDB Inc.'s MongoDB Masters community, and an enthusiast in the Python community.

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Michael Newton

Happily married Christian father, working as a software developer with a slightly unhealthy level of side interest in functional programming (especially F#)

Michael is an open source hacker, technical architect, speaker, trainer, and industrial functional programmer. He has been writing code for money ever since he automated himself out of a job in 2005, and now speaks and trains regularly on subjects as diverse as F# meta-programming and bringing about cultural change in your company.

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Mike Taulty

I do some developer stuff for Microsoft in the UK.

Mike works in the Developer and Platform Group at Microsoft in the UK, where he has spent the past few years helping developers understand and get the best from the Microsoft platform. Prior to this, he spent three years with Microsoft Consulting Services as a consultant on developer technologies. Before joining Microsoft, Mike spent the previous nine years in software development roles for a number of enterprises, consultancies and software vendors, working with a variety of operating system, client, communication and server technologies. He’s a regular speaker at various technical conferences.

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Nate Schutta

Nathaniel T. Schutta is a software architect focused on mobile and making usable applications. A proponent of polyglot programming, he has written two books on Ajax and speaks regularly at various worldwide conferences, No Fluff Just Stuff symposia, universities, and Java user groups. In addition to his day job, Nate is an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota where he teaches students to embrace dynamic languages. In an effort to rid the world of bad presentations, Nate co-authored the book Presentation Patterns with Neal Ford and Matthew McCullough.

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Neal Ford

Geek, speaker, writer, music lover, rabid reader, ThoughtWorker bio from Twitter

Neal is a director, software architect, and meme wrangler at ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy with an exclusive focus on end-to-end software development and delivery. He is also the designer and developer of applications, magazine articles, video/DVD presentations, and author and/or editor of eight books spanning a variety of subjects and technologies, including the most recent Presentation Patterns and Functional Thinking. He focuses on designing and building large-scale enterprise applications. He is also an internationally acclaimed speaker, speaking at over 300 developer conferences worldwide, delivering more than 2000 presentations.

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Niall Merrigan

Irish .NET Developer living in Norway, ASP:NET MVP, ASPInsider, DevSec enthusiast. Energetic speaker and rugby nut. Views my own & not my employer bio from Twitter

Niall is an Irish guy who managed to end up in Norway after finding out the country existed when he was in New Zealand. He works for Capgemini in Stavanger as a managing consultant, and is also a Microsoft ASP.NET MVP, Friend Of RedGate and general rugby nut (which means he shouts a lot). He has a passion for web technologies, security and whiskey which can lead to some interesting discussions.

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Oliver Sturm

Consultant, Trainer, DevExpress Expert bio from Twitter

Oliver is the training director at DevExpress. In over twenty years he has gathered great experience as a software developer and architect, consultant, trainer, speaker and writer. He is a long-time Microsoft C# MVP, and a regular speaker at technical conferences around the world.

SDD 2016

England England, London

16th20th May 2016