I was weaned as a software developer on various implementations of Microsoft's BASIC in the 80's, starting with my first microcomputer, the Texas Instruments TI-99/4a. I continued on the PC with Visual Basic 3.0 and Windows 3.1 in the early 90's, although I also spent significant time writing Pascal code in the first versions of Delphi. I am now quite comfortable in VB.NET or C#, despite the evils of case sensitivity. I currently work full time on my blog while building stackoverflow.com.
Track: Keynote, friday 08:30 - 09:45
It is one of the top 500 sites on the internet. A synthesis of wiki, blog, forum, and Digg/Reddit, Stack Overflow is a free programming Q & A site, collaboratively built and maintained by fellow programmers. Programmers are not exactly known for being a social bunch, and yet, Stack Overflow counts over 140,000 registered users today, who asked and answered almost 2 million questions. In this talk, Jeff Atwood will share his experience designing Stack Overflow, making social software for the anti-social.
Track: .NET, thursday 14:20 - 15:10
Do you have what it takes to build a web-scale service? Is your puny web tier enterprisey enough to handle thousands of requests per second? You want the traffic? You can't handle the traffic! Jeff Atwood shares some key lessons in scaling and growing a large, public website on the .NET stack.