Mark’s career in software design and development spans three decades and more programming languages than he cares to remember. He is currently employed as Principal Architect at Dot Net Solutions, creating software with ASP.NET MVC, WPF, Silverlight and Windows Azure. He is a Windows Azure MVP. In his spare time, he enjoys learning new programming languages and paradigms (2011 is the year of CoffeeScript and F#), and works on the Simple.Data project, and Pocket C# for Windows Phone 7.
Track: .NET, thursday 17:00 - 17:50
Writing apps for mobile devices can be reminiscent of coding 20 years ago; there are limited resources and often limited APIs. But unlike 20 years ago, we have access to unlimited resources through the internet. In this .NET-based talk, I’ll look at how to bridge that gap between phones or tablets and the Azure cloud, to store data, run “background” processes, and do things not permitted by phone APIs or the dreaded Terms & Conditions.
Track: Excellence, thursday 14:20 - 15:10
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a book about Quality; what it is, where it exists, and how we may try to attain it. In this talk, I will use passages from the book to introduce ideas on how we, as software developers, might try to improve the Quality both of the software we create and of ourselves. I’ll talk about what “Quality” means in the context of software, how to measure it, and the importance of close interaction with users at all stages of application development.