My next stop this week was in the town of Gloucester in England. The group that ran this meetup was great and had everything setup to make this an easy talk to give. I especially want to thank Franck Terray and Sophie Lipowska for running the meetup.
For this stop, we talked about both ASP.NET Web API 2 as well as Azure Websites. I merged the two into a built API then deployed into Microsoft’s cloud. Lots of great questions later we stopped by the pub for a nice talk with the hard-core members. Great time was had by me.
I stopped by the small town of Hereford to talk to them about Node.js on Monday. The small, but very enthusiastic group was great! If you get a chance stop by and visit this adorable small town.
I have a talk on Node.js for .NET Developers and while I doubt I convinced everyone to try it out, I am hoping I got the ASP.NET guys to think about async in their controllers.
As my first talk in the UK, I was tasked with doing two talks in one day. The group was a lot of fun and asked some key questions.
I got a chance to show two contrasting technologies in showing ASP.NET Web API 2 as well as Node.js for .NET Dev’s. With only fifty minutes for each talk, I had to try and cover them briefly.
Next week I start a short swing around southern and south-midlands England. I had hoped to do more events in England, but this short swing of four user groups is all I’m doing in England (though I’ll be in close-by Scotland in early August and Ireland in September).
These events will cover a variety of topics including Node.js, ASP.NET Web API v2 and AngularJS.
If you’re a geek of any type, a viewer of my Pluralsight courses or even just a fan of my books, this is a great opportunity to share a pint and conversation.
I do enjoy building things with code. When I started 28 years ago, that’s what I thought was the essence of what a “computer person’s” (e.g. software developer) job was to sit dark in a room and grind out computer code. Of course we know that it just isn’t true.
For me technical acumen is a decent mark of a good developer. But if you can marry technical ability with communication skills, you’re a huge asset to any company.
I love what I do. The consulting, the software development, the courses…I really love it all. It keeps me in a constant state of learning and I am overjoyed and extremely lucky for this to be my life’s passion.
This year a lot has changed in my life and I am finally married for the first time. I met the amazing woman 2 1/2 years ago and I am lucky she agreed to be my life. Sappy…I know, but the experience has been transformative.
John and I have crossed paths but never had much of a chance to chat about how we each got started. We get to hear a great story that starts with the Green Berets and shows how special forces can make you a great developer.
After all the time I’ve known him, I would have never guessed he used to be a lawyer before he dove into software development. I found it particularly interesting on how his experience as a lawyer informed his work as a software developer.
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