Welcome to the Ignite Your Coding webcast series. Change is everywhere. That’s certainly true for our industry. It doesn’t just undergo change on a rapid and regular basis, it thrives on it! Managing change and finding time to stay current are challenges in today`s technological environment and Ignite Your Coding is here to help with just that.

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Webcast 1: Bruce Lawson and Remy Sharp on HTML5
Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Carl and Richard talk to Bruce Lawson and Remy Sharp about HTML5. Bruce and Remy have been involved with HTML5 from the early days, although more as activists than movers-and-shakers. They provide some great insight into how HTML5 has come to be and how regular developers can get involved and affect the outcome of an important specification. Bruce and Remy have one of the very first books out on HTML5, creatively named Introducing HTML5.

Bruce Lawson More Information about Bruce Lawson:
Born into the tech world when he was hastily delivered on a table in the London Science Museum, Bruce evangelises Open Web Standards for Opera. He co-authored Introducing HTML5, the first book on the subject, and was a member of the W3C Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group.
Previously, he’s been front-end technical lead for the Law Society and Solicitors Regulation Authority web sites, tutor to a princess’ daughter in Thailand, a movie extra in Bombay, and a tarot card reader in Istanbul. He blogs at brucelawson.co.uk, drinks Guinness and is training for a blue belt in kickboxing.
Remy Sharp

More Information about Remy Sharp:
Remy Sharp is the founder and curator of Full Frontal, the UK based JavaScript conference. He also runs jQuery for Designers, co-authored Introducing HTML5 (adding all the JavaScripty bits) and is one of the curators of HTML5Doctor.com.
Whilst he's not writing articles or running and speaking at conferences, he runs his own development and training company in Brighton called Left Logic. Generally speaking, he's about as crazy about JavaScript, HTML & CSS as a squirrel is about his nuts during the winter!

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Webcast 2: Kent Alstad Makes JavaScript Perform
Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Carl and Richard talk to Kent Alstad about the state of JavaScript today. Kent admits that he has fallen in love with JavaScript of late, that the newest browsers make JavaScript incredibly fast and powerful. The conversation digs into how to keep JavaScript fast, which is primarily focused on downloading the right bytes at the right time - when in doubt, delay! Kent is down in the nitty gritty of web site performance, his insight on what to do to make things go faster will blow your mind.

Kent Alstad

More Information about Kent Alstad:
Kent Alstad is principle or contributing author on all of Strangeloop's pending patents. Before helping create Strangeloop, he served as CTO at IronPoint Technology. Kent also founded, Eclipse Software, a Microsoft Certified Solution Provider, that he sold to Discovery Software in 2001. In more than 20 years of professional development experience, Kent has served as architect and lead developer for successful production solutions with The Active Network, ADP, Lucent, Microsoft, and NCS. "Port View", an application Kent architected for the Port of Vancouver, was honoured as "Best Administrative System" at the 1996 Windows World Open Competition. Kent holds a bachelor of science in psychology from the University of Calgary.

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Webcast 3: Jon Snook Takes CSS3 Seriously
Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Carl and Richard talk to Jonathan Snook about Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Jon is a designer and developer, which makes him a rare creature indeed. He talks about the history and role of CSS in web development and how CSS3 makes significant strides in equalizing design and layout between browsers.

Jonathan Snook

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Jonathan Snook is a designer and developer who has worked for agencies, worked freelance and is now working as Lead Prototyper for Yahoo!. He shares tips, tricks and bookmarks on snook.ca along with speaking at conferences around the world. Along with the fine folks at Sidebar Creative, Jonathan puts on workshops focused on front-end design and development.

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Webcast 4: Jean Paoli is All About Web Interoperability
Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Carl and Richard talk to Jean Paoli, the General Manager of Interoperability Strategy at Microsoft. Jean Paoli was part of the team at the W3C that created the XML specification. Jean does a great job of helping us understand how huge the interoperability effort at Microsoft is. He also digs into the iterative (almost agile!) process of developing web specifications by building prototype code and taking that experience back to the working group.

Jean Paoli

More Information about Jean Paoli:
Jean Paoli is General Manager, Interoperability Strategy at Microsoft, and one of the co-creators of the XML 1.0 standard with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). He has long been a strong and passionate advocate of XML and open standards. Jean manages the Interoperability Strategy team that coordinates the technical interoperability activities across Microsoft.

Jean jump-started the XML activity in Microsoft. He created and managed the team that delivered msxml, the software that XML-enabled both Internet Explorer and the Windows operating system. Paoli helped architect Office XML support and was instrumental in creating the newest XML Office application, InfoPath.

Paoli has been a significant player in the worldwide XML community since 1985, when the technology was then known as SGML. Until 1996, when he joined Microsoft, Jean was based in Paris, where he worked in collaboration with European research institutes, including INRIA in France. He designed several systems for major corporations where SGML, in its approach of structuring and storing information, ensured the long life and easy exchangeability of the data across systems. His specialty has been building end-user markup editing tools. Jean participated in ISO standardization activities and was co-chair of the TC45 Ecma standard committee that standardized the Office Open XML Formats at Ecma International.

Jean is the recipient of multiple industry awards for his role in the XML industry, such as PC Magazine, Technical Excellence Award – co-creator of XML (1998), InfoWorld – Top Technology Innovators Award 2003, IDEAlliance – XML Cup (2004).

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Webcast 5: Pragmatic Programming, Thinking and Learning with Andy Hunt
Thursday, March 4 – 2 to 3pm (EST)

Andy Hunt has been behind some of the biggest ideas in everyday software development in the past decade. From co-authoring the Agile Manifesto and The Pragmatic Programmer to starting The Pragmatic Bookshelf, one of the most influential developer book publishers, to helping bring about the rise of MVC web frameworks, chances are that he’s had some influence on your day-to-day work. In this one-hour webcast, we’ll talk with Andy about the ideas in his latest book, Pragmatic Thinking and Learning. We’ll discuss why your brain is where software development really happens, how you can refactor your thinking and as he puts it, “just the plain old weirdness that is people”.

More Information about Andy Hunt:
Andy Hunt is a programmer turned consultant, author and publisher. He authored the book "The Pragmatic Programmer" and six others, was one of the 17 founders of the Agile Alliance, and co-founded the Pragmatic Bookshelf, publishing critically acclaimed books for software developers. For full bio, please visit here.

Follow Andy’s Twitter: @pragmaticandy
Check out Andy’s Blog: http://andy.pragprog.com/

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Webcast 6: Composable Applications FTW with Glenn Block
Thursday, March 11 – 2 to 3pm (EST)

Glenn Block is an industry expert who has broad enterprise software development experience including architecture and system design. Typically, developers of client applications face a number of challenges. One of the more common challenges is to build applications in a way that allows its various parts & pieces to be interchanged quickly and seamlessly. In this conversation, Glenn Block will provide guidance on how to structure your applications in such a way that will facilitate this capability.

More Information about Glenn Block:
Glenn is currently a Program Manager for .NET FX at Microsoft

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Check out Glenn’s Blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/gblock/

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Webcast 7: Essence versus Ceremony with Jeremy Miller, the Shade Tree Developer
Thursday, March 18 – 2 to 3pm (EST)

Jeremy Miller is no stranger to the developer community of .NET. He is the author of StructureMap and the forthcoming StoryTeller, as well as being a major contributor to FubuMVC and Fluent NHibernate. In this one-hour webcast, we’ll discuss a wide range of topics; including how newer OSS efforts in the developer community of .NET are trying to reduce friction, AAA-style mocking instead of record/replay mocking, the effective use extension methods for cleaner/readable/easier unit testing, jQuery magic, and much more!

More Information about Jeremy Miller:
Jeremy is the Chief Software Architect at Dovetail Software, the coolest ISV in Austin. Jeremy began his IT career writing "Shadow IT" applications to automate his engineering documentation, then wandered into software development because it looked like more fun. Jeremy previously worked as a systems architect in Big IT and learned agile development practices as a .Net consultant at ThoughtWorks. Jeremy is the author of the open source StructureMap tool for Dependency Injection with .Net and the forthcoming StoryTeller tool for supercharged acceptance testing in .Net as well as being a major contributor to FubuMVC and Fluent NHibernate. Jeremy's thoughts on just about everything software related can be found on his blog. Jeremy is a Microsoft MVP for C#

Follow Jeremy’s Twitter: @jeremydmiller
Check out Jeremy’s Blog: Shade Tree Developer part of the popular CodeBetter site.

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Webcast 8: Agile Techniques for Paying Back Technical Debt with David Laribee
Thursday, March 25 – 2 to 3pm (EST)

David Laribee is currently an Agile Coach at VersionOne. Technical debt refers to the costs associated with byzantine dependencies and sloppy code. Technical debt is a drag. It can kill productivity, making maintenance annoying, difficult, or, in some cases, impossible. In this one-hour webcast, David will provide us with some advice for “paying back technical debt” with agile techniques.

More Information about David Laribee:
David coaches the product development team at VersionOne. He has over a dozen years experience designing and developing enterprise software and coaching Lean/Agile teams across a wide variety of industries. David is a frequent speaker at international events, co-organizer of the ALT.NET movement, early innovator in the Lean/Kanban community and was awarded a Microsoft Architecture MVP for 2007 and 2008. He writes about software product and process design at http://laribee.com.

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Webcast 9: Scalability and Performance for All with Richard Campbell
Thursday, April 8 – 2 to 3pm (EST)

Richard Campbell knows a thing or two about scalability and performance, having designed and built applications for over 30 years with a number of leading North American organizations. He's also taken that knowledge and applied it at his company Strangeloop, which builds an appliance that specializes in website acceleration. In this webcast, Richard will help us navigate the world of scalability and performance and how developers need to think differently when building applications for the future.

More Information about Richard Campbell:
Richard Campbell is one of the co-founders of Strangeloop Networks and part of the team building an appliance to accelerate ASP.NET. Richard has more than 30 years of high-tech experience and is both a Microsoft Regional Director and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP). He has consulted with a number of leading North American organizations; Barnes&Noble.com, Dow Chemical, Johnson & Johnson Health Care Services, Reuters, Subaru/Isuzu and the U.S. Air Force. In addition to speaking at conferences around the world, Richard is co-host of the ".NET Rocks!, the Internet Audio Talk Show for .NET Developers" podcast and the host of "RunAs Radio, the Internet Audio Talk Show for IT Professionals" podcast.

Follow Richard’s Twitter: @richcampbell
Check out Richard’s Blog: 
http://www.campbellassociates.ca/blog/

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Webcast 10: State of the .NET Developer Nation with Scott Hanselman
Thursday, April 15 – 2 to 3pm (EST)

Scott Hanselman is a household name to nearly every developer of .NET worldwide. From his deeply-informative blog to his engaging podcast, Scott is well known for his expertise and insights that he shares willingly with the broader community of .NET. In this webcast, we’ll talk to Scott about the state of the developer nation of .NET; a “what’s hot and what’s not” with developers of .NET today. We’ll also chat with Scott about his role at Microsoft and tips on staying on top of your game as a developer in the industry today.

More Information about Scott Hanselman:
Scott works out of his home office for Microsoft as a Principal Program Manager, aiming to spread good information about developing software, usually on the Microsoft stack. Before this he was the Chief Architect at Corillian Corporation, now a part of Checkfree, for 6+ years. He was also involved in a few Microsoft Developer things for many years like the MVP and RD programs and he'll speak about computers (and other passions) whenever someone will listen. Before Corillian and Microsoft, Scott worked as a Principal Consultant at a local Microsoft Solution Provider called STEP Technology, speaking, writing, consulting, and very much not getting rich during Web 1.0. Even earlier, he worked at a Car Parts Data Warehouse called Chrome Data, and before that he had a small company that specialized in internationalization and thunking. He has also been an Adjunct Professor at OIT, teaching C#. On the side, he created the first PalmPilot Diabetes Management System in 1998 and sold it to a healthcare company five years later. It's now in limbo, but he is trying to get it released as Open Source.

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Check out Scott’s Blog: http://www.hanselman.com/blog/

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Webcast 11: Horrors, Overflows and Fake Plastic Rock with Jeff Atwood
Thursday, April 22 – 2 to 3pm (EST)

Jeff Atwood writes the popular developer blog Coding Horror, created and helps run the Stack Overflow and Server Fault and SuperUser community Q&A sites and co-hosts the Stack Overflow podcast with Joel “Joel on Software” Spolsky. With a schedule like this and a one-year-old, he somehow stills finds the time to keep his Rock Band skills finely honed. Join us as we chat with Jeff in a one-hour webcast where we talk about the Stack Overflow phenomenon, how Coding Horror grew to become one of the most-read developer blogs and career strategies in the post-desktop age.

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@codinghorror
Check out Jeff’s Blog: http://codinghorror.com/

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Webcast 12: A chat with “Uncle Bob” Martin
Thursday, April 29 – 2 to 3pm (EST)

His business card may say “Robert C. Martin”, founder and CEO of the Object Mentor consulting firm, but we know and love him as “Uncle Bob”. He’s been coding since the Beatles broke up, and in that four-decade span, he literally wrote the books on agile and extreme programming as well as the letters UML, OOP and C++. Throughout the industry, he’s known as a champion of proper design, test-driven development and just plain writing good code. We’ll chat with Uncle Bob in this one-hour webcast, where we’ll talk about software craftsmanship, why it takes work and why it matters.

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John Bristowe is a Senior Developer Evangelist with Microsoft Canada and is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. John is an experienced speaker and frequently presents at developer conferences and events. Prior to joining Microsoft, John was a member of the Microsoft Regional Director program and was awarded a Microsoft MVP award for his work in the developer community on technologies such as ASP, ASP.NET, and the Microsoft Web services stack.

John has many years of experience developing software for operating systems such as the BeOS, variants of Linux and UNIX and, of course, Windows. He has also spent a great deal of time building Web and rich client applications. John is passionate about assisting the technical community in Canada and spends much of his time talking to students, teachers, and professionals in the industry.

Joey DeVilla |

Joey deVilla is a Developer Evangelist with Microsoft Canada working in Toronto. After a long and fruitful undergraduate career at Queen’s University, he joined the award-winning multimedia company Mackerel, where he developed interactive CD-ROMs and learned a lot about user experience and design and how it intersects with software development. He went on to build applications for Windows, MacOS, Linux and PalmOS, from athlete-tracking software for the gym where the Toronto Maple Leafs and Canadian Olympic Ski Team trained to an electronic encyclopedia of every mall in America to “Virtual Bubble Wrap”, one of the first popular Shockwave diversions. A chance encounter with his accordion and a news camera at a computer conference turned him into a developer evangelist, a title he’s had for most of the past decade.

Joey is often seen speaking, playing accordion and causing trouble at developer conferences, workshops and get-togethers. He often hosts and helps out at events such as Toronto DemoCamp, FailCamp and other developer community gatherings. In his work at Microsoft, he champions “the undesktop”, the set of technologies that comprises the web, the cloud and mobile technologies. A blogger since 2001, he contributes to Microsoft Canada’s Canadian Developer Connection blog and maintains his own tech blog, Global Nerdy.

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