#73 Bill Wagner, Microsoft Documentation Service

Summary
Bill Wagner discusses the new Microsoft documentation service, a new way of learning about Microsoft's development offerings.

Details
Who he is, what he does, upcoming talks in Portland, Vermont, Boston and Sydney. The new .NET documentation project, why they are doing it, reorganizing the docs to help solve problems. New docs give more context, e.g. thread safety, advice on usage. Picking what to write about. Open to user contributions. Who keeps the docs up to date, internal pull requests; third party tools and platforms. Documentation for developers with non .NET backgrounds. Monitoring traffic to docs. Docs as a compliment to stack overflow. Bryan complains about lack of full samples - Bill talks about very a large example eShopOnContainers. Walkthroughs. How to request new docs. Why some of C# and .NET is not open source, process of open sourcing. Updates to Bill's books, invite to help with docs.

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Links
docs.microsoft.com

#65 Mads Torgersen, C# 7

Summary
Mads Torgersen, program manager for C# at Microsoft, talks to me about the upcoming release of C# 7.

Details
Who he is, being the C# program manager; the favorite features he introduced as PM - linq and async, why linq was added, does the C# increment big features, was async as much of a success, complications are too well hidden, Stephen Toub blog; Mads won't tell me when C# 7 is coming out, new features, tuples + deconstruction, pattern matching; how Mads manages C#, boundaries and disagreements with other teams;  who makes decisions – being a "reluctant dictator"; managing resources at Microsoft; Microsoft and the C# standards bodies, why have the standards when Microsoft can do what they want; C# and the open source community, drawbacks of open source; final notes.

Links
Quick video on C# 7.0

.NET Blog on C# 7.0

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#38 Mark Eisenberg, Private Cloud


Summary
Mark Eisenberg of Microsoft talks to me about the private cloud and why it has failed.

Details
Definition of private cloud, virtualized data centers, getting value from the cloud; enterprise scale, web scale and hyper scale; differences between private and public cloud, daytime and nighttime workloads; cultural change is needed when adopting cloud; same software problem, different decade; companies expected cost reduction, but didn't get it; vertical scale doesn't work anymore, start small in cloud and grow; we got it wrong so often why would you expect anything different now; current state of private cloud; private cloud is failing; bringing in the skills to deploy private cloud, need exec buy-in; how to get buy-in; agility, complexity and cost example of success at Lowe's; wrap up.

Book Recommendation
Continuous Delivery

Building Microservices

The Art Of War

The Prince

The 48 Laws of Power

The Fountainhead

The Black Swan

Thinking, Fast and Slow