#125 Angela Dugan, How to Build a Great Team

Summary
Angela Dugan talks about teams, what they are, how they go wrong and how to build a great one.

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Who she is, what she does. What a team is; should we all be full-stack developers. Types of team member, introverts and extroverts. Difference between leader and manager. Career path for developers who don't want to manage. Finding the strengths of a team member and a team. People are the biggest and hardest part of building software. How to build a strong team - try to find balance of skills, keep the team the same unless a change is needed, empower the team to make decision. Can the structure of agile interfere with team. One team member can run a team. Book recommendations from Angela. Where you can see Angela giving a talk.

Links
Angela's Twitter
Drive by Daniel Pink
The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle
Dare to Lead by Brené Brown

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#124 Mads Torgersen, C# 8

Summary
Mads Torgersen talks about the upcoming release of C#, what's new, what's different, what else is coming in the future. He also answers questions from Twitter.

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Who he is, what he does. What new in C# 8; robustness, pits of success; nullable reference types. No breaking changes. Use of language features, IntelliCode. The legacy of String, unicode and UTF8, array, immutability and invariants. Async streams, what it is and history. Bryan's blog on steaming, why async is important, especially if you have a limited number of threads available. Improved patterns matching, recursive patterns. C# 8 relies on a .NET Core Runtime feature. C# 8 and Visual Studio schedules are independent; upcoming schedules for .NET Core and .NET 5. Questions from Twitter - records and roles, expression tree updates, compiler flags, AOT, tiered compilation, type providers, async/await inside LINQ expressions, discriminated unions, Typescript style inline union. Relationship between C# design team and the compiler team. Mads encourages us all to use the previews of C# 8 and let him know if you find a problem.

Links
Mads' twitter
What's new in C# 8
C# repo on GitHub

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#123 Dane Hillard, Good Software Practices

Summary
Dane Hillard, software engineer and author, discusses what he considers to be some of the important principles of software development.

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Who he is, what he does. A little about his book. Separation of concerns, what it means, how to do it; good naming; method length. Abstraction and encapsulation, what it is, good examples and bad examples. Good programming in industry. Improving performance, profiling, when to optimize; trusting the performance of third party packages. Testing code, unit vs integration testing, mocking; performance and load testing, Locust. Security, when to add it in, feature switches.

Links
Dane's twitter
Dane's homepage

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#122 Matt Warren, How the .NET Runtime Has Changed

Summary
Matt Warren discusses what considers to be the biggest changes to the .NET runtime over the past four years.

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Who he is, what he does. Why he's interested in the runtime. Runtime vs base class libraries, cross platform. Just in Time compilation (JITing); tiered compilation, can boost speed of third party libraries. Monitoring and diagnostics. Spans, Tech Empower rating. Default interface methods. Unloading assemblies. Relationship between Framework and Core. Community involvement over the years.

Links
Mark's twitter
Matt's post - Open Source .NET – 4 years later

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#121 Mark Eisenberg, Microservices in the Enterprise

Summary
Mark Eisenberg discusses why enterprises should adopt microservices, what is stopping them, and how they can overcome those problems.

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Who he is, what he does. Mark's interest in microservices. What a microservice is, why it is important, why it is difficult; what he means by "enterprise". What enterprises are currently doing - using new technology in an old way. Are enterprises changing for the wrong reasons; what are the right reasons - "fear". Time to market and scale is very short, think of Uber, Airbnb, etc. Product Enterprises don't always see the threat that is coming. Changes needed - culture, support from business units, CI/CD, build security in from start, cloud is not necessary, Jez Humble's book Accelerate, everything has to change. Better, faster, cheaper is what the execs are interested. Microsoft's recommendations on getting microservices into the enterprise. Concrete steps an enterprise can take - training, developers should be driving the change. Don't start with "can't", focus on what and why.

Links
Mark's twitter

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#120 Rafał Legiędź, Augmented and Virtual Reality

Summary
Rafał Legiędź talks about the history and current state of augmented and virtual reality.

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How to pronounce his name, who he is, what he does. Types of reality, augmented, mixed, virtual. What is VR. What is AR, not just vision, noise cancelling headphones. car reversing cameras. Quick history or AR starting in 1862. State of the art now, HoloLens, MagicLeap. Who is using the technology in industry. How to start developing for HoloLens. How to find Rafał.

Links
Rafał's homepage

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#119 Amy Kapernick, Why You Should Use CSS Grid Layout

Summary
Amy Kapernick loves CSS Grid Layout and thinks you should use it too!

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Who she is, what she does, speaking at conference. History of layouts, table. Background of CSS grid, it makes your code smaller. What browsers support it, falling back if not supported. Usage in the industry. CSS Working Group is driving the standard. No relationship to bootstrap. What's coming in the next version. Where you can find more info on CSS grid, or catch Amy at a conference.

Links
Amy's homepage
Amy's talks
Mozilla docs on CSS Grid Layout

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#118 Cliff Agius, Building a Bionic Hand

Summary
Cliff Agius, software developer and airline pilot, talks about how he built a bionic hand for a 15 year old.

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Who he is, what he does, finding time to fly and code. Why he's building a bionic arm; cost of custom built arm. Open source bionic arm, OpenBionic; 3D printing parts, other components, motors; spare parts are easy. The control board; sensors attached to arm send signals to control board. Choosing the grip. Ada fruit board, meadow feather board. Software to design new grips. All Cliff's code is open source. Total cost of materials £500. To build your own arm with Cliff's code and design - about a weekend's work. Mass production. How to find Cliff and his work.

Links
Cliff's Github

Cliff's Twitter

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#117 Arthur Doler, Mental Health Advice for Developers

Summary
Arthur Doler, developer and mental health advocate talks about the challenges he has faced and how to help others in the workplace.

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Who he is, what he does, why he's interested in mental health, mental health issues in the developer population; art talks about autism, bipolar disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder. A bad day vs a disorder, DSM 5. What to do if you or a colleague has a problem. Diagnostic language vs experiential language. You can't leave your personal life at the office door. How to help a colleague. Dealing with a mental health crisis. How we as an industry can improve things, work-life balance.

Links
Arthur's homepage
Open Sourcing Mental Illness
Mental Health First Aid

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#116 Bob Crowley, Better Debugging Through Visual Studio

Summary
Bob Crowley talks to me about many of the useful debugging features of Visual Studio.

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Who he is, what he does. How hard is debugging. Why debugging is important. Should debugging be taught in university. Knowing the tech stack. Intercepting requests, Postman, Fiddler and packet sniffers. Looking at the SQL generated by Entity Framework and other ORMs. Visual Studio tools for debugging, breakpoints, conditional breakpoints, bookmarks, traversing the call-stack, immediate, locals and watches. Visual Studio vs Visual Studio Code. Tracking down an elusive problem, look at the environment and dependencies; CI/CD, clouds and containers. Talking a walk. Rubber Duck Debugging. How to find Bob.

Links
Bob's homepage

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