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Every year, around this time, my colleagues and I organize a series of conversations called Ignite Your Coding. Its purpose is to spark your inner awesomeness by providing you with knowledge and insights on software development. Why? It’s simple: we want to support you; we want to help grow your skills; we want you to be successful. For Ignite Your Coding, we take a humble approach we asking the “Top Guns” from the developer community to assist us. The way we see it: We facilitate the conversation by connecting you with the smartest and brightest folks possible; the experts who have poured the blood, sweat, and tears understanding this stuff.
This brings us to today.
Finding the time to keeping your skills current can be a challenge – especially in the world of web development. Ideas and technologies move so fast in this space that it’s sometimes hard to keep up. That’s why – in addition to covering this topic – we felt it was a good idea partner with Richard Campbell (@richcampbell) and Carl Franklin (@carlfranklin) of .NET Rocks!. Richard and Carl have a great deal of experience in this space and, quite frankly, have voices that are much nicer on the ears that anyone on our team.
Carl and Richard talk to Bruce Lawson (@brucel) and Remy Sharp (@rem) 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.
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.
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.
Carl and Richard talk to Jonathan Snook (@snookca) 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 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.
Carl and Richard talk to Jean Paoli, 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 folks understand how huge the interoperability effort at Microsoft is. He also digs into the iterative process of developing web specifications by building prototype code and taking that experience back to the working group.
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.
I really hope you enjoy these interviews! Please do take the time to check them out as well as subscribe to the .NET Rocks! podcast for many more interviews with industry experts that I know that you’ll find interesting. Also, don’t forget to test drive Internet Explorer 9 and check out the Dev Unplugged Contest for web developers.
The Zune Marketplace is carrying this podcast. It has episodes 1 and 3, but not 2. Also, the initial podcast, "Announcing the Ignite Your Coding Web Development Series!", does not work. I get an error stating that "The Zune software doesn't support this episode's media format." [Error code C00D1317] I am using a Zune HD 32GB Model 1402.