Dave Balzer and Pat Toner sat down with Trey Mayer at DogFoodCon in Columbus, Ohio.

Trey Mayer is Portals and Collaboration Practice Lead for HMB. He has been with HMB for more than three years and has extensive knowledge working with organizations to help bridge their business with technology. Mayer specializes in Enterprise productivity and collaboration and has helped organizations of all sizes improve their productivity. Mayer has worked with numerous clients including Fortune 500, Privately held, State and Local Governments, Non-Profits and International organizations. In 2016 Mayer was selected as one of Top 20 People to know in Technology.

You can view the video version of this podcast here: https://youtu.be/ChAnynck9xI

Dave Balzer and Pat Toner had the opportunity to sit down with Cassandra Faris at DogFoodCon in Columbus, Ohio to discuss career development strategies for developers.

Cassandra Faris is the Director of Talent Management at Improving Columbus, a software development consulting and training company. She is passionate about growing the tech community and its people. She regularly attends, speaks at, and helps organize tech events. She has an MBA in Organizational Leadership, and is an avid tabletop gamer, runner, and soccer fan who travels as much as possible.

To view the video version of this podcast, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwwP03jsbvI

Dave Balzer and Pat Toner sat down with Steve Smith at DogFoodCon 2017 in Columbus, Ohio to discuss new features in .Net Core and the benefits of clean code.

During the show, Steve was trying to think of the name of a package used as a server in .Net Core, he followed up later to let us all know he was speaking of WebListener, which has subsequently been renamed HttpSys. https://github.com/aspnet/Announcements/issues/211

Steve Smith (@ardalis) is an entrepreneur and software developer with a passion for building quality software as effectively as possible.

Steve has published several courses on Pluralsight, covering Domain-Driven Design, SOLID, design patterns, and software architecture. He’s a Microsoft MVP and ASP Insider, a frequent speaker at developer conferences, an author, and a trainer. Along with his wife and business partner, Michelle Smith, Steve founded and successfully sold an online advertising network and software consultancy studio. Recently, Steve has been focusing on ASP.NET Core, for which he has written dozens of articles for the product’s official documentation at docs.asp.net.

Dave Balzer and Pat Toner sat down for an interview with Warner Moore at DogFoodCon in Columbus, Ohio.

Warner Moore is a driven technology leader and architect with a background in web operations and information security.

He has focused his career in working with high growth organizations where technology is their business and product. Within these organizations, Warner has an accomplished record of building successful security programs and high performing technology teams.

His unique value proposition is an ability to align information security and external compliance drivers to an engineering culture. As a result, Warner can enable fast growth technology organizations and accelerate speed to market.

As an international speaker, Warner has been invited to present to university students, technology professionals, and business leaders in a classroom setting as well as at conferences such as Startup Week, CloudDevelop, Path to Agility, InfoSec Summit, CodeMash, and DevOpsDays.

Warner is passionate about culture, innovation, and community. His passion reflects in his volunteer work leading organizations such as Ohio LinuxFest, LOPSA, DevOpsDays, and Toastmasters.

Specialties: management, distributed computing, multi-user technologies, open source, governance, risk, compliance, high availability, scaling, community management, team building, contract negotiation, due diligence, devops culture, public speaking, hiring, and recruiting

Dave Balzer and Pat Toner of DevCoaches sat down with Christina Aldan to chat after her Keynote at DogFoodCon 2017 in Columbus Ohio.

Christina Aldan is a TEDx speaker, trainer, and digital advertising consultant whose boutique agency, LG Designs, offers businesses brand consulting and creative content for everyday media. With over a decade of experience in the digital advertising realm, Christina is highly regarded for her approach to business, partnering with clients to find unique strategies that ensure their advertising goals are met. Christina builds connections through her keynote addresses, workshops, and technological education. She uses these tools to help individuals and businesses cultivate value in everyday media. She also served as Chief Marketing Officer for PrayerSpark and currently serves as Marketing Coordinator for Starmark1.

Christina uses her charisma and expertise to inspire others by mentoring women in business like herself. She also has sat on state and local boards supporting women in tech, entrepreneurship, and children with learning disabilities. She is the recipient of the Las Vegas Women in Tech Community Service Award, the Distinguished Woman of the Year Award in STEM, and the Stevie Award for the category of Women Helping Women. Learn more at: ChristinaAldan.com.

On Today’s Show: Dave Balzer, Pat Toner, Sarah Dutkiewicz, Amanda Gragg, Randall Clapper and Matt LoPiccolo Topics of the Day: Up first we discuss Apple and Major League Baseball’s At Bat app that is adding augmented reality so fans can watch a game within the game. We also talk about how this might apply to fantasy sports.

Microsoft and Facebook have built their own Trans-Atlantic internet cable and we talk about joining the Facebook navy. https://www.pcmag.com/news/356384/mic…

We talk about a new hamburger flipping robot which is now being implemented by a chain of restaurants in California. https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/19/fli…

You can also check out the video version of this episode on our YouTube channel here.

On today’s episode, Dave Balzer, Matt LoPiccolo, Pat Toner, Morgan Willis and Sarah Dutkiewicz discuss an article that asserts that the push for tech jobs has nothing to do with actual demand and everything to do with lowering salaries.

We talk about the release of Java 9.  There was an amazing lack of enthusiasm from our Java professionals over this new offering from Oracle.

Finally, we discuss the impact of watching someone struggle in learning to succeed.


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This episode is a continuation of the conversation we had in episode 23.  We pick up where Phil grapples with the realization that developing software and creating automation results in loss of jobs.  Join us as we walk through his existential crisis with him.


Appearing in this episode:  Dave Balzer, Pat Toner, Matt LoPiccolo, Randall Clapper and Phil Williams

As the Internet of Things and automation are beginning to take over more things in our lives, have we moved beyond what’s useful or beneficial?  Are we really saving enough time to justify having smart tech in a toaster?  How does it impact the future of our economy and job prospects?  The DevCoaches tackle these issues in this episode.

On today’s program:  Dave Balzer, Pat Toner, Matt LoPiccolo, Randall Clapper and Phil Williams.

With our recent discussions of Cyber Security, the hacking of Equifax and now the announcement of a hack that took place in 2016 of the SEC, the DevCoaches sit down and discuss the personal ramifications of our current data-driven society.


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DevCoaches Hosts on this episode:  Dave Balzer, Pat Toner, Matt LoPiccolo, Randall Clapper & Amanda Gragg