Hi there! My name is James Bender and I am the newest addition the Telerik team working as a Developer Evangelist for the Visual Studio Productivity Tools.

I've been in software development for almost 20 years, starting “way back when” Visual C++ and [gulp] PowerBuilder were the kings of the hill. From there I moved to Java and .NET. About nine years ago I dropped Java and to focus on .NET. While I’m still very much committed to .NET, I’m also finding interest in new technologies like Ruby, JavaScript (not in the browser) and functional programming. In my time as a developer I’ve worked mostly as a consultant, enabling me to be exposed to a wide variety of businesses and technological needs.

I’m very active in the software development community, serving as president of the Central Ohio .NET Developers Group for two years, am the current chairman of the Central Ohio Day of .NET, and a Microsoft MVP.  I've written a book on Test Driven Development called “Professional Test Driven Development with C#: Developing Real World Applications with TDD” (rolls right off the tongue, doesn't it?) as well as a book on developing Windows 8 applications with JavaScript and HTML coming out in the fall called “Windows 8 Apps with HTML5 and JavaScript”. I enjoy talking to developers and learning about what they are doing. This gives me an opportunity to help them with their challenges, as well as learning about how other developers work and solve problems.  This can be very enlightening!

Given my desire to solve problems, I've gravitated toward tools that help me write the best software I can in the shortest amount of time possible. Over the years, I've tried many of these tools and found that while most of them were good, the tools being produced by Telerik, specifically JustCode, JustTrace, JustMock and JustDecompile were the best. That is why I’m very happy to be joining Telerik as an Developer Evangelist. While my goal is to be well versed on everything Telerik offers, the four “Just” products will be my focus.

This is an exciting time to be joining Telerik! Our Q2 2013 release of DevCraft is imminent and next week is Webinar Week where we will have an opportunity to show developers all the new and cool stuff that our development team has been hard at work on. To see a selection of the new features in JustCode, JustTrace, JustMock and JustDecompile be sure to register for the Webinar that Phil Japikse and I will be presenting on June 20th at 12:00 PM EDT/9:00 AM PDT. We've got a lot of great stuff to show you and you do not want to miss it!

About the Author

James Bender

is a Developer and has been involved in software development and architecture for almost 20 years. He has built everything from small, single-user applications to Enterprise-scale, multi-user systems. His specialties are .NET development and architecture, TDD, Web Development, cloud computing, and agile development methodologies. James is a Microsoft MVP and the author of two books; "Professional Test Driven Development with C#" which was released in May of 2011 and "Windows 8 Apps with HTML5 and JavaScript" which will be available soon. James has a blog at JamesCBender.com and his Twitter ID is @JamesBender. Google Profile


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