Microsoft Build is finally over and, while I am exhausted, I had a great time connecting with customers and hearing the announcements that Microsoft made during the event. As part of the Telerik team at the event, I took part in hosting a party, manning a booth, being on Channel 9, giving presentations, conducting interviews. Physical exhaustion aside, I value conferences like Build because they provide a wonderful opportunity to have a lot of conversations.
Being at Build, I felt it was a perfect occasion to connect with folks involved in .NET development. And, when it comes to the .NET developer community, I can't think of a better person to talk to than Richard Campbell. You may have heard of him from .NET Rocks!, an insanely-popular podcast that covers everything you'd ever want to know about the world of .NET development. He and co-host Carl Franklin have conducted over 1277 interviews with folks in and around the .NET community. If you want to know what your typical .NET developer is thinking, then talk to Richard. For this reason - and the fact that I consider him a personal friend - I was happy to run into him at Build.
Richard and I grabbed a pair of microphones, found a quiet area in Moscone West, and had a conversation about Windows development, Xamarin, the Internet of Things (IoT), HoloLens, and more. On a personal note, I am fascinated by Richard's opinions when I talk to him about technology. I act like the character of Wallace Shawn in My Dinner with Andre – hanging off every word and finding myself wanting to ask more questions with every passing minute. You can listen to the interview below:
This year's Build will certainly go down in history as one of the more memorable conferences for .NET developers. This sentiment was shared amongst customers who visited the Telerik booth. Many of them told me that being involved in .NET development hasn't felt this exciting since PDC 2003.
A big difference between then and now is the fact that technology stacks like Xamarin don't represent a potential future of what's to come (see Windows “Longhorn”); rather, they are technologies that are available today to build your next big thing. Making Xamarin available at no additional cost to developers with Visual Studio paints a very rosy picture for C# developers wanting to build mobile applications for iOS and Android. (My colleague, Sam Basu wrote more about what this announcement means for developers like you in his article "The Xamarin Promise – Realized!".). And the Xamarin news was only one of many announcements!
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John Bristowe is a member of the Developer Relations team at Progress. He specialises in web and mobile app development.
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