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Talk Ideas for 2020

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

After a 12-month break from developer conferences, I'm looking forward to working with a small handful of conferences next year. I've been kicking around some ideas for topics I’d like to talk about, and I'm sharing those ideas because thoughts and feedback are always appreciated!

An Architects Guide to Building Cloud Native Solutions in Azure

One of the challenges you’ll face when building applications in the cloud is in choosing the best technologies for your solution. In this session we’ll take a broad look at the technologies, services, and infrastructure available in Azure while drilling into the vital details you need to make decisions. What’s the best host for my container-based solution? Should I place my data into a data lake, a data warehouse, or a simple blob container? What’s the essential difference between a message queue and an event hub? We’ll answer these questions while also covering topics like security, identity, governance and compliance.

Into the Sky

Apache Spark for .NET Developers

Big data meets .NET with Apache Spark, the analytics engine for large-scale data processing. If you are a .NET developer and you need to create an ETL process for high volumes of data, or process large streams of data in real time, or train machine learning models against a big data set, or explore big data sets with exploratory queries, then Apache Spark is a technology you should know about. Once we’ve seen how to setup an Apache Spark cluster and worked with the shell, we’ll dive into the .NET bindings for Spark and see how to query and analyze data using C#, F#, and SQL. We’ll also be looking at Azure’s DataBricks platform to work with Spark in a managed environment.

Around the Corner

What .NET Core Developers Should Know about MSBuild

If you’ve ever wondered what makes MSBuild work, or if you’ve ever needed to tweak the XML in a project file to allow your software to compile, then this session is for you. We’ll start by learning about the fundamental concepts in MSBuild, concepts like tasks, properties, and conditionals. We’ll then move into the details of build targets that drive most of today’s builds. This talk is based on years of experience in being the person who everyone uses to debug builds, so there will be no shortage of tips and tricks for managing and debugging your builds.

A Seat at the Table

Five Lessons Learned as the CTO

Leadership skills come naturally for some people, but for the rest of us we need to figure out leadership as we go along. If you are thinking of making the jump from being a technical contributor, or have your sights set for the chief technical position, this session will give you some insight and lessons learned from experiences on the job.


Gravatar Eric Pohl Wednesday, June 26, 2019
MSBuild has always been something of a mystery to me, so that talk sounds like a winner to me!
Gravatar Aftab Ansari Wednesday, June 26, 2019
All 4 topics are awesome. 2020 is going to be great.
Gravatar afta Wednesday, June 26, 2019
I was always looking for good tutorial on MS Build tool .
D.R. Thursday, June 27, 2019
I'm with Aftab Ansari - all topics sound great. Which conferences are you going to? Any of them in Europe? Craft-Conf maybe? :-) All the best! D.R.
Gravatar Dan Schnau Thursday, June 27, 2019
+1 for the MSBuild talk. MSBuild has always been a "programming by coincidence" scenario for me because I don't have a clue how it works or what it's capabilities are.
Gravatar Aaron Fisk Thursday, June 27, 2019
Msbuild FTW. Id pick that talk, ahead of the rest, if I could actually get to one of these.
Gravatar Brian Thursday, June 27, 2019
My votes are for the cloud native talk and the MsBuild talk.
yyannekk Friday, June 28, 2019
+1 cloud native
Gravatar fredrik Tuesday, July 2, 2019
An Architects Guide to Building Cloud Native Solutions in Azure +1
Gravatar JoseAlonso Wednesday, July 3, 2019
An Architects Guide to Building Cloud Native Solutions in Azure
Gravatar André Cardoso Wednesday, July 3, 2019
An Architects Guide to Building Cloud Native Solutions in Azure +1
Gravatar Doug Friday, July 5, 2019
I'd be especially interested in the CTO topic. But really, all of them sound very interesting.
Fabrizio Monday, July 22, 2019
My order of interest: - cloud native - msbuild - spark - cto
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