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Josh Graham, Chief Dispenser of Pleasantries, Hashrocket

 Josh  Graham
Josh Graham is a crazy Aussie with over 20 years experience in the software industry (as many years as he's been drinking legally).
He has spoken at and chaired conferences on SOA, enterprise architecture, agile software delivery, and technology innovation.
After spending time on 5 continents during 2009 for ThoughtWorks and wanting to "stay at home for a little bit", Josh opened the Chicago office of Hashrocket at the beginning of 2010 (although plans to still visit 5 continents in 2010).
Josh organizes speakerconf. You may have met Josh already at a bar.

Presentation: "Introduction: AlphaGeeks on .NET"

Time: Thursday 10:20 - 10:30

Location: Rutherford Room

Presentation: "The State of the Art .NET - 12 months of things to learn"

Time: Thursday 16:30 - 17:30

Location: Rutherford Room


For some people the .NET ecosystem comes along with some negative connotations related to closed-source, prescriptive, narrow solution architectures.

Nonetheless, there is a rich array of interesting technology available when using .NET – whether on Windows or on Mono. Microsoft is investing in languages and frameworks, open-source innovations are being applied from other platforms, and very smart people using .NET as the best choice for their circumstance.

This talk will showcase some of the very interesting languages, development tools, frameworks and architectural approaches (whether from Microsoft or from the Alpha Geeks in the .NET community) that you should have on your list of things to research, learn, and use over the next 12 months.

Keywords: .NET, open source, innovation, Mono, tools

Target audience: MSDN subscribers looking for something more, .NET architects and developers, the .NET-curious