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Presentation: Panel: How to Make the Future Become Your Present

Track: The Future of the API: REST, gRPC, GraphQL and More

Location: Fleming, 3rd flr.

Duration: 1:40pm - 2:30pm

Day of week: Tuesday

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"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop to look around once in a while, you could miss it." - Ferris Bueller    

Software development moves pretty fast. What's new and amazing one moment is old and boring the next. How do you keep up with all the changes, and figure out when is a good time to jump to using new tech?    

This panel will include experts who have spent their careers keeping up with the changes. Sometimes, adopting new tech took more nurturing than expected to ensure it was successful. Not every decision was the right one, but each presented new learning opportunities.

Speaker: Mark Rendle

Co-Author of gRPC for WCF Developers and Creator @VisualRecode

Mark has been developing software professionally for over 30 years, and has lived through many paradigm shifts in the way applications are designed, built and delivered. He now works as an independent consultant and teacher, helping people build cloud-native .NET applications and migrate their legacy .NET systems to .NET Core. At present, Mark is developing a new commercial product for .NET teams, Visual ReCode, which rescues code from obsolete frameworks like WCF and migrates it to current ones like gRPC. He is the co-author of the Microsoft e-book ASP.NET Core gRPC for WCF Developers, and a popular speaker at conferences around the world.

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Speaker: Richard Li

Founder and CEO @datawireio

Richard Li is cofounder and CEO of Datawire. Datawire provides several popular open source tools to accelerate Kubernetes development, including Telepresence (local development) and the Ambassador API Gateway. Richard is a veteran of multiple technology startups including Duo Security, Rapid7, and Red Hat. He is a recognized Kubernetes and microservices expert and has spoken at numerous conferences including ApacheCon, the Microservices Practitioner Summit, KubeCon, and O’Reilly Velocity. He holds both a BS and MEng in computer science from MIT.

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Speaker: Michelle Garrett

Software Engineer @CondeNast

Michelle is a Software Engineer at Condé Nast in London. She builds websites for Vogue and GQ internationally, working with React, Node and GraphQL. Michelle is also co-organiser of Node Girls, an initiative that provides free coding workshops and resources to gender minorities in tech.

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