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A Salute to the Falafel Rock Stars
| Friday, October 05, 2012
Every year, October kicks off a very busy season at Falafel : “Conference Season”. Multiple members of the team travel across the country and around world to share their expertise on a number of technologies. All Falafel Software team members spend their days, and often their nights, helping design and build cutting edge solutions for our customers. Their technical presentations draw from these real world experiences and are assembled, practiced, and presented in what little spare time they have. That’s why we call them “Rock Stars”.
This weekend at Silicon Valley Code Camp, Falafel’s entire team from around the world comes together to both teach and learn.
Rachel Hagerman of Texas and Jonathan Tower of Michigan are .NET verterans, having built multiple solutions with WPF, Silverlight, ASP.NET and more. Two years ago, they both made the transition to iOS development working on both customer solutions and our very own EventBoard mobile application. Now they want to help other .NET developers make a smooth transition, explaining iOS development concepts in terms .NET developers can relate to. If you are looking to make the transition, you won’t want to miss the “Introduction to Native iOS Development for .NET Developers” at Silicon Valley Code Camp.
Bary Nusz, our “Tinkerer-in-Chief”, finds a way to connect his computer to every new device he comes across. It is not uncommon for Bary to show up with a new contraption and shout “Hey, you guys have to see this!” And he makes it worth it every time. We’ve see Wii-motes measure fencing thrusts, new Kinect interfaces, and lately lots of uses for the sensors on Windows Phone and Windows 8 Devices. Bary built the Magnetometer for Windows Phone and explained how it works in a series of blog posts, he taught us how to anchor augmented reality object in the real world and at Silicon Valley Code Camp he is going to teach the world how to integrate sensor data from Windows Phone and Windows 8 devices with XNA graphics applications. If you want to see some cool stuff, look for the guy in the big hat at Silicon Valley Code Camp.
Have you ever wondered if what Entity Framework is doing under the hood is really optimal? We haven’t, we have Adam Anderson. Adam is our Master Consultant flying in from Colorado Springs, and as a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer he is one of our most decorated team members. Before meeting Adam, many of us thought our SQL Server development skills could be ranked as 10’s. Now, we are not so sure. To see why, attend his session at Silicon Valley Code Camp on “Improving the Performance of TPT Mapping in EF”. I guarantee you will learn A LOT.
Not to be outdone, the Falafel management team has doubled down on their speaking engagements this year. With the world going mobile, CEO Lino Tadros and President John Waters, both Microsoft MVPs, have been teaching about what’s to come in the mobile space.
John has already taught an all day Windows Phone Unleashed event in Mountain View, spoken at Windows TechConference Switzerland and DevTeach Vancouver about moving Mango apps to Windows 8 Style applications and mobile architecture, and most recently has been heavy on Windows 8 Development training. Bay area residents may have seen him at 1 of the 2 all day Windows 8 Unleashed events he has led, and if you’ve missed him, you can catch his condensed session at Silicon Valley Code Camp, “Taking full advantage of Windows 8 Modern Style Applications”. John is one of the few individuals you can find who has already published a Windows 8 application to the Windows 8 Store. He is solely responsible for creating the Windows 8 version of EventBoard, which you can download now.
When you attend any event, we know you want to see the best. So every week at Falafel, we give our speakers the stage and a chance to present their sessions internally. The team gets stronger, the speakers get great feedback and the company is sure that when you see the Falafel logo at an event, you know you’ll be hearing from a real development Rock Star.