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Oct 19, 2017

Dave Balzer and Pat Toner had the privilage of sitting down with Guy Royse at DogFoodCon 2017 in Columbus, Ohio.

Guy works for Nexosis in Columbus, Ohio as a Developer Evangelist. Combining his decades of experience in building software with a history of sharing what he has learned, Guy goes out into developer communities and teaches others how to use the Nexosis API.

Guy has programmed in numerous languages over the years—many of them semicolon delimited—including C++, C#, and Java. More recently he has worked with dynamic and more functional languages like JavaScript and Ruby. Teaching and community have long been a focus for Guy. He is President of the Columbus JavaScript Usergroup and has been part of the session selection committee for CodeMash for the last five years. When given an opportunity, he teaches programming at a prison in central Ohio. In past lives, Guy has worked as a consultant in a broad range of industries including healthcare, retail, and utilities. He spent several years as a consultant for Pillar Technology and several more years working for a major insurance provider. This has given him a broad view of technology application and business problems. In his personal life, Guy is a hardboiled-geek interested in role-playing games, science fiction, and technology. He also has a slightly less geeky interest in history and linguistics. He lives in central Ohio with his wife and three sons. In his spare time, he is a leader in his neighborhood Cub Scout Pack and goes camping a lot.

Oct 10, 2017

Dave Balzer and Pat Toner sat down with Trey Mayer at DogFoodCon in Columbus, Ohio.

Trey Mayer is Portals and Collaboration Practice Lead for HMB. He has been with HMB for more than three years and has extensive knowledge working with organizations to help bridge their business with technology. Mayer specializes in Enterprise productivity and collaboration and has helped organizations of all sizes improve their productivity. Mayer has worked with numerous clients including Fortune 500, Privately held, State and Local Governments, Non-Profits and International organizations. In 2016 Mayer was selected as one of Top 20 People to know in Technology.

Oct 10, 2017

Dave Balzer and Pat Toner had the opportunity to sit down with Cassandra Faris at DogFoodCon in Columbus, Ohio to discuss career development strategies for developers.

Cassandra Faris is the Director of Talent Management at Improving Columbus, a software development consulting and training company. She is passionate about growing the tech community and its people. She regularly attends, speaks at, and helps organize tech events. She has an MBA in Organizational Leadership, and is an avid tabletop gamer, runner, and soccer fan who travels as much as possible.

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Oct 9, 2017

Dave Balzer and Pat Toner sat down with Steve Smith at DogFoodCon 2017 in Columbus, Ohio to discuss new features in .Net Core and the benefits of clean code.

During the show, Steve was trying to think of the name of a package used as a server in .Net Core, he followed up later to let us all know he was speaking of WebListener, which has subsequently been renamed HttpSys.

Steve Smith (@ardalis) is an entrepreneur and software developer with a passion for building quality software as effectively as possible.

Steve has published several courses on Pluralsight, covering Domain-Driven Design, SOLID, design patterns, and software architecture. He’s a Microsoft MVP and ASP Insider, a frequent speaker at developer conferences, an author, and a trainer. Along with his wife and business partner, Michelle Smith, Steve founded and successfully sold an online advertising network and software consultancy studio. Recently, Steve has been focusing on ASP.NET Core, for which he has written dozens of articles for the product’s official documentation at

Oct 8, 2017

Dave Balzer and Pat Toner sat down for an interview with Warner Moore at DogFoodCon in Columbus, Ohio.

Warner Moore is a driven technology leader and architect with a background in web operations and information security.

He has focused his career in working with high growth organizations where technology is their business and product. Within these organizations, Warner has an accomplished record of building successful security programs and high performing technology teams.

His unique value proposition is an ability to align information security and external compliance drivers to an engineering culture. As a result, Warner can enable fast growth technology organizations and accelerate speed to market.

As an international speaker, Warner has been invited to present to university students, technology professionals, and business leaders in a classroom setting as well as at conferences such as Startup Week, CloudDevelop, Path to Agility, InfoSec Summit, CodeMash, and DevOpsDays.

Warner is passionate about culture, innovation, and community. His passion reflects in his volunteer work leading organizations such as Ohio LinuxFest, LOPSA, DevOpsDays, and Toastmasters.

Specialties: management, distributed computing, multi-user technologies, open source, governance, risk, compliance, high availability, scaling, community management, team building, contract negotiation, due diligence, devops culture, public speaking, hiring, and recruiting

Oct 8, 2017

Dave Balzer and Pat Toner of DevCoaches sat down with Christina Aldan to chat after her Keynote at DogFoodCon 2017 in Columbus Ohio. Christina Aldan is a TEDx speaker, trainer, and digital advertising consultant whose boutique agency, LG Designs, offers businesses brand consulting and creative content for everyday media. With over a decade of experience in the digital advertising realm, Christina is highly regarded for her approach to business, partnering with clients to find unique strategies that ensure their advertising goals are met. Christina builds connections through her keynote addresses, workshops, and technological education. She uses these tools to help individuals and businesses cultivate value in everyday media. She also served as Chief Marketing Officer for PrayerSpark and currently serves as Marketing Coordinator for Starmark1. Christina uses her charisma and expertise to inspire others by mentoring women in business like herself. She also has sat on state and local boards supporting women in tech, entrepreneurship, and children with learning disabilities. She is the recipient of the Las Vegas Women in Tech Community Service Award, the Distinguished Woman of the Year Award in STEM, and the Stevie Award for the category of Women Helping Women. Learn more at:

Oct 6, 2017

On Today's Show: Dave Balzer, Pat Toner, Sarah Dutkiewicz, Amanda Gragg, Randall Clapper and Matt LoPiccolo Topics of the Day: Up first we discuss Apple and Major League Baseball’s At Bat app that is adding augmented reality so fans can watch a game within the game. We also talk about how this might apply to fantasy sports.

Microsoft and Facebook have built their own Trans-Atlantic internet cable and we talk about joining the Facebook navy.

We talk about a new hamburger flipping robot which is now being implemented by a chain of restaurants in California.

You can also check out the video version of this episode on our YouTube channel here.

Oct 2, 2017

On today's episode, Dave Balzer, Matt LoPiccolo, Pat Toner, Morgan Willis and Sarah Dutkiewvicz discuss an article that asserts that the push for tech jobs has nothing to do with actual demand and everything to do with lowering salaries. 


We talk about the release of Java 9.  There was an amazing lack of enthusiasm from our Java professionals over this new offering from Oracle.


Finally, we discuss the impact of watching someone struggle in learning to succeed.