SDD Workshop: IdentityServer

A couple of weeks ago I finally got to learn IdentityServer from its creator, Dominick Baier. A three-day workshop in London, as part of SDD Deep Dive, was indeed a deep dive into identity and access control in ASP.NET Core applications. It was a nice mix of presentations, live-coding, hands-on labs, and lots of cautionary tales based on Dominick’s experience. Looking at the current training schedule, this 3-day version was a really unique chance to learn a lot and without a rush.

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.Net DeveloperDays 2017: impressions

Last week I went to my second tech conference of this fall, .NET DeveloperDays in Warsaw. It was an event of a smaller scale than TechDays or NDC, but still one of the biggest in Eastern Europe. The list of notable speakers included Michele Leroux Bustamante, Dino Esposito, and Sasha Goldshtein, the majority of others being representatives of local software development companies. Frankly, some organizational aspects left to be desired (over-crowded space, a lot of ambient noise during the sessions, too much attention to sponsors sometimes), but there was still some very good content. Also, I got the ticket for free by winning it in a lottery, so, as Dutch people would say, een gegeven paard moet men niet in de bek kijken

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TechDays NL 2017: impressions

This week I attended my first Microsoft’s conference in the Netherlands, TechDays 2017. It was super exciting to be there and to learn from the top experts in the field. Also, finally got a better overview of the Dutch companies doing software development and consulting with Microsoft technology stack: it’s funny how easy it is to keep working in your own bubble after moving to another country.

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NDC London: talks

Last three days of NDC London presented a constant paradox of choice, since every hour 7-8 speakers would have parallel sessions in different rooms. How the hell am I supposed to pick only one, if all of them are great? How on earth can you choose between Jon Skeet and Mark Seeman? My way of solving this problem was to spend an hour every evening going through the list of the next day’s speakers and googling their talks from the past. Sometimes this helped me to pick a brilliant talk from someone I had not known yet, sometimes this meant I would go to the Bill Wagner’s talk and… well, more on that later.

Being an old-school geek, I still prefer to make notes on paper, so I have pretty good coverage of what I learned during these talks. Hopefully all the recorded sessions will be available on the web soon (that’s the part I really like about NDC), but before this happens, here’s a list of my observations and learnings from the talks I personally attended.

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NDC London: ASP.NET Core workshop

Apparently last year I was a good boy, because Santa has already made several of my dreams come true in 2017. This week I am visiting London and attending NDC London, one of the greatest and most inspiring conferences I am aware of. Until now I only knew it by watching numerous recorded talks from the past and listetning to these top notch developers on .NET Rocks. Well, this morning I was in an elevator with Scott Allen, whose courses on PluralSight were the major part of my learning materials on ASP.NET some years ago. And when I stepped out of this elevator, first thing I heard was “Hi, I’m Richard Campbell” (that’s exactly 50% of .NET Rocks I just met). I know, it sounds silly, but I actually feel like a little boy meeting his all time football idol or somebody like that.

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