41 episodes

Welcome to Betatalks the podcast, in which we talk with friends from the development community. We chat not only about technology, but what drives them, inspires them and makes them unique. Rick and Oscar, Principal Cloud Architects at Betabit, invite developers, makers, Open Source maintainers and other amazing people from the .NET and Azure development community. Looking for more content? Have a look at our Betatalks video's.

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Welcome to Betatalks the podcast, in which we talk with friends from the development community. We chat not only about technology, but what drives them, inspires them and makes them unique. Rick and Oscar, Principal Cloud Architects at Betabit, invite developers, makers, Open Source maintainers and other amazing people from the .NET and Azure development community. Looking for more content? Have a look at our Betatalks video's.

    39. Building modern tech solutions for everybody & the future of accessibility with Blazor- with Dennie Declercq

    39. Building modern tech solutions for everybody & the future of accessibility with Blazor- with Dennie Declercq

    In this episode, we talk to Dennie Declercq, a Microsoft MVP Developer Technologies. He is president and developer at DDSoft, a non-profit that connects IT with people who are less tech-savvy. Thanks to his autism, he is the right man to contribute as a volunteer in function of people with disabilities. We talk about the modern way of building websites with Azure Functions, Azure Static Web Apps and Blazor. And, how to build really affordable tech solutions that you can add into products for people with disabilities. Dennie also shares his own experiences with (non)inclusive and (un)accessible software. Moreover, we discuss how Blazor can help developers with autism because it reduces context switching. And about the future of accessibility with Blazor and Azure Cognitive Services. Furthermore, we also dive deeper into what the biggest misconceptions are about working in tech with a disability or being on the autism spectrum.

    About this episode, and Dennie Declercq in particular: you can find @DennieDeclercq on Twitter, and on his GitHub. Check out his website or listen to his conference presentation about 'Intro to Blazing Web Accessibility - Empowered with AI'.
    About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 

    • 36 min
    38. Open source framework MVVM Light, Azure Static Web Apps & timekeeper.cloud - with Laurent Bugnion

    38. Open source framework MVVM Light, Azure Static Web Apps & timekeeper.cloud - with Laurent Bugnion

    In this episode, we speak with Laurent Bugnion, a Principal Cloud Developer Advocate for Microsoft. He is one of the foremost experts for XAML and C# based development. And, he is also the author of the well-known open source framework MVVM Light for Windows, WPF and Xamarin. We talk about the success story of his open source framework MVVM Light, its adoption by Microsoft, and his thoughts on and use of Xamarin, Blazor and Azure. We also dive into his open source project; timekeeper.cloud. This is all built on Blazor, runs on Azure Static Web Apps, and is powered by Azure Functions and by SignalR. In particular, we zoom in on the benefits of Azure Static Web Apps. Furthermore, we talk about his role and the importance of developer advocacy and creating content. Especially, his focus on his show called ‘Learn Live’. And we finish with a great story about his tattoos and heritage.
    About this episode, and Laurent Bugnion in particular: you can find @LBugnion on Twitter, and GitHub. Check out his Timekeeper.cloud and his show and producing Learn Live. Also, you can read his blog here.
    About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 

    • 49 min
    37. Programming with F#, the SAFE Stack initiative & Azure Container Apps - with Isaac Abraham

    37. Programming with F#, the SAFE Stack initiative & Azure Container Apps - with Isaac Abraham

    In this episode, we speak with Isaac Abraham. He is the founder of Compositional IT and author of the books 'Get Programming with F#' and 'F# in Action'. We talk about programming with F# and how it compares to C#. What are their differences and similarities? We discuss why F# is not yet a widely used language.  What made Isaac push through all the difficulties when getting to know F#? What advantages did he enjoy? What made it productive and rewarding? And how does it work with Unit Testing? We also share experiences about working with and switching between different languages, for example from F# to C#, or C# to Typescript. And he elaborates on the SAFE Stack initiative - Saturn Azure Fable Elmish - and the benefits of working with it. Furthermore, we talk about the value of functional programming and Azure Container Apps - the service Isaac is most excited about.

    About this episode, and Isaac Abraham in particular: you can find @isaac_abraham on Twitter, check out his website and find his very interesting book here: F# in action. 
    About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 

    • 46 min
    36. The .NET ecosystem, learning journey & Tech Twitter and its do's and don'ts - with Lou Creemers

    36. The .NET ecosystem, learning journey & Tech Twitter and its do's and don'ts - with Lou Creemers

    In this episode, we speak with Louëlla (Lou) Creemers. She is a web developer with a love for .NET. We talk about the tech content she creates and how she tries to bring value to the tech community through social media and by being a speaker. As a relative newcomer to Tech Twitter, how welcoming is the tech community, especially for women? Further, we discuss what the .NET ecosystem currently has to offer, if anything is missing, and if there is something she would like to change. And, we dive a little deeper into her learning journey to become the next generation web developer and how this could help other students inspire and achieve their goals.

    About this episode, and Lou Creemers in particular: you can find @lovelacecoding on Twitter or check out her website and definitely read her blogpost Do's and don'ts with Twitter DM's.

    About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 

    • 35 min
    35. Understanding and controlling AI, using NLP & the buzz around GPT-3 - with Eve Pardi

    35. Understanding and controlling AI, using NLP & the buzz around GPT-3 - with Eve Pardi

    In this episode, we speak with Eve Pardi. She is a skilled Data Scientist and AI Engineer, the owner of AI42, and a board member of Global AI Community. Eve explains why she started AI42, what their mission is, and how AI is still something new and magical to most engineers. How there's still a disconnect between AI engineers and "normal" developers. We talk about the importance of understanding and controlling AI systems.  So we wonder, how can we understand AI in general? What should we keep in mind when using NLP? How can we create fair, unbiased, and non-discriminatory intelligent models? And how you need to ask yourself: am I really able to tell what my model is doing? Furthermore, there has been a lot of buzz around GPT-3, so we ask Eve why it's a big deal and what we can expect in the future.

    About this episode, and Eve Pardi in particular: you can find @EvePardi on Twitter or check out her website codewitheve.azurewebsites.net.

    About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 

    • 52 min
    34. Developer productivity and Azure native IaC things like Bicep, ARM and Deployment Stacks - with Henry Been

    34. Developer productivity and Azure native IaC things like Bicep, ARM and Deployment Stacks - with Henry Been

    In this episode we speak with Henry Been, in a busy period where it seems that all the in-person events are planned right before the summer. We share our experiences and opinions about developer productivity and the fact that "doing nothing" is necessary sometimes. Because Henry literally wrote the book 'Azure Infrastructure as Code', we dive into everything Azure native around infrastructure as code such as Bicep, ARM and even Deployment Stacks which is still in preview.

    About this episode, and Henry in particular: you can find Henry on Twitter at @henry_been or at henrybeen.nl. For information about the book 'Azure Infrastructure as Code' written by Henry Been, Eduard Keilholz, and Erwin Staal visit this link.

    About Betatalks: have a look at our videos and join us on our Betatalks Discord channel 

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