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Developer On Fire with Dave Rael is an interview podcast with inspiring and successful software professionals telling personal stories about their experiences with delivering value. It is a chance for you to get to know your favorite geeks and learn more about who they are, how they deliver, and what makes them tick. Learn from and get to know special geeks like Matt Wynne, Rob Eisenberg, Udi Dahan, Ted Neward, John Sonmez, Phil Haack, and David Heinemeier Hansson.

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Episode 408 | Michael Szul (Jan 28th, 2019)


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Michael Szul talks with Dave Rael about technology, family, education, chat bots. social interaction among geeks, and making an impact as a technologist


Michael Szul has spent two decades in software engineering in industries as diverse as insurance, energy, travel, and higher education, including consulting with companies such as AIG and Conde Naste. He has worked in both application and product development, as well as framework creation, code generation, API building, and machine l...

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Episode 407 | Sarah Withee - Open Learning (Jan 21st, 2019)


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Sarah Withee talks with Dave Rael about teaching, being a geek, sharing secrets and vulnerability, and the rewards of learning


Sarah Withee is a polyglot software engineer, public speaker, teacher and mentor, and hardware and robot tinkerer located in Pittsburgh, PA. She has a passion for technology, and has ever since she wrote her first computer programs in elementary school.

Sarah has given incredibly popular conference technical talks as well as powerful talks capable of making pe...

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Episode 406 | Rodney Norris - Opening Up Black Boxes (Jan 14th, 2019)


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Rodney Norris talks with Dave Rael about working on differing problems and with differing tech, constraints, priorities, solving the right problem, and walking up and down the levels of the tech stack


Rodney is a Frontend Software Engineer with Mesosphere. He is a full-stack developer with 15 years of experience in a variety of fields, such as manufacturing, defense, email marketing, and infrastructure software. He’s a dedicated husband and father of three. In his spare time he podca...

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Episode 405 | Justin James - Let Your Nerd Be Heard (Jan 7th, 2019)


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Justin James talks with Dave Rael about getting involved, being a speaker, the impact of great workshops, and offering coaching for developers to make an impact and turbocharge their careers


Justin is a Microsoft MVP, DevOps Evangelist, Web developer and Professional Speaker who loves to code, teach, and share his knowledge with others to help them grow in their careers. He specializes in making the complex simple and easy to understand. Justin has worked at Intel for over 20 years i...

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Episode 404 | Cassandra Faris - Learn, Meet, Help (Dec 31st, 2018)


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Cassandra Faris talks to Dave Rael about community, personal and career development, helping people, mental health, and using technology to solve problems


Cassandra Faris is passionate about the human side of tech. Her career has focused on supporting technology professionals through community outreach, hiring, mentoring, and employee engagement. She is an international speaker who specializes in teaching tech professionals how to advance their careers and be more effective team memb...

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Episode 403 | Mathias Brandewinder - Methodical and Fun (Dec 27th, 2018)


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Mathias Brandewinder talks with Dave Rael about speaking, confidence, choices, gatekeepers, and biases


Mathias Brandewinder has been developing software for about 10 years, and loving every minute of it, except maybe for a few release days. His language of choice was C#, until he discovered F# and fell in love with it.

He enjoys arguing about code and how to make it better, and gets very excited when discussing TDD or functional programming.

His other professional interests include mac...

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Episode 402 | Johanna Rothman - Learning and Delivering (Dec 24th, 2018)


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Johanna Rothman talks with Dave Rael about experiential learning, writing, learning about human interaction, consulting, and frank advice


Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” provides frank advice for your tough problems. She helps leaders and teams see problems, resolve risks, and manage their product development.

Johanna was the Agile 2009 conference chair and was the co-chair of the first edition of the Agile Practice Guide. Johanna is the author of 14 books that rang...

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Episode 401 | Isaac Levin - Accountable, Present, and Aware (Dec 20th, 2018)


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Isaac Levin talks with Dave Rael about family, remote work, Microsoft, priorities, and perspectives


Isaac Levin is an Application Development Manager in Microsoft Premier Services. He has over 10 years of experience working as a developer for the web, mostly in the Microsoft Ecosystem. When he isn't helping customers get the most of Microsoft Products, he contributes to Microsoft Documentation in the .NET and ASP.NET space as well as other open-source projects, and occasionally blogs...

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Episode 400 | Branden Schwartz - Underestimating Our Deficiencies (Dec 17th, 2018)


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Branden Schwartz talks with Dave Rael about confidence, parenting, trying things even though you may not be ready, and gratitude


Branden Schwartz is a developer whose experience with the Microsoft tech stack predates the .NET framework. He lives just outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he is active in the developer community as a member of the local chapter of PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server) and one of the organizers of both the Chattanooga Area .NET User Group an...

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Episode 399 | Barry Stahl - Optimizing Impact (Dec 13th, 2018)


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Barry Stahl talks with Dave Rael about coding for charity, family, optimizing your efforts, models, cognitive biases, and charitable interpretation


Barry is a .NET Software Engineer who has been creating business solutions for enterprise customers for more than 30 years. Barry is also an Election Integrity Activist, baseball and hockey fan, husband of one genius and father of another, and a 30+ year resident of Phoenix Arizona. When Barry is not traveling around the world to speak at...

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Episode 398 | Eric Anderson - Community Works (Dec 10th, 2018)


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Eric Anderson talks with Dave Rael about community, web and desktop development, diversity of experiences, and communication


Eric Anderson is a technical lead at an agribusiness company in the Nashville, TN area. He has the privilege of being a cross-team technical resource and guide to more than 20 other .NET developers. Outside of work Eric blogs about .NET related topics, is co-president of the Nashville .NET User Group, is an avid reader, enjoys video games, and most importantly ...

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Episode 397 | Ben Scheirman - Screencasting Magic (Dec 6th, 2018)


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Ben Scheirman talks with Dave Rael about open source software, speaking, writing, screencasting, and geeking out


Ben Scheirman is an experienced software developer from Houston, TX. He is the founder of NSScreencast, a site with over 350 screencasts on iOS and Mac development. Ben also runs Fickle Bits, LLC, where he builds apps for clients using Swift, Objective-C, and Ruby. When not programming, you can find Ben playing guitar, playing board games, or making award-winning Texas BBQ...

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Episode 396 | Daniel Lemay - Fast Start (Dec 3rd, 2018)


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Daniel Lemay talks with Dave Rael about his new career, learning to write software, helping and being helped, speaking at conferences and meetups, psychology, and empathy


Daniel is a front-end developer who is passionate about building performant and accessible web apps. He loves following the latest cutting edge technologies and has given several presentations on GraphQL and React. After 10 years as a Facilities Manager in the Educational sector, Daniel was dissatisfied and determin...

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Episode 395 | Martine Dowden - Accessing Goodness (Nov 29th, 2018)


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Martine Dowden talks with Dave Rael about being a geek, psychology, art, accessibility, business, and lifestyle


Focusing on web interfaces that are beautiful, functional, and usable, Martine delivers products that adhere to WCAG and Section 508 for accessibility and compliance. She approaches User Experience from both Art and Science, drawing from her degrees in Psychology and Visual Communications. Martine has worked as an artist, educator, and consultant since 2005.

She stays active...

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Episode 394 | Joshua Kerievsky - Accelerating Awesome (Nov 26th, 2018)


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Joshua Kerievsky talks with Dave Rael about Industrial Logic, making great experiences, psychological safety, great businesses, and delivering value


Joshua is the founder and CEO of Industrial Logic, a pioneering Extreme Programming/Lean consultancy that radically improves the software development capabilities of organizations around the globe.

In the mid-1990s, Joshua was among a small community of “lightweight methods” practitioners experimenting with better ways of developing softw...

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Episode 393 | Jamie Phillips - Setting Up Good Experiences (Nov 21st, 2018)


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Jamie Phillips talks with Dave Rael about the scientific method, understanding the people around you, automation, impact, and setting up good experiences


Jamie Phillips is a Senior Software Development Engineer at SentryOne, and works remotely from East Tennessee. He has been working with .NET since 2007 after discovering .NET development in graduate school. Jamie's Geology degree has given him an appreciation for large systems and processes which has created keen interest in Solutio...

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Episode 392 | Riccardo Terrell - Seize Opportunity (Nov 19th, 2018)


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Riccardo Terrell talks with Dave Rael about functional programming, concurrency, cultural expectations, taking breaks, mentoring, and healthy relationships


Riccardo Terrell is a seasoned software engineer and Microsoft MVP who is passionate about functional programming. He is active in the .NET community and the author of "Functional Concurrency in .NET", which features how to develop highly-scalable systems in F# & C#. Riccardo believes in polyglot programming as a mechanism for...

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Episode 391 | Barry O'Reilly - Comfortable with Uncomfortable (Nov 15th, 2018)


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Barry OReilly talks with Dave Rael about experiences experiments, culture, writing, learning, teaching, and unlearning


Barry O’Reilly is a business advisor, entrepreneur, and author who has pioneered the intersection of business model innovation, product development, organizational design, and culture transformation.


Barry works with business leaders and teams from global organizations that seek to invent the future, not fear it. Every day, Barry helps with many of the world’s leading...

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Episode 390 | Brian Pontarelli - Emotional Response (Nov 12th, 2018)


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Brian Pontarelli talks with Dave Rael about doing both business and software, appealing to people, extroversion, and doing what is needed


Brian Pontarelli is founder and CEO of FusionAuth, a Denver-based software company that provides a free identity management platform. Brian start programming at 8 on an Apple 2e using Apple Basic. He taught himself Pascal, Assembler and C during middle and high school. Initially thinking that he had enough programming for a while, we started studyi...

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Episode 389 | Daniel Oliver - Acceptance of the Users (Nov 8th, 2018)


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Daniel Oliver talks with Dave Rael about community involvement, the value of people in software, hard-earned lessons, and delivering value to developers and end users


Daniel Oliver is a Microsoft MVP and a Senior Software Engineer in Tennessee. Interested in the Cloud, DevOps, Distributed Systems, .NET, and correctness of software, Daniel has worked on software for agribusiness, healthcare, and now retail and manufacturing. Having graduated college in 2014, Daniel is doing his best t...

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