Panel: Future Directions: Languages, .NET and Visual Studio


Andy Schwam

Andy Schwam is a Microsoft .Net MVP and Manager of Custom Application Development at Global Indemnity where his team builds .Net applications, mostly for the web, that are maintainable, extensible and testable. Lately he has been working with Bots and Mobile apps. He has worked with .Net since 2003 and delivered many web based, data driven applications throughout his professional career. Andy is an experienced speaker and trainer and has spoken at a variety of user groups and events, presenting a variety of topics. Andy is a founding board member and organizer of TechBash, an annual conference for developers. He has been creating software applications since 1999.

Atley Hunter

Atley Hunter is a passionate developer with over 20 years’ experience. As one of the most prolific Modern UI developers in the world, he has hundreds of unique apps in the running on millions of Windows devices worldwide. A Microsoft Windows Platform MVP, and Telerik MVP & Insider, he is constantly working with developers worldwide to improve both skills and the platforms themselves. Atley is always sharing his knowledge and connecting with developers through events, his blog(http://www.atleyhunter.com), email (devMentor@outlook.com), Twitter (@atleyhunter), Skype (Atley.Hunter) and LinkedIn.

Jeffrey Fritz

Jeffrey T. Fritz is a senior program manager on MIcrosoft’s Azure Development Experiences group.  He is a long time web developer with experience in large and small applications across a variety of verticals.  His first book, ‘Learn ASP.NET 5 in 24 Hours’ is complete and will be available in early 2016.  You can also learn from Jeffrey on Pluralsight, follow him on twitter @csharpfritz, and read his blogs at jeffreyfritz.com and blogs.msdn.com/b/webdev

Kathleen Dollard

Kathleen Dollard loves to code and loves to talk about code. Along the way she’s an architect, a “manager”, a teacher, a writer, a speaker, and hopefully still a fun person! She’s written tons of articles, a book, and spoken around the world. She’s the Director of Engineering for ROI Code, previously Real and has videos in both the www.pluralsight.com and www.wintellectnow.com.

Rachel Appel

Rachel works as a developer evangelist for Microsoft based in the NYC Metro area. Previous to joining Microsoft, Rachel has worked with a variety of languages, technologies and systems. She has developed software products of all sizes, from small desktop programs to large scale enterprise applications at some of the world’s leading companies. Rachel’s expertise lies within developing solutions that align business and technology using the Microsoft .NET family of products, particularly ASP.NET & SQL Server. She is also a recognized speaker who can be found giving talks at national conferences such as DevConnections, MIX, CodeStock and others.  Rachel is also an alumni of the Microsoft MVP award program and INETA Speakers Bureau.