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Carl and Richard talk to Itamar Syn-Hershko about adding search technologies to your application. The conversation starts out focused on what SQL Server can do for search... the LIKE operator. What about NoSQL? Itamar talks about the role that data stores like RavenDB can play as far as finding data. But then you get to dedicated indexing and search tools like Lucerne.NET, ElasticSearch and Solr. Itamar talks about the advantages of using these tools in terms of speed of indexing and search, as well as the ability to bring multiple data sources together under a common indexing strategy. How do you do search in your app?

Itamar is an expert on search technologies, distributed systems and architecture, and has been involved in search engine development and various open source projects for the better part of the past ten years. Among other things, he is an Apache Lucene.NET committer and PMC member, Elasticsearch savant, Microsoft MVP and the author of RavenDB in Action published by Manning. Currently Itamar is self-employed as a consultant and freelance developer doing lots of interesting projects world-wide.

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Running Time 53 minutes      Date Thursday, November 27, 2014     Comments Comments


Carl and Richard talk to Jonathan Stark about the wearable landscape today. But first, a crazy story about a Starbucks card. Jon is the guy behind Jonathan's Card, where he put a Starbucks card online for folks to add money to and buy coffee with. Crazy! Next up is a deep dig into the spectrum of watch like devices available today - Samsung Gear, Pebble, the Apple Watch and more! The variety of programming opportunities is just getting bigger.

Jonathan Stark is a mobile strategy consultant who helps CEOs transition their business to mobile. Jonathan is the author of three books on mobile and web development, most notably O'Reilly's "Building iPhone Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript" which is available in seven languages. His Jonathan's Card experiment made international headlines by combining mobile payments with social giving to create a "pay it forward" coffee movement at Starbucks locations all over the U.S.

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Running time 61 minutes      Date Wednesday, November 26, 2014     Comments Comments


While at the MVP Summit, Carl and Richard sat down with Pratap Lakshman, Peli de Halleux and Nikolai Tillman to talk about automating unit testing in .NET. Originally a Microsoft Research Project, PEX is now part of Visual Studio 2015, and digs deep into the IL of your application to generate a huge variety of unit tests. The team also talks about some of the other cool projects they've built using the PEX engine, including CodeHunt, a tool using testing to teach you to program. Check out PEX on Microsoft Research, and get ready for Studio 2015!

Pratap Lakshman works in the Developer Division at Microsoft where he is currently Senior Program Manager in the Visual Studio team working on Testing Tools. In a past life he worked on the .NET Compact Framework’s runtime, and prior to that on JScript (Microsoft’s dialect of JavaScript), and represented Microsoft at ECMA serving as the Project Editor for the ECMAScript 5 language specification. His affair with .NET can be traced all the way back to J# (gasp!), Microsoft’s implementation of Java on .Net. Pratap is based in Microsoft’s India Development Centre in Hyderabad.

Jonathan 'Peli' de Halleux is actively working on Pex, an Automated Whitebox Testing tool for .NET. Peli also collaborates with his colleagues from CHESS and Contracts. Peli also wanders around building 99 shooting videos for Channel9 about the RiSE group.

Nikolai Tillmann is Principal Software Developer Lead in the Developer Division of Microsoft. Before that he was project lead for the Pex project at Microsoft Research. His main area of research is program specification, analysis, testing, verification, and mobile app development.

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Running time 59 minutes      Date Tuesday, November 25, 2014     Comments Comments

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