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Carl and Richard talk to Tim Thomas about his thoughts around holistic design. And Tim means it - thinking about all levels of design, not just the UI, but how the whole application goes together. The conversation digs into the debate around skeuomorphism and how technology users themselves are evolving. Lots of broad thinking about the state of technology and how to best interact with your users to inspire and delight!

Tim G. Thomas is a Software Engineer at frog in Austin, Texas, where he applies holistic design principles to make the web both usable and beautiful. He speaks on various topics at technology user groups, conferences, and meet-ups; blogs about Web, game, and mobile design at http://timgthomas.com; and shares his thoughts via Twitter at @timgthomas.

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Running Time 54 minutes      Date Thursday, April 24, 2014     Comments Comments


Carl and Richard talk to Neil Black from the XBox team about SmartGlass. SmartGlass is Microsoft's technology for utilizing smartphones and tablets as an extension of the XBox. Neil talks about the various roles that the 'second screen' can play in XBox applications and games. The conversation digs into how SmartGlass works with television events to create a more social experience, how you can provide secret information to game players on an otherwise shared screen, and more! If you're up for doing some SmartGlass development, grab the SDK, the link is included in the show links!

Neil Black is a Principal Program Manager for the Xbox SmartGlass Platform. The Xbox SmartGlass Platform team delivers the Xbox SmartGlass SDK that enables developers to create SmartGlass Companions – second-screen experiences that can either be hosted inside the Xbox SmartGlass app or be delivered as part of a standalone 'SmartGlass-enabled' mobile application. The team also delivers the SmartGlass APIs in the Xbox Development Kit that allows developers create Xbox games and apps that are SmartGlass-enabled. Neil has worked at Microsoft for over 22 years having worked on Office, MSN, and Bing in addition to Xbox.

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Running time 45 minutes      Date Wednesday, April 23, 2014     Comments Comments


While at DevIntersection in Orlando, Carl and Richard sat down to chat with Zoiner Tejada about his work instrumenting cloud-based web sites. Zoiner talks about using a wide variety of features in Google Analytics to instrument his Azure apps, including going directly to the Analytics APIs to do instrumentation of other kinds of apps, connecting up just about anything that can speak HTTP! The second half of the conversation dives into utilizing this analysis - with a long chat about what a real Minimal Viable Product means and how the Lean Startup principles can be abused. Great conversation from a brilliant guy!

Zoiner Tejada (zoinertejada@solliance.net) is CEO and Architect at Solliance, providing architectural guidance and expert solution implementation support to enterprises and startups leveraging cutting edge technologies from Microsoft. He is passionate about leveraging cloud technologies and Windows Azure services to build web-based solutions that run at scale. He is a Windows Azure MVP, an advisor to Microsoft, and enjoys engaging the greater community by speaking at conferences and user group meetings, as well as via his book Programming Microsoft's Clouds (Wrox) and Pluralsight online courses. He has a degree in computer science from Stanford University.

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Running time 51 minutes      Date Tuesday, April 22, 2014     Comments Comments

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