.NET Rocks!

.NET in your Car!

Episode #569 Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Carl and Richard talk to Stacy Harris and John Mulinax from Microsoft, and TJ Giuli from Ford Motor Company about Fiestaware. No, not the plates your mother serves nachos on. Fiestaware is a framework developed by students for developing in-car applications that do everything from read your emails to seeing your buddies' locations on a bing map.


Charles Stacy Harris

Charles Stacy Harris (or Stacy) is a Software Architect at the Microsoft Technology Center in Detroit, Michigan. Stacy has been with Microsoft since 1992. In that time, he has developed a wide range of software including device drivers for custom hardware, customer service applications, e-commerce web sites, prototypes for advanced aircraft instrumentation and was even on loan to the Microsoft Cluster Server development team for a short time. Stacy has a degree in theoretical mathematics and is entirely self-taught in software development. His first programming was at the age of 12 when his father bought him a book on 8080 and Z-80 assembly. Because his family couldn't afford a computer, Stacy wrote all of his code on paper and ran it in his imagination. Later he started programming a 6502 CPU on a KIM-1 microcomputer that belonged to his best friend's dad. Here he learned to key hex opcodes directly into memory and had his first true introduction to debugging. To wind down from long days of software design and development, Stacy enjoys photography, bicycling, studying French and Italian, and of course writing more code!

John Mulinax

John Mulinax is Platform Strategy Advisor with Microsoft's Platform Evangelism team. He works primarily with business and technology leaders at Microsoft's customer accounts to help identify ways customers can dramatically improve their business with Microsoft's emerging technologies, and then marshal's resources to get those solutions built as showcase examples that will inspire others get the most of Microsoft technologies.


Prior to joining Microsoft, John worked at Ford Motor Company on a range of projects, including in-vehicle computing strategy, enterprise architecture, project management, and IT strategy.


Before Ford, John worked in Elections Administration for the Secretary of State in the State of Washington, and also served as the Director of Elections for Douglas County, Washington.

TJ Giuli

TJ Giuli (pronounced Julie) is a technical expert at the Ford Motor Company's Infotronics Research and Advanced Engineering organization, based in Dearborn, Michigan. His research interests lie in mobile computing and secure, privacy-preserving vehicular software architectures. His recent work involves architecting research software platforms to enable third-party software development on cars. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University. Contact him at tgiuli@ford.com.

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