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Oct 10, 2022

Alvin Ashcraft has over 27 years of programming experience in the healthcare, financial, and manufacturing industries. He is a Content Developer for Microsoft, creating docs for Windows developers on Microsoft Docs. He has authored a book for Packt Publishing titled Learn WinUI 3, and has just published his second book, Parallel Programming and Concurrency with C# 10 and .NET 6, out now.


Alvin is one of the founders and organizers of the TechBash developer conference held annually at the Kalahari Resort in Pocono Manor, PA. In his previous life, he worked for consulting firms as a software developer. During those years Alvin developed solutions for clients in the manufacturing, financial, and healthcare industries. Alvin is a blogger, technology geek, family guy, and former Microsoft MVP. He has a wonderful wife and three amazing daughters.


Topics of Discussion:

[3:18] How Alvin got started with his blog, and how blogging made RSS a thing.

[5:48] What exactly does NewsBlur do for you?

[10:10] Are we overstating it when we say that people who work in development need to become expert users of all the frameworks and tools they intend to use?

[12:20] Alvin talks about the inspiration behind his new book, and why he chose parallel programming and concurrency as the topics.

[16:35] Okay, what is it really like having TechBash at the beautiful Kalahari resort?

[22:00] What does the future hold for Windows development?

[24:03] How else can we best be prepared for the future?


Mentioned in this Episode:

Architect Tips — New video podcast!

Azure DevOps

Clear Measure (Sponsor)

.NET DevOps for Azure: A Developer’s Guide to DevOps Architecture the Right Way, by Jeffrey Palermo — Available on Amazon!

Jeffrey Palermo’s YouTube

Jeffrey Palermo’s Twitter — Follow to stay informed about future events!

Programming with Palermo

Alvin’s main blog

Alvin’s WinUI blog


TechBash Twitter

TechBash site

Alvin’s GitHub

OpenLiveWriter plugin

The Documentation landing page on MS Learn:

The landing page for Windows developer docs:

A list of sample apps and samples repos for Windows developers

Learn WinUI 3 book:

Parallel Programming  and Concurrency with C# 10 and .NET 6 book

TPL Data Flow library


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