This was the first episode we’ve done which has been recorded live with an audience! It was hosted at the DDD South West conference in Bristol (UK), and I was joined by a panel of speakers. After introductions, I kicked off the conversation with a question about AI - and then we went from there, taking further dev-related questions from the audience.

Guest bios

Carl Sargunar is a web and mobile application developer and technical consultant, Carl also enjoys working with the wider community, helping run the DDDSouthWest free conference and the .NET SouthWest monthly meetup.

Carl wasn’t on the panel, but is an organiser of DDD South West and helped make this recording possible. He spoke on the podcast in the intro section about the DDD conference.

Panel members ordered from right-to-left in the photo below…

Kevlin Henney is an independent consultant, trainer, speaker and writer based in Bristol. His development interests and work with companies covers programming, practice and people. He is co-author of two volumes in the Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture series, editor of* 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know* and co-editor of 97 Things Every Java Programmer Should Know.

Simon Painter has been working as a .NET developer for 2 decades, and isn’t fed up of it yet. He has been known to talk extensively about Doctor Who, even when not prompted. Approach with caution.

Poornima is a .NET developer with over 10 years of experience in .NET and Umbraco. She is passionate about learning new technologies and keeping herself up-to-date with the latest developments in technology. Outside her work, Poornima enjoys music and is undergoing training in Indian Classical music. Based in Langley, UK she mothers a little girl and spends her spare time reading, cooking, and watching movies.

Rachel Breeze is back-end development team lead at Nexer Digital, and works with the Microsoft Tech Stack. She is also a Microsoft MVP and an Umbraco MVP. She helps organise MaccTech, a local tech-agnostic meetup, as well as the Umbraco Manchester meetup.

John Kilmister is a speaker, blogger, Azure MVP, and software architect. With a background in e-commerce companies, he currently works as a software architect, working with teams on various C# and Azure-based applications.

Anna-Maria Wykes is an experienced software and data engineer, specializing in artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML). With over 18 years of experience, she has led various projects, including real-time analytics with Scala and Kafka, constructing Data Lakes with Spark, and integrating engineering into data science workflows. Currently serving as a Resident Solution Architect (RSA) and consultant, Anna contributes significantly to advancing data engineering and AI practices at Databricks and Neueda. She is passionate about bridging the gap between software development and data science and actively engages in DevOps practices tailored for AI/ML, Agile methodologies, and local Code Clubs.

Andrew Poole has been writing code for a living for 15+ years, currently at ClearBank. He loves solving problems, design and architecture, communicating ideas and the incredible creativity of software engineering. Interested in event sourcing, immutable architecture and distributed systems, mentoring others and building great team culture. Andrew is a husband, father, enjoys playing bass guitar and making things in his shed.

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