February 16, 2007 MVP Live Chat Experts

Below is a list of the experts are participating in the MVP Live Chat on February 16, 2007. They’ll be there to answer your questions.

Bill Ryan is a typical .NET nerd. Currently, he works as a Senior Consultant for Magenic Technologies in Atlanta, GA. In addition to spending most of his time playing with ADO.NET and the Compact Framework, he helps run KnowDotNet.com and DevBuzz.com.

Brian Madsen works as a Sr. Software Engineer for Micromine (www.micromine.com.au) – a Perth based ISV which provides software and management solutions to the mining industry internationally. Besides .NET, his passion for SQL Server lead him to organize the MS SQL Server User Group – Perth, associated with the national SQL Server organization (www.sqlserver.org.au).

Dean Fiala was recently named a Microsoft MVP for his outstanding efforts in the ASP.NET development community. He did NOT invent the Internet, though he has been writing Windows software in one form or another for over 14 years now. He is fluent in VB.NET, C# , Visual Basic, T-SQL, Java, XPath, XSLT, Javascript, HTML and a number of other tools and technologies that few people under the age of thirty-five have heard of. Dean graduated from MIT with a degree in Political Science.


Jason Alexander is a Microsoft ASP.NET MVP, ASPInsider and President of the Plano .NET Users Group. Jason attended the University of North Texas where he studied Computer Science.

Justin Lee is passionate about various technology, and interests lies with languages, operating systems, processes, and low-level architecture. He’s open to discussion about Open-Source, Linux, Mono, and many various other alternatives to Microsoft and .NET. He is proficient in C#, C++, Java and various other languages. He has been doing freelancing for a few years, and branching out into other areas like training, consulting, business and marketing. He’s currently studying in University of Waterloo, in Ontario, Canada doing his BCS in Computer Science.

Peter Kellner founded 73rd Street Associates in 1990, where he successfully delivered systems for university clinic scheduling, insurance company management, and a turnkey physician office management to more than 500 customers nationwide. Ten years later, in 2000, 73rd Street Associates was purchased by a large insurance company, and Peter started a new career as an independent software consultant. Among the technologies he currently is involved with are ASP.NET, Oracle, Java, VOiP, and soon, SQL Server. When not working, Peter spends most his free time biking. He has ridden his bike across the globe. Most recently he and his wife, Tammy, rode across the U.S., from California to Georgia, in just 27 days.


Rob Chartier has developed IT solutions for more than 13 years with a diverse background in both software and hardware development. He is internationally recognized as an innovative thinker and leading IT architect with frequent speaking engagements showcasing his expertise. He’s been an integral part of many open forums on cutting-edge technology, including the .NET Framework and Web Services.

He uses expertise with many Microsoft technologies, including .NET, and a strong background in Oracle, BEA Systems, Inc.’s BEA WebLogic, IBM, Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition (J2EE), and similar technologies to support his award-winning writing. He frequently publishes to many of the leading developer and industry support Web sites and publications. He has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems. He has been awarded the Microsoft MVP status in ASP/ASP.NET for the past 3 years and has been a member of the ASPInsiders since its inception.

Rob Howard is a former employee of the Microsoft corporation (1998 – 2004) where he contributed to ASP.NET and served as a Technical Evangelist during the late 90s helping dot-coms adopt Microsoft’s web platform. He is a frequent presenter at software developer conferences such as Microsoft’s PDC and TechEd. He is also the author of several books on software development. Rob has a BBA from Baylor University and is a Dallas, TX Microsoft Regional Director, Microsoft ASP.NET MVP, and an ASPInsider.

Ryan Olshan is the creator of StrongTypes.com, an extensive .NET generics website. He works as a senior .NET consultant for Thycotic Software, a development shop specializing in test driven and agile development. He’s a top poster and moderator on the ASP.NET Forums as well as a frequent contributor to other online communities. Ryan is also the founder of the Strong Coders Community.

Scott Dockendorf is an active member of the .NET community, volunteering his time as the Program Director of the North Dallas .NET User Group, delivers sessions to local .NET User Groups, and is an active volunteer for INETA’s International Academic Committee for Texas. Scott is recognized as a Microsoft C# MVP and an ASPInsider.

Scott Guthrie is a General Manager within the Microsoft Developer Division. He runs the development teams that build the following products/technologies:

  • Common Language Runtime (CLR)

  • .NET Compact Framework


  • Windows Forms

  • Windows Presentation Foundation (aka “Avalon”)

  • IIS 7.0

  • Commerce Server

  • Visual Web Developer

  • Visual Studio Tools for WPF (aka “Cider”)

    Scott Watermasysk is recognized as a Microsoft Regional Director for New Jersey, Microsoft ASP.NET MVP, and ASPInsider.

    Steven Smith is president of AspAlliance.com and AspAdvice.com. He is a Microsoft Regional Director, an ASP.NET MVP, and an ASPInsider Board Member. He is an INETA Speaker Bureau member, and author of two books on ASP.NET. He lives in Kent, Ohio with his wife and business partner Michelle and their daughter Ilyana. Steve is also an Army Reserve officer, and spent most of 2004 in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. When not playing with software technologies, Steve enjoys bicycling, hiking, martial arts, and spending time outdoors.

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