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IT/Dev Connections 2016 Speaker Highlight: Roland Guijt

IT/Dev Connections 2016 Speaker Highlight: Roland Guijt

Part of an ongoing series, we're highlighting the excellent speakers we have handpicked to present phenomenal and extremely valuable content at the IT/Dev Connections conference. Want more? Get the Insider’s Scoop about IT/Dev Connections 2016 in the on-demand replay of our September 8 webinar.

This speaker highlight is Roland Guijt.


Roland's IT/Dev Connection sessions:

Recently, we asked Roland to give us a little information about himself. Here's what he shared:


ITDC: Give us a brief introduction to you.

Roland: Hi there, my name is Roland Guijt and I live in a nano town in The Netherlands with my wife and two sons. I'm a freelance contractor and besides developing (and speaking at conferences) I create courses for Pluralsight.


ITDC: Describe the sessions you are presenting and why you feel the topic is important.

Roland: I'll be presenting two sessions. One is about ASP.NET Core. That is the most exciting release of ASP.NET since it's beginnings. It will be a challenge to explain all the good new stuff in just one hour. Maybe I'll do a follow-up in the bar. The other one is about creating message-based architectures with MassTransit, an open source .Net Framework. If you've ever worked with distributed applications (SOAP/REST etc.) come see this one. The technique has some important advantages over the way distributed apps are normally created.


ITDC: What should attendees expect to be able to take away from your sessions?

Roland: You'll be ready to make a start in the development of new web applications in ASP.NET Core and setting up a message-based architecture. The sessions will give you a new way to look at both ASP.NET development and creating distributed apps.


ITDC: What is your primary reason to be excited about IT/Dev Connections?

Roland: Once per year I get the opportunity to escape from the nano town to a real city! Seriously: if find the mix of IT and Dev unique. As a developer I'm curious about what's going on in the IT world and IT/Dev Connections is the only conference I know of that gives you that opportunity. It's also the only place where devs and IT people can co-exist without major incidents :-)


ITDC: What is the one key technology you believe is changing the technology industry right now?

Roland: Containers! Working with technologies like Docker will make deployment life a lot easier for both IT people and devs.​


ITDC: Assuming attendees want to know, what’s your favorite, non-technical hobby or pastime? What’s one thing that totally irks you.

Roland: I'm a movie buff. A big treat for me is going to a good movie with the soundtrack performed live by an orchestra. And I'm allergic for everything that has to do with unfairness.



IT/Dev Connections runs from October 10 – October 13, at the ARIA Resort in Las Vegas. IT/Dev Connections has been designed specifically for IT, DevOps, and Developers. You can read all about what IT/Dev Connections offers you HERE.

And, there's still time to register!  Here's some important resources to check out:


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