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About Jeremy

Jeremy Clark Jeremy Clark makes developers better. By drawing on over 15 years of experience in application development, he helps developers take a step up in their skillset with a focus on making complex topics approachable regardless of skill level. He is a Microsoft MVP for .NET, and he has authored seven courses for Pluralsight, including "C# Interfaces", a course aimed at giving developers a clear understanding of abstraction. He loves speaking and has delivered over 200 technical presentations in the last 7 years in the United States and Europe. Jeremy lives in northern Washington with 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a banjo.

To hear a bit more about Jeremy, check out the Developer On Fire podcast: Episode 12: Jeremy Clark

Jeremy On Stage

NDC Oslo (Oslo, Norway) - Recorded June 2016

NDC London (London, UK) - Recorded January 2016

Silicon Valley Code Camp (San Jose, CA) - Recorded October 2015

Live! 360 (Orlando, FL) - Recorded November 2015

Nebraska.Code() (Lincoln, NE) - Recorded March 2015

I started speaking publicly at the So Cal Code Camp in January 2010. After that first outing, I was hooked. I have a passion for coding and for teaching; speaking at developer community events allows me to combine those two. Since that initial event I have presented over 200 sessions. (For a listing of events and sessions, you can look at the Demos section.)

My goal is to help developers take a "step up" -- to make intermediate/advanced topics accessible to all types of developers. Based on the response, my sessions seem to have struck a chord with the developer community. I get great satisfaction from hearing from developers who were able to use the information I provided (either from a presentation or from a walkthrough posted on the website).

I am constantly striving for improvement and stretching myself. I elicit feedback from attendees and try to incorporate the suggestions into my talks. (I'm not always successful the first time, but I keep trying.) If you'd like me to come to your event or user group, just drop me a note:

You can check SpeakerRate or the Feedback section to see what others have said about my presentations. If you've attended one of my sessions, please send me your feedback or suggestions.

If you see me at an event, please be sure to come up and say "Hi". The best part of the events is talking to developers -- finding out what types of technologies people are using and what works and what doesn't work. It's a great opportunity to leverage the accumulated knowledge of our community.

What's this all about?
(Originally posted December 2009)

I'm not a super hero; I'm just a programmer.

Computer programming is about constant learning. I like to think that I'm competent in my field (currently doing .NET programming). But with the depth and breadth of the technologies, it's also very easy to feel lost and inadequate. Still, I keep moving forward and keep learning new things along the way. If I ever get to the point when I've come to the end of another project and I haven't come across some new technique or optimization along the way, then it probably means that it's time to move on to another field.

But I don't see that happening for a while.

I wrote my first program in 1985 on a knock-off Apple ][. I was 14 at the time. So, that puts me squarely between the old-timers who talk about punch cards and big iron, and the newcomers who have never had a computer with a floppy drive. Over the years, I've used various programming tools and languages, including BASIC, C++, Visual Basic, Java, Delphi and C#. In addition, I've used various web technologies, such as HTML, JavaScript, PHP, Visual InterDev, ASP, and ASP.NET. I've even dabbled in assembly (just for the "fun" of it).

My professional programming career began in 2000. I was fortunate enough to have been given access to good training, knowledgeable colleagues, and the occasional technical conference. I'm also an avid reader and can usually be found with some 600 page tome in my bag.

So, what's this all about? My goal is to help other programmers take a step up. Together, we will be looking at various topics ranging from general programming techniques (such as common design patterns) to specific technologies (such as WCF and WPF) to application architecture. The focus will be on those elements that have made me more effective as a programmer. But I will also include mistakes that I've made along the way. Many times, basic tenets become clear when you look at the way not to do things.

Be prepared to think. And above all, keep learning.

-Jeremy Clark

Contact Card Pictures

If you're run into me in person, you've probably walked away with one of my contact cards. Here are the pictures -- all photos that I've taken on my travels.

I-15 freeway in California Interstate 15 in California (between Los Angeles and Las Vegas) taken at night with an extended exposure.
Ashland, Oregon Along the highway in Ashland, Oregon in winter (be sure to look for the 2 horses).
Binoculars in Florence, Oregon Binoculars along the ocean at Sea Lion Caves (world's largest sea cave) near Florence, Oregon.
Junk care near Ojai, California A junk car found along the side of the road near Ojai, California.
Salton Sea in California The Salton Sea in California.
Simon at the Trees of Mystery My former cat, Simon, walking the trail at the Trees of Mystery in Northern California.
Windmill near Ojai, California An old windmill near Ojai, California.