Dave Thomas is the godfather of YOW!, a platform-agnostic developer conference that spans three cities in Australia once a year (Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney(workshops only)). Australia is home to a very vibrant and talent-rich developer community. It was great to have the chance to spend time at YOW! and attend several excellent sessions (you've met some of the speakers here on C9). Dave is well known for his work in object oriented and dynamic programming language design (SmallTalk) as well as virtual machines. He's a compiler guy. Dave is currently the CEO of Bedarra Research Labs.
The YOW! Developer Conference offers outstanding opportunities to learn more about the latest practices, technologies, and methodologies for building innovative software solutions as well as the chance to meet and network with international software experts and other talented developers in Australia. Thanks to Dave Thomas and the event's excellent staff—Mary Catherine (MC), Lisa, Aino, Melissa, and others—for inviting me to this excellent pure developer event and thanks to all of the speakers for letting me take some of their time to record conversations for Channel 9. If you live in Australia, or aren't too far away, or just like to travel (who doesn't?), then you need to go to this yearly event. It's outstanding. There are many great developers down under. That's for sure. The speakers are exceptional—Dave and team set a high bar!