While at NDC in Sydney, Carl and Richard talked to Joe Albahari about using LINQPad to create neural nets from scratch.


LINQPad is an interactive development environment for .NET – originally focused on helping you build LINQ expressions. But as Joe explains, it can be used for all sorts of interactive coding experiences – including learning to build neural networks. Joe talks through the fundamentals of neural nets and what it’s like to build neural nets yourself. Even if you move on to more advanced machine learning tooling, learning the fundamentals are useful!

Joe Albahari is an O’Reilly author and the inventor of LINQPad. He’s written seven books on C# and LINQ, including the upcoming “C# 7.0 in a Nutshell”. He speaks regularly at conferences and user groups, and has been a C# MVP for nine years running.

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Show Notes

What’s up with Artificial Intelligence – and why should we care? While at DevIntersection in Stockholm, Carl and Richard hosted a panel discussion with Seth Juarez, Jessica Engstrom and Tess Ferrandez to explore the current AI craze. Each of the panelists discuss the technologies they’ve been working with for years that now fall into the banner of AI – whether that be machine learning, speech and visual recognition, even chatbots today are part of the AI story. As much branding as product, AI seems to be coming true, have you looked at the latest?

How would you make presentations better?

While at ProgNet in London, Carl and Richard talked to Mark Rendle about his efforts to build a tool to make presentations more social – with a project he calls Shtik!

The idea is to provide a cross-platform presentation tool using HTML so that it works on any platform (hence .NET Core) but also provides ways for the attendees to take notes and send feedback in real time. This opens the door to having the attendees of a presentation help direct it, offering a very different type of talk.

Everything is open source and Mark is looking for some help, so take Shtik out for a spin!

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