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Richard Campbell

Richard Campbell

Host of .NET Rocks, RunAs Radio and Windows Weekly


Richard Campbell wrote his first line of code in 1977. His career has spanned the computing industry both on the hardware and software sides, development, and operations. He was a co-founder of Strangeloop Networks, acquired by Radware in 2013, and was on the board of directors of Telerik, which was acquired by Progress Software in 2014. Today, he is a consultant and advisor to a number of successful technology firms and is the founder and chairman of Humanitarian Toolbox (, a public charity that builds open-source software for disaster relief. Richard also hosts three podcasts: .NET Rocks! ( for .NET developers, RunAs Radio ( for IT Professionals, and Windows Weekly (


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The Next Decade of Software Development

It's 2022 - and besides a pandemic, we're in a new decade! How will software development evolve in the 2020s? Join Richard Campbell as he explores the landscape of technology that will have a huge impact on development over the next ten years. What new devices are coming? Will Artificial Intelligence take over everything? How will people connect to the web in the next ten years? And what about Quantum Computing? All these topics and more will shape our future!

Software Development in Challenging Times

The past twenty years of growth in software development have hit a speed bump. Whether you call it a recession or not, companies are being more careful with their money. How do you thrive as a developer in challenging economic times? Join Richard Campbell as he explores how past economic downturns have affected software development, and how your skills can be a part of helping your company succeed!

From Mono to MAUI - the History of Xamarin

Back in 2001, Miguel de Icaza announced that he would implement C# and elements of the .NET framework for Linux - and he called it Mono. From Mono came MonoTouch and Mono for Android - allowing developers to use C# to create mobile apps. And then came the .NET Multi-platform App UI, or MAUI. How did this happen? Join Richard Campbell as he tells the story of Mono, MAUI, and the history of Xamarin!

Space Flight in 2024

Space flight has evolved rapidly in the past decade - where are we in 2024? Join Richard Campbell as he assembles all the current developments in space flight to paint an overall picture of the progress to lower the cost to orbit, expand satellite networks, evolve space stations, return to the Moon, and even explore Mars! Could we all take a vacation in space? What about work opportunities? When does humanity become a space-faring race? There's a lot to talk about!

.NET and Microsoft's Pivot to the Cloud

Today, Microsoft is all-in on the cloud. But how did it happen? Join Richard Campbell as he takes you through the history of .NET and the moment when Microsoft became a cloud company. From 2010 to 2015, Microsoft underwent a radical change in focus. Sure, Azure started before then, but that doesn't mean Microsoft was ready to bet the company on it. But eventually they did - and the story is amazing!

The Next Decade of IT

It's 2020 - a new decade! How will technology evolve in the 2020s? Join Richard Campbell as he explores different aspects of hardware, software and networking that will have a huge impact over the next ten years. What will take over for the smartphone? Will Artificial Intelligence take over everything? What will PCs even look like over the next ten years? And what about Quantum Computing? All these topics and more will shape our future!

When Open Source Came to Microsoft

Today Microsoft seems to have open source running through its veins - but it wasn't always that way! So what changed? Join Richard Campbell as he takes you on a ride through the various moments in Microsoft history that led to its current focus on open source. The path to open source was not a straight line, but the twists and turns are what makes the story great!

The Future of Energy

Electricity isn't optional - the modern world runs on it. And the demand for electricity increases every day. But our methods for extracting energy and producing electricity does damage to the Earth. How do we fix this? Join Richard Campbell as he explores the evolution of energy production and consumption and the path to a future of sustainable energy - it isn't easy, but it is possible!

The Moon: Gateway to the Solar System

In 1972, the last human to walk on the Moon headed back to Earth. Is it time to go back? Join Richard Campbell as he explores the potential of a return of humans to the Moon. Much has been learned about the Moon since the Apollo missions, and interest in the Moon as a place of science, exploration and learning is growing. The Moon can be a catalyst to humankind traveling the solar system - it's time to go back!

Building Trust in Teams

Today businesses run on software, and the quality of that software is directly affected by the level of trust the team members responsible for that software have with each other - from management to developers to operations folks to data administrators - everyone has a hand in the success of software, but without trust, that success is hampered. What can you do to improve the levels of trust in your team? Join Richard Campbell as he discusses his experiences building trust within teams with time, effort, honesty and pizza.

The Perils and Promise of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence has been looming on the digital horizon for years, but recent rapid advancements have put AI in the world spotlight. What happens next? Richard Campbell discusses the history of AI and how it has evolved, as well as the opportunities and concerns that everyone should have as this technology enters our lives. The promise of artificial intelligence is a world that allows humankind to further tap their own potential with lives of greater convenience, safety and opportunity. But that same technology can be used to limit, obfuscate and control. How do we as a society manage this rapidly evolving power to make a better world?

The History of .NET

.NET continues to evolve - but how did it get here? Join Richard Campbell on a tour of the history of .NET, Visual Studio and the related tools that have been helping developers produce millions of applications. So many forces shape how development tools are created, and Richard ties together the story of the hardware, software, market and political forces that have brought .NET to be an open-source, cross-platform development platform. The winding path of .NET has been influenced by many things along the way, and the future looks bright!

On Becoming a Space-Faring Civilization

What will it take for humanity to become a space-faring civilization? Join Richard Campbell as he talks about the near-term technologies that are moving this idea closer to reality. The first problem is getting up there - and improvements in rocket design have substantially lowered the cost of access to space. Then the question - what do we do up there? And how do we stay? And is that even possible in the long term? Why bother being a space-faring civilization?

Understanding Nuclear Power

So, what do you know about nuclear power? Join Richard Campbell from .NET Rocks as he talks about one of the most controversial sets of .NET Rocks Geek Out Episodes ever. You'll learn about the different kinds of reactors, including light and heavy water reactors, as well as more novel designs like pebble bed and molten salt. Understand what happened in Chornobyl, Three Mile Island, and Fukushima. What's the difference between thorium and uranium as nuclear fuels? Richard will answer your questions and perhaps get you thinking about what the future could be like with nuclear power.

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Richard Campbell

Host of .NET Rocks, RunAs Radio and Windows Weekly


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