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3 Ways to Web Test that will Change Your Life

As a web developer, it’s important to make sure our web apps and sites have a great experience for users no matter what browser they’re using. One of the ways we can do that is adhering to web standards. When we don’t write standards-compliant code... read more

Productizing Software Components

One of the most fun things as a software developer is building really awesome components and APIs that other developers will use.  With the current popularity of Github that capitalizes on this love, and with NuGet, we’ve seen an explosion in the ability for... read more

IE10 on Windows 7: Happiness for the Web

Today is a great day for the Web.  IE10 has officially been released for Windows 7 (Sorry, XP, you’re what, 12 years old now?).  This release will play a significant role in getting the majority of the web up to the latest version of Internet Explorer, which is... read more

Thoughts on Internet Explorer in 2013

Recently I was re-awarded for my third year as a Microsoft MVP for the IE category focusing on web development.  I occasionally joke (no offence, IE team!), that IE is the least fun category for an MVP.  IE takes a lot of flak over its history of IE6.  The internet is... read more

The Top 5 Best Visual Studio 2012 Features

I love Visual Studio releases.  I remember when 2005 came out when I was in college, and while everyone else was writing their projects in C++, I was using C# and VS 2005.  I asked my professor if I could write my programs in C# (this was an architecture class where... read more

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Ryan has over nine years of software development and business analysis experience working with big-name clients such as Discovery Channel, AOL, Toyota, and the National Academy of Sciences and for companies like Red Hat. Ryan has helped teams deliver award-winning applications that drive business processes, site traffic, profit and company growth. Currently the Owner and Principal Software Architect at Sonata Cove Software, Ryan puts his experience and business creativity to work every day to build amazing solutions for the enterprise web, desktop and mobile platforms.

Ryan holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, and an M.S. in Software Engineering from George Mason University.

Ryan is a two-time Microsoft MVP Award Winner for 2011 and 2012 for expertise and community leadership.

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