I had the chance to speak with Derik Whittaker, the lead software architect at Allscripts, about NoDo (the latest release of the WP7 OS), the future of the mobile ecosystem, and his company's decision to go all-in on WP7. We also talked about WP7's unique position, having learned their lessons from the walled garden of iOS and the fragmentation of Android.
Derik is a Software Architect currently working at Allscripts Healthcare helping to move medical software into the 21st century. Lately Derik has been spending the majority of his development energy focused on how to build killer applications for the Windows Phone 7 platform. He has over 10 years of experience developing, mentoring and leading Microsoft based products for a wide variety of different professional fields.
Derik has been award the MVP award in C# for the past 3 years, he is also a member of the ASPInsiders group. He has been working exclusively with .NET since its inception and has professional experience in both VB.NET as well as C#. He is also a follower and believer in the Agile methodologies and has wide array of experience using various Agile techniques in the real world. You can catch Derik online as a member of the blogging group Devlicio.us (http://devlicio.us/blogs/derik_whittaker/) or over at www.DimeCasts.Net.
Outside of his day job you can find Derik hanging out with his beautiful wife Tiffany and 2 sons (Brendan and Ryan). He also enjoys all things sports (Go Blue) and can be found at the local climbing gym on most weekends.