James Chambers

An active member in the ASP.NET development community, James speaks at conferences, user groups and brown-bag lunches. Now a five-time Microsoft MVP in ASP.NET/IIS, he shares his programming experiences and knowledge with kids aged 9-14 through local school division programmes as well as professionals across North America.

From a professional perspective his background includes projects in energy companies, telecommunications, sports entertainment and transportation as well as others. He has led development teams in web and cloud-enabled applications as well as mobile and stand-alone desktop apps.

You can find James hammering away at his blog at www.jameschambers.com, digging in the secret tunnels of the Canadian Prairies, in articles on MSDN and occasionally appearing on Microsoft Virtual Academy as a presenter or community SME.

Selected Non-FAQs

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Having nothing to do, wife next to me, relaxing and playing with the offspring

What is your current state of mind?

California.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Ambition

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

People ask me to take off my sweater when I swim

Which living person do you most despise?

I don’t. Everyone is at least a little cool

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I’d take out the “ur” so that it was just “yo’self”.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I have three kids that are pretty cool

Where would you most like to live?

Mars. But just for a while, and preferably after they work out that whole likely-dying-there-when-you-go thing

Who are your favorite writers?

Card, Gates, Galloway, Fitzgerald

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

“Dood, you rocked that out. Good life, mate.”

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What is your greatest fear?

The opposite of perfect happiness

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

The willingness to take on too many things

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

The willingness to ask people to take surveys

Which living person do you most admire?

The man at the helm of the William and Melinda Gates Foundation

What is your greatest extravagance?

Travel. And it’s only going to get worse.

On what occasion do you lie?

When it doesn’t hurt anyone, but not to build someone up who doesn’t deserve it

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Integrity

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Integrity

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Awesomesauce

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My beautiful bride

When and where were you happiest?

Now and today. But ask me tomorrow, because I’m always updating this one…

Which talent would you most like to have?

To fiddle like an Eastern Canadian

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

A mirror

What is your most treasured possession?

My guitar. But it pales in comparison to my family.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Watching a loved one in pain

What is your favorite occupation?

Relaxation

What is your most marked characteristic?

My contageous smile ;o) …and perhaps the scar on my bald head

What do you most value in your friends?

Honest loyalty, standing by you when they know you’re wrong, hold you accountable and help you through

Who is your hero of fiction?

Iron Man

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Tony Stark

Who are your heroes in real life?

Emergency response personnel

What are your favorite names?

Ones that have cool abbreviations

What is it that you most dislike?

Surveys and questionaires

What is your greatest regret?

Hurting a friend

How would you like to die?

That’s silly, I wouldn’t

What is your motto?

Make your own fun

What is your favorite word?

Idempotent

What is your least favorite word?

Twerk, selfie, literally

What turns you on?

Is nothing sacred?

What turns you off?

Smoking

What sound or noise do you love?

My kids’ breathing

What sound or noise do you hate?

High-pitched white noise

What is your favorite curse word?

I just make them up on the fly

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Dive bar pianist

What profession would you not like to do?

Cleaning the bathrooms at Grand Central Station