This week Ben and I just chit chat about some goings on around NYC in technology. I kinda talk a lot this episode.Show NotesiPhone 5Maker Fair was this weekend3D PrintingMicro controllers !!!! (obviously my favorite topic)ArduinoDIY: An iPhone controlled A/CRaspberry Pi (only place I’ve found that has them in stock is hereThe EPA was at Maker Fair doing great stuff with micro controllers and UAV HelicoptersAdobe’s new open source font for coding: Source Code ProSiri and the future of computer interfaceThe US Government has open sourced some thingsAskPatents launchesMy question about risk to engineers for looking at patentsListen
This week Ben and I talk with Thoughtworks developer Brian Guthrie about learning computer science, agile development and Test Driven Development.Show NotesKhan Academy revamped CS programInventing on PrincipleSteve Yeggie’s Conservative vs Liberal programmers rantJonathan Haidt on the moral mind. (conservatives vs liberals on morality, very insightful)Jim offer’s up that it might be good to write custom plugins for your IDE that are specific to your officeSublime Build files for common build systemsTDD (finally)Listen
This week Ben and I talk with Author, Entrepreneur and owner of careercup.com, former Google hiring committee member Gayle Laakmann McDowell about her two books: Cracking the Coding Interview and The Google Resume about how to get a job at the big tech companiesShow NotesInterview preparation for Software Engineers looking to get into Google, Microsoft, Apple, etc.How do technical interviews work at the large tech companies?Resume tips for the professional programmer!On MBAsThe Seattle Anti-Freeze
This week Ben and I talk with indy game developer 2TonStudios about their new iOS game: NinjaboyShow NotesWhy program video games?Performance and how video games are the indy 500 of programmingCarmack’s KeynoteOptimizing the challenge curve.Why choose Unity?Tried MonoTouch and MonoGame for the initial port from Windows Phone 7How’s the $0.99 price point working? (no longer first marketing, we took too long to get the show out)How much does marketing play a role?Why is the price point so low for iOS games, when DS games are ~$30?Can’t pay for updates? Use In App PurchasesHow should people start? Should they try and get into digipen?So go download it!Play
Ben and I chat quickly about what happened this week at Knight Capital. How a software bug took a profitable company to bankruptcy in 1 hour.Show NotesTechnical explanation on NanexJohn Carmack’s 2012 Quakecon keynotePlay
This week Ben and I get a chance to geek out with Chris Smith, author of Programming F#, about the recently completed second edition. Chris is a former SDET on the Microsoft F# team, and currently works for Google on developer tools.Show NotesLots of stuff about F#History of functional programmingWhat are monads?What are you doing at the Google?Google closure compiler *terrible name, has nothing to do with ‘Closure’ on the JVMProTipsJim: Alan Kay interview on Dr. DobbsBen: JS HotlineChris: “Give yourself license to fail” AND Unix tools! (sed, grep, find, etc)Stay away from Diablo III!Listen
This week Ben and I riff on some news stories along with friend and ZocDoc developer, Jeremy Kimball.Show NotesPlease ‘Like’ us on Facebook by clicking the Like button on the side of the siteDevice independent pixels and the ‘rem’ unit in CSS/HTML. As well as device independent pixels in WPF, and Android development.Craigslist takes down pad mapperBen and I disagree on whether Craigslist a net good, or evil in the world?Profits per employee for various companiesI talk about a specific company that took the pivoting of lean startup too far and actually abandoned customers who paid money too quickly.CityMaps has had a big release, and everyone should go check out the new layout and city’s availableListen
Today Ben and I interview former Microsoftie turned Googler, Santos Cordon about programming.Show NotesHow did you get into programming?Learning about computers back in the dos/windows daysTi Calculator programming.How did you get to Microsoft?Your work on OfficeWhat brought you to NY?The most important thing for an individual developer’s quality is actually using the software.Interviewing and what it can tell you about a company.How would you interview developers for your own company?Design patterns and over engineering.Software Engineering practices in general.Writing services vs writing shrink wrap software.Listen
This week Ben and I slightly change the format of the podcast to talk about some more current events type things.Show NotesThe Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful BusinessesFood On the Table - MapItPrices with a better business model.We need more scientific thinking in businessArchive.org and the need for archiving the internet by an independent 3rd party and not in the hands of the likes of FacebookLibrary of Congress archives TweetsTech Support in the middle agesNYC Water Gun Fight 2012NYC Free Summer ConcertsWhy can’t we use compilers to remember the differences in browsers, just like C/C++ compiles to different architectures.Google has tried this with Dart and hasn’t been successful.Try HaxeApple had a bunch of announcements at WWDCHigh DPI displays are going to be the next revolution in computing, and it’s about time.How ClearType worksListen
This week Ben and I talk with Director of Mobility Evangelism at SAP, located in our nations capitol, about mobile database technologies and software engineering.Show NotesSybase acquisition by SAP.Mobile databases and small footprint databases.SAP making a play on Oracle.Do you still get to code?Building mobile application development is just beginning for many enterprises.What are the main challenges for dealing with enterprise and mobile?How does the iPhone play with enterprise customers?Microsoft tried multiple times to bring out bring out a tablet but can’t seem to get it workingThe future of mobile operating systems on full PCs and Laptops.Ben: The merge of mobile and desktop computing has been a great boon to UI design.UI design takes as much time as designing your system, algorithms and data structures.Developers vs DBAs.There’s no more debugging in ‘prod’ on mobile devices.The internet isn’t always on as much as we’d like it to be, and as such we need to store data locally for when there’s no connectivity.Software as a profession, do we need accreditation like lawyers and doctors?Many companies have tried this, A+, MCSE, IEEE and ACM certs, etc.Ben: Ultimately it all comes down to hiring, you wouldn’t hire a surgeon because he said he could do it.Managers need to read The Mythical Man Month (9 people can’t have a baby in 1 month)The App store model will make us all compete on software qualityfun discussion of Uber and how it’s disrupting old business modelsListen
This week, Ben and I discuss why we haven’t had shows recently. A new venture called MapItPrices, and the news that Xamarin Studios has ported Android to C#Show NotesMapItPricesWhere’s the cheap beer?NYC Mentorship Program Accepting applications NOW!Xamarin ported Android to C# and monoListen
This week Ben and I chat with former Microsoftie turned Standup Comic, Toby Muresianu about careers in Software.Show NotesToby the ComicMy picker is brokenToby’s twitter feedListen
This week Ben and I chat during a CityMaps party about what it takes to be a computer programmer. How do you get into this field, and most importantly can anybody do it?Show NotesExtra Creditz has an amazing wealth of discussion topicshttp://penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/so-you-want-to-be-a-developer-part-1http://penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/mailbag-4 (ideas are worthless)http://www.marketplace.org/topics/tech/commentary/why-you-should-learn-how-codeFun Pics
In this Episode Ben and I talk about why there wasn’t a podcast last week. (hint: we shipped a ton of new software)Making Software: What Really Works, and Why We Believe ItThe Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful BusinessesNinja BlocksIf This Then ThatYahoo PipesPlay
This week Ben and I talk with Basho developer Sean Cribbs about NoSQL and how they write software.Show NotesRiakAmazon’s Dynamo PaperRiak is really good for cloud storageLAMP pretty much scales horizontally vs Microsoft’s big iron approachVoxer is probably the biggest deployment of RiakHow do you work effectively remotely?Chatrooms:Hipchat, Campfire and HubotAgile Zen for ensuring you have a pull based workflowDifferences in culture re: work hours between west and east coastDistributed version control workflowSean’s Coder WallCommon pitfalls when moving from SVN to gitGitHub: Code comments start to matter more when they’re public :)GitHub FlowHow GitHub Uses GitHub to Build GitHubconflict between Open Source vs Proprietary featuresHow do you do Continuous Integration with GitHub?Pro TipsSean: git submodules, or How to use github to API documentationBen: Dropbox feature: Packrat and Events feedListen
This week it’s just Ben and I riffing in the new CityMaps HQ with our new recording equipment.Show NotesWhat we learned in podcastingMy first voice overHow do you construct software? Software engineering processes.Language doesn’t matter as proven by perl (Is Perl Better than a Randomly Generated Programming Language?)Polyglut vs single language shopsStarbucks does not use two phase commit (including my revolutionary idea for them to fix the lines)Then Ben and I kind of just BS for a while ‘cause it’s fun :)Shamesless Name DropsToby MuresianuRobert ScobleScott HanselmanListen
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This week we talk with Microsoft’s Rachel Appel, a developer evangelist for web technologies. An area where Microsoft has arguably had some challenges attracting developers to their stack.
What is an evangelist?
ASP Class vs WebForms vs ASP MVC
Do Evangelists still get to code?
Silk Project, a model application for learning how to do ASP MVC.
Please make deployment better for ASP MVC
Deploying with TFS vs Git
Hosted TFS in the cloud
Startups and Microsoft technologies
ASP MVC and REST APIs
Issues with using OpenID
Attracting web developers to the Microsoft Stack via cloud
Get free Visual Studio Professional: Website Spark, BizSpark, DreamSpark
Are software developers putting outselves out of work?
Will software developers be replaced before house builders?
Writing software is essentially like translating from english, and thus we’re getting very close to being able to talk with your computer and having it translate into C. With Google Translate/Voice Commands and Siri
Why aren’t OSS devs just writing their own pay apps?
Speaking of science fiction: Which augmentation are you going to get?
Hilarious:Reverse Craigslist Troll
How did you get into programming? (a: video games)
Code Camp People: Y U NO START LATER IN DAY?
Shamelss Name Drops:
Scott Gu (Blog)
Rachel Appel (Twitter)
In this show we talk about VsVim the hugely popular free extension that
adds Vim bindings to Visual Studio 2010 (written in F#).We talk about Vim
vs Emacs a bit.We then talk about social coding and github, as well as talk
a lot about Stackoverflow and Jared’s rise to, at one time, #4 in the SO
On today’s show we discussion SOPA/PIPA protests in NYC, as well as Jenn Day joins us as a special guest with the business side (marketing) perspective on programmers and startupsShow NotesCitymapsNY Tech Meetup SOPA/PIPA ProtestStack Exchange InfographicVisual Studio AchievementsREAMDE: A NovelListen
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This is the first episode of a new series Tech and the City Extroverted Developer hosted by Jim Wallace and Ben Gundersen.Being that this is the first podcast I’ve ever recorded and produced, there’s probably audio issues, additional ums and ahs that I didn’t edit out correctly and other issues with the quality in general. Hope to fix these as we gain more experience in this medium.Show Notes:Ready Player OneListen
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