Resources - Podcasts (9/18/2015)

September 18, 2015    Ruby Javascript C# Coding .Net Learning Programming

The Main Meals:

These are some of the podcasts that I listen to often. - TWIT was the first podcast channel that I started listening to. Many of the podcasts are not coding related, rather general tech. I started watching much more of the network, but there is only so much time in a week so as I have added other podcasts to my list, I have had to cut down on the As of now, I listen/watch to these podcasts.

  • Coding 101 - This podcast is very good. They break up into modules for different languages and projects. Based off my learning, sometime I do feel that some statements made can be feel disconnected from reality, but overall it is a good podcast.

  • Security Now - Steve Gibson has one of the great security podcasts. He is a coder and as most programs we make require dealing with customer data, I think that it is a good idea to be in touch with the security pulse to make sure that I am doing what I can to keep my programs secure within reason.

  • MacBreak Weekly - I use a Mac and an iPhone. Even though I have Windows and Android devices, I like to keep abreast of the most profitable company in the world and the makers of the eco system that my technology is based in. While they are all journalists, many have great connections with the programmer that deal and have dealt in the eco system. I like to get the overarching view. Also, the MacBreak picks are the best on the Twit network and you will smile from something Andy Ihnatko says or does, at least once a show. - This is generally my favorite podcasting network at this time. Home of Ruby Rogues and several others, most Devchat podcasts consists of developers who are currently making a living doing development.

  • Ruby Rogues - This podcast has been so valuable that I have gone back and listened to every podcast they have done from the beginning. I highly recommend it. Josh Susser and James Edward Gray II were two that had much great insight in the earlier episodes. I still enjoy much of the content put out on their their site today.

  • Freelancers Show - If you are even considering going into freelancing this podcast is a must. I enjoy the way they will focus on a single topic for each episode and get the perspective of the guys on the show. I have gone back to listen to all the podcasts they have done.

  • Javascript Jabber - This podcast can tend to get very product/new framework focused, mostly due to the nature of the Javascript world right now. I do like keeping up on what is going on and popular in the Javascript world, even if I tend to focus on Ruby on Rails most the time.

Accidental Tech Podcast - Another regarding the Apple ecosystem. This one is a bit different as all the hosts are coders to different extents. It is good to hear the perspective from them as opposed to the journalists on Twit. They also tend to focus more on hardware specifications. The three hosts really make this show educational and incredibly entertaining.

Programming Throwdown - There can often be some time in between the podcast that they do, but when they are, they are really interesting. I find that I usually learn more about programming history with this podcast. I have gone back to listen to all the podcasts they have done.

Coding Blocks - These guys generally talk about high level coding concepts and tools through a .Net lens. I find that I learn a lot when listening to them and their different perspectives usually shows me.

Code Newbie - This deals with many of the things that beginners struggle with. Saron is very good at asking the questions that someone new to programming may ask. She seems to really have a grasp on thinking in a way to encourage and help a newcomer to feel like they are not alone.

5 Minutes of Javascript - This podcast is put on by the guys at Codeschool. It is great to hear a quick update on the Javascript news. This podcast can sound a bit scripted depending on the hosts, but the format makes few podcasts like it.

Start Here - They have had some changes to their hosts in the recent episodes, but I am excited to see what they may do in the future. Their episodes can have a lot of time from one to the next, however when they do come out they are great.

  • Web Development - This podcast had great potential. They went through popular web languages and frameworks, which was nice to get overviews. I especially like that they talked about how to go about starting a project for a client. Even though it did not play out fully, there was a lot of great information and perspectives that they shared.

  • Ruby on Rails - In the first episode of this podcast, they talk about learning how to code. They make a lot of great recommendations and they talked about a similar type of learning as I talked about in my last post.

Occasional Snacks:

I will catch these podcasts as time permits and as they have subjects that seem to be of interest. A common theme with these will often be for me to listen when they talk about topics I am interested in.

.Net Rocks - This can be a great podcast, but they will focus on .Net often. I try to listen when they are focusing on more generic topics or languages that I deal with more often (javascript).

Hanselminutes - It is not to common for Scott Hanselman to focus on .Net/Microsoft issues, despite his position as Microsoft community evangelist. If not, I try to take a listen. I really appreciate his thought process and the way that he looks to include the community and have more be successful. I feel like he looks to have as many understand the technical world as much as possible.

Debug - This podcast really depends on the guest they have. I tend to look at the topic and try to determine my interest. I highly recommend any episode with Don Melton and Nitin Ganatra, particularly the 3 episodes they did together.