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In Episode 51, we go back to our interview roots and have our first returning guest (who was also our first guest, period), Matthew Groves. Matthew is a Developer Evangelist for Couchbase, Inc. I've been following what he's been doing with Couchbase since joining the company and I was interested to find more about the product. It turns out that Cou…
 
I figured with the year coming to a close that I would take a look back at the goals that I made on this podcast at the beginning of the year. As I went to pull up that episode to find out what I had promised "exactly", I found out a sad fact.... I made that episode in 2015! Soldiering on, I take a look at *those* goals and talk about what my goals…
 
In this episode, I take a look at one word that you might be using that is making you look like kind of a jerk. Did I just call you a jerk? Maybe a little, but honestly this episode is mostly about how I might have inadvertently been being a jerk for quite some time. Links Mentioned in this Show: The O-Word Simple Programmer YouTube Channel Listen …
 
In this episode, I take a look at a question that I ran across, "Is Coding the Easy Part?" I engage that question and take a look at everything that developers need to do to create quality software and try to figure out where the actual "writing code" part falls in the rankings. Links Mentioned in this Show: Quick Draw With Google Listen To This Ep…
 
The World Wide Developer's Conference (WWDC) is like the Super Bowl for Apple Developers. Thousands of developers vie to get a ticket and even those without tickets still go to San Francisco and attend ancillary events. As I've done the last few years, I watch the keynote and distill it down for you so you can trade 2 hours of your life for about 1…
 
I recently finished reading a book by Dan Lyons called Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble on the recommendation of my friend Dustin Rogers. This book is an inside look at a company called HubSpot that - according to Lyons - exhibits some of the worst and most stereotypical traits of Silicon Valley companies. In this episode, I review…
 
In today's episode, I interview Erik Dietrich from Daedtech.com. Erik wrote a blog series about something he called "The Expert Beginner". When I read that, I felt kind of convicted because I was worried that I was wreaking havoc all of the city with "Expert Beginnerdom". Listen in to find out what an Expert Beginner is and if you are one or know o…
 
This past week, someone's comment that they "don't blog, they solve problems instead" really struck a nerve with me. Not only because I'm a blogger, but because I know just how many times a day that my problems are solved because someone blogged the solution at some point in the past. Links Mentioned in this Show: The Original Tweet The Blog Post t…
 
Why is the average age of a developer so much less than the average age of a professional worker in the United States? Is it because the industry as a whole is striving to keep people out? Are companies replacing people as soon as their salary starts to get higher with people who make half as much and will work twice as many hours for the same sala…
 
In episode 42, I don't have the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything, but I do have thoughts and reactions to Microsoft's 2016 Build conference. I cover Bash on Windows, Ink, Bots, and Free Xamarin for everyone! Links Mentioned in this Show: XKCD Thing Explainer Cleartext Listen To This Episode:…
 
Last time, I was looking for some feedback about how this show should go in the future (and if it should go on at all). You guys responded and I talk about that response and what to expect from me in the future. I also start talking about the left-pad NPM module that "broke the Internet" and a blog post I found about it. Then, I get a little worked…
 
In this episode, I come back from my almost seven month hiatus to wonder about what this podcast should be and if I am putting out the kind of content that my audience and the audience at large is looking to hear. I talk about my original plans for the show, what I see in the podcasting space as a whole, and where I could go in the future. In the e…
 
Today, I heard about Warren Buffett's "Two List Strategy", also known as the "25 and 5 Rule". I don't know if the story is apocryphal or real, but I think the lesson is just as valid. When I got to my picks of the week, the first one went the normal way. But then I started talking about Amazon Underground and apparently I hit a hot button with myse…
 
It has been a little while since I posted a new episode, so when inspiration struck me while waiting in the car, I didn't pass up the opportunity to record Episode 38. I used my phone as a voice recorder and shared a kind of stream-of-consciousness rant. Some things had really piled up on me recently, not the least of which was my disgust with much…
 
Earlier this month, I saw a tweet that kind of got me fired up. It was pushing the same tired arguments about why companies that don't allow remote working are backwards and dumb. Everyone knows the benefits for the developer in a remote working situation and most people know how having a distributed force can help the company. But, can you turn ar…
 
Recently, I found two "open letters" on the Internet. Episode 36 has me examining their contents and pointing out where I find fault with each. The letter that started it all was from a PM and was aimed at telling developers how to do their job. The rebuttal, from a Developer to a PM, was written to explain how the PM was wrong and how they should …
 
In episode 35, I cover the Apple Watch Event. Of course, the two-hour event was not just about the watch, but that's all most people cared about. I talk about what new things that we learned about the watch, some of the apps that are going to be available at launch, and what it is like to actually develop for the thing yourself. I also answer the m…
 
Episode 34 is a little shorter than my normal solo podcasts, but it is a topic that I have been thinking about for a bit and I just wanted to get it off of my chest. Design Patterns aren't like Duct Tape - the more you use, the better it is. In fact, they actually won't all work together if you go in 100% on them. Today, I talk about 2 of those exa…
 
Last Monday, Rob Eisenberg released Aurelia.js. This was a culmination of sorts of a whirlwind of activity that was kicked off when Rob left the Angular 2.0 team at Google. A lot of people wondered what he was up to (including me!), so I asked him to be on the show to talk about what's been going on. We talk about SPAs, why he left Google, what's s…
 
Andy Adams wrote a blog post about how to price yourself as an independent software developer. It was so good that I made it a pick of the week. Andy started to see traffic from my site and we struck up a conversation. Right away, I knew that I needed to have him on the show. We talk about how he became an independent, how he sets his rates, how to…
 
2015 is kicking off with Episode 31 of the Pete on Software Podcast. In this episode, I talk about the difference between how I see "resolutions" and "setting goals". If we all are treating our careers like small businesses, we need to make SMART goals in order to propel ourselves forward. I go over my goals for 2015 and ask for your feedback to se…
 
For my last episode of 2014, episode 30 has me giving my opinions on what makes someone a programmer. Moreso, what classifies someone as a "professional" programmer. Is it merely "programming for pay", or is there something else to it? People on Quora and other places on the Internet have no shortages of opinions, so - of course - I have to weigh i…
 
In Episode 29, I take some time to think about the roles of a leader and a manager and how those intersect and how they differ. I not only share from personal experiences of when I've had to lead and manage, but I also share some wisdom from my father on the subject. (He's a lot smarter about it than I am). I also talk about the importance of follo…
 
Here in Episode 28, I was inspired by Episode 380 of the Podcast Answerman podcast to consider whether or not tech podcasters, bloggers, writers, and speakers were actually narcissists. And, of course, there is no better place to start with those questions than in your own back yard. So, I do some evaluations on myself and share some thoughts about…
 
Episode 27 finds me on a business trip and being a little introspective with this podcast. In this episode, I give my answers to two questions that I found on the web. First, "I work at McDonald's but I want to be a professional programmer. Is it possible?" and Second, "What differentiates a programmer and a really good programmer? How is the code …
 
This time, in Episode 26, I interview Rondale Williams. Rondale is a freelance mobile developer new to the development space. During the course of our interview, Rondale talks about what it is like to be self-taught, why he started to go back to college for CS, and what his advice would be to other people just starting out. We also talk about RxJav…
 
Episode 25 is all about increasing productivity. It isn't about getting into the "zone" or getting into the "flow". It isn't even productivity hacks like "Listen to all podcasts at 2x speed" (which is a good tip and I do it every day). This episode is full of useful "rubber meets the road" practical tips that you can use to become a more productive…
 
Episode 24 was planned to be timely, but it ended up being super timely. Originally, I wanted to have Wolfgang Goerlich come on and talk about application security after the iCloud photo leaks. But, between the time that we recorded the interview and the time I'm releasing this episode, the Shellshock bug/vulnerability came to light as well. Listen…
 
This time, in Episode 23, I recap the September 2014 Apple Launch Event. During this event, Apple launched iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, along with Apple Pay and Apple Watch. I wasn't really enthusiastic for this event going in because I don't like big phones, I couldn't care less about NFC payments, and I'm not excited about wearables. However, by the end …
 
Episode 22 finds me talking about Stored Procedures. Stored Procedures have gotten a bad rap not just recently, but for over a decade. Stored Procedure apologists don't always help the matter and misinformation abounds. In this episode, I take a look at stored procedures and why it isn't the worst thing in the world if you use them. Links Mentioned…
 
In Episode 21, I spend a little time on the significance of episode 21 before getting into the main topic. Our topic this time is about people who worship the language that they are using like a religion. Far too often, I've encountered the attitude from developers that people who aren't using what they are using are luddites, heretics, and not wor…
 
Episode 20 brings us another interview podcast and this time I'm talking with Russell Patterson. Russell is the author of Simple Lookups, a .Net library for dynamically handling CRUD operations for your "type" classes. Along the way, we talk about Simple Lookups, what it was like to make a NuGet package, decisions you make when you know that people…
 
This week, in Episode 19, I talk about Imposter Syndrome: what it is, what it means, and how to deal with it. If you've ever felt like you aren't qualified to do your job or that at any minute that people could find out that you have been fooling them, then this episode is for you. Links Mentioned in this Show: Hanselman Phony Post Podcast Answer M…
 
This week, in Episode 18, I recap the recent 2014 edition of the Google I/O conference. I run down all of the changes that are announced in "L", as well as the changes to Chromecast and Chromebook. In addition, I cover the new products announced during IO: Google TV, Google Auto, and Google Wear. I do contrast some of I/O against WWDC, but for the …
 
In Episode 17, I talk about what it takes to go independent as a software developer. After taking a moment to give all of the provisos that I'm not an expert offering legal or financial advice, I spend this episode talking about what my journey has been like. How did I come up with a name? How did I find work? What about health insurance? What abou…
 
In Episode 16, I take a (belated) look at the 2014 WWDC Keynote. I cover the new changes to OS X being released in Yosemite and the new iOS 8 features. I also talk about the new Developer features, including the surprise of the show - the brand new Swift language. Links Mentioned in this Show: The Swift Programming Language Listen To This Episode:…
 
Here in Episode 15, I examine what value a College Degree (specificially a CS degree) holds for programmers in the Enterprise space. I'm sure that I'm probably sharing a controversial opinion, but I do back it up with facts and real-life anecdotes. Links Mentioned in this Show: Episode 6 of the Podcast - James Altucher's Choose Yourself Iris Classo…
 
For episode 14, I give my thoughts on mentoring. In the software community, we think that we have mentors all around us, but I explain why they may not actually be mentoring us and how in the end, we may be barking up the wrong tree. Links Mentioned in this Show: Coding the Movies - Don't Fake It You Are Not the Average User Listen To This Episode:…
 
Here in Episode 13, I interview T-SQL Legend Itzik Ben-Gan. As I talk about in the episode, Itzik's work has had a huge impact on my career and I'm very honored to have him on my show as a guest. We talk about T-SQL features that are underused, features that are powerful, and ones that are outright missing from the product. Along the way, Itzik poi…
 
For episode 11, I interview Ron Carter about what it takes to be a CIO of an organization. We talk about the role of CIO and the skills and knowledge that developers would need to reach the role if they saw it as their career path. Other topics include team building, building trust, advice for new CIOs, and remote work. Links Mentioned in this Show…
 
In this episode, I talk with Interactive Design guru Dustin Rogers. We talk about the tension between developers and designers, how to get through creative roadblocks, the importance of communication, the nature of inspiration, why infographics are awesome, and the exciting promise of mobile. Links Mentioned in this Show: Dustin's Website Dribbble …
 
In this episode, I talk to Craig Schwartz about product planning and marketing. We not only talk about how to know if you have a viable product and how to promote it, but we also talk about self-promotion and how to get along better with the "creatives" over in marketing. Links Mentioned in this Show: Craig's Professional Site - Gecko Jones Craig's…
 
In this episode, I talk about what good speakers should be doing to prepare to give a presentation. I make application, though, to everyone who might need to speak in public and give the #1 key to be successful. (Hint: It is also how you get to Carnegie Hall) Links Mentioned in this Show: Scott Hanselman's The Art of Speaking Slide Share Toastmaste…
 
In this episode of the podcast, I talk about how well received my last podcast episode was, share some news about where I'll next be speaking, and it all leads into a review of James Altucher's latest book, Choose Yourself. Links Mentioned in this Show: Stir Trek Direct link to my Stir Trek Bio and Session Info Choose Yourself Book James Altucher's…
 
In this episode, I talk with Matthew Groves about Aspect Oriented Programming. Matt has written the Manning book AOP in .Net and he shares with us about what AOP is, why you'd need it, and how to get started. Links Mentioned in this Show: Matt's Book, AOP in .Net (listen to the show for a 42% off Promo Code!) Matt's AOP Blog Matt's About Me Page (l…
 
In this episode, I discuss my recent encounter with the Not Invented Here syndrome and get a little of my frustration around the situation off of my chest ;) I conclude with my ideas around when it is right to reuse and when it is right to build your own. Links Mentioned in this Show: Joel's Not Invented Here Article My Boneheaded Crypto Mistakes (…
 
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