Today Ben and I interview former Microsoftie turned Googler, Santos Cordon about programming.
- How did you get into programming?
- Learning about computers back in the dos/windows days
- Ti Calculator programming.
- How did you get to Microsoft?
- Your work on Office
- What 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.
This week Ben and I slightly change the format of the podcast to talk about some more current events type things.
- Why 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 Haxe
- Apple had a bunch of announcements at WWDC
- High DPI displays are going to be the next revolution in computing, and it’s about time.
- How ClearType works
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.
- Sybase 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 working
- The 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 quality
- fun discussion of Uber and how it’s disrupting old business models