Extroverted Developer #14 - Santos Cordon

Today Ben and I interview former Microsoftie turned Googler, Santos Cordon about programming.

Show Notes

  • 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.

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Extroverted Developer #13

This week Ben and I slightly change the format of the podcast to talk about some more current events type things.

Show Notes




  • 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

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Extroverted Developer #12 - Jonathan Baker

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 Notes

  • 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

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Extroverted Developer #11 - We're not dead yet

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#

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Extroverted Developer #10 - Toby Muresianu

This week Ben and I chat with former Microsoftie turned Standup Comic, Toby Muresianu about careers in Software.

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Extroverted Developer #9

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?

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Fun Pics

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Extroverted Developer #7 - Sean Cribbs

This week Ben and I talk with Basho developer Sean Cribbs about NoSQL and how they write software.

Show Notes

  • Riak
  • Amazon’s Dynamo Paper
  • Riak is really good for cloud storage
  • LAMP pretty much scales horizontally vs Microsoft’s big iron approach
  • Voxer is probably the biggest deployment of Riak
  • How do you work effectively remotely?
  • Chatrooms:Hipchat, Campfire and Hubot
  • Agile Zen for ensuring you have a pull based workflow
  • Differences in culture re: work hours between west and east coast
  • Distributed version control workflow
  • Sean’s Coder Wall
  • Common pitfalls when moving from SVN to git
  • GitHub: Code comments start to matter more when they’re public :)
  • GitHub Flow
  • How GitHub Uses GitHub to Build GitHub
  • conflict between Open Source vs Proprietary features
  • How do you do Continuous Integration with GitHub?

Pro Tips

  • Sean: git submodules, or How to use github to API documentation
  • Ben: Dropbox feature: Packrat and Events feed

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Extroverted Developer #6

This week it’s just Ben and I riffing in the new CityMaps HQ with our new recording equipment.

Show Notes

Then Ben and I kind of just BS for a while ‘cause it’s fun :)

Shamesless Name Drops

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Extroverted Developer #5 - Rachel Appel

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.

Show Notes:

  • 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
  • Give Camp
  • 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?
  • Singularity
  • Hilarious:Reverse Craigslist Troll
  • How did you get into programming? (a: video games)
  • Code Camp People: Y U NO START LATER IN DAY?
  • Bacon Roses

Shamelss Name Drops:

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