This week Ben and I just chit chat about some goings on around NYC in technology. I kinda talk a lot this episode.
This week Ben and I talk with Thoughtworks developer Brian Guthrie about learning computer science, agile development and Test Driven Development.
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 companies
- Interview 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 MBAs
- The Seattle Anti-Freeze
This week Ben and I talk with indy game developer 2TonStudios about their new iOS game: Ninjaboy
- Why program video games?
- Performance and how video games are the indy 500 of programming
- Carmack’s Keynote
- Optimizing the challenge curve.
- Why choose Unity?
- Tried MonoTouch and MonoGame for the initial port from Windows Phone 7
- How’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 Purchases
- How should people start? Should they try and get into digipen?
So go download it!
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.
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.
- Lots of stuff about F#
- History of functional programming
- What are monads?
- What are you doing at the Google?
- Google closure compiler *terrible name, has nothing to do with ‘Closure’ on the JVM
This week Ben and I riff on some news stories along with friend and ZocDoc developer, Jeremy Kimball.
- Please ‘Like’ us on Facebook by clicking the Like button on the side of the site
- Device independent pixels and the ‘rem’ unit in CSS/HTML. As well as device independent pixels in WPF, and Android development.
- Craigslist takes down pad mapper
- Ben and I disagree on whether Craigslist a net good, or evil in the world?
- Profits per employee for various companies
- I 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 available
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