The Pete On Software Podcast
A podcast focused on modern application development technologies, the business of software, and technologists that drive our industry. Topics will include .Net, Mobile Development, Soft Skills, Front End, Back End, and everything in-between!
info_outline Episode 51 - Matthew Groves on Couchbase 12/27/2016
Episode 51 - Matthew Groves on Couchbase 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 Couchbase has some pretty nice features and you'll want to listen to this episode and find out what's new. Links Mentioned in this Show: Couchbase Cross Cutting Concerns Couchbase Blogs The CouchCase CodeMash Matthew Groves' Original Pete on Software Episode Listen To This Episode:
info_outline Episode 50 - The Year(s) in Review 12/13/2016
Episode 50 - The Year(s) in Review 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 are in 2017 and even if it is worthwhile to make goals if they are going to change. It all culminates in a little Wes Bos lovefest ;-) Links Mentioned in this Show: Episode 31 Social Network Movie Episode 33 Wes Bos' React for Beginners Course 2 Keto Dudes Podcast Wes Bos' Site Listen To This Episode:
info_outline Episode 49 - Obviously 11/29/2016
Episode 49 - Obviously 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 To This Episode:
info_outline Episode 48 - Coding is the Easy Part 11/18/2016
Episode 48 - Coding is the Easy Part 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 Episode:
info_outline Episode 47 - WWDC 2016 07/16/2016
Episode 47 - WWDC 2016 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 15 minutes of wrap up ;) Links Mentioned in this Show: NES Classic Edition Listen To This Episode:
info_outline Episode 46 - Disrupted 06/04/2016
Episode 46 - Disrupted 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 the book and talk about some of the things that drive me nuts about these kinds of companies. Links Mentioned in this Show: Disrupted on Amazon Dustin's Podcast Episode HubSpot's Rebuttal to the Book HyperDev Announcement HyperDev Site Listen To This Episode:
info_outline Episode 45 - Erik Dietrich on The Expert Beginner 05/21/2016
Episode 45 - Erik Dietrich on The Expert Beginner 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 one! Links Mentioned in this Show: Erik's Blog Erik on Twitter The Post that Started it All Erik's Books and Pluralsight Courses Pick of the Week: SwiftNinja.io Listen To This Episode:
info_outline Episode 44 - Blog or Solve Problems 05/07/2016
Episode 44 - Blog or Solve Problems 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 that caused the comment John Sonmez Blogging Course Soft Skills Book (affiliate link) Dial2Verify Listen To This Episode:
info_outline Episode 43 - Older Programmers 04/23/2016
Episode 43 - Older Programmers 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 salary? Check out what I think about it in this week's episode.
info_outline Episode 42 - The Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything, just kidding - MS Build 2016 04/09/2016
Episode 42 - The Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything, just kidding - MS Build 2016 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!
info_outline Episode 41 - Show Update and the Module Dependency Fiasco 03/26/2016
Episode 41 - Show Update and the Module Dependency Fiasco 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 up about it and go on a little rant of my own ;-)
info_outline Episode 40 - whoami, an identity crisis 03/12/2016
Episode 40 - whoami, an identity crisis 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 end, though, I am looking for feedback.
info_outline Episode 39 - Warren Buffett's 25 and 5 Rule w/ bonus Amazon Underground Discussion 08/31/2015
Episode 39 - Warren Buffett's 25 and 5 Rule w/ bonus Amazon Underground Discussion 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 myself. I ended up talking about Amazon Underground for about as long as Warren Buffett's strategy. We go where the muse goes ;)
info_outline Episode 38 - A Stream of Consciousness Rant: The Development Community 07/06/2015
Episode 38 - A Stream of Consciousness Rant: The Development Community 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 of the development community at large. Major targets of my focus include judgement of new developers, judgement of people by their technology of choice, my dislike of "Why I'm Leaving X" posts, and how being yourself doesn't mean that you need to be a douche when interacting with others.
info_outline Episode 37 - On Remote Working 03/30/2015
Episode 37 - On Remote Working 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 around and see things from the point of view of companies that don't allow remote workers? In this podcast, I do just that.
info_outline Episode 36 - Developers vs PMs 03/23/2015
Episode 36 - Developers vs PMs 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 do their job. There is actually plenty of wrongdoing in both letters and we'll take a look at that with the aim of behaving better and having better attitudes in the workplace.
info_outline Episode 35 - The Apple Watch 03/16/2015
Episode 35 - The Apple Watch 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 most pressing question... will I buy one? Check it out and let me know what you think.
info_outline Episode 34 - Conflicting Patterns, It Depends, and YAGNI 02/17/2015
Episode 34 - Conflicting Patterns, It Depends, and YAGNI 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 examples and then talk about how you should go about discovering good software design.
info_outline Episode 33 - Rob Eisenberg on Aurelia.js 02/02/2015
Episode 33 - Rob Eisenberg on Aurelia.js 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 special about Aurelia, how to handle learning all of these frameworks, and much more.
info_outline Episode 32 - Andy Adams on Being an Independent Software Developer 01/19/2015
Episode 32 - Andy Adams on Being an Independent Software Developer 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 find customers, some of the perils of creating your own products, and whether you even want to be an independent developer in the first place. It is a fantastic interview, check it out.
info_outline Episode 31 - Setting Goals for 2015 01/05/2015
Episode 31 - Setting Goals for 2015 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 see what you have planned.
info_outline Episode 30 - Being a Professional Programmer 12/22/2014
Episode 30 - Being a Professional Programmer 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 in with my own!
info_outline Episode 29 - Management, Leadership, and the True Role of a Follower 12/09/2014
Episode 29 - Management, Leadership, and the True Role of a Follower 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 followers and how following isn't a dirty word.
info_outline Episode 28 - Are We All Narcissists? Am I? 11/24/2014
Episode 28 - Are We All Narcissists? Am I? 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 those results and how I believe they compare to the community at large.
info_outline Episode 27 - From Slangin Burgers to Slangin Code 11/10/2014
Episode 27 - From Slangin Burgers to Slangin Code 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 considered good or bad?".
info_outline Episode 26 - Rondale Williams on Android and Breaking Into the Game 10/27/2014
Episode 26 - Rondale Williams on Android and Breaking Into the Game 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 RxJava, Android Emulators, the Android vs iOS development ecosystems, and whether or not he's found the community to be friendly.
info_outline Episode 25 - Increasing Productivity 10/13/2014
Episode 25 - Increasing Productivity 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 developer.
info_outline Episode 24 - Wolfgang Goerlich Talks Application Security 09/29/2014
Episode 24 - Wolfgang Goerlich Talks Application Security 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, folks, writing secure software is hard! Wolfgang talks about the average day in the life of the good guys, what mindset makes a good security expert, how developers can write more secure code, why the Internet of Things might be a security nightmare, and why you shouldn't "poke the bear".
info_outline Episode 23 - Apple Pay, Apple Watch, and New iPhones - Oh My! 09/15/2014
Episode 23 - Apple Pay, Apple Watch, and New iPhones - Oh My! 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 of the presentation, I was excited for 2/4 of the products. Either I'm a sucker for marketing, or some of this stuff might actually be pretty good. Listen and find out which it is.
info_outline Episode 22 - In Defense of Stored Procedures 09/01/2014
Episode 22 - In Defense of Stored Procedures 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.