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Freya Holmér makes educational math visualizations, does live game development on Twitch, as well as creates videos and Unity tools! She's been in the games industry for 10 years, working on things like Shader Forge, a node-based shader editor for Unity, and Budget Cuts, a VR stealth game made at Neat Corp. She talks to Scott about her love of math and making math accessible using a number of custom visualization tools.
- Math for Game Dev - An Improvised Live Course
- Visual Guide to Radians
- Low persistence in VR!
- Motion blur - useful even at 60 fps
- the area of a circle is τr²/2
- cross product - visualized
- A collection of my mathematical art and visualizations
This episode wasn't supposed to be an episode! I was invited by Jeff Fritz of Twitch fame to talk to his community team of Live Coders on Discord. They recorded it, and mentioned several times that it was useful content! So, why not try something new and make this an episode! Let me know on Twitter if you find my views on community, productivity, and life useful to you!
Dapr is a an event-driven, portable runtime for building microservices on cloud and edge. In this episode Scott talks to Azure CTO Mark Russinovich about what this means and why you should care? What are the responsibilities of a microservice, and what should YOU worry about and what a responsibilities better delegated to an open source project like Dapr?
Dr Mireille Reece is the co-host of the ChangeLog podcast Brain Science and in this episode she sits down with Scott to talk about creativity, staying in your flow, mental health, the power of perspective, and how relationships drive the WE in our workplace!
Bryan Liles talks about his Rules to Life and how attitude, structure and personal guidelines have enabled Bryan to level up and manage his anxiety. Bryan's also working on a new open source project called Octant that allows you to move effectively manage your Kubernetes infrastructure. All this, plus Goodie Mob!
Pulumi promises two things "Declare cloud infrastructure using real languages, and enable developers and operators to work better together." Scott talks to Joe Duffy about the goals behind Pulumi and how it relates to other attempts over the years. Do we hide the cloud or bring it front and center? Can YOU deploy your apps and infrastructure easily on any cloud?
Ayesha Mazumdar is a Senior UX Engineer at Optimizely and works to enable everyone to access the web no matter their ability. How does one build a culture at their company that values accessibility from the beginning? Where does a11y factor in when creating design systems, and later component libraries. How much ARIA is enough...or too much?
Learn what makes the programming language Rust a unique technology, such as the memory safety guarantees that enable more people to write performant systems-level code. Scott talks to Rust core contributor Carol Nichols about what she's so excited about Rust and the future.
Success in engineering often means you need to engineer success. Career Karma's Ruben Harris and his partners believe they have the formula and they've bottled it into the Career Karma app and community. You can find your squad, get the motivation you need, and make your bootcamp experience successful. He talks to Scott about common misconceptions about bootcamps and how Career Karma smooths the way.
Nancy Gariché is a Senior IT Security Analyst for the Government of Canada and in this episode she schools Scott on the power of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP). It's SO much more than the occasional security checklist! They also talk about the value of certifications.
Sharon Steed is a corporate empathy and communications consultant as well as an international keynote speaker. Sharon has spoken at companies on improving team communication and collaboration; at tech conferences on vulnerability as an asset; and has given a TEDx talk on empowering insecurities. She talks to Scott about operationalizing empathy!
Roblox is powered by a global community of over two million developers who produce their own immersive multiplayer experiences each month using Roblox Studio, a desktop design tool for anyone. Scott talks to Roblox's Kelly Mayes on how they consider community, safety and creativity when dealing with a platform that has user content front and center!
Engineer and author Clyde W. Ford talks THINK BLACK: a memoir about his father, the first Black software engineer in America. Clyde is the award-winning author of twelve works of fiction and non-fiction, whose most recent book, THINK BLACK: A Memoir explores his relationship with his father, and his father's relationship with America and technology during 30+ years with IBM.
Michelle Sun is the founder of First Code Academy, a coding and STEM education institute for children aged 4 to 18. She and Scott talk about her new book "First Time Coders" and how coding offers children a creative avenue to express themselves through technology and opens the door to unlimited opportunities in the digital era.
Matthew Conlen is a Ph.D. student interested in how computers can help people communicate complex information more effectively. He collaborates with journalists, scientists, and engineers to tell stories and unlock insights with data. He's also the founder of The Parametric Press - a born-digital magazine dedicated to showcasing the expository power that’s possible when the audio, visual, and interactive capabilities of dynamic media are effectively combined.
Sara Beck is the Machine Learning Solution Principal at Slalom Build. She thinks about Data Science and Deep Learning and how diagnosing and anticipating common data science pitfalls can help prevent issues before they happen. She and Scott talk about the importance of identifying whether it’s the algorithm or the data and contextualize the importance of having a good sense of the problem you’re trying to solve.
Slalom Build puts interdisciplinary teams to work in close proximity with clients, to build modern technology and software products for enterprises – faster, cleaner and more nimbly than ever before. Learn more at http://slalombuild.com.
- Favorite Text Book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9003187-doing-bayesian-data-analysis
- Favorite Data Science Forecasting Blog (hyndsight is such a perfect name for someone who went in to this area of data science) https://robjhyndman.com/hyndsight/
- Kaggle is a great resource for practice problems and general data science knowledge sharing. https://www.kaggle.com/
- Deep learning resource: https://adventuresinmachinelearning.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/An-introduction-to-neural-networks-for-beginners.pdf
- Dan Jurafsky does a nice intro to NLP Youtube series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWsMIW-5xUc
In this Part 2 on tiny Game Development, we talked to Dylan Bennett from the Portland Indie Game Squad (PIG Squad). He's made a great 72-page zine about doing game development with PICO-8. The zine assumes you have never done game development before. However, there are sections specifically for people who have done game development before, but would like to do so in PICO-8.
PICO-8 is a fantasy console for making, sharing and playing tiny games and other computer programs. It feels like a regular console, but runs on Windows / Mac / Linux. When you turn it on, the machine greets you with a commandline, a suite of cartridge creation tools, and an online cartridge browser. Scott talks to creator Joseph White about the joy of creating tiny games.
Ty Fujimura is the founder of Cantilever, website design and development consultancy. He's always thinking about balance. Trying to find that balance between productive and healthy. Ty and Scott compare notes on productivity and what it means to "Get things done."
CircuitPython is a programming language designed to simplify experimenting and learning to code on low-cost microcontroller boards. The history of CircuitPython begins with MicroPython, a Python interpreter written from scratch for embedded systems by Damien George starting in 2013. Three years later, Adafruit hired Shawcroft to port MicroPython to the SAMD21 chip they use on many of their boards. The Scott talks about how to lower the barrier to entry and how to enable beginners to be productive with CircuitPython.
Welcome to the 700th episode of Hanselminutes! Doing this many episodes wouldn't be possible without the support of my Wife Mo, so she's my guest on this special episode! We're in a mixed marriage - she's not a computer person - so we'll talk about how we get along and how we've done it for 20 years!
Cheryl Contee is the award-winning CEO of the digital agency Do Big Things. She's the cofounder of Attentive.ly, the first tech startup with a black female founder to be acquired by a NASDAQ company, and she's the national board chair for Netroots Nation. She talks to Scott about her new book, Mechnical Bull: How you can achieve Startup Success.
- BOOK: Mechanical Bull: How You Can Achieve Startup Success
- Learn more at www.dobigthings.today
Dr. Saleema Amershi and researchers at Microsoft have published 18 guidelines for Human-AI Interaction that prescribe how an AI system should behave upon initial interaction, as the user interacts with the system, when the system is wrong, and over time. Scott talks with Dr. Amershi about the how and why of these rules and why they are so important.
Dr. Aneika L. Simmons teaches courses about leadership, organization behavior, and human resources at Sam Houston State University. She completed her doctorate degree in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources at Texas A&M University. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Dr. Simmons worked for Accenture and Cap Gemini Ernst and Young as an information technology consultant. She also has a Masters degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Houston. She talks to Scott about burnout and the science behind managing it!
Straight from the programming trenches, The Pragmatic Programmer cuts through the increasing specialization and technicalities of modern software development to examine the core process—what do you do, as an individual and as a team, if you want to create software that’s easy to work with and good for your users. Now updated after 20 years, Scott talks to Andy and Dave about this classic book!
This classic title is regularly featured on software development “Top Ten” lists, and is issued by many corporations to new hires.
Dr. Howard has over 20 years of R&D experience covering a number of projects that have been supported by various agencies including: NASA, ExxonMobil, Intel, and the Grammy Foundation. She continues to produce research focused on assistive robots in the home to therapy gaming apps to remote robotic exploration of extreme environments. Scott talks to Dr. Howard about her thoughts on new ways to teach STEM and challenges our idea of what a "robot" should look like.
- Zyrobotics Apps on the iOS App Store
Upulie Divisekera is an Australian molecular biologist and science communicator. She's the co-founder of Real Scientists, an outreach program that uses performance and writing to communicate science. She schools Scott on all things tiny - the science of nanotechnology and its applications!
Tom Spilman is a programmer, founder, and co-owner at Sickhead Games, a Dallas-based indie game development studio, and a project lead on the MonoGame open source game framework. Scott talks to Tom about MonoGame, a free C# framework used by game developers to make games for nearly any platform!
Machine bias in artificial intelligence is a known and unavoidable problem—but it is not unmanageable. Scott talks to Lauren Maffeo about practical techniques teams can use to manage priorities in AI. You can monitor your datasets throughout the product lifecycle, focus on the subject, not the context, and more.
Dr. Frazier is an Engineering Manager at Intel's High Performance Computing group, and previously worked at the United Space Alliance working on 13 safe and successful Space Shuttle missions. He and Scott talk about his experience in engineering and science and what motivates him to give back.
Scott and Richard Campbell talk often and when they do they think, "we should have recorded this!" Hanselminutiae are those shows! In this episode they talk about the PyPortal from AdaFruit, rewiring your house for ethernet, how .NET transformed itself, and more!
Vic Putz continues to carry a torch for the SpaceOrb, as do I, except he's actually doing something about it. Vic has been working on a new version called the Orbotron 9001 for the last few years that is an interface for the SpaceOrb to modern systems. Scott talks to Vic about their shared love of this 25 year old controller and why the world is missing out on the magic of 6 degrees of freedom.
Saron Yibarek started the CodeNewbie community because it was hard to find truly welcoming places for new coders. Now she's made CodeLand and let me tell you, it's an amazing developer conference that sets a new bar for what it means to be welcoming. How did she do it and why?
Ben Hilburn is the Director of Engineering at DeepSig Inc., which is commercializing the fundamental research behind deep learning applied to wireless communications and signal processing. He also runs GNU Radio, the most widely used open-source signal processing toolkit in the world, serving as Project Lead and President of The GNU Radio Foundation. Ben talks to Scott about why Software Defined Radio is magical and they talk about how SDR can be used to teach STEM and solve interesting engineering problems.
- Fourier series
Tiffani Ashley Bell saw a problem on the internet. With just a tweet she took action, and unlike so many people today she continued to take action. The Detroit Water Project became The Human Utility and she and the team have helped hundreds of our most vulnerable with their water bills. How did this happen and how can we help?
Avalonia is a cross platform XAML Framework for .NET Framework, .NET Core and Mono. Avalonia uses a XAML dialect that should feel immediately familiar to anyone coming from WPF, UWP and Xamarin Forms. Scott talks to Steven Kirk about how Avalonia started, how it's not just "cross-platform WPF." You can start writing cross-platform desktop apps in C# today!
Yasmine focused her studies in law school on entrepreneurship, intellectual property, and dispute resolution and now runs the YSH Law Firm as Managing Attorney & Counselor at Law where she helps busineses with Trademark and Brand Protection. In this episode, Yasmine educates Scott on copyrights, trademarks, patents and more!
Scott talks to engineer Adam Barr about why there is so much bad software—and why academia doesn't teach programmers what industry wants them to know. In his new book "The Problem with Software," Adam examines the proliferation of bad software, explains what causes it, and offers some suggestions on how to improve the situation.
Ali Spittel is a software engineer and developer advocate at DEV.to. Before that, she was a lead instructor at General Assembly teaching their Web Development Immersive course. She also teaches Python. In this episode, Ali and Scott talk about how new programmers learn to code, the questions they have, and what we can do to make their experience more welcoming and successful!
The Hidden Genius Project trains and mentors black male youth in technology creation, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills to transform their lives and communities. Sean Valentine talks to Scott about how to plug young people in without being too plugged in!
Raygun promises to give a window into how users are really experiencing your software applications with diagnostics and error logging and more. What's really interesting however, is how they scaled to billions of events. In moving to .NET Core from Node they increased throughput by 2000 percent. How do you build systems that scale to these heights while still dealing with Moore's Law? How do you load test a system this big? What does it mean to "monitor what matters"? Is .NET Core ready for production? All this plus perf as a feature on this episode.
Disclaimer - In the past Raygun has sponsored episodes of this podcast. This episode is not sponsored by Raygun and and this guest is unrelated to previous sponsorships.
There's a ton of hype around "blockchain" and sometimes it's overwhelming. Scott sits down with Preethi Kasireddy for a blockchain primer. This episode is a great clear explanation about what's interesting, what's useful, and what's coming with blockchain technologies.
Camille Fournier is the author of The Manager's Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change and is the Head of Platform Engineering at Two Sigma. She sits down with Scott to talk about how managing people in the technical industry is a technical discipline! How do YOU go from tech lead to CTO? What does it take to be a good mentor and a good leader?
Marcus is renowned in the cybersecurity industry and has spent his more than 20-year career working in penetration testing, incident response, and digital forensics with federal agencies such as NSA, DC3, DIA, and DARPA. He started his career in cryptography in the U.S. Navy and holds a Master’s degree in Network Security from Capitol College. Scott and Marcus talk about his new book "Tribe of Hackers" that he wrote with Jennifer Jin.
Eva Ferreira organizes the non-profit CSSConf Argentina and teaches at Universidad Tecnológica Nacional in Argentina. She and Scott talk about learning and teaching on the web when the students' native language isn't English. What's the most effective way to teach an inclusive web?
Dr. Molly Peeples is an Aura Assistant Astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. She received her B.S. in Physics from MIT and went on to complete her MS and PhD in Astronomy at Ohio State University. Molly works at the Space Telescope Science Institute. Today she teaches Scott about the circumgalactic medium and her need for more and more compute power!
Physics-based animation is commonplace in animated feature films and even special effects for live-action movies. How does one model something as complex as cloth, how it drapes on the body, moves in the wind, and more? Tuur Stuyck talks about the research happening in this space, including his own, as well as his new book on the topic!
Sarah Cooper spent a decade working in tech at companies like Yahoo! and Google when she stopped it all to focus on comedy! Since then she's become a best selling author, comedian, writer, speaker and general trash-talker. Her book "100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings" is fantastic and her new book "How to Be Successful without Hurting Men's Feelings" has some amazing 1-star reviews from people who have no humor in their lives.
Melanie Ensign is the Security + Privacy Communications Lead for Uber and has worked with DEF CON, and Facebook. She and Scott talk about security and privacy on today's internet. Where is the happy medium between user experience, expectation, and real security? How do we leap the uncanny valley of privacy?
As an enthusiast of retrogaming and retrocomputing, Matt Westcott has been in ZX Spectrum and demo scene for many years. Recently when Netflix's Black Mirror needed an easter egg for their interactive episode Bandersnatch, they reached out to Matt to write a new game for the ZX Spectrum in 2018! Bandersnatch's plot had the main characters writing video games in the 80s and a secret easter egg led to "nohzdyve." How do you write a game for the ZX Spectrum in the 21st century?
Dr. Safiya U. Noble is an assistant professor at the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School of Communication. She's the author of a best-selling book called Algorithms of Oppression. Today she talks to Scott about how commercial search engines have algorithmic bias that shape how we see the world. How can we identify biases in our search results and still find the information we need?
Sabrina is a Commercial Software Engineer and serial hacker who has attended over 32 hackathons! She was also a guest lecturer at the University of Toronto on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Today she sits down and gets Scott (and you!) started with the basics of Machine Learning. What are the tools and concepts you should explore to start?
Like Programming, Mathematics has language and culture. Jeremy Kun has written A Programmer's Introduction to Mathematics as a way to bridge these two worlds and make the power and magic of mathematics available and understandable to programmers everywhere.
I love that an exploration of Doom is Episode 666. Fabian Sanglard has written The Game Engine Black Book: Doom as a deep exploration of the history, impact, and code that made Doom a cultural phenomenon. The book was released exactly 25 years after DOOM.zip was first published on the University of Wisconsin FTP server in December 1993.
Regine Gilbert is a user experience designer, educator, and international public speaker with over 10 years of experience working in the technology arena. She has a strong belief in making the world a more accessible place—one that starts and ends with the user.
Regine is an Adjunct Professor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, teaching User Experience Design to students in the Integrated Digital Media Program. In addition, she teaches the part time User Experience Design course at General Assembly. Regine is passionate about making websites and apps that work for everyone!
Karen Catlin was a vice president of engineering at two public software companies, and served as the CEO of an early-stage startup. Today she's a leadership coach and author who is helping folks cultivate ally skills. Most recently she wrote "Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces."
Kent Beck is an American software engineer and the creator of extreme programming, an original signer of the Agile Manifesto, and the author of the Extreme Programming book series, and a proponent of Test-Driven Development. Today he's chatting with Scott about how "test && commit || revert" might offer us a new programming workflow to explore!
Angie speaks all over the world on Test Automation strategies, and she got Scott excited about Selenium again! She keynoted Selenium Conf 2018 and currently works at Applitools making automated visual testing tools. She's most recently launched on a new "Test Automation University" that's free and community driven.
Glenn Vanderburg works as the VP of Engineering at First and has spoken all over on the notion of software development as engineering. What should an engineering discipline of software development look like? What's "REAL" Software Engineering? Does the analogy of software engineering as home construction hold water? What should software engineering look like?
- Video of Glenn speaking at "Software Art Thou?"
Scott talks to author Andrew Lock about his new book ASP.NET Core in Action! What made Andrew write a book on this new technology and how did he find the process? What about ASP.NET Core was so compelling and how does Andrew use it? More importantly, should you?
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Hanna Oh Descher is a data scientist at PlayFab with a PhD in cognitive neuroscience. She is passionate about understanding player behavior to help developers make games more fun. Scott and Hanna talk about what PlayFab allows game developers to do - focus on fun games!
Nithya Ruff serves as an at-large director on the Linux Foundation's board of directors. In her day job she is the Head of Comcast's Open Source Office. Nithya has been guiding companies' open source strategies for many years and in this episode she and Scott talk about how to introduce Open Source to more "traditional" companies.
Eileen Uchitelle is a Senior Systems Engineer at GitHub and a member of the Rails Core Team. They recently upgraded GitHub two major versions to the latest Rails. How do you manage such a large upgrade and the technical debt underneath - with no downtime? How do you also move improvements in GitHub's own branch upstream into Rails so everyone can benefit! Eileen explains it all to Scott in this episode.
Digital Nomad Jenny Shen aims to design software for a Global Audience. Are you creating software that includes everyone? Does it consider not just internationalization but also culture and how people think? We'll discuss design across culture in this week's episode.
What if you couldn't play video games? Most controllers require not just two hands but also fine motor skills and exact motions. The Xbox Accessibility Controller aims to open up gaming for everyone. It's not trying to be the controller for everyone, but rather than controller platform for everyone! Scott talks to John Alexander about how he games with the Xbox Accessibility Controller.
How do you find the perfect questions to ask in your job interview? How do you know if this is the right company for you? Do they share your values? Interviews are a two way street. This week Scott talks to Lynne Tye about what she created KeyValues.com and how it might help you find your next work home.
Animator Wahyu Ichwandardi, also known as Pinot, has been documenting his attempt to capture Childish Gambino's "This Is America" choreography since the beginning of June...using MacPaint and MacroMind Video on original Mac 128k hardware! Why did he do this? How did he do this?
- Macintosh 128K with MacPaint 1.5 & Summagraphics MacTablet.
- Macintosh SE with MacroMind VideoWorks & Apple 1GB External SCSI hard drive.
- BMOW Floppy Emu for data transfer via SD card.
Charles Petzold taught many of us to code Windows, but now he's turning his attention to a new book he's been working on for over a decade! This week Scott talks to Charles about Analog Computing and the Computer of the Tides. He's exploring an extended history of an early analog computer invented by Scottish scientist William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), and its role in the 19th century Darwin Wars.
Scott talks to Techtonic's Heather Terenzio about how her company is scaling tech apprenticeship. Techtonic Group is a software services company building web-based and mobile products for start-ups and the Fortune 1000. Four years ago, Heather founded Techtonic Academy to train people with diverse backgrounds how to code using a unique, Department of Labor (DOL) approved Apprenticeship program. Techtonic Group was recently named “2017 Innovative Company of the Year” by the Boulder Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Legislature.
Mark Rendle is the author of a number of open source projects and most recently he's been creating global tools with .NET Core. Scott and Mark talk about the importance of global tools to today's development process. What kinds of things can you make and how can we tap into this growing ecosystem?
VM Brasseur has been a leader in open source for decades and is the Vice President of the Open Source Initiative. Now she's brought her experience together into a booked called "Forge Your Future with Open Source." It's the missing manual of open source contributions and community participation.
Dr. Nicole Fosgren has a PhD in Management Information Systems and a Masters in Accounting. She's just released the Accelerate: State of DevOps 2018: Strategies for a New Economy report as well as the supporting book on the topic. Nicole talks to Scott about the state of DevOps - who are the high performers and how do they perform so well? Using rigorous scientific method we'll learn WHY companies are successful in delivering software reliably with speed and quality.
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There's a huge number of questions swirling around the European Union's GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). In this episode Scott sits down with Gary Nissenbaum to try to make sense of it. Since Gary is a lawyer in the United States, we will be mostly focusing how GDPR affects developers in America.
Windows 10 runs Linux natively! How is that possible? Scott talks to Microsoft's Tara Raj, the Program Manager for the Windows Subsystem for Linux. How does this technology work? Tara explains the internals of WSL to Scott in this episode.
Laura Frank Tacho is the Director of Engineering at CloudBees and has been working with Docker almost since its inception. She shares her experiences in running teams that constantly rely on and deploy containers at scale. How have containers changed effectively everything and where are we heading?
Ben Wheeler teaches tech to kids ages 4 to 104. He talks to Scott about how to effectively teach technology, as well as the importance of social context around tech. Everyone's journey to tech is different. How can we as teachers use those journeys to make everyone successful?
- Robot Owl Newsletter
- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Julia Evans has been making comics and zines for years. You've likely learned "How to be a wizard programmer" from one of Julia's comics. She's a software developer at Stripe in her day job and on this episode she talks to Scott about how to effectively teach and learn computer concepts.
The Blazor project aims to bring .NET to the open Web using Web Assembly. Scott talks to Steve Sanderson about this experiment and it's future plans. How are they compiling C# and .NET to Web Assembly in a way that works everywhere? How does Mono and .NET Standard fit in?
- Blazor 0.5 release!
April Wensel is the founder of Compassionate Coding, a conscious business that helps technical teams cultivate sustainable, human-centered software development practices built on a foundation of emotional intelligence. She talks to Scott about how we can apply these concepts to our own software projects.
Nic Steenhout is a long term A11y (accessibility) advocate who works remotely for Knowbility, an Austin, TX based non-profit. In this episode Scott and Nicolas talk about various kinds of accessibility from the web to mobile devices to wheelchair ramps! He's also the host of the A11y Rules podcast.
Maurice Cherry is a veteran designer AND veteran podcastee. His award-winning podcast Revision Path has showcased nearly 250 Black Designers and influencers. Scott and Maurice talk about the importance of good design on today's web (AND good podcasts!) Where does Maurice see design going with the rise of cookie-cutter themes. Is it hard to be unique and fresh with the rise of the Visible Designer?
Patricia Aas is a C++ programmer working on the Vivaldi Browser where she has currently taken on platform integration of media. She has previously worked at Opera Software on their Desktop Browser and at Cisco on their Telepresence Hardware Endpoints, primarily on Linux. In this episode she and Scott tackle the hard questions around C++ - Is it getting a bad wrap? Patricia always waxes philosophic on the browser wars!
Is a Programming Bootcamp right for you? Why choose a bootcamp over self-study? How instrumental was having done a camp on your resume to get your job? Scott talks with bootcamp graduate Kristen Leake about her journey into technology.
- 3 Secrets to Getting a Job After Coding Bootcamp
Dr. Neil Brown recently published a scholarly article on how to effectively teach programming. Rather than a series of anecdotes, this is backed up by actual research in educational psychology. He talks to Scott about how we can and should approach teaching the next generation of developers.
Azure Sphere is a new solution for creating highly-secured, Internet-connected microcontroller (MCU) devices. Caitie McCaffrey is Principal Software Engineering Lead on the project and is an expert in building large scale services and systems for folks like 343 Industries (Halo), HBO, Twitter, and more. How will this new system (and new Linux) keep our IoT devices safe?
- Hiring Principal Software Engineer https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/job/409416/Principal-Software-Engineer
- Hiring Software Engineer II https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/job/411780/Software-Engineer-II
- Principal Software Engineer https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/job/409418/Principal-Software-Engineer
- Software Engineer II https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/job/412339/Software-Engineer-II
- Senior Software Engineer https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/job/412122/Senior-Software-Engineer
Scott and Mark Downie have been blogging for nearly 15 years using a blogging system called "DasBlog." It started with .NET 1.1 and now Mark is forking DasBlog and taking it into an open source future with .NET Core. Scott talks to Mark about his first open source project, community response, .NET Standard, and moving a legacy app forward while still maintaining stability.
Do you need to speak English to Code? Ahmed Abdalla created Noor , an Arabic Programming Language as a way to teach programming to Arabic-speaking kids.
Xbox One X Enhanced Games with Backward Compatibility are AMAZING. You can play a decade old game - originally meant for 640x480 or 720p resolution - and enjoy it in 4k resolution. Not upscaled. Actually up to 10x clearer within recompiling the game? How? Xbox's Eric Heutchy tells Scott how!
Kevin Scott is the CTO of Microsoft...but how did he get there? Scott talks to Kevin about his experience from early teens through his successful foray at LinkedIn and beyond. Where does Kevin see technology going and how do we help get more people involved in the future of technology?
Ire Aderinokun is a self-taught UI/UX Designer and Front-End Developer working in Lagos, Nigeria. She is currently the Technical Lead at Big Cabal Media. She says the Next Billion Users are coming online now and they'll be outside Western countries and they'll be mobile first. What do we need to know as Web Developers to create great apps and sites for the Next Billion?
We talked to Arlan Hamilton two years ago (almost to the day) as she was starting her Venture Fund for underrepresented founders. What's changed since then? Arlan Hamilton's Backstage Capital has invested more than $4M+ in over 80 companies led by underrepresented founders. How has she gone from Homeless to VC in just a few years? Arlan also recently started Project Cover to give micro-grants to driven creatives. Scott catches up with Arlan to hear about how she's continued to build her team and her fund and BUILD COOL STUFF. And also - what's the right way to eat string cheese?
Kent Sullivan and Derek Hoiem were some of the original hires at the User Research Labs at Microsoft. The worked on the exploratory user research that produced the taskbar and Start menu, as well as the iterative research that helped nail down the details. How did the Start Menu and Start Button come to be?
Dan Curry was a Visual Effects Supervisor, Visual Effects Producer, Second Unit Director, Director and Main Title Designer for Star Trek’s Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise and Next Generation series. He spent 18 years doing Star Trek and pioneering visual and practical effects. On this episode he talks to Scott about his time and inspiration for a number of the props you've seen in the show you love! Even better, some of his collection is being auctioned on April 15th, 2018.
Christine Spang started her tech journey contributing to Debian while still a teenager. She went on to MIT, then worked on Ksplice, helping the Linux kernel stay up-to-date without rebooting. From there working as a Principal Developer at Oracle, Christine when on to co-found Nylas where she's currently the CTO. Scott talks to Christine about her experience, her thoughts on going from Dev to CTO, leading teams, and their product suite at Nylas.
Matt Phillips didn't just creating a brand-new Sega Megadrive/Genesis Game in 2018 called Tanglewood. He did it using the original dev kit, computers, and software from 1995. You can experience Tanglewood today and buy it with a proper cartridge, box, and manual!
Scott digs into the SAFE Stack with Krzysztof Cielak. SAFE is an end-to-end, functional-first stack for cloud-ready web development that emphasizes type-safe programming. Is this your next programming paradigm?
Scott talks to Cecil Phillip about how cloud architecture is changing everything. But what's IaaS, PaaS, then FaaS, and now serverless? How will being billed for usage affect software architecture?
Marc Durdin has been working on the same open source project more or less since he was 14! Today Keyman is a thriving open source project that supports over 1000 languages and works on Windows, Mac, Phones, and the Web!
Sarah Squire is a Senior Technical Architect at Ping Identity. So much has happened since "Identity 2.0" so Sarah catches Scott up to date. OpenID, OAuth and beyond, what's new and what direction is the web heading?
Scott teams up with Pursuit Podcast's Jessica Rose for a collaboration. Jessica asked her audience "What's the worst advice you've ever received?" We took their audio clips and turned it into a two-part discussion! You can check out Part 2 at The Pursuit Podcast
Ryan Kazanciyan is the Chief Security Architect at Tanium, and in his spare time worked as Technical Consultant for Mr. Robot alongside writer and producer Kor Adana. Why is Mr. Robot so unique in the quality of its on-screen hacks? How does one make a hack both real AND entertaining a technical and non-technical audience? Is there a lot of pressure knowing that Reddit will screenshot every frame and analyze it? All this and, how afraid should we be of our compromised computers?
What is Quantum Computing and will it change everything? Scott talks to Dr. Krysta Svore about why the future is Quantum and why YOU should be thinking about how Quantum Computing can help your applications today.
Sarah Kunst is a long-time technologist, angel investor, talent scout, and now CEO and Founder of Proday.co. A member of the Forbes 30 under 30, Sarah's experience is broad and deep. She attributes much of that to empathy and specifically empathy in technical product development. In this episode she talks to Scott about the importance of truly understanding your customer and market and why empathy in design is just the start.
In 2012, Elvis Chidera wrote his first app on a Nokia feature (J2ME) phone. He wrote the Java App ON the phone (literally writing the Java code with T9 text on a numeric keypad.) Today, he's an Android developer at dotlearn.io who has worked on over 50 apps and currently works for an MIT startup. He chats with Scott about the Nigerian mobile market, how feature phones work, and where Android is headed.
Troy Hunt runs HaveIBeenPwned.com as a service to us all, but it's also a massive learning playground for him. He schools Scott on all things security and privacy. Is your password known? Let's ask Troy.
Scott checks in with Alena (Lena) Hall about her thoughts around F#, functional programming, microservices, Kubernetes and containers in the cloud. Where are we heading and are we moving too fast? Is F# well-positioned for the cloud-based future?
Scott talks to Docker Captain and Open Source programmer Alex Ellis about the rise of Kubernetes, Serverless, and his project "OpenFaas." Alex also shares details on the obsession (and usefulness) of Raspberry Pi clusters for learning large systems development.
This week on the show Scott talks to Data Scientist and AI expert Paige Bailey. What's the difference between machine learning and deep learning? Do I need to learn R and Python to use machine learning models? Do models need to deploy regularly or can I use them forever? All these questions and more, this week!
We all remember when we first saw Etherpad or Google Docs and could type in an online document while another remote person typed in the same doc. It's magic! Fast forward and soon we can share entire code workspaces and debugging sessions using languages and frameworks that aren't even installed on our machines? Scott talks to compiler nerd Amanda Silver about how Visual Studio's Live Share goes far beyond "text editor sharing" to something deeply technically interesting.
Progressive Web Apps are experiences that combine the best of the web and the best of apps! Does your app work offline or in low-bandwidth situations? What are the best practices that you can add in to your existing websites that would progressively turn them into a PWA?
Sea of Thieves is a massively multiplayer AAA game coming soon for the Xbox One...and it's one of the few video games that is created using Continuous Delivery. The game is always shippable. How is this possible? What kinds of challenges do they run into? What can we learn from their experience?
Camille Eddy has worked on Robotics and Hardware nearly her whole life. Now she's turning her gaze to how AI and machine learning. In this episode she gets Scott up to speed about how AI/ML work and how cultural bias can teach computers how to think...wrong. What can we do to prevent bias from creeping into our algorithms?
There's a lot of talk about "full stack" developers, and many of us specialize while watching others successfully navigate multiple stacks. Kamilah Taylor has moved across multiple tech stacks in her career, from Back to Find, Java to Swift, USB Drivers to iOS UI. What can we learn from her experience?
Axiom Verge is an indie Metroidvania video game created by Thomas Happ...written on his own in nights and weekends! Written in C# and Monogame, Axiom Verge is now on PlayStation 4, Windows, OS X, Linux, Vita, Wii U, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch! Scott talks to Thomas about how one starts a herculean effort like this...and succeeds!
Mike Brocchi teaches Scott about the usefulness and architecture of the Angular CLI, and about the proliferation of CLIs (Command Line Interfaces) in general. What's the best way for you to create a new web app, and what can you do with the Angular CLI?
As a working professional model, Rian Buckley saw a problem, and started a tech company to solve it. A single code that doesn't indicate a piece of clothing's size, but rather its fit. Now she needs to get clothing retailers to adopt it! Scott talks with Rian about the skills she's developed as an NCAA athlete, model, and now tech CEO.
Rachel Nabors is a cartoonist, artist, and web developer and web animation expert. Her new book "Animation at Work" isn't just a book on HOW to use animation - it's a book on WHY to use it. By understanding the human visual processing system, you can design delightful animation that works to ease cognitive load!
Gary Nissenbaum, Esq. is the managing attorney and founding principal of the Nissenbaum Law Group. They help app developers and internet technologists understand how to navigate both the legal world and the virtual world. Gary explains the surprising importance of the ToS - Terms of Service - that you likely don't read! Every app developer needs to listen to this show. NOTE: This is a talk show. It is NOT advice and is NOT a replacement for you getting legal representation.
There's so many great open source projects and stacks to choose from in the .NET ecosystem. Scott talks to Jeremy Miller about "Marten" - it offers Polyglot Persistence for .NET Systems using the Postgresql Database as the backend. You get both a Document Database with JSON support as an Event Store! Jeremy talks about all the great options you have for persisting your objects.
Scott talks with web developer Courteney Ervin about her experiences developing software in the non-profit space. Courteney works for the New York Public Library creating open source software that serves their constituents as well as other public libraries.
Lin Clark is an engineer at Mozilla who also helps make technology accessible by explaining it with Code Cartoons! In this episode she explains to Scott how Mozilla is making the browser faster with projects like Stylo/Quantum CSS. Is this the resurgence of the browser wars? And will we all win?
David Brevik is a video game designer, producer and programmer known early on as the Lead Developer on Diablo. Today he's the primary at Greybeard Games. He talks to Scott about game design then and now!
Scott has a wide-reaching conversation with Ariya Hidayat about how he - and software - endures. He started the popular PhantomJS project but also writes code in Free Pascal! Keeping positive, making small forward moves.
Laura Laban is the CEO, Co-Founder and Chief Aviatrix working on Infinite Flight. Their app is a mobile flight simulator that gives amazing graphics and physics on mobile devices. Infinite Flight is written entirely in C# and available on iOS and Android. How is such detail and accuracy possible in such a small form factor? Was this the right tech stack for the team to choose?
Pia Mancini is an innovator of liquid democracy and trans-national collaboration. In 2016 she founded Open Collective and is changing how groups collect and spend money transparently. She explains the importance of this transparency in a today's connected world.
Mahdi Yusuf is the CTO of Gyroscope Innovations. They are using AI and the cloud along with ALL the sensors and health trackers that you're already wearing to create amazing reports, visualizations, and insights into your health and your mind. How many sensors and apps already create valuable information that you can use to improve your lifestyle? Is this the start of the Quantified Self for the mainstream?
Leslie Caceda is a Transportation Technologist at the Atlanta Regional Commission. In this episode she talks to Scott about the design and ethics of self-driving cars. What will this revolution mean to car ownership? To people who were otherwise unable to travel? What about the ethics of how a self-driving car decides to drive...and stop?
Suz Hinton has been coding LIVE on Twitch for over a year. How did she start and how did she stick with it? Is it hard to code with someone watching? How about a thousand people watching?
Brandon Bouier works at the Pentagon at the Defense Digital Service. He's travelled to Afghanistan to deploy code and migrate data. He talks to Scott about what it means to support US Defense IT resources and how the military is innovating at new speeds with new techniques and fresh thinking.
Thorsten Ball has a thirst for knowledge, so one day he decided to make a new Programming Language. He went from 0 lines of code to a fully working interpreter written in Go for the "Monkey" Language. Check it out at https://interpreterbook.com!
Angela Bassa is the Director of Data Science at iRobot. In this episode she sits down with Scott and demystifies the major concepts. Is this a new science and an old one? What's the traditional path for a Data Scientist - and is that the only path?
Daniel Shiffman is a programmer, a project lead with the Processing Foundation, and an Associate Arts Professor at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Dan uses the popular Processing Language to teach people to code on his popular (an wild and wacky) YouTube Channel "The Coding Train."
Eric Normand wants everyone to know that they, too, can get a job as a functional programmer. While functional programming might feel intimidating, in this show Eric shares with Scott a number of practical techniques and ways to think about functional programming that might just help you with a change of career.
Tara Reed non-technical founder building software without writing code. How far can a non-coder get? Pretty far actually! There's a ton of tools and resources available that can allow you and your friends or family to create very polished apps and websites without code.
Scott talks to Microsoft Research's Edaena Salinas Jasso who explains Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and Artificial Intelligence. What are they, what's the difference, and how can I use them to make my users' lives better?
RavenDB is am open source NoSQL Database for .NET that is fast and efficient. It's so efficient that the RavenDB team wanted to see if they could get it to run on a Raspberry Pi using .NET Core! Scott talks to Adi Avivi from the team about their accomplishment.
Scott Bellware works with development teams on monolith rescue and remediation, as well as autonomous services projects. He's been on a five-year mission to incorporate all the good things he's learned in the distributed systems world with all the good things he's learned in the Ruby world. ScottB catches ScottH up on the state of Ruby on Rails as ScottB sees it in the real world!
Scott talks to Kelsey Hightower from Google about today's Cloud, Containers, Kubernetes, Microservices, and how we architect for the web. Kelsey and Scott chair the OSCON open source conference together with Rachel Roumeliotis.
Guillermo Rauch created socket.io and got the internet excited about WebSockets. Now he's teamed up and created a new cloud company - Zeit - and they are kicking the internet again with "now." Just create a folder, put some files or an app in it and type "now" and you've deployed a cloud scale app. How is it possible? Guillermo schools Scott on all things now.
Keisha Josephs (soon to be Dr. Keisha Josephs!) is a Linguist and Web Developer. She's also Kalinago - a member of the Indigenous people of the Caribbean - and very passionate about renewing interest in the Kalinago language. She'll be using her graduate work and web/app development skills to make it happen! She talks to Scott about the fundamentals of learning languages (both web and spoken) and how she sees the future of her peoples' language.
Linda Kamau is the Lead Software Developer for Ushahidi based out of Nairobi. She also is a co-founder at AkiraChix, a non-profit that offers technical training and outreach for young women. Linda talks to Scott about her journey and how she plowed forward even when obstacles were in her way.
It's another episode with oft-guest Richard Campbell! Scott has a Nintendo Switch and he inflicts it upon Richard! It's a gaming podcast this week!
Cindy Alvarez is the author of Lean Customer Development. How do you develop products that people will actually use and buy? She shows Scott how to validate product and company ideas through customer development research—before we waste months and millions on a product or service that no one needs or wants.
Windows 10's Insiders program has let regular folks like you and I run beta copies of Windows and send bugs and feedback directly to the team like never before. I (Scott) talk to Jennifer Gentleman from the Windows team about how Feedback Driven Design shapes software on their team.
Jeff Cross is one of the Angular original committers and now he's doing Angular Consulting. Jeff talks to Scott about the basics of Angular, how to get started, and some of the core concepts when beginning a new Angular project.
George 'Porgie' Gachui is a co-founder at Kenyan startup Mookh. Mookh enables you to sell anything off your website or social media site and integrate the checkout system with digital wallets like M-Pesa. Is M-Pesa and wallets like it the future of commerce, not just in Africa but worldwide?
Bert Beeckman and his partners at Forgotten Empires have brought Age of Empires back after 16 years of slumber. One of the greatest games ever now has not one, but three *official* expansion packs. Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten, Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms, and Age of Empires II HD: Rise of the Rajas all include new stories, new art, new heros, and new adventures. How is this possible? How did it start, and more importantly where can YOU buy new AoE adventures?
It's been a few hundred episodes. It's not episode 214 as Scott said, it's Episode 403 that Mo was last on - go check it out! This episode we get an update on Mo's cancer, her new job, and Scott's trip to Kenya and South Africa.
Laron Walker is a technologist and entrepreneur infatuated with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education.
Ada Rose is an engineer and developer advocate for Samsung. Her passion for the open web and VR has led her to explore WebVR deeply. She explains to Scott why this open technology may be the next big thing!
Mina Markham built "Pantsuit," Hillary for America’s internal design system. The core CSS architecture of Pantsuit is based around a combination of SMACSS and Harry Roberts’ ITCSS, along with his brilliant namespacing patterns. How complex are systems like this? How does a well-documented styleguide and system improve your developer's workflow?
Most of us started talking to computers with Dragon NaturallySpeaking and were somewhat disappointed. Now with Siri, Cortana, and Alexa it's getting better...fast. Scott talks with Kimberley Hansen about her startup Signl.fm and how they are aiming to change how podcasts to transcripts in the race to 100% comprehension. Check the transcript at https://transcripts.hanselminutes.com/
Jerome Hardaway left the Air Force and saw an add for Code.org on Facebook. Working his way through CodeAcademy tutorials and online courseware he's turned himself into a polyglot developer. What kinds of strengths can vets bring to the world of code?
I'm in New York this week checking in with Joel Spolsky from StackExchange/StackOverflow. Big things are happening in Joel's world. They've just hired Anil Dash to be the CEO of FogCreek and launched a new product. What's it like to be Joel and what's it like to NOT suck at Excel?
Angie Jones is a Consulting Automation Engineer who advises several agile teams on automation strategies and has developed automation frameworks for countless software products. She challenges us to consider including Automation earlier in the product development cycle. Is Automation included in your company's "Definition of Done?"
Dr. Henry Segerman works at Oklahoma State University in the Department of Mathematics. He's looking at interesting ways to visualize mathmatics using 3D printing! Is this a new idea or a new take on an old one? Is tactile 3D math easier to pick up and understand?
You may know Amir from his #1 AppStore Game "A Dark Room." Amir is a programmer who has learned (and continues to learn) multiple programming languages. Is being a polyglot programmer a good idea for all programmers? Which languages should you start with?
Does the tech industry have an alcohol problem? Perhaps, or perhaps not. Does the alcohol have a place on the job? At parties? How far does one go? Scott talks to Victor Yocco about a way to think about drinking in the workplace.
Scott talks to Data Scientist Safia Abdalla about the rise of python notebooks and new ways to think about interactive computing, both online and off. What is "interactive literate coding" and how does it change computing for both the technical and not-quite-technical user? All this and Safia teaches Scott about the "nteract" project.
You've pair programmed but have you tried Mob Programming? Woody Zuill and his team "discovered" programming as a group and it changed their whole process. Woody joins Scott and explains how they stumbled on this, how they refined it, and how Mob Programming may make your programming life better.
Sandi Metz and Scott explore the art and science of teaching. How to people learn? How can we be better teachers? When presenting information, what's the best way to get it from your brain into the students? Why am I phrasing everything like a question? All this and more on this week's episode.
Iheanyi Ekechukwu is a Product Engineer with Digital Ocean. He has a background in both design and development. Are such people unicorns? How closely should designers work with developers? Are these truly separate practices...and how separate?
What is Infrastructuralism and how can it help you think differently about software and large problems? Scott sits down with Everett Harper, CEO of Truss. They talk about how applying some old ideas in new ways helped them fix healthcare.gov.
We first interviewed Paul Stovell a few years back when he started a micro-ISV he was calling "Octopus Deploy." Now it's a fully formed and successful company whose flagship product Octopus Deploy is used all over. Damian Brady joins Scott and explains why deployment is more subtle then you think.
Patrik Svensson had an idea in 2014 for a build automation system that had C# at its heart. Fast-forward to 2016 and Cake Build has a thriving group of core contributors, a large group of "contrib" plugins, and it's joined the .NET Foundation. How does Cake work, and how does one build an open source project into a success?
Linda Liukas is a Finnish computer programmer, children's writer and programming instructor. In 2014, her Hello Ruby coding book for children raised $380,000 on Kickstarter becoming the platform's most highly funded children's book. She talks to Scott about how it all started and where teaching coding to kids is going!
Scott Anderson works at Funomena on Virtual Reality games. He's currently working on Luna, a unique tactile VR puzzle game. Do you need many thousands of dollars and a super-powered computer to experience VR? Scott Anderson gives us a tour from Google Cardboard to Oculus and beyond.
Luvvie Ajayi has been writing. She's been writing for YEARS. She has been blogging for 13 years! She's a noted humorist, techie, digital strategist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. She's spoken all over (including The White House!) and taught classes worldwide. Today she joins Scott to talk about her brand, her tech, and her hilarious new book "I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual"
Daphne Chong has had a great year. While she's been a professional developer for many years, this year she's organized user groups, spoken at a number of conferences, and generally pushed herself out of her comfort zone. How did she do it?
Felienne is always learning. In exploring her PhD dissertation and her public speaking experience it's clear that she has no intent on stopping! Most recently she's been exploring a large corpus of Scratch programs looking for Code Smells. How do children learn how to code, and when they do, does their code "smell?" Is there something we can do when teaching to promote cleaner, more maintainable code?
Scott sits down with Dan Driscoll to talk bots. What happened in 2016 that made bots more intelligent and more relevant than ever before? Why now, and what can YOU do with your own bot written in Node.js, .NET, or using their REST API?
Stephanie Hurlburt and her co-founder at Binomial see a problem with how graphics and assets make their way from the CPU to the GPU and on to your screen. Now they're creating a new texture compressor and GPU Transcoder that will improve how your games look and play!
Andrea Goulet and her business partner Scott Ford love legacy code. No one is supposed to LIKE legacy code, right? Andrea and the team at CorgiBytes believes people are more than just makers - they are also menders. So how does one approach an old code base?
Frank Krueger is well known for his popular iOS applications like iCircuit and Calca. Frank creates his apps with Xamarin and C# or F#. But why not write these apps for the iPad *on the iPad?* Frank just released the incredible new apps Continuous for iOS. You CAN write .NET on an iPad, productively. Today. Scott asks Frank how he did it!
Rachel Simone Weil thinks in 6502 Assembly and loves to program on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Yes, that's the NES and yes, it's 2016! She's created a number of amazing NEW apps including the world's first connected Twitter client for NES.
The open source Orleans project is behind some massive systems including Halo itself. Is the virtual actor model the revolution it appears to be? How does this relate to the models of the best, as well as things like Akka and Service Fabric? Richard Astbury does his best to set Scott straight in this episode.
Andy Kitchen is a consultant and researcher in machine learning specializing in neural networks. He sits down with Scott and explains why Machine Learning matters, and why you and I should start learning it ourselves, right away, with TensorFlow!
Jessica Lord works at GitHub on the Electron framework. Is Electron "just Chrome in a frame" or is it so much more? Jessica sets Scott on the right path and explains exactly where the Electron platform fits into your development world.
Karolina has often been on remote teams. Whether it's working from Europe or Australia, working 10 time zones away or just a few, she's developed a number of tips and tricks for surviving (and thriving!) while working remote. Can we build our tech teams "remote-first?"
With all this talk of Big Data, this episode we go smaller. Oz du Soleil has built his career on Excel. He feels that there isn't enough data literacy in our industry. While you're writing SQL queries, do you know where you data comes from? Is it clean and is it valid? Where does Excel and tools like it fit into the data-focused world of 2016?
Gina Marie Maini is a functional programer. She's the most totally amped functional programmer I've ever met, and she told me that OCaml was wonderful. Today Gina tries to get me to accept OCaml and functional programming as the way and the light.
Aniyia L. Williams saw a gap in the market and a product that needed to be created. Tinsel creates tech jewelry to ensure that fashion-savvy women can enjoy technology without sacrificing their style. How did Aniyia bootstrap her hardware startup? She explains the concept, funding, prototypes, development, and manufacturing on this episode.
There's so much talk about containers as it's clearly the buzzword today. Rather than doing a deep dive into container tech, Scott talks to Aja Hammerly about what containers really means to us as developers. How do containers change our workflow? Is the promise of cloud portability real?
Scott sits down with software developer and development manager Louise Elliott about her ideas around "Punishment Driven Development." Why is this such a common way to run a project? Does it work and is it ever appropriate?
Former VC Nadia Eghbal is exploring the world of open source and how tech gets funded. Her investigative work is currently supported by The Ford Foundation as she explores the way that the public infrastructure of the Internet gets built. She talks with Scott about how Open Source Software gets funded!
Arlan Hamilton is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a seed investment fund that backs high-potential, underrepresented startup founders. She talks to Scott about how starting a fund works, how much money one needs to invest, and demystifies many of the buzzwords around investing in tech today!
Nick Farmer is best known for developing the Belter constructed language (conlang) for Syfy’s The Expanse. What's involved in creating a convincing constructed language? How real are these languages?
Scott talks to web developer and entrepreneur Kronda Adair about her business and her recent failure. How do projects fail and what do we do with that failure? Can failure be a motivator or does it slow us down? How can we turn lemons into lemonade as technologists?
Erin Tomson left Pixar after 13 years to pursue something totally new! Her hardware startup called "Modulo" brings plug and play flexibility to the world of microcontrollers like Arduino and Particle. How did she get started and make the move from 3D software to modular hardware?
This week Scott talks to to electrical engineer Laura Hughes from Arrow.com. Laura specializes in lighting and power supply design and can solve pretty much any problem with an LED. Laura schools Scott on a number of electrical issues and they come up with an epic new project idea!
Simone Giertz is a Maker, a robotics enthusiast and surprisingly (her words!) a non-engineer. She's become somewhat of an expert in sh*tty robots and we love her for it. Also, she happens to be Swedish but sounds totally American just to confuse us. Scott talks about how she gets her inspiration and how she got started!
Captain Brent Chapman has a BS from the West Point, an MS in Information Security from Carnegie Mellon, and has been tearing electronics apart since he was four. Today, Cpt Chapman works for the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) at Moffett Field and puts those skills to work. In his spare time, he tinkers, creates, and helps others do the same.
Scott talks to Lauren Tan, a Senior Developer at Dockyard, about her excitement with the Ember Framework. Her talk on "Ambitious UX for Ambitious Apps" covers new techniques like Reactive UX that are made easy with the Ember.js framework.
Afua Richardson joins Scott for this creative episode. Afua is a comic artist who has worked for Marvel, Image Comics, Top Cow, and many more. Her work on "Genius" was nominated for a Glyph Award. She's also a singer/songwriter and an accomplished musician. Afua and Scott explore how comics are made, who owns them, and how creators can express themselves in the digital age.
Scott sits with fellow Type 1 Diabetic Dana M. Lewis about the Open Artificial Pancreas System that she and her husband Scott Leibrand created. As other commercial entities race to "close the loop" for diabetics, how did two regular folks control diabetes with off-the-shelf parts? Dana demystifies the technology behind this software-managed diabetes solution.
What's it like building and scaling a mobile game to millions of users and billions of transactions? Does the cloud really allow you to "not worry about scaling" and just focus on the game? We'll hear from Kalle Hiitola, the CTO of Next Games, about their experience scaling The Walking Dead, an app that got over a million downloads in its launch weekend!
Scott talks to Kris Rothe about the best way to get started making your own video games! How technical do you need to be? Should you start with Unity, GameMaker, or something else? We'll hear about all this and more from an experience game creator!
Scott talks to Damian Edwards about ASP.NET Core 1.0 (previously ASP.NET 5). How freaked out should developers be? What's changed and what hasn't for this new version of .NET and the ASP.NET Web Framework?
Scott talks to enterprise developer, now tech CEO, Tiffany Mikell about the challenges and rewards of software development in a startup. What's it like to transition from large teams to smaller agile teams? How do you manage security and ops without dedicated teams? What are architectural discussions like with non-technical cofounders?
Stacy Kirk is the CEO of QualityWorks, a node.js-focused QA company, a 20 year software development veteran, and the creator of nodeqa.io. Stacy is a graduate of Stanford and also coaches two Lego League Robotics teams! Scott and Stacy talk about the lack of respect that Quality Assurance has been getting over the last several years.
Scott talks to Data Visualization expert Irene Ros. When she isn't contributing to the Miso Project, teaching her d3.js class, or working on making OpenVis Conf the best data visualization conference it can be, she's working on projects that focus on creating engaging interactive visual displays of information.
John Henry is with Cofound Harlem, a startup accelerator dedicated to building 100 new companies in Harlem by 2020. What does an accelerator look like today? Do companies just need startup cash, or is there a more innovative and effective way to bootstrap tomorrow's companies today?
Kyle Wiens is the CEO and Co-founder of IFixit. IFixit is kind of the Wikipedia of Repair Guides and Teardowns. Scott and Kyle talk about why it's important to be able to fix your own hardware. Do we have the right of repair? Why are so many consumer electronics designed without repairability in mind?
Scott talks with Richard Campbell in this episode of Hanselminutiae LIVE. We did this show on Google Hangouts and you can watch the video at Scott's youtube at http://youtube.com/shanselman if you'd like. We talk about technology, gadgets, new directions, and industry trends.
Greg Borenstein is a computer vision expert, game designer, and author. He's currently a researcher in the Playful Systems Group at the MIT Media Lab. He also works as the futurist for the TV Series "Minority Report." The show tries to stay true to the universe of the movie while imagining a realistic (and socially conscious) future in 2065.
Scott talks to Julius Sweetland, developer of OptiKey. OptiKey is an assistive on-screen keyboard which runs on Windows. It is designed to be used with a low cost eye-tracking device to bring keyboard control, mouse control and speech to people with motor and speech limitations, such as people living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) / Motor Neuron Disease (MND).
Poornima Vijayashanker was a founding engineer at Mint.com and now is building an education company called Femgineer. Her new book "Present! The Techie's Guide to Engaging an Audience" speaks to the importance of speaking up. Poornima talks to Scott about why speaking up and improving your communication skills can revitalize your career in tech.
Monica Dinculescu works on Polymer and Chrome for Google. In this episode she teaches Scott all about Web Components and the Polymer Project. Are Web Components the future of the web, and why? Where does Polymer fit in, and what should YOU use if you are starting a project today?
Scott talks to Matthew Cannon about the musical revolution that happened the eighties and early 90s in video game soundtracks. Matthew worked at Ocean Software and composed music for games like Navy Seals, Batman: The Movie, Elf, and many more. Matthew worked on C64, Amiga, SNES, Megadrive, and other systems. How did these systems work and what can they teach us about computing today?
Scott talks with former Googler Kenton Varda about his startup Sandstorm.io. Sandstorm makes it easy to run and manage your own server by simplifying application deployment and security. How does it work and how does it relate to Docker? How is a "personal cloud" different from "a server under the stairs?"
There's lots of discussion around assistive technology on the web, but what about technologies that aren't all about the browser? There are a number of conditions that have made it easier to develop assistive technology (social media, crowdfunding, rapid prototyping tools,etc.) Scott talks to Sylvia Richardson, an accessibility coordinator for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina about some of the many innovations in this space.
Scott talks with coder, tinkerer, and occasional adjunct professor Dawn C Hayes about the intersection of physical computing and creating coding. As we write code more, we have to ask ourselves "but are we improving our world? The community? Our culture?" The advent of wearables, augmented games, and networked objects has the potential to take computing out of the garage and into the collective consciousness. Dawn teaches Scott about how these objects can combine with new thinking around informal learning to engage not only new audiences but the next generation of creator.
Scott talks to Jet.com's Rachel Reese about how Jet uses F#, Azure, and lots more to scale to new heights. What's it like to build a massive system on a functional language? How does using .NET but NOT using C# change how you recruit?
Scott talks to Jacob Krall from Fog Creek Software about how his team used the open source C# Roslyn compiler to bring their ancient VBScript-style language called "Wasabi" into the 21st century. They solved real-world problems in a systematic way with smart decisions and computer science.
Abby Covert is an independent Information Architect and also the President of the Information Architecture Institute. She's the author of "How to Make Sense of Any Mess" and spends her life trying to make the unclear be clear. In this episode, she explains the difference between UX and IA, and sets Scott straight about some common misconceptions about information architecture.
Kaya Thomas is an undergraduate in Computer Science at Dartmouth and is interning this summer at Intuit on the Mint iOS team. She's also a Code2040 fellow and has both a YouTube channel with tech tutorials and a book resource app called We Read Too in the iOS App Store. She and Scott talk about the difference between coding in school vs. the real world.
As open source thinking and open source software goes more mainstream, it heads to the Enterprise. What does that mean for a popular framework like node.js? What features does Node need to thrive in a larger company? Scott talks to NodeSource's Kevin Stewart to explore these questions.
PhD Candidate Omoju Miller is a Computer Scientist who is working to unlock the joys of Natural Language Processing as applied to rap lyrics. She is finishing her PhD in Computer Science Education and has big ideas about where the field should go. How should we change Computer Science 101 for the next generation of developers?
Scott talks to Dominick Baier about identity on the web and in ASP.NET. Dominick and Brock Allen have a great series of open source products in the form of Identity Manager, Identity Server, and Identity Model. What does auth on today's web look like? How does Open ID Connect and OAuth work and how can you set it up in your websites today?
Adrienne Porter Felt, Ph.D. is a security and privacy researcher at Google. Her current focus is on designing and building usable security. Scott talks to her about how modern application platforms think about permissions, how users react to the "lock" icon, what we think about HTTPs, and much more!
Matt Johnson is a time nerd. He has contributed with the Noda Time project and is helping with making time, dates, and timezones easier to use with .NET and .NET Core. Most of what we think is intuitive about time, isn't!
Kishau Rogers is the Founder and CEO of Websmith Group. She's a twenty-year programming veteran. She talks to Scott about the importance of teaching "Systems Thinking" over just Learning to Code. How do our solutions change when we better understand how they fit into the big picture?
Scott talks to expert Windows debugger Mario Hewardt about what it takes to be a good debugger. How does the .NET managed heap and garbage collector work and when should you just let it do its job?
Scott sits down with Technical Project Manager and Conference Speaker Anjuan Simmons to talk about the rise of "Nerdland" and fan culture, the difficulties raised when Geeks marry Normals, and how we pass our fandom on to our kids.
Scott talks to former Unity developer and current Githubber Andreia Gaita about Virtual Reality. Why is it so compelling? Why do we want so badly to live in "Snow Crash?" Andreia talks about her first experience in an Oculus Rift VR system and when she thinks off the shelf VR will be available.
Jono Bacon wrote the book on Community with "The Art of Community" and worked at Canonical on Ubuntu's community for years. Now he's headed to the XPRIZE organization to help build their community. How do you create a community around robots on the moon and tricoders?
This episode of Hanselminutiae LIVE 16 with Richard Campbell was recorded on Google Hangouts! You can check it out at Scott's YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/shanselman
Scott talks to web developer Sara Soueidan about the state of SVG on the web today. Is SVG mainstream and ready for you to use in your web apps today? Sara is the author of the Codrops CSS Reference, and a co-author of the Smashing Book #5 - a book that covers time-saving, practical techniques for crafting fast, maintainable, and scalable responsive websites.
Today we talk to Kassandra Perch from Bocoup about the state of node-based robotics and wearables in 2015. Back in episode 391, we talked to Raquel Vélez about controlling robots with Node.js. Nodebots have blown up and it's easier than ever to jump in and make your own!
Scott talks to accessibility advocate Steve Lee about today's accessible web. We've all added alt tags around images (or we should) but what does a modern AND accessible application require? Steve educates Scott on ARIA, WCAG, WAI and other TLAs (three letter acronyms) and gives us practical actionable advice on how we can make the web available to everyone.
Bletchley Park is where brilliant people worked tirelessly to break the German Enigma code, and others. More importantly, it wasn't just Alan Turing. In fact, thousands of people, 80 percent of them women, worked at Bletchley Park. Scott talks to Dr. Sue Black, who used social media to raise awareness of the current state of Bletchley Park and help return the site to solvency.
Scott talks to Dr. Matthew Tesch of Carnegie Mellon University about StaffPad, an new music notation application for Windows that he developed with composer David William Hearn. StaffPadd is for pen-and-touch based Windows 8 tablets like the Surface Pro and written largely in C#.
Akka.NET is a toolkit and runtime for building highly concurrent, distributed, and fault tolerant event-driven applications on .NET & Mono. This community-driven port brings C# & F# developers the capabilities of the original Akka framework in Java/Scala. Scott talks to co-founder Aaron Stannard about the project, the Actor model, and distributed development in .NET.
Dr. Danielle Smith is a Human Factors professional with over 10 years' experience in usability research and user experience design. She has a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a concentration in Human Factors. She and Scott talk about the state of User Experience research today. What data are we using and what important data are we missing?
Scott talks to Gina Häußge, creator of OctoPrint. In very short order OctoPrint has gone from a small side project to Gina's full time open source job! OctoPrint gives your 3D Printer a camera, a print queue, visualizers, temperature control and much more! Gina shares her journey in this Maker episode.
Rhian is the co-developer of CountMyCrypto and the co-host of London's Bitcoin Women. She sits down with Scott and catches him up on the state of Bitcoin, Altcoin, and some of the tech behind Blockchain technology.
This week hardware engineer Andrew J. Dupree gives Scott a lesson in Electrical Engineering 101. Andrew has a Master of Science in Computer Hardware Engineering from Stanford and works at Mindtribe on cool hardware and technology strategy. This is the fourth episode in our month-long podcast series March Is For Makers. We're teaming up with CodeNewbie to give you a month of great hardware and maker content. Check us out at http://marchisformakers.com and subscribe to both podcasts!
Today we talk to Dr. Ayanna Howard about robots. Dr. Howard has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering as well as an MBA from Claremont, and she teaches at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is also the Founder and CTO of Zyrobotics, a technology startup dedicated to inclusive technology inventions. Dr. Howard also worked with NASA JPL on the Mars Rovers. This is the third episode in our month-long podcast series March Is For Makers. We're teaming up with CodeNewbie to give you a month of great hardware and maker content. Check us out at http://marchisformakers.com and subscribe to both podcasts!
Bertrand Le Roy has a PhD in theoretical physics and deep experience in both software and hardware development. His startup Nwazet sold hardware and software for makers. He talks to Scott about the importance of putting your DIY project in an enclosure you can count on. They also discuss 3D printing, CNC Machines, Laser Cutters, Makerspaces, and more! This is our second episode in our month-long podcast series March Is For Makers. We're teaming up with CodeNewbie to give you a month of great hardware and maker content. Check us out at http://marchisformakers.com and subscribe to both podcasts!
Brook Drumm took a successful Kickstarter and turned it into a fantastic business making Printrbot 3D Printers. Brook is also a co-star on the new Science Channel TV show "All-American Makers." This is our first episode in our month-long podcast series March Is For Makers. We're teaming up with CodeNewbie to give you a month of great hardware and maker content. Check us out at http://marchisformakers.com and subscribe to both podcasts!
Scott talks to Clojure expert Carin Meier about how to get started with this powerful functional language. Carin worked in Java for 15 years and switched to Clojure and loved it so much she wrote a book! 'Living Clojure' comes out April of 2015.
Scott talks to Richard Campbell in this episode, recorded LIVE (and available on YouTube!) on February 10th.
Scott talks to developer Paul Betts, formerly of GitHub, now working on the Windows Desktop application for Slack. They are building their desktop with atom-shell, a cross-platform toolkit that uses V8 and Chromium. Is atom-shell right for you?
Scott was in Japan at the GoAzure event in January and had the pleasure of interviewing Yukihiro Matsumoto (Matz), the creator of the Ruby language! What motivates Matz and how did that motivation drive the creation and direction of Ruby?
Carl Smith Carl Smith is the founder of nGen Works, a design firm in Florida specializing in User Experience Design, Branding, App and Mobile Development and more. Carl is also the co-host of the BizCraft podcast. Carl talks to Scott about where he thinks web design and development is heading in 2015.
Scott talks to .NET performance aficionado Matt Warren about how to make performance a feature of your application. Is performance cultural or technical? What tools are available to put perf front and center?
Scott talks to Steven Edouard about making CI (Continuous Integration) and easy deployment possible in the cloud. From small node-based sites to larger Chef and automated VM deployments, Steven outlines our options and gets us started in Azure.
Adrian Rosebrock has PhD focused on Computer Vision and Machine Learning. He's a recognized expert in getting computers to "see" stuff...and all kinds of things at that! Adrian and Scott talk about some of the kinds of problems computer vision can solve, from medical issues to gaming, retail to surveillance. Scott gets educated on how to start and how far he can take Computer Vision as a beginner!
Scott talks to science advocate Chandra Clarke about the rise of Citizen Science. Chandra has a Master's degree in Space Studies and writes about citizen science and space for a number of websites, including her own Citizen Science Center. What does it mean to be a citizen scientist and how can you (and the children in your life) get involved? We talk tech, software, space, the moon, and much much more.
Scott talks to engineer Erica Stanley about the Internet of Things. What's the tech behind this popular buzzword? What are some of the emerging standards for connectivity, and where should you start when exploring IoT development kits!
Scott sits down with award-winning animator and web animations expert Rachel Nabors about the importance of intentional and thoughtful animation on the web. Rachel talks about the death of Flash and what that meant for animation and where she sees the web going with the advent of the new Web Animation API that is starting to show up in daily builds of Chrome.
Gene Luen Yang is an writer of graphic novels and comics, including the Eisner Award winning "American Born Chinese." He's also written the comic continuation of "Avatar: The Last Airbender" and much more. He also is an engineer and teaches software at a local high school! He and Scott talk computers, creativity, and comics. He's creating a new book, "Secret Coders," about the magic of computers.
Erica Joy is an engineer at Google. She talks to Scott about her experience growing up, when she first started to love computers, and the demographics and environments of the various companies she's worked at over the years. They talk about stress, what it really means to have a diverse workplace, and finding your authentic self.
Scott talks to nerdcore musician Sammus, aka Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo. She's doing a PhD at Cornell but also pursuing a music career. Her lyrics are complex and multilayered, touching on topics of popular culture, gaming, computers, history, and much more. She tours, raps, produces, and much more. How does she do it all?
Scott sits down with podcaster, radio host, and advocate Elon James White. Elon is the founder of TWiB (This Week in Blackness) and an award-winning blogger. He recently went mobile and took his show to Ferguson, Missouri. How does social media and accessible digital tech change how we receive our news?
Musician, artist, and inventor Moldover creates, tours, and explores new frontiers in electronic music and also coined the term "Controllerism." He's currently creating a new original album packaged in a playable circuit board instrument! Moldover explains Controllerism to Scott, how it differs from Turntablism. How does Moldover make his instruments and mold his sound?
Scott and Damian need better laptops. They need the Ultimate Developer Laptop. i7, 8 to 16 gigs, 256G+ SSD, and under 2 pounds. Does it exist?
Scott's at Blendconf and sits down with Val Head to talk about CSS Animations. Val is the author of "The CSS Animations Pocket Guide" and explains the essence of CSS Animations to Scott in this episode.
"A Dark Room" was the #1 App in the Apple App Store for weeks and weeks. Surely that's made its creator, Amir Rajan a millionaire, right? Amir explains exactly how the finances work, shares tips on how to make a #1 app, and sets YOU up for success.
Claudina Sarahe is a Front End Developer, educator, conference organizer, and an expert on the Sass CSS preprocessor. She shares her love of Sass with Scott while at @blendconf. Why was Sass needed? What makes Sass powerful...and should you start using it right now?
After starting along a medical path, Saron Yitbarek switched directions, did a bootcamp at the Flatiron School and is now well on her way in a new career as a programmer. Saron also started CodeNewbie, a welcoming community of beginner and developing programmers.
Scott sits down with Richard Campbell to talk about the Apple iPhone 6 and Apple Watch Announcements. Will wearables finally happen? Is this the fitness wearable we've been waiting for, paired with the ultimate watch? NOTE: There is VIDEO of this show on YouTube, the link is below on this site.
Scott talks to Tom Soderstrom, the IT CTO at JPL, a NASA Center. What's going to happen in the next IT decade (which is shorter than you'd think!)? What kinds of systems do they use at JPL and NASA, and where does Tom think the next big innovation is coming from?
Transgender people face discrimination, unemployment, homelessness, and a myriad of social problems. Dr. Kortney Ziegler is an activist, academic, artist, and filmmaker who created Trans*H4CK as a response to help tackle these problems through education, empowerment, open source, and advocacy.
Scott chats with Michael Yarichuk about RavenDB. Michael works with Ayende and the RavenDB team on their document database. Scott is trying to learn about document databases and Michael helps him along the path, exploring those computer science concepts that make document databases unique.
Scott H. sits down with Dilbert creator Scott Adams to talk about his new startup CalendarTree. Has Scott become the pointy-haired boss? Why not just hang out on the beach and draw cartoons? What's it take to succeed, and how many times do we have to fail?
Kal Ahmed and his open source team have created a great .NET-based NoSQL solution called BrightstarDB. Brightstar is an RDF triple store. What does that mean? It does not require the definition of a database schema, and with the RDF data model you can easily add and integrate data of all shapes. Kal talks to Scott about RDF, NoSQL, and the whens and whys of using a database like BrightStarDB.
Jessie Shternshus takes comedy and improve to the next level and applies it to Lean Startup and Agile Software methodologies. Can't believe it? Jessie sits down with Scott and they chat about how thinking quickly on your feet is a muscle and a skill that must be exercised.
Lara Swanson is the Engineering Manager of Performance at Etsy. She sits down with Scott to explain how to design for page load time, including optimizations to images, fonts, markup, and more. How important is having a culture of performance and executive buy-in? Is a two-second page load time reasonable? How important is A/B testing?
David Catuhe is the primary author of Babylon.js and an expert in WebGL. Are 3D games really happening on the web? There are more possibilities than you may realize! WebGL really lights up with libraries like three.js and babylon.js.
A collaborative group from Boston University and Massachusetts General Hospital is working together to make automated blood glucose control a reality, and they have announced their results from the Bionic Pancreas study. Scott, who is also a 20 year+ Type 1 Diabetic on an insulin pump, sits down with Dr. Steven Jon Russell, MD, PhD to talk about this project and it's ramifications.
Scott continues to learn Azure and in this episodes turns to 3rd party expert Vishwas Lele. Vishwas builds Azure systems all day long and recently also released a Pluralsight course called "Applied Azure."
Scott talks to Lars Klint, a Windows Phone Developer MVP, about developing for Windows Phone 8.1. What's coming in 8.1 and what changes for developers? What's the plan for Universal Apps and what kind of reuse will we see?
Scott talks to Matt Barrett from Adaptive Consulting about creating high-quality reactive user interfaces for the industry. Adaptive has just released a reactive sample application as open source and it's a great place to start learning about Reactive Programming.
Jonathan Barronville is a Junior Developer, and he's not apologetic about it. What does it really mean to be Junior Developer, and why is everyone in such a rush to be a Senior? Are we really gaining experience or just experiencing the same years, one after another? What can we do as an industry to be more welcoming to Junior devs, while realizing that we must all be amateurs ourselves?
There's been a lot of talk around ASP.NET vNext. How did development start, and what's been the thinking about how to manage a new world while still innovating on the current generation of technology? In what ways does ASP.NET vNext break from the past, and in what ways does it build on our existing power and experience?
Scott is at the Cisco DevNet conference at Cisco Live! talking to Dr. Susie Wee. Susie is the CTO of Networked Experiences at Cisco. Susie shares some of her projects with Scott like the "Spring Roll" project, an immersive telepresence experiment for 'shoulder to shoulder' collaboration with remote teams.
Scott is at the Carnegie Mellon SATURN software architecture conference talking to Software Architect Dr. Len Bass. Len is a Senior Principal Researcher at NICTA in Australia and the author of Software Architecture in Practice. Len shares some of his stories over his 40+ year career in software.
Scott skypes with Computer Science student and game designer Lauren Scott. Lauren recently spoke at GDC (Game Developers Conference) in San Francisco. Are folks breaking out of the mold with indie games these days? How multi-faceted is video game design and what kinds of skills should one develop?
What happens when you apply agile practices to managing your family life? Is Scrum a good way to manage kids and their busy schedules? Agile expert David Starr from Scrum.org talks to Scott about implementing agile in his family.
Scott is in New Zealand talking to John-Daniel Trask from Mindscape. They've got a new cloud-based error tracking system called RayGun.io that Scott is using for two side startups. RayGun is rather unique in its wide "polyglot" language support. How does one build and maintain a service like RayGun?
Scott is at AngleBrackets in Orlando and talking to Denise Jacobs. Denise wrote "The CSS Detective" but now is a Creativity Evangelist. She teaches workshops to help knowledge workers unlock their creative potential.
Scott talks with regular guest Richard Campbell about open source, finding airplanes, and more.
Scott talks to web video expert Lisa Larson-Kelley about WebRTC. How will this new browser-based peer-to-peer standard change the web? Is this a Skype-killer, or rather just a new tool in our open web tool-belt?
When Jerry Steele posted his daughter's "5 things I learned about programming" he didn't imagine it would take off like it did with nearly 3000 retweets! Scott talks with Jerry about teaching children to program, and how to think. What is it about software that can make our kids more powerful?
Andrew Gerrand is a developer at Google who works on the Go Programming Language (golang). Why Go and why now? What kinds of problems does Go solve that aren't a good match for existing languages? How does Go compare to C++ and improve upon it?
Bitcoin is happening and Scott's missing out. He talks to Steve Beauregard, CEO of GoCoin, who sets him straight. How does Bitcoin work, and what problem does it solve? Is Bitcoin the "people's money?"
Plex is a powerful media ecosystem with a server component available on almost every platform and NAS, and clients for every tablet, laptop, phone and device you can imagine. How does it all fit together and get you your media your way, today?
Scott talks to Katherine Moss, a blind software tech, about how she uses her computer and her phone. What does she see and what does her screen reader(s) see? What do sighted developers need to do to support those with less sight?
Scott talks to James Friend, author of PCE.js which is a port of PCE the Portable Computer Emulator. You can run Mac System 7 in your browser? How is this sorcery possible? We talk emscripten, portable C, and lots more.
Scott sits down to chat with Amelia Greenhall and Shanley Kane about the launch of their new media company "Model View Culture." We talk about issues faced by marginalized groups in tech and about what Shanley and Amelia have planned for their startup's new media future.
Is the best way to learn to code The Hard Way? Scott talks to Zed Shaw, author of the Mongrel web server for Ruby Web Applications, and now the creator of the Learn Code The Hard Way movement.
Scott catches up with Jeff Atwood about his new startup, Discourse.
Rob Conery takes over Hanselminutes again! He talks to Scott about the motivation for a young person to stay in school (and software) when bartending can easily pay the bills. Rob also tries to get Scott to lose his train of thought.
Scott talks to iOS Developer and professional model Lyndsey Scott. Lyndsey balances a full-time job as a model, working for clients such as Gucci and Victoria's Secret, but codes more than 20 hours a week on iPhone and iPad apps.
It's 2013 and Christmas Eve Eve, and Scott sits down with his wife Mo to chat about techies and relationships.
Scott is in Australia this week and takes a moment to sit down with Hadi Hariri. We're buildings with the skills to make and create software, but we are making software for the greater good?
Chanelle Henry is the Director of User Experience at Bluewolf and Co-Founder of Pavo (a fashion discovery app). She has an educational background in Psychology, Computer Science, and Design, and when creating things for the internet she's always thinking about inclusion. How do we make everyone successful on today's internet?
Scott talks to Microsoft Developer Dino Viehland about the new open source Node.js Tools for Visual Studio. It integrates Node into VS with full debugging, profiling, deployment and lots more. How did they do it and why?
Are you wearing a FitBit and tracking how many steps you take? Perhaps you chart your weight? You're just starting to quantify yourself. Chris Dancy tracks much much more and is arguably the world's most quantified man. From humidity to ambient noise, from heart rate to blood sugar, it adds up to terabytes of text information to mine and chart.
James Andrew is so excited about the Oculus Rift virtual reality he can hardly contain himself. He shares his excitement with Scott as he explains how an Oculus Rift headset works, the ideas behind "getting it right" and his new helicopter simulator "Rift Chopper." He also explains the power behind the Unity 3D engine and why it's THE best way to make a compelling game in minutes.
Scott leads a LIVE panel at the AngleBrackets conference in Las Vegas. "What do Web Developers need to know in 2014? With Douglas Crockford, John Papa, Denise Jacobs, Michele Leroux, Bustamante
Scott sits down with John Sheehan from Web Service tool provider RunScope to talk about REST, JSON, and Web Services and how we debug them. Devs face a number of challenges like service reliability, performance monitoring, and testing. We've all become distributed systems programmers, but have our tools and knowledge kept pace?
Scott talks to Netflix's Dianne Marsh about the rise of Scala. Is Scala just for scientists? Is this a complex functional language that's beyond the grasp of the average developer, or is this an expressive new way of programming against the JVM?
Scott talks to tech writer Travis Pope about his recent switch from Windows Phone to iPhone. Scott moves between an iPhone and a Lumia 1020 and is currently evaluating a Galaxy S4. How important is the ecosystem and apps vs. built in functionality? When will the search for the perfect phone end?
Clay works at Netflix on a Groovy on Grails app. What's Groovy and why does it sound like Ruby on Rails? Scott learns about how the Groovy language sits on top of the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) and where Grails fits into the world of Web Development in the Cloud.
Scott talks to LLBLGEN author Frans Bouma about the state of Object Relational Mappers in .NET. Will the relational database die, or are we just lacking the proper tools? Should an ORM hide the fact we have a database and just make everything look like objects?
Scott talks to consultant Linda Rising about the Agile Mindset. Are our skills fixed or are they always growing? Does that change if we change our mindset? Can organizational mindsets affect our performance? What does the research say about these tapes we're listening to in our heads every day?
Scott was super-disappointed in his recent experience with a Leap Motion, and hasn't used his Kinect in months. Dr. Neil Roodyn joins us to set expectations. What's the present and future of vision-based computer interactions?
Scott is at the Code On The Beach conference in Jacksonville, Florida and catches up with UX Designer and Front-End Developer Natasha Irizarry just after her talk on "Lean User Experience." What does it all mean?
Scott talks to open source developer Jan Lehnardt about the NoSQL movement and CouchDB. Is HTTP too heavy to use for a database? How does NoSQL data modeling differs from classic ER systems? Does Couch matter in the Enterprise?
Calca is a powerful symbolic calculator that gives you instant answers as you type. It was written by Frank Krueger (creator of iCircuit) using C# and Xamarin tools and is available today for iPhone, iPad, and Mac desktop - plus soon for Windows! How did Frank do it, and why?
Scott talks to Dino Viehland, a Microsoft developer who has worked on Python inside Microsoft for almost seven years. He and his team make Python Tools for Visual Studio, a complete and FREE Python IDE that supports CPython, IronPython, mixed-mode debugging and a hundred other features you won't believe.
Scott is at the MonkeySpace conference talking to Chris Walker about how SecretLabs created the AGENT Smart Watch. A week of battery life, Bluetooth 4 and much more! It runs .NET and you'll be able to write apps for it yourself on an open ecosystem.
Scott talks to Pete Brown about the upcoming Windows 8.1 update. What does it add to Windows 8 and will we care? How does 8.1 change the start screen, the windowing environment, and how apps work and update? What about power users with multiple monitors? Also, we hear about how 3D printing is coming and its drivers are built into Windows 8.1.
Scott talks to web developer Jim Wang about what sucks about today's web development experience, how they work, and what we can do to fix it.
Scott sits down with Computing Pioneer and VisiCalc developer Dan Bricklin. Dan also wrote the popular iPad application Note Taker HD and has recently joined Alpha Corporation as their CTO. Dan and Scott chat about Douglas Engelbart, the invention of the mouse, and the myriad of computing innovations that we've enjoyed since the 60s.
BUILD week is over, so Scott and Richard get together to talk it out. What's the deal with these new 8" tablets? Will Apple get Live Tiles? What about smart Agent technology...does my phone know too much about me?
Scott sits down with Mads Kristensen and talks about his new open sourced Web Essentials. Web Essentials adds dozens of new features to Visual Studio for the Front End Developer...and now it's open source! We also talk Visual Studio 2013 and the new project Codenamed Artery that's posed to change everything.
Scott's in the Bay Area today talking to Paul Betts and Justin Spahr-Summers at GitHub. What is it about GitHub's culture that makes it work so well? Is it tools or culture or both? Are remote workers fully accepted at GitHub?
Our clouds demand more storage capacity and more power, but do we really understand where that power is expended? How is power used by modern hard drives and where can savings be found? Scott talks to IBM Researcher Dr. Anthony Hylick about his work in the space of hard drive energy consumption.
Mark Rendle has a twenty year career developing software for the desktop. He's long believed that the web just isn't meant for applications of any import. Until now. What changed in web development that caused Mark to take another look at the web and completely change his tune? NOTE: Mark is offering a discount code for HM listeners. It's "HM20" and is good for 20% off the first year of an annual subscription. For UK listeners that'll be £40 instead of £50, US $64 instead of $80. The code can be used at the payments page after the 30 day free trial expires.
Scott talks to Security Researcher and Web Developer Troy Hunt about the state of web security. Should I worry when I connect to a wireless network at a coffee shop? How much should I worry and what can I do to protect myself? As a web developer what are the things we most often forget?
Scott talks to Garann Means. Garann is a front end developer who recently spoke at a conference called "Devs Love Bacon." Her topic? "Bacon is bad for you." She talks about developer monoculture and how it puts us all at risk.
Scott talks to Security Consultant Kellep Charles about WordPress and public website security. What can you do to protect yourself? Where does internet security break down?
Scott's at the Xamarin Evolve conference and talks to Dean Ellis who works on the MonoGame framework and Philippe Rollin from Infinite Flight. Philippe, along with business partner Matthieu Laban have created an amazing flight simulator using C# that's available in AppStores now! How did they do it?
Scott's at the first AngleBrackets conference and sits down to talk about the new Firefox OS and the open Mobile Web with Mozilla's Christian Heilmann.
Scott talks to Sebastien Lambla, author of OpenWrap and OpenRasta, to get his thoughts about ReST. Why are people so passionate about their Web Services? Should creators of Web Services be required to understand the Web, or is it OK to abstract things away?
An unholy alliance or a wonderful combination? Jared Parsons has created what he thinks may be the best of both worlds. VsVim combines the speed and familiarity of Vim with the power and development power of Visual Studio. How did he do it, and why?
Miguel de Icaza talks to Scott about Xamarin Studio 2.0 and how we can start making iOS and Android apps alongside Windows Phone and Windows apps today using C#!
Scott sits down at Agile Open Northwest with Willem Larsen of Language Hunters. Language Hunting is an accelerated learning system designed to develop fluent speakers of all ages in a fun and supportive game-like environment. Does it work? Will it work for Scott?
Scott is at the Agile Open Northwest open spaces conference with Llewellyn Falco this week. He talks to Llewellyn about his "Approval Tests" open source project. It's a polyglot framework to make test verification much easier when Assert() isn't enough.
Scott talks to Philip Kelley and Martin Woodward, developers on the project that's brought Git support to Visual Studio. They talk about committing to a GPL'd OSS project, plugging it into VS, and how TFS and Git work together.
Scott talks to 343 Studios engineer Caitie McCaffrey about how they use the cloud to run services for Halo 4. All the backend services sit on Azure Compute, Azure Storage, Azure Service Bus more. How do they scale? How do they deploy? How does this change how they write software?
Dr. Kyla McMullen has become the first African American woman at the University of Michigan to graduate with a Ph.D. in Computer Science. Scott chats with Dr. Kyla about how to increase diversity in engineering disciplines. We also chat about her thesis "Interface Design Implications for Recalling the Spatial Configuration of Virtual Auditory Environments."
Scott talks to Willow Brugh from Geeks Without Bounds. Geeks Without Bounds is an accelerator for humanitarian projects. How can you get involved?
Jenny Lay-Flurrie is a Senior Director at Microsoft and an accessibility advocate who happens to also be quite deaf. She talks to Scott about how she works and what she works on. How does deafness slow her down, what works, what doesn't, and how does it make her an even better customer advocate?
It's the get off my lawn episode. Scott and Rob have birthdays coming up and they talk about what it means. Have we founded enough startups? What does success mean? Why don't we listen to folks 20 years older? Why doesn't anyone younger listen to us? ;)
Scott talks to Damian Edwards about how he and David Fowler shipped SignalR at Microsoft, now with a team of a dozen. They use open source, they are open source and they love open source. How are they making it happen and what does it mean for the future of .NET?
Scott sits down with Richard Cirerol, author of the PluralSight video series on the Nancy Web Framework. Scott gets an update on Nancy and a primer on what Nancy and web frameworks like it matter.
Scott's been working with Michael Sarchet on updating their SmallestDotNet website. Scott's using the experience to better learn Git. Scott and Michael chat about how your previous source control experience colors your experience learning Git and offers some ideas on how to think about Git.
Scott chats with Richard about all things automatable. Scott's finally got his backup situation handled, and is now exploiting his NAS appliance with new packages for surveillance, transcoding and more.
Scott talks to Zachary Pinter from Hulu about the new Hulu Windows 8 application. What did they write the Hulu app in and how did they find the development environment? What kinds of issues does Hulu think about when creating apps for many platforms? How do they get all those clean images? What about designing for 10" AND 30" monitors?
The world runs on C and C++. Did you know that? Herb Sutter sits down to convince Scott that he's not only standing on the shoulders of giants but that those giants all write C++.
Audrey Sniezek supports her climbing habit with a job at Microsoft working on the Azure Compute Cloud. Is it possible to hold a full time job and have a world-class hobby? Where does the hobby end and work begin? Audrey educates Scott on how she climbs, trains, eats and analyzes life.
Michael Gibson has a one-man software company that creates MoI. "Moment of Inspiration" is a unique 3D modeling application for designers and artists with an extremely accessible workflow. It's lovely and it's cross-platform. Scott talks to Michael about how he made MoI, what it's written in, how it runs on a Mac and more. All this plus Scott gets to act like he knows what a Bézier Curve is.
Scott talks with Phil Williams, creator of Draw a Stickman, and Jon Peppers, Lead Developer for Apps at HitCents. They are releasing Draw a StickMan Epic in three AppStores! They've also achieved 95% code reuse by writing the game in C# with MonoGame. Let's find out more.
Paul Lutus designed electronics for the NASA Space Shuttle, retired at 35 then moved to the country. There he purchased an Apple ][ and proceeded to write the best selling Apple Writer. Paul also sailed around the world over 3 years and wrote about the experience.
Scott sits down with Jez Humble and Martin Fowler at the GOTO Conference in Aarhus, Denmark to talk about Continuous Delivery. How do your software systems have to change if you deploy weekly? Daily? How about 10 times a day?
Scott talks to Anthony van der Hoorn and Nik Molnar from the open source Glimpse Project. You may remember them from show 273. A lot has happened since then and now Red Gate is supporting the Glimpse Guys full time. Is this a good thing or the end of Glimpse? What's changed at Red Gate since the Reflector acquisition and what does it mean for Glimpse going forward. All this and more.
Scott talks to Mark Powell, Senior Software Engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratories. Mark has worked on three Mars lander missions, most recently supporting Curiosity. Mark lives on Mars Time. What's it like to write software that helps us talk to robots on that are on FREAKING MARS?
3D printing is coming into its own. Scott sits down with Bill Steele to talk about his 3D printing Kickstarter - the Ultra-bot. A refinement of the original Makerbot Cupcake 3D printer, Bill's new design can make MUCH larger objects. Will the revolution be printed in 3D?
ScottHa is on vacation for one last week so Scott Hunter and friends talk to Rowan Miller from the Entity Framework team about the recent EFv5 release.
With Scott Hanselman out this week Scott Hunter and Damian Edwards talk to a new developer on the ASP.NET team Taylor Mullen about how he interviewed and joined Microsoft.
Scott has been using Windows 8 for a week and Brad Wilson has been using it since last October. Neither of them work on Windows 8 so in this episode we talk about using Windows 8 as a power user. What works and what doesn't?
Rob Conery turns the table (he insisted) and creates Coneryminutes, interviewing Scott for this episode.
Scott sits down with new programmer Iris Classon. Iris has been coding for just one year and is now working full time as a .NET Developer. How did she get started and why so late? How should we as a community get more women and children involved in computers? What can we do to support new developers?
Mark Russinovich is a Technical Fellow on the Azure Product Team at Microsoft, but is also the author of the cyber-thriller Zero Day, and its upcoming sequel Trojan Horse. How realistic are the scenarios from Mark's books? How concerned should we be and what's being done about it?
Scott's confused about what 'WinRT' is. Is it a new .NET? A new runtime? Is .NET dead? He's totally confused so he talks to Immo Landwerth who sets him straight with complete context from Win32 to COM to .NET and beyond.
Scott sits down with Ubuntu Community Manager Jono Bacon at OSCON 2012 in Portland, Oregon to talk about community. Does it need to be managed? Is community a garden to tend or something that handles itself?
Scott gets schooled by Damian and Levi on the differences between parallelism, background processing, and asynchronous programming. How does await and async change the game and what do you need to know to get started today.
Scott talks to Damian Edwards to get the latest information on ASP.NET 4.5. This includes improvements to the Core of ASP.NET, ASP.NET Web Forms and the inclusion of SignalR with Damian Edwards. They also talk about One ASP.NET and what that means to the developer this fall.
Ben Kamens is the lead developer at The Khan Academy and was also a part of the storied Fog Creek Software. He's managing 12 summer interns at the Academy this year. Scott talks to Ben about the mentor relationship, how to manage code reviews, one on ones, preparing for their arrival and more. How can you get the MOST out of your interns?
What causes one community to be empathetic and another not? What really drives us as creators? Is it money, tech or the potential connection we can have to other people? Scott talks to Leon Gersing out of Columbus, Ohio about promiscuous pairing, kindness vs. empathy and the user connection.
Scott checks in with Jeff Atwood of Coding Horror since his mini-retirement. They talk kids, Star Wars and Windows 8. All this and less on this episode of Hanselminutes.
Announcing GitHub for Windows. The Git client you always wanted is here and it's for Windows. Our own Phil Haack and new friend Tim Clem talk about metro-style, WPF, their design philosophy, open source, and talk about our many other contributors and supporters like Keith Dahlby and the amazing Paul Betts.
Baratunde Thurston has extensive experience in being Black for more than 30 years. Baratunde was the Digital Director at The Onion until recently and is now striking out on his own with a new venture called Cultivated Wit. He keynoted SXSW this year and is currently on tour promoting his book "How To Be Black." He talks to Scott about how he used technology to turn his memoir into a New York Times bestseller.
Scott sits down with noted tinkerer Pete Brown to talk about making stuff. What kinds of cool things are being funded by Kickstarter? What can you make with a 3D printer? When will we start manufacturing at home?
Scott talks to Holly Griffith, former Space Shuttle Flight Controller and now International Space Station worker bee. Holly is an engineer who has worked in and around space and aerospace for her entire career. Holly and Scott talk space, engineering, fuel cells and Scott tries to keep up.
Scott sits down with infrastructure engineer Matt Hawley to find out how the CodePlex team implemented the Git distributed source control system. CodePlex now supports TFS, Mercurial and Git as choices for source.
Richard joins Scott for another thrilling episode of whatever is on Richard's mind! We talk privacy policies, location apps, Facebook, and much more!
Almost two years after our most popular show, Scott's Wife Mo is back! How does one manage a mixed (geek/normal) marriage? Can Scott and Mo agree on the fundamental laws of physics? Check out part one also: http://hanselminutes.com/216
Scott sits down with ImageResizing.net author and ASP.NET scalability expert Nathanael Jones. Nathanael educates Scott on the good and bad about manipulating images in .NET. They talk about when to stay out of the managed pipeline and when not to. When do you use ASP.NET and when do you use IIS?
Scott talks to former Microsoftie and new GitHubber Phil Haack about his opinions on the ASP.NET MVC open source announcement. We have lots of fun and eventually the conversation devolves into phone hacking.
Richard Minerich and Phillip Trelford run popular F# users groups and work with F# every day. They take this opportunity to educate Scott on powers of F# and it's place in the .NET ecosystem. Are you missing out by not using F# in your .NET projects today?
Scott talks to Rob Walling about how he purchases small niche products and companies online and revitalizes them. He recently purchased an existing product that consisted of a 300 gig database and tens of thousands of lines of Classic ASP. How did he know it was valuable? What's next?
Alan Mendelevich has created a successful Windows Phone advertising network with just one employee. He's done it from home in Lithuania, a country that doesn't even sell the Windows Phone. How does the introduction of the cloud change how startups operate? Does it even the playing field?
Scott talks to Software Craftsman Corey Haines about his adventures pairing with developers all over the world. What has he learned and what can we learn from him? He also has created Code Retreats where you can develop your skills and passion for better code.
Scott chats with Curtiss Pope, the CEO of AisleFinder. AisleFinder is Google Maps for your Supermarket. Want to know what aisle something is in? What's the quickest way for you to get your weekly groceries? AisleFinder even has an Open Source API for you to call. Curtiss tells his startup story.
Scott is in New Zealand this week speaking at Webstock and spoke to the 2011 Arthur C. Clarke award winning author of "Zoo City," Lauren Beukes. What's her process? How does she keep it all straight and how do you know when to stop? Lauren shares how she works, how she thinks and discusses her upcoming projects as well as writing for comics.
Scott sits down with Kimberly Bryant, a Biotechnology/Engineering professional and also the founder of BlackGirlsCode. Do we need more diversity in technology? Why? Are kids getting exposed to engineering as an option, and if not, why not?
"It's amazing how much you don't know when you have to explain something to someone else." Scott sits down with Jon Skeet at CodeMash and talks about being a phony, getting through interviews and why we do what we do.
Zach Owens is a traveler. For the last year he's been living and working in China. While he's there he's taking Chinese classes and immersing himself in the culture. When does language learning become language fluency?
Demis Bellot has put together an open source .NET and Mono REST Web Services framework called Service Stack. It's effectively a WCF replacement for some kinds of webservices. There's no XML and no code-generation. Why do frameworks like this exist and what kinds of things did Demis take into consideration when creating it? How does one balance performance vs. compliance?
It's the last show of the year, why not enjoy it with a chat with Richard Campbell! We talk tablets, economics, Christmas, and less. Always a treat to talk to Richard and ring out the year.
Kendo UI is a Web, Mobile and Data Visualization framework that's all HTML5,JS and CSS from Telerik. It's under a open source dual-license. Scott talks to Todd from Telerik about the thinking behind Kendo. Why not jQuery Mobile? How open source is it? Where does Todd see this framework going? Disclosure: Telerik is a sponsor of the show, but this podcast is unrelated.
Before he worked for DevExpress, Apostolis Bekiaris worked on an open source project with others in the community based on a DevExpress commercial Framework. Now he works for the company! How does he balance open and commercial, how does the team choose features to support and more.
Scott chats with Steve Smith from NimblePros about the 2012 Software Craftsmanship Motivational Calendar...specifically Anti-Patterns. Iceberg Class, Design By Committee, Reinventing the Wheel, there's some you know, some you don't. They are all anti-patterns and something to watch out for. Steve explains why.
Scott talks to Rob Reynolds, one half of the "Chuck Norris Framework." It's a collection of tools for development, build, deployment, and more. Why build your own framework? When do you know it's done? How do you balance work requirements and public requirements with your own ideas?
Scott sits down with NSpec authors Matt Florence and Amir Rajan to talk about Behavior Driven Development (BDD). Where does one start with BDD? Is BDD just TDD with a fancier name or can it really change how you design software? The NSpec guys set Scott on the right path.
Scott sits down with micro-ISV mobile developer Toran Billups. Toran has written, published and sold his mobile application on iPhone, Android and Windows Phone. In the process of writing BlueFlix, his Blockbuster Express movie application, he learned mobile development on three platforms. What was his experience and what does that tell us about the state of mobile development today?
One day Henrik Frystyk Nielsen met Tim Berners-Lee at CERN and became his first graduate student. He joined the W3C and worked on HTTP and some of the first browsers. Henrik is one of the primary authors of the HTTP specification. He sits down with Scott and they chat about the history of the web from HTTP to the mysterious HTTP Status Code 418.
Damian Edwards and David Fowler have created a jQuery client-side library and an ASP.NET back end that promises to make real-time persistent connections available to .NET programmers. Long-polling, Server-sent events and WebSockets. What does it all mean? Damian sets us straight.
Scott talks to Microsoft UX expert Sara Summers at the Heartland Developer's Conference. Sara has coauthored the recently published book for experienced designers, entitled Dynamic Prototyping. Sara loves to talk about big ideas, changing everything, breaking your toys, throwing away your designs and capturing new ideas.
Scott goes directly to the source and talks to Phil Price from the Visual Studio team. Why is VS sometimes slow? When it is slow, what's really happening? What is PerfWatson and how will it help them make VS faster? All this and some hints in interesting improvements in the next version of Visual Studio!
Steve works at Google on web performance and open source initiatives. His book, Even Faster Web Sites, explains his best practices for performance. Steve is the creator of YSlow, one of the top 25 Firefox add-ons.
Not every startup starts up smoothly. Alex Papadimoulis shares his stories of near-failure moving from a consultancy to a software company while working on a wildly popular blog at night. What mistakes did his company make in sales and marketing, and how long did it take them to change course?
Gael Fraiteur had a full time job while working on the side on his open source Aspect Oriented Programming (AOP) project "PostSharp." He's since turned his project into a successful commercial entity called SharpCrafters. What did he learn along the way and what can we learn from his successes and troubles? We also learn about Aspect Oriented Programming and how AOP tools like PostSharp can help your projects today.
Kendall Miller is a founder at .NET development tools vendor Gibraltar Software. They are two years into their their startup experiment and are becoming a small, mature company with some great products. How much did they need to fund their startup? How do they market and spread the word? What if there are free or open source versions of their software out there?
Scott chats with Nick Ganju CTO of ZocDoc on how he's building his business with BizSpark and ASP.NET. Does he use Open Source? When do they write their own libraries and when do they buy? What kinds of issues does a .NET startup run into when hiring?
This week Scott skypes with Paul in London. He's recently moved from Australia and has simultaneously launched his own micro-ISV focused on convention-based deployments made easy. What's involved? How did it get started and what does this Octopus Deploy do?
In this first Startup Series episode, Scott talks to Gabriel Weinberg about DuckDuckGo, his new search engine. How dare he go up against Google? He dare with better, more relevant search results. Learn how to be an overnight success in just 15 short years.
Scott talks to designer Jeremy Kratz about the design process from yellow legal pad to complete design. What kinds of things should a designer take into consideration? Where does design stop and CSS begin, or is there a distinction? Should YOU hire a designer?
Scott talks via Skype to Haixun Wang at Microsoft Research Asia about Trinity: a distributed graph database and computing platform. What is a GraphDB? How is it different from a traditional Relational DB, a Document DB or even just a naive in-memory distributed data structure? Will your next database be a graph database?
Scott sits down with Rafael Rivera to talk about the black box that is Windows. Or is it? Rafael doesn't take no for an answer and shares stories of breaking apps to fix them. No more secrets, this week on Hanselminutes.
Scott Hanselman and Scott Hunter (also known as Scotts the Lesser) talk about recently Azure/Web reorg, the direction that ASP.NET and Azure are talking, and how they see open source fitting into the future at Microsoft.
Scott gets schooled on the Microsoft Research Kinect SDK by Dan Fernandez. What happens when I plug a Kinect into my PC? What's included with the SDK and what's not? What work happens in the hardware and what happens in software...and more importantly, what can I build?
Scott sits down with Microsoft Security Engineer Barry Dorrans to get a general sense of the basics of Web Security in 2011. Who are the groups in the news most often? What threats are nailing websites most often today, and are they different from classic threats? Where do we start to protect our sites?
Scott chats with open source developer Andreas Håkansson about his .NET micro web framework called Nancy which is inspired by a Ruby framework called Sinatra. Why do we need frameworks like this? What kinds of sites and services can they support and how do they relate to ASP.NET?
Scott sits down with Brandon Watson, a Director on Windows Phone. He works with the Developer Community, but what does that really mean? Scott pushes on this point to better understand his own job at Microsoft.
Tables turned this week and Rey Bango interviews Scott on his personal systems of organization. How has Scott synthesized the systems of Stephen Covey, David Allen, J.D. Meier and the Pomodoro Technique into a living system that works for him.
Sometimes the most interesting conversations happen before or after the show. Often they happen with Jeff Atwood. I (Scott) called Jeff to get some audio for our other show http://thisdeveloperslife.com and was recording as soon as Jeff and I started chatting. Here's our unedited random personal phone call that I thought might be fun.
Scott chats with Chris Sells about the pressure to release software as Open Source versus pressure to make money as a business. How are Google, Microsoft and Apple evolving over the years and what should we as developers do about it?
Scott chats with fellow home storage enthusiast Travis Illig about NAS options (Network Attached Storage) available today. Both Scott and Travis purchased (and told their friends about) Windows Home Servers. Where are their Home Servers now, and what are they using going forward?
Glenn Block is with Scott in The Netherlands and tries to get Scott up to speed on what's new in WCF. Scott thinks WCF is scary and heavyweight. How does WCF fit into a world of Web 2.0 lightweight APIs? What's the WCF WebAPI and how does compare to services in ASP.NET MVC?
Scott's at Mix this week and he sits down with Sam Saffron and Rob Conery to talk about their Micro-ORMs. What have they done in less than 400 lines of code, that the rest of the planet needs a dozen assemblies for? Should you abandon your ORM and start writing inline SQL? All this and more.
Mix 11 is today so Scott got the scoop from Phil on the new tools being released.
Scott sits down with Jonathan Carter to brainstorm about optimizing APIs for programmer happiness, rather than programmer productivity.
Scott talks to Martin Woodward, a Microsoft Program Manager who lives and works in Northern Ireland on the Java-based Eclipse plugin for Team Foundation Server. Martin Woodward is the Program Manager for Visual Studio Team Explorer Everywhere and part of the Team Foundation Server group at Microsoft. He helps to ensure that Eclipse and cross-platform developers are an active part of the TFS eco-system.
This week Scott sits down with the lead dev and lead PM for Entity Framework to talk about the improvements from the first version. What's improved and changed? What do they think about NHiberate or just doing SQL on your own?
Scott chats with Jim Evans from the Selenium team about how to get into Web Automation Testing. What's new in Selenium v2? Can you use Selenium with any browser? How does .NET fit into the process? All this and more in this Web Testing Episode.
Scott sits down with Rune from AppHarbor. AppHarbor has some strong opinions about how the cloud should work and how applications should be deployed. Is there room for another cloud offering? Is the cloud about elasticity or something else? What's a Cloud and what's Platform as a Service. All this and more as Scott gets educated.
Scott chats with Damian Edwards about new features coming in ASP.NET WebForms, new techniques, controls, model binding, HTML 5 and more.
Scott talks to Javier Lozano and Jon Galloway (and Eric Hexter in spirit) about MVCConf. Thousands of viewers logged in and watched hours of top technical content on ASP.NET MVC this last week. How was it organized? How was it paid for? Can you put together your own free conference?
Scott sits down with Paul Betts and talks about extensing the Reactive Framework. We currently manage our UI events as they are pushed to us. How does programming - and asynchronous programming - change if we change the way UI events are consumed? The ReactiveFramework extends .NET, and Paul's extended that with his Open Source Reactive UI framework. Let's see if Paul can teach Scott a new trick.
Scott chats with Mads Kristensen about HTML5? What exactly is this thing? Is it evolutionary or revolutionary? Should you start working with HTML5 now, or should you wait for some unknown future?
Scott and Drew are shattered, having just finished presenting 8 solid hours of technical but upbeat content in The Netherlands. They're doing WebCamps and take a moment to talk about presenting. How do you start? How do you stay focused and recover from errors? How can you move up from smaller venues to the big rooms? All this, plus Scott's lost his voice.
WebMatrix was relesed on the 13th of January. Some folks have said its very existance is confusing. Do we need another IDE? What's Microsoft trying to pull here? Scott talks to ex-Microsoftie Rob Conery on his unfiltered take.
This week Scott learns about Executable Specifications with Gojko Adzic, Jonas Bandi and Aslak Hellesoy. What's all this talk about BDD, Cucumber, Gerkin and SpecFlow? Where's the best place to start and how to Acceptance Tests fit into my existing projects?
Scott sits down with former agile coach John Wilger to talk about his experience going to work for the company he originally consulted with. What kinds of issues do small teams deal with when moving from traditional software develoment processes?
Happy holidays! It's a totally random chat show with Richard Campbell. What's next for Windows Phone 7? Will Scott give up his iPhone? How many Kindles can one man own? Is Kinect the future of computing? All this and less on this episode.
Scott talks to his friend John Batdorf about their move from small consultancies to large corporations. What kinds of issues do we deal with as employees and what kinds of issues do IT departments come upon as companies grow?
Scott sits down with open source developers Benjamin van der Veen to talk about his C# Web Server, Kayak, as well as OWIN, Open Source Web Servers and his thoughts on where server-side web development is going.
Scott and Pete have both worked for Microsoft for a while now as remote workers. What works, what doesn't? Why is Scott obsessed with video portals and cameras and does it help? Pete shares his thoughts and tips on the remote life.
Scott talks to Laurent Bugnion about the often misunderstood Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) pattern. What's the different between this pattern and MVC? Can I use this pattern for Silverlight, WPF and Windows Phone 7, and what Open Source projects can support this pattern?
This week Scott talks to George Clingerman, a member of the Independant Xbox Game Development Community (Indie Games). George is a business developer by day and a game developer by night, using C# and managed code in both instances. How does this all work and how can you develop and sell your own games?
Rob joins Scott this week as they talk about their new (and very different) podcast "This Developer's Life." Why does Rob feel the need to create? What's the process? How does one create their own podcast and what are some tips for not just success, but feeling good after!
It's PDC week and Scott's on campus with Phil Haack talking about ASP.NET MVC 3 RC and the NuPack^H^H^H^H^H^H^H NuGet Package Manager.
Scott chats with Chris from Secret Labs about the Netduino Open Source hardware platform. How does Netduino and Netduino Plus relate to the .NET Microframework and which parts of Open Source? What can I build with it and it how? What kinds of capabilities does this little piece of hardware have, and can it give even smaller?
Web Services with SOAP are a pretty well understood thing, but what's all this appeal about REST? Is REST just CRUD (Create Read Update Delete) for the Web? Is it a pattern, a style or dogma? Recognized REST expert Mike Amundsen sets Scott straight.
Eric Herbrandson has been working on the site creating a Silverlight-based audio mixer at night and weekends. What's the best way to hold down a full time job while pursuing your passion? Was it hard for Eric to learn a new technology and apply it to his little ISV? And some tech chat about his product, AudioOrchard (now ScratchAudio), what was possible and what wasn't.
Scott chats with Getting Things Done (GTD) practitioner and MBA student Lane Newsom. How does she apply the principals of GTD in a practical way to her daily life?
Richard Pawson wrote his PhD thesis on "Naked Objects." Scott sits down to chat with Richard about the framework. Too complex? Too simple? How does Naked Objects apply in today's object oriented systems and what does it learn from yesterday's?
Scott talks to Colin Miller about the .NET Micro Framework. It's a "tiny CLR" that runs in as little as 64k! He explains how it started with the SPOT Watch (remember that) and how it's grown to an Open Source project under the Apache 2.0 license with a broad ecosystem and dozens of hardware boards available from partners.
Scott chats with Eric Sink from SourceGear about DVCS. How bad IS SourceSafe? What kinds of things should you think about when moving to more modern source control system like SVN? Then what about moving to a proper distributed system? Mercurial vs. Git and more.
This week Scott talks to Jon Torresdal from Norway via Skype. Jon is an Architect for a Norwegian insurance company, and an editor for InfoQ. His agile team practice Scrum and Jon shares his experiences making web deployment a no-click affair. What are the tools and techniques you need to make your automated build automate deployment to a production web farm?
Scott talks to Andrew Arnott about OpenID and OpenAuth. What are these two protocols, how do they relate to each other and what do we as programmers need to know about them? Do you use Twitter? Then you use OpenAuth and may not realize it. Andrew works at Microsoft and works on the side on his open source project DotNetOpenAuth.
Scott talks to Jeff Wilcox, a Developer on the Silverlight Team about developing on Windows Phone 7. What kinds of performance can we expect from the phone? Jeff Wilcox shows Scott some tips and tricks on how to get the smoothest animations from your phone. Frame Rate Counters and more fun are explained!
Scott talks to Mike Calvo, a Microsoft Lead Developer based out of Minnesota (!) about Expression SuperPreview. SuperPreview helps developers and designers with cross-browser CSS and HTML issues. How'd they build it and with what? What's inside? How does the cloud fit in and how do they support Safari?
Scott catches up with Pete Brown after they've both built their "Ultimate Developer PCs." Any regrets? What'd they learn and how you can learn from their mistakes and successes.
Scott chats with Jason Dentler about NHibernate and their new 3.0 release. Jason is the author of the upcoming "NHibernate 3 Cookbook" from Packt Publishing. Is NHibernate hard and scary? Jason gets Scott up to speed and talks open source community.
ASP.NET MVC matches forward. Scott talks to Phil Haack about today's Preview 1 release. There's new features to make dependency injection easier, an all new "Razor" ViewEngine, and much more. How do they choose these features and how can the community help?
Scott talks to Jeff Derstadt, Senior Dev Lead in the Database and Modeling Group. They released a CTP (Community Technology Preview) of a simplified Code First model for creating, describing and accessing databases using the Entity Framework. Scott digs in and finds out if this is the Data Access technology for him (and maybe you).
Scott sits down with designer Jin Yang to talk about the fundamental differences between developers and designers. Are we a totally different breed? How should designers and developers work together? Should designers code their own sites?
This weeks it's a very sick Dan Fernandez from Channel 9 who joins me on the show for a random Hanselminutiae. We talk iPads, Windows Phone 7, Hulu Plus, TimeSvr, innovation and more.
Creating the Ultimate Developer Machine 2.0. It's that time again. Pete Brown and I want to know how we can get a 7.9 WEI Score for under $3k. We enlist Larry Larsen from Channel 9 as well as Jeff Kirkham and Chris Kirk from the WinSAT team. These guys work on the WEI score itself. Can we make it happen?
Microsoft's Application Server is out and it's called AppFabric. Scott chats with Karandeep Anand from the Distributed Application Server group at Microsoft about Windows Server AppFabric. It's released and it's part of Windows itself. How does it relate to Azure? What's included, and where's Velocity?
Scott's in DC this week and he sits down with multimedia personality Baratunde Thurston. He's a Web Editor for TheOnion.com, a founder at JackAndJillPolitics.com, a host on the Science Channel and the author of the upcoming book "How To Be Black." He tells Scott how.
Scott talks to Javier Lozano about his open source MVC Turbine project and how it makes Dependency Injection and inversion of control extremely easy. These concepts can be tricky to jump into and usually require custom code in your app. MVC Turbine makes it easy to get up and running in minutes with ASP.NET MVC and IoC.
Scott's on vacation this week at the beach and Scott's Wife Mo joins him on the show to share Geek Relationship Tips. Is it hard to be married to a geek? What are some techniques for avoiding conflict and having a drama-free relationship?
Scott and James are on a world tour and racking up the miles. James shares some of his best travel tips and tricks, and Scott shares how he moves through airport security as fast as possible. It's Techie Travel with James and Scott this week on Hanselminutes, recorded from Sydney, Australia.
Gary Schmidt from runningwitht1.com runs marathons and triathlons. He also wears an insulin pump 24 hours a day, just like Scott. These two Type 1 diabetics chat about what's involved in being both diabetic and active.
Scott talks to AOP expert Philip Laureano about Aspect Oriented Programming. Is it the missing piece of the Object Orient Programming puzzle? It sounds scary but is it? Should I start using IL Rewriting and Dynamic Proxies on my next project, or is it too dangerous? All this and more as Scott and Philip learn about LinFu, an Open Source project that enables these scenarios and more!
The worst show ever? Perhaps, but it's Meta! It's Joel Spolsky this week, the other half of the StackOverflow Podcast, chatting with Scott this week about podcasting. How does Joel record shows? How does Scott? Is this the end of the StackOverflow show? How does Leo Laporte manage? Should we visit his house? All this, plus sour grapes.
There's no Stack Overflow podcasts lately so Scott's got Jeff on the show so we can get our Coding Horror fix. Jeff shares some of the thinking behind recent changes on StackOverflow.com and how they plan on building a community outside just techies. Also, Jon Skeet, Needlepoint, Bows and Arrows, and Mustache people.
Sedentary Scott chats with Fit John Lam about the science of fitness. If you're a coder you you use huge amounts of data and statistics to plan your next move, why not do the same when working out? John talks about the software and hardware folks use to measure not just where they ran and how far, but also their Watts per Kilo of body weight!
Scott sits down with Jeffrey Palermo to chat about his thoughts around ASP.NET MVC and the MVCContrib Project. What's the MVCContrib Project for? What value does it bring to the platform, and what's the story behind it joining the CodePlex Foundation?
Scott sits down with Jade Bailey, who manages social media and online services for the Wynn in Las Vegas. How does a world wide brand use social media to serve its customers while still remaining authentic? Is Twitter a legitimate customer service choice? Does a company need a Facebook page?
Charles Petzold wrote the book on Windows. Specifically, he wrote "Programming Windows, 1st edition" in 1988. This was the book I learned on and I still have it on my shelf. Charles has never stopped writing and is now working on a free book for Microsoft Press called "Programming Windows Phone 7 Series." I get the scoop from Chuck in this interview recorded in the waning hours of Mix 10 in Las Vegas.
Scott's at Mix this week in Las Vegas, and he gets a second to sit down with Charlie Kindel from the Windows Phone team. What's the real developer story? What can these phones do and how do we program them? They talk aesthetic, controls, IDEs and hardware details.
Astoria, ADO.NET Data Services and OData - what's the difference and the real story? How does OData work and when should I use it? When do I use OData and when do I use WCF? Scott gets the scoop from the architect himself, Pablo Castro.
This week Scott talks to new media consultant Liz Burr about working in Social Networking. What does a social media consultant do? Is it PR or marketing? How much is science and how much is gut? Are social media people more than just the popular kids from High School? Liz helps Scott work out his school issues. Also: People of Color and their role in Social Media.
Scott's in Egypt today and he had the opportunity to sit down with Lamees and Abeer, two successful women in IT. Lamees is a programmer transitioning to Systems Analysis, and Abeer is a veteran Senior Systems Analyst and Agile Project Manager at Dashsoft. Nearly 50% of the people at Cairo Code Camp are women. What is Egypt doing right to encourage so many women to choose technology as their career?
Scott sits down with Tatham Oddie to talk about the WebFormsMVP open source project created by he and Damian Edwards. What does it add? Can we have the best of both worlds, convenience and testability?
Two Englishmen in a row? What a sellout I am. This week I chat with Chris "ChrisNTR" Hardy, an ASP.NET programmer by day who writes C# code for the iPhone by night. He took it upon himself to answer a tweet from me and write the beginnings of a "Hanselminutes iPhone Application." How did he do it?
I tease! It's show 200, and we've got Jon Skeet. Jon writes Java at Google, but he's also got a new book out called C# in Depth, Second Edition. Jon is also well-known for his answers on StackOverflow, gaining him the title "The Chuck Norris of Programmers." Listeners can get 40% off with code "HanselC40" at http://manning.com/skeet2 until March 15th.
Scott chats with Jeremy Zawodny, a developer at Craigslist on how the system is put together. How many servers do they have? How does it all fit together and what are the major technology problems they have to solve?
Scott sits down with Erik Meijer from the Cloud Programmability Team to hear about the Reactive Extensions for .NET (Rx). Rx is a library for composing asynchronous and event-based programs using observable collections. Sound boring? Not even a little. Rx is a prescription for awesome.
Scott sits down with Jimmy Schementi to find out what's the scoop with the DLR. Is it baked? What do I need to do to get started? What's the status of IronRuby - is it done? Will IronPython be a first class language or is it already? All these questions and more will be answered.
Jason Olson works (or worked, as you'll hear) for Microsoft in DPE. In this episode he takes Scott a little deeper into some of the new features in .NET 4, including security, CLR changes, C# 4 and VB 10 improvements and the new Task Parallel Library.
The WiX Project was the first big Open Source project out of Microsoft over 10 years ago! Scott talks to project lead Rob Mensching about how the WiX Installer project got started. How much trouble did he have with Microsoft bosses and Legal? What's next for WiX?
Scott chats with Warren Sande and his 10 year old son, Carter, about their new book "Hello World: Computer Programming for Kids and Other Beginners." Listeners can get 40% off Hello World! from Manning.com with the code "hanselm40". The offer is valid until Jan 31, 2010.
Scott talks to Niklas Gustafsson about Axum (formerly Maestro), an incubation project at MSDN DevLabs. Axum is a new language based on the Actor model that targets the CLR. It focuses on making concurrency fundamental with principles of isolation, agents, and message-passing.
Scott chats with new Microsoft employee and ASP.NET team member about his open source ASP.NET MVC ViewEngine called "Spark." It's a totally new DSL (Domain Specific Language) that might make your MVC Views more fun to write!
Scott's on campus and talks to Nathan Brixius, a Senior Developer working on the Microsoft Solver Foundation library. Solver Foundation helps break down complex multi-variable problems in a clean, declarative way.
Scott's in Redmond this week and he sits down with Lee Holmes and Jason Shirk from the Powershell team. What's the state of Powershell now that it's built into Windows. What does 2.0 buy me and what features could I exploit more effectively?
It's the day after Thanksgiving (in the US) and we're making our way deep into the holiday season. Scott chats with Richard Campbell and they each share their best gadget gifts for the geek in your life.
This week Scott's at PDC but just before he left he chatted with Phil Haack about his exciting release of ASP.NET MVC 2 Beta. They chat about the changes, and Scott gets a surprise phone call from The Gu.
Scott's in Sweden and he sits down with well-known Software Tester James Bach to talk about what it means to be an unconventional learner. James has had success in the software industry even though he dropped out of school at age 14. His new book "Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar" explores the issue of nontraditional learning as it relates to success later in life. James is an interesting dude. I hope you enjoy the show.
Scott's in Sweden this week and he sat down with master debugger and ASP.NET Escalation Engineer Tess Ferrandez. She explains .NET Debugging 101. What's a dump file? Do you need PDBs? How do you use WinDBG and what are the best ways to debug memory issues, perf problems and hangs.
What do you get when you put Spolsky, Atwood, Blyth, and Hanselman in the same room? A crazy Content-Free podcast recorded backstage at the San Francisco DevDays conference. This episode runs a bit longer than usual and the sound quality isn't up to our usual standards. This is Scott's fault, not Lawrence's, our fantastic editor. :)
Scott's in Seattle this week and catches Microsoft Program Manager (and one of 1000 Scott's) Scott Hunter who shares insights in the history and future of ASP.NET 4. What's coming in VS2010 Beta 2?
This wacky episode of Hanselminutes was recorded at 3am on a sad, sad Saturday morning with an intrepid group of UStream and Twitter users who watched Scott chat about gadgets and technology and ultimate fail to save the video. This is the only artifact. This is fortunate because Scott does an audio podcast.
Scott's in Mexico this week and he's sitting down with Molly Holzschlag. Molly is a well-known Web standards advocate, instructor, and author and correctly works for Opera as an evangelist. She explains the history of HTML, SGML and XML and we chat about where we think the web is headed.
Scott chats with Mono Product Manager Joseph Hill and Monospace conference organizer and continous learner Scott Bellware about the state of Mono. Is Mono competition or diversity? How hard are cross platform apps? Can you really write apps for your iPhone in C#? Where can you learn more about Mono?
Brad Abrams runs a number of teams at Microsoft, most recently working on "Rich Internet Application Services" (RIA). Scott grills Brad on the rebirth of 3-tier architect, XML, REST and JSON. What's this thing about and is it the best way to write data-centric apps with Silverlight?
In this unusual episode of Hanselminutes, organized late at night over Twitter, and recorded as a community conference call, Scott moderates a discussion on open source and the new CodePlex Foundation.
Mark Miller thinks and talks fast. Fortunately he codes fast also. He works on CodeRush for DevExpress, a very intense Visual Studio plugin that helps you visualize and refactor code. How is it built? How does it break the rules? Scott digs in.
Too much? Too soon? We like Richard so darn much that we had to keep talking on this show. Scott and Richard talk about personal PBXs, multi-core PDAs, iPads and more.
Udi Dahan is an Enterprise Development Expert and also the author of NServiceBus. Udi educates Scott on how a service bus works, and how it fits into a world of brokers, workflows and services.
It's the return of Jeff Atwood. He and the team have been making lots of great speed optimizations to Stackoverflow lately. What tools are they using? What kinds of speed improvements are they seeing, and what can you do to exploit their experience?
In this sixth episode of our micro-series "Hanselminutiae," Scott and Richard Campbell chat about all things technological. It's a bit random at times, but at least we enjoy it.
Mary Jo Foley writes the All About Microsoft blog for ZDNet and has worked as a journalist covering Microsoft for years. Scott and Mary Jo chat about Windows 7 and the future of Microsoft.
Dan Bricklin is an innovator and entrepreneur, and created VisiCalc, the first electronic spreadsheet in 1979. He's just written a book called Bricklin on Technology full of observations, stories, case histories and insight into the human aspect of technology.
Scott and Uncle Bob meet again, this time in Norway and in person. Uncle Bob tries to answer the question Are You Professional. Scott and uncle Bob chat about software craftmanship.
Today Scott chats with Nate Kohari, author of Ninject, about Nate's new Kanban-inspired project "Zen." Are project boards something your agile team should be thinking about?
In this show recorded in Norway, Roy Osherove educates Scott on best practices in Unit Testing techniques and the Art of Unit Testing.
Scott chats with Aaron Bockover of Novell about the Banshee Project - a cross-platform Media Player. It's a Mono Application that runs on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. What are the hard-won secrets of cross platform .NET dev? Aaron and his team know the answers.
Scott's Norway interviews continue this week, this time with Jeremy Miller, author of Structure Map. Scott and Jeremy chat about fluent interfaces, Convention Over Configuration and how to best simplify your systems.
Scott chats with Ian Griffiths about Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). Why is it so hard to master? What techniques should the WinForms developer learn first? Scott's working on a side project, and he and Ian brainstorm ways for Scott's application to use WPF more effectively.
Scott's in Norway this week and he sits down with Michael Feathers. Michael is the author of "Working Effectively with Legacy Code." What is legacy code? Are you writing legacy code right now?
When's Silverlight 10 coming out? These versions are moving pretty fast. Scott chats with Tim Heuer to try and make sense of it. How does offline for Silverlight work? What's the best way to keep on the this new tech.
Scott sits down with Patrick Smacchia, lead developer of NDepend, and talks about Software Metrics. What metrics lie beyond Lines of Code?
Scott's at TechEd and bumps into Hal Rottenberg and Kirk Munro. Hal's a Powershell IT guy and Kirk's a Powershell-focused Dev. What's new in Powershell 2.0 and what's in it for the .NET developer or Windows power user?
Scott chats with founders of Mustang Software (creators of Wildcat! BBS) Jim Harrer and Scott Hunter about the BBS era. We start at 300 baud and work our way up. Remember Hayes modems, v.32bis, Fidonet, Compuserve? This is the show for you.
In this episode Scott talks to Joshua Marinacci from Sun, a Staff Engineer working on JavaFX. JavaFX, along with Flash and Silverlight battle to be The VM for the Web. We chat about how JavaFX approaches things and muse on who will win the web.
Michael Foord makes his living as a Python programmer. More specifically has an IronPython programmer. He chats with Scott about his company's use of IronPython, the DLR and why they picked Python over C# or VB.
Scott's in New York this week and he stops by the Fog Creek Software offices on Broadway and chats with Joel Spolsky. Why did they write their own compiler? How long have they used VBScript? What does Joel think about online community? All this and less in this episode!
Be warned! We may just waste your time with this show. It's Hanselminutae #5 with Richard Campbell. We talk books, Windows, Economics, being a Millionaire, Multiple Monitors, TweetDeck, and much much less!
Scott chats about Diversity with Aslam Khan. He is a software architect and coach from South Africa. He shares his experience growing up South African, and how he applies his experience to working with Agile software development teams.
Scott digs deep with Pete Brown about the Commodore 64 Emulator he is writing in Silverlight 3. Is Silverlight fast enough? What about offline support? What Silverlight 3 features made the job easier? All this and next steps in this week's show.
Scott's at Mix09 in Las Vegas this week and he sits down with Chris Woods, a Program Manager on the Mobile Browse Platform Team. They've just open sourced a MASSIVE database of mobile device capabilities, enabling better mobile development for ASP.NET developers.
Scott's wife Mo turns the tables in this interview and talks to Web Developer Scott Hanselman. How does he fit it all into a day? What about work life balance? Is Scott bored with technology? When will the madness stop?
Scott chats with Kathleen Dollard about the past and the future of Code Generation. Scott's infatuated with T4, but does it have a future?
You may have heard the terms "Fit" and "Fitnesse" bandied about by the software engineering literati. What are they? Are they useful? Are they used at all? Does your testing strategy need some fitnesse? The creator of Fit and the coordinator of the Fit project chat with Scott and answer the hard questions.
Uncle Bob Martin responds to the hullabaloo around the SOLID principles from Show 145, his time on the Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky StackOverflow podcast, and offers his reasoned response. Is it time for a Software Apprenticeship Program? Other possible titles for this show: "He's back and he's pissed." "Bob's your Uncle." "Joel Who?" "SOLID State" "I got your tests right here!" "Smack Overflow" "Pay Attention This Time: Bob Martin on SOLID" (No, Bob's not pissed. We're just having a laugh.)
Scott talks to Doug Cook, Hal Saville, and Lee Brenner about their dramatic new Twitter client, called "blu" (formerly "chirp") with a jelly aesthetic you have to see to believe. How do they find developing in WPF? What's their workflow? What's coming for the next release of blu?
There's been lots of talk about MEF lately, but what the heck is it? Is it an Open Source Project or is it part of the .NET Framework? Is it both? Is it an IOC Container or something new? Glenn Block sets Scott straight in this interview recorded on the Microsoft Campus.
Scott is on campus this week and bumps into Noah Richards, a "lowly" (his word) dev on the new editor in Visual Studio 2010. They sit down and Scott gets an education on how it's put together, built, componentized and shared.
Scott Hanselman talks to Scott Bellware about TDD. ScottB says that Test Driven Development is less about Testing and more about Design. Is TDD poorly named? Did Test Smell beget Design Smell beget Code Smell?
Scott sits down with Robert C. Martin as Uncle Bob helps Scott understand the SOLID Principles of Object Oriented Design.
Scott's on holiday in South Africa with his family this month. Rather than doing repeats or "best of" shows, Scott's doing man-on-the-street interviews and uploading them over cell phone. In this episode, Scott talks to his Wife, Ntombenhle, an MBA and Homemaker from Zimbabwe.
Scott's on holiday in South Africa with his family this month. Rather than doing repeats or "best of" shows, Scott's doing man-on-the-street interviews and uploading them over cell phone. In this episode, Scott talks to Victor, a lawyer and lecturer at the University of Lesotho.
Scott's on holiday in South Africa with his family this month. Rather than doing repeats or "best of" shows, Scott's doing man-on-the-street interviews and uploading them over cell phone. In this episode, Scott talks to Vusi, an IT sales manager from Johannesburg.
Scott talks with Dan and Brian as they turn the successful Coding4Fun blog into a book. Brian shares how to interface with the Nintendo Wii's Wiimote, and Dan tells us how to download and convert YouTube videos in one click.
What's the deal with DDD? Is it a fad? A religion? Some kind of software design cult? Rob Conery has decided to learn for himself, and Scott joins him for the trip in this episode.
Scott chats with with Miguel de Icaza and Joseph Hill, the folks behind Moonlight. It's Silverlight on Linux with Mono and it's Open Source!
Scott talks with Paint.NET author Rick Brewster about some of the internals of his popular freeware application. They focus on deployment and setup, how Rick does it and what we can learn from him.
Scott catches up with Richard Campbell at DevConnections in Las Vegas and they chat about the announcements at the 2008 Microsoft PDC and how/if the new stuff will affect our lives.
One of the hidden gems this year at the PDC conference was the Microsoft Research section. It was buried in the back of the convention center, unfortunately, so a lot of people didn't know it was there. Scott talks to each team at length and gets the scoop on what project are coming to an IDE near you sometime soon.
Here's some raw audio from the last show. We left the recorder on after the show was over, and the discussion continued for another 30 minutes! It's a different conversation in a raw style, but we hope you enjoy it.
Scott chats with Jeff Atwood of CodingHorror.com and most recently, StackOverflow.com. Jeff and Joel Spolsky and their technical team have created a new class of application using ASP.NET MVC. What works, what doesn't, and how did it all go down?
Scott visits Microsoft Research and talks to Helvecio Ribeiro, the Test Lead for Machine Translation about T-Bot, his translation bot for Windows Live Messenger.
What is Subsonic and should you use it? Scott and Rob Conery chat about his baby and comparisons to other Open Source frameworks. Also, Scott tries to get free consulting for his new pet project.
Today we reminisce with Jeff Webb about the very early years of Basic and Visual Basic at Microsoft. What was it like to work just a few offices down from BillG? When did Basic stop being ALL CAPS?
Carl and Scott chat about what's new in .NET 3.5 SP1. There's a lot of new additions and improvements...should you care?
Scott chats with John Resig about how he developed jQuery, how it performs, and where he thinks it's headed.
In this episode Scott talks to Saqib Shaikh, a developer for Microsoft Consulting Services in the UK, who is also blind. They chat about accessibility in Windows, on the Web and in the next generation of Web Applications written with AJAX and Silverlight.
In an interview organized on Twitter, Scott chats with Tim Bray, Distinguished Engineer at Sun and about Twitter and Microblogging and how the community squeezes performance of his WideFinder and WideFinder 2 challenges.
Scott sits down with Dare Obasanjo and they chat about the interesting problems that Social Networking sites face.
Scott introduces Carl to BabySmash for the first time, and they chat about some of the services available to MicroISVs, as well as the joys of coding in WPF.
In this episode, Scott talks to Rick Barraza, an Experience Architect from Cynergy with a background in Flash, and Bryan Perfetto, a Developer from Inxile writing his first Silverlight application. They chat about how and why they ported the popular Flash Game LineRider.com to Silverlight 2.
Richard is a dev that spends most of his time in the presentation layer and Felix is a designer. Richard is focused on the Xaml and code, unlike Felix who is a tragically hip and talented designer who is focused on design and user experience. Can Xaml bring this odd couple together?
Scott chats with Ken Schwaber, the co-creator of Scrum, agile advocate and a founder of the Agile Alliance. Scott asks 'What is the definition of Done?' and gets a more complicated (and more interesting!) answer than he bargained for.
Scott sits down in Oslo, Norway with Tom and Mary Poppendieck to talk about Lean Software Development, the importance of The Business, and the real definition of success.