21 September 2011
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Interview with Trevor Burnham on CoffeeScript

Human-friendly JavaScript

CoffeeScript burst onto the scene at the end of 2009, and is beginning to show up everywhere. Ruby on Rails now ships with it as the default way to write JavaScript, and even Brendan Eich (the creator of JavaScript) has mentioned CoffeeScript as an influence on the future of JavaScript. What’s all the fuss about? Is CoffeeScript just hype, or is there really something to it?

Trevor Burnham literally wrote the book on CoffeeScript. In this PragCast interview we talk to him about the “human-friendly dialect of JavaScript,” what it is, where it’s going, and how CoffeeScript can actually make you a better JavaScript programmer.

15 June 2011
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Interview with Avdi Grimm, author of "Exceptional Ruby"

Dealing with the Unexpected

Miles Forrest interviews Avdi Grimm on his new book “Exceptional Ruby”. Dealing with unexpected failures in code is tough, and oftentimes error processing is dealt with in a haphazard way. Hear the 5 questions you need to ask before writing code to handle unexpected failures, as well as his story about a cascading failure that went from bad to worse.

16 March 2011
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Ward Cunningham Interview

Sixteen years after the birth of Wiki

In 1995 Ward Cunningham created the first wiki for the Portland Pattern Society. Now, 16 years later, hear what this tech luminary has to say about Wikipedia and even the controversial Wikileaks. For host Miles Forrest, this has been one of his favorite interviews, and he talks to Ward about his hobby of building Aruduino robots, the rise and fall of Smalltalk, and poses the question if Ward could commission IBM’s next Grand Challenge after beating human opponents at Jeopardy, what would he build?

01 February 2011
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The Future of Web Development

with HTML5 and CSS3

HTML5 and CSS3 are the future of web development, and in this episode of the pragmatic podcast, Brian Hogan talks about his new book “HTML5 and CSS3: Develop with Tomorrow’s Standards Today”.

HTML5 is quickly becoming a marketing term, a new buzzword with a fancy logo that may put some people off. Is this a good or bad thing? Are there features in HTML5/CSS3 that make adopting these technologies now worth the effort? Brian even tackles the HTML5 vs Flash debate, and answers the question “Is Flash dead?”.

Hosted by Miles Forrest.

26 January 2011
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Johanna Rothman Interview, with Ian Dees

Getting it All Done

Miles Forrest talks about multitasking and getting things done with Johanna Rothman and Ian Dees.

Everyone manages time, whether you keep it all in your head, write it down on paper, or enter it in some form of electronic organizer. But what do you do when you have a really big project? What do you do when you say “I want to do it all!” but end up going nowhere fast? Author Johanna Rothman shares techniques that work.

Johanna began managing projects back in 1984 when there was no Internet, no voice mail, and tools like spreadsheets had just been invented. As she grew in her abilities to manage large, complicated projects with hundreds of developers, she branched out, working as a consultant for the last 16 years. Her most recent book, “Managing You Project Portfolio”, helps you organize multiple projects and evaluate them without getting buried under a mountain of statistics.

07 December 2010
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Jonathan Rasmusson Interview

Tales of the Agile Samurai

Jonathan Rasmusson discusses his new book “The Agile Samurai: How Agile Masters Deliver Great Software”. As a former evangelist for ThoughtWorks, Jonathan brings a real world, hands-covered-in-muck approach to the subject of Agile development. What is Agile, really? And not from a theoretical point of view, but from the trenches? What works? What doesn’t? How do you get started? Although “exciting” might not be a word most people think of when discussing software development, Jonathan’s energy and infectious enthusiasm is apparent on this interview with host Miles Forrest.

13 October 2010

Robert Martin interview

What's on Uncle Bob's Mind

In this episode, your host Miles Forrest interviews Robert Martin, know by many as “Uncle Bob.” Bob has been slinging code for 40 years, and still loves coding. As Bob puts it, “I want to code till I die and I don’t want to die soon.”

Bob reveals his thoughts on the craft of programming and hopes for the next computer language, including the solution to the Moore’s Law dilemma that dates back to 1957. He’ll describe the right way to write a framework (hint: don’t write it) and discuss current problems and opportunities with agile development methods.

Discover the Most Horrible Invention in the last twenty years (and possibly the most popular!) and what Bob thinks about experience, mentorship and science fiction.

01 July 2009

Michael Swaine on Prag Pub

Getting to Iteration One

MIchael Swaine describes coming on board with the Pragmatic Programmers, his years of experience with InfoWorld and Dr. Dobbs Journal, the joy of programming, and the Fire in the Valley. He talks about the need for agility, the search for new ideas, and the future of magazines in general.

24 June 2009
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Bill Dudney and Chris Adamson on iPhone 3.0 SDK Development

Apple's design patterns and more

Hear what iPhone SDK authors Chris Adamson and Bill Dudney have to say on this week’s podcast. They’ll discuss Apple’s design patterns and their feat of getting the 3.0 beta book out on the same day Apple publicly released the SDK. You’ll also hear about the advantages of the new programmable GPU, the new availability of Core Data and AV classes for audio apps, in-app purchasing, plus what didn’t come in the new 3.0. Chris and Bill will talk about how the iPhone programing model is significantly different from desktop programming, and offer some thoughts on what’s coming next.

06 May 2009
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Andy Lester: Land the Tech Job You Love

Tech Skills aren't enough

Andy Lester, author of “Land the Tech Job You Love,” tells Susannah Pfalzer all about job hunting in today’s tech world. He explains why job boards do not work for 90% of job seekers, and what makes a great resume—and how most people blow it. Andy tells you how to make yourself hirable and promotable, and how to use your resume as a tracking tool.

Even with this economy, and fewer jobs available, the way you look for a job doesn’t change, just the priorities. Join Andy Lester and see how to land the tech job you’ll love.