I have about 33 podcasts I’m subscribed to right now. I started out late and slow, with podcast listening. I first became aware of podcasting at the Chicago Code Camp in May of 2010. I was in the audience when Carl and Richard recorded a .NET Rocks! episode. Of course I had to listen to it, so I downloaded the MP3 to a flash drive and stuck it the USB port of my Honda Civic. I continued to listen to DNR episodes but it was pretty clunky to say the least. Podcast listening really took off when I got a tablet (Actually a gift for my wife, which I immediately expropriated), and then some podcast software (I use BeyondPod. This is not a recommendation, other than it seems to work for me, without too many annoyances. It cost $7 or $8.), to subscribe to podcast feeds, play them in order (In my case oldest to newest), and at faster than normal speeds. Now that I (finally) have a smart phone (The wife can use the tablet whenever she wants now.), it’s even easier to keep the podcasts handy and listen whenever I am commuting, running errands, working around the house, or have some downtime. (A word of caution: The wife is not pleased when she starts to tell me something and then notices my ears are plugged into the phone.)
Speaking of playing at faster than normal speeds. Here’s an idea for you mobile app developers out there, if it doesn’t already exist. I usually listen to podcasts at 1.5X or 2X speeds, but sometimes when a person normally speaks at a fast clip, their words become unintelligible to me at 1.5X or 2X. This can really be annoying when the interviewer and interviewee speak at different rates. Now that we have good voice recognition software, why can’t we, instead of listening to speech at a fixed 1X, 1.5X, or xX speed, listen to it at a fixed words per minute rate? A quick search on the Interwebs, tells me normal speech is about 125 WPM, audio books 150-160 WPM, auctioneers 250 WPM, and the world record is 637 WPM. In other words, no matter how fast a person talks normally, we listen at a selected maximum WPM rate we are comfortable with, without fear of missing something blurted out too quickly (TODO: Look up origin of the word “blurt”). Somebody let me know if an app like this already exists. Thanks.
Bonus feature: When the *MyWPM app detects music, it plays that the normal rate.
Double bonus feature: When the MyWPM app detects your wife is speaking, it pauses the podcast.
Sorry for the detour. Back to the original point of this post. The SW Development podcasts I currently listen to are:
.NET Rocks! The granddaddy of them all. Currently over 1100 episodes. Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell currently release 3 shows per week. They spend a lot of time on the road at various conferences. Anyone who is anybody in the SW development field has probably been on this show…multiple times. The Geekout episodes are especially fun, and sometimes even sobering.
Hanselminutes Scott Hanselman has over 460 episodes under his belt. Pushing them out once a week, they are usually about 30 minutes long. Scott has a knack for getting interviews with people you might not normally associate with SW development.
Entreprogrammers. The podcast for developerneurs. You get to listen in on Josh Earl, John Sonmez, Derick Bailey, and Charles Max Wood’s mastermind group. Not really about SW development but rather developing SW based businesses. They lay it all out there. The ups and downs, the wins and losses. See how the sausage is made. They’re up to 53 Episodes, published once a week.
Get up and CODE! by John Sonmez (This guy is everywhere!) Despite the name, its not really about coding, but about SW developers getting physically fit. Up to 79 episodes. I think it’s published about once a week.
Software Engineering Radio. The podcast for professional Software developers. Sponsored by the IEEE Software society. They put out a show about once a month. Very long, deep, and very technical. Loved Episode 215: Gang of Four 20 Years Later.
The MSDev Show. Just started listening to this. Started last year. Up to 44 episodes now. Looks like they publish about once a week. Good stuff from what I’ve heard.
Herding Code. K. Scott Allen, Keven Dente, Scott Koon, and Jon Galloway do the interviewing. Awesome show notes. 201 episodes right now. Looks like an irregular publishing schedule.
The Hello World Podcast. I’ll just copy the podcast’s tag line: “Not just another technical podcast. Shawn Wildermuth brings you his “Hello World” podcast where we learn about how your favorite developers tell their story of how they got started writing software!” I always love to hear the SW Superhero origin stories.
The Freelancers Show. Another show about developing a SW developer business. Part of the devchat.tv podcast empire. Up to 148 shows, published weekly.
Matt Kremer’s Podcast. Just started late last year. Up to episode 11 now. Matt lives and works in my neck of the woods. Always support the home team, I say.
This Agile Life. Agile SW development, obviously. Up to episode 73. Looks like it’s published every other week. A whole host of hosts: John Sextro, Amos King, Nate McKie, Jason Tice, Lee McCauley, and Craig Buchek.
“and sometimes other functional programming”. Erlang is cool. Small footprint, lighting fast, incredibly reliable! The special forces of programming languages. Up to 57 episodes, looks like its published weekly or every other week.
How about you? What SW Development podcasts are you listening to?
Also, let me know if I didn’t describe your podcast correctly. I can change, if I have to, I guess, and thank you for all the work you do publishing these podcasts.
* Yes, I named the app already and I just checked: “www.mywpm.com” is still available.