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A weekly talk show taking a pragmatic look at the art and business of Software Development and the world of technology.
2 days ago
402: Payment Required
We open the robe and share some vintage career origin stories. And we save Mike's soul by answering a few emails.
1 hr 10 min
Feb 17, 2021
Mike crosses over to report back from the other side, and Chris is along for the ride.
Feb 10, 2021
400: Bad Request
After reflecting on more than 8 years of the show, we get into solving problems and taking names. Plus a couple of special announcements, and some Hoopla we've just got to talk about.
Feb 3, 2021
399: Better Living Through Bots
Microsoft is working on a bot that can deepfake you real good, and we have thoughts. Plus some insights into testing, and a special friend returns to the show.
Jan 27, 2021
398: Testing the Test
The guys can't help but laugh when they hear the test tests one well-known online giant is testing. You might say they get a bit testy.
Jan 20, 2021
397: Electron Ennui
Is performance the ultimate requirement? What amount of compromise are we comfortable with?
Jan 13, 2021
396: Everyone Fools Around with Linux in College
Mike and Chris discuss the recent JetBrains FUD and ponder the impact of recent AWS policy enforcement. Plus a bunch of cool setups sent in by our audience.
1 hr 3 min
Jan 6, 2021
395: 50 Shades of M1
Their lives change forever when they meet a handsome, tormented, laptop.
Dec 30, 2020
394: SaaS is a Blast
Services and subscriptions get a bad wrap, so we flip the script and talk about the ones we're grateful to pay for.
Dec 23, 2020
393: The Snake in the Room
Mike details his favorite python tools and his tricks for performance concerns. Plus a bunch of workspace improvement ideas, feedback, and more.
1 hr 7 min
Dec 16, 2020
392: Seduced by The Snake
Mike recalls how he accidentally converted his development shop into a Python house, and Chris experiments with his Minimum Viable Robe.
Dec 9, 2020
391: Coder In the Woods
Time to talk business, and Chris reveals his biggest mistake since going independent.
Dec 2, 2020
390: The Gold Rust
After we geek out about keyboards, we answer some feedback and take a dip in the Rust lust.
Nov 25, 2020
389: Smoked Laptops
Mike buys a laptop live on air while Chris worries about the turkey.
Nov 18, 2020
388: MacOS Lincoler
The guys deploy their sage wisdom to answer your age-old questions and solve why the latest macOS is less appealing than ever to developers. Plus our thoughts on youtube-dl's return to GitHub.
Nov 11, 2020
387: ARMed & Dangerous
Our first reactions to Apple's ARM event, how these new systems will impact developers, and if we're buying one.
Nov 4, 2020
Chris attempts a Lizard intervention and gets sucked into Mike's Green tinted data center paradise. Plus our thoughts on the Raspberry Pi 400, and Apple's secret weapon.
Oct 28, 2020
385: Edging the Fox
Microsoft is making aggressive moves to court more and more developers. We put on our analyst hats and lay out the hard cold truth. Plus our trouble with Gnomes, your feedback, and martinis on the moon.
1 hr 2 min
Oct 21, 2020
384: Leaping Lizard People
It's confession hour on the podcast, and your hosts surprise each other with several twists and turns.
Oct 13, 2020
383: Java Justice
We have a different take on the Oracle v. Google case that may usher in an API copyright doom! Or so they say... Plus we answer great feedback and chew on the future of Windows 10.
1 hr 3 min
Oct 6, 2020
We examine the deeper problems in Open Source development the recent Hacktoberfest drama has exposed. Plus some great feedback, failures to launch, and more.
Sep 30, 2020
381: Flamewar Feedback Frenzy
We provoked quite a response and cover the feedback that puts us in our place. Then we dive into the wild era of text editor of yore and solve an age-old question.
Sep 23, 2020
380: Developer Unfriendly
We get nerdy about Blueprints, and then wary about the future of software distribution. Pour a glass of milk and prepare for some hot takes!
Sep 16, 2020
379: Neckbeards Get Shaved
Is it a Post-Open Source world now that the mega-clouds are here? We share our thoughts on this renewed idea. Plus, our reactions to Nvidia buying Arm, your feedback, and much more.
Sep 9, 2020
378: Rust, Safe for Marketing
A special friend of the show joins us to discuss C++ in 2020 and the growing adoption of Rust. Plus feedback, a Python surprise and a little small business corner.
Sep 2, 2020
377: An Epic Underdog
GitHub just made a major behind-the-scenes upgrade, and we chew on some of the impressive details. Plus, our thoughts on Epic vs. Apple, the larger story around device ownership, and a fun anecdote from running a small business.
Aug 25, 2020
376: WESA BACK!
We reboot the show to capture Mike's love of coupons and update you on what we have been up to recently since the show's fake demise.
Sep 16, 2019
375: The Grey Havens
We say goodbye to the show by taking a look back at a few of our favorite moments and reflect on how much has changed in the past seven years.
Sep 9, 2019
374: Python's Long Tail
As Python 2's demise draws near we reflect on Python's popularity, the growing adoption of static typing, and why the Python 3 transition took so long. Plus Apple's audacious app store tactics, Google's troubles with Typescript, and more!
Sep 2, 2019
373: Interactive Investigations
We debate the best way to package scripting language apps then explore interactive development and the importance of a good shell. Plus npm bans terminal ads, what comes after Rust, and why Mike hates macros.
Aug 27, 2019
372: Crystal Clear
We're back and going crazy about Crystal, a statically typed language that's as fast as C and as slick as ruby. Plus an update on Rails 6, Intel's growing adoption of Rust, and the challenge of making breaking changes.
Aug 19, 2019
371: Absurd Abstractions
It’s a Coder Radio special all about abstraction. What it is, why we need it, and what to do when it leaks. Plus your feedback, Mike’s next language challenge, and a functional ruby pick.
Aug 13, 2019
370: F'ing #
Things get heated when it’s time for Wes to check-in on Mike’s functional favorite, F#, and share his journey exploring modern .NET on Linux. Plus your feedback, combining ruby and rust, and the latest scandal with JEDI.
Aug 5, 2019
369: Old Man Embraces Cloud
Chris finally gets excited about Docker just as Wes tells him it’s time to learn something new. Plus the state of browser extension development, the value of non-technical advice, and your feedback.
Jul 29, 2019
368: Clojure Clash
Mike and Wes debate the merits and aesthetics of Clojure in this week's rowdy language check-in. Plus why everyone's talking about the sensitivity conjecture, speedy TLS with rust, and more!
Jul 22, 2019
367: 10x Evilgineers
Mike rekindles his youthful love affair with Emacs and we debate what makes a "10x engineer". Plus the latest Play store revolt and some of your feedback.
Jul 16, 2019
366: Functional First
It’s a Coder Radio special as Mike and Wes dive into functional programming in the real world and share their tips for applying FP techniques in any language.
Jul 8, 2019
365: Objectively Old
Wes turns back the clock and explores the message passing mania of writing Objective-C without a Mac, and we wax-poetic about programming language history. Plus Mike gets real about the Windows Subsystem for Linux, and our take on the new MacBook keyboard leak.
Jul 1, 2019
364: Gabbing About Go
Mike and Wes burrow into the concurrent world of Go and debate where it makes sense and where it may not. Plus gradual typing for Ruby, a new solution for Python packaging, and the real story behind Jony Ive's exit.
Jun 24, 2019
363: Find Your Off-Ramp
We take on the issues of burnout, work communication culture, and keeping everything in balance. Plus Wes asks 'Why Not Kotlin' and breaks down where it fits in his toolbox.
Jun 17, 2019
362: It Crashes Better
It's a Coder three-way as Chris checks-in with an eGPU update, and Mike shares his adventures with ReasonML. Plus the state of linux application packaging, and Chris' ultimate mobile workflow.
Jun 10, 2019
361: ZEEEE Shell!
Apple is shaking up the foundations of UI development with SwiftUI and raising developer eyebrows with a new default shell on MacOS. Plus feedback with a FOSS dilemma and an update on our 7 languages challenge.
Jun 3, 2019
360: Swift Kick In The UI
We react to Apple's big news at WWDC, check in with Mike's explorations of Elixir, and talk some TypeScript. Plus Mike's battles with fan noise, and why he's doubling down on the eGPU lifestyle.
May 28, 2019
359: 7 Languages
Wes is back and Mike's got a few surprises in store, including a new view on Electron, a hot take on titles, and a programming challenge for the both of them. Plus when it's okay to lie to the compiler, what GitHub's Sponsors program means for open source, and your feedback.
May 20, 2019
358: Batteries are Leaking
A strong argument against Python’s batteries included model exposes some bigger problems the community is struggling with. We chat about all of it. Plus lessons learned six years after a project, a new tool, and some feedback.
May 13, 2019
357: 3 OSes 1 GPU
Microsoft catches Mike’s eye with WSL 2, Google gets everyone's attention with their new push for Kotlin, and we get a full eGPU report.
May 8, 2019
356: Fear, Uncertainty, and .NET
.NET 5 has been announced and brings a new unified future to the platform. We dig in to Microsoft's plans and speculate about what they might mean for F#. Plus the value of manual testing, Visual Studio Code Remote, and Conway's Game of Life in Rust.
May 2, 2019
355: F# Shill
Mike and Wes dive into Bosque, Microsoft’s new research language, and debate if it represents the future of programming languages, or if we should all just be using F#. Plus some Qt license clarity, a handy new Rust feature, and your feedback.
1 hr 1 min
Apr 25, 2019
354: A Life of Learning
We celebrate the life of Erlang author Dr Joe Armstrong by remembering his many contributions to computer science and unique approach to lifelong learning. Plus some code to read, your feedback, and more!
Apr 17, 2019
353: A Week with WSL
Mike's back with thoughts on his recent adventures with the Windows Subsystem for Linux and what it might mean for the future of Linux development. Plus the hurdles of working with an eGPU, why you should learn languages you might not use, and a neat pick for playing with HTTP.
Apr 9, 2019
352: Self Driving Disaster
Mike’s away so Chris joins Wes to discuss running your workstation from RAM, the disappointing realities of self driving cars, and handling the ups and downs of critical feedback.
Apr 2, 2019
351: Riding the Rails
Mike explores the state of Xamarin.Android development on Linux, and we talk frameworks versus libraries and what Rails got right. Plus adventures with rust on MacOS, your feedback, and more!
Mar 27, 2019
350: Rusty Stadia
We debate Rust’s role as a replacement for C, and share our take on the future of gaming with Google's Stadia. Plus Objective-C's return to grace, Mike’s big bet on .NET, and more!
Mar 19, 2019
349: Their Rules, Your Choice
We join the fight between Apple and Spotify, and debate the meaning of 'fair play' in the App Store and the browser wars. Plus some thoughts on the lessons learned from the 737 MAX, an Elastic Beanstalk PSA, and more!
Mar 12, 2019
348: Dependency Dangers
Mike has salvaged a success story from the dumpster fire of the Google+ shutdown, and Wes shares his grief about brittle and repetitive unit tests. Plus Mike reviews the System76 Darter Pro, our tool of the week, and some fantastic audience feedback.
Mar 5, 2019
347: Rusty Rubies
Feb 26, 2019
346: Serverless Squabbles
The three of us debate when to go full serverless, and if ditching servers is worth the cost. Plus the battle against the Cult of Swift gains new allies.
Feb 19, 2019
345: F# Envy
The guys discuss the real last bastion of scratch your own itch, and debate the merits of recent C# functional programing fads that are transforming the language. Plus Mike’s swimming in hardware, and a new movement sweeping the web that starts right here.
Feb 12, 2019
344: Cupertino's King Makers
The gangs all together and cover your poignant feedback right out of the gate. Then we jump into the psychological trap of freelancing, and imagine a world where app stores are a true level playing field. Plus some really fun picks, a bit of hoopla, and more.
1 hr 6 min
Feb 5, 2019
343: Say My Functional Name
Mike breaks down the drama around nullable reference types in C# 8.0, and we debate what it means for the future of the language. Plus a fresh reminder of Apple's absolute App Store authority, and the state of Mike's relationship with the rust compiler.
Jan 29, 2019
342: Webs Assemble!
Apple wades into controversy after filing some Swift-related patents and we explore WebAssembly and its implications for the open web. Plus the latest on Mike's road to Rust, some great feedback, and more!
Jan 23, 2019
341: Too Late for Jenkins?
Mike and Wes are back to debate the state of developer tools and ask where Jenkins fits in 2019. Plus some some anger at Apple, and Mike reveals the latest language that's caught his eye.
Jan 15, 2019
340: The Optional Option
Wes joins Mike for a special Coder. They share thoughts on the costs and benefits of Optionals in Swift, uncover Mike's secret love affair with F#, and debate the true value of serverless.
Jan 7, 2019
339: One Week at a Time
Mike’s just had the talk, and now it's time to make some changes. Including admitting he was wrong about Swift. Plus we read some feedback, answer some questions, and destroy another computer.
Jan 1, 2019
Don’t call them resolutions, lets just call them reasonable goals. Mike and Chris share their plans for 2019’s ground work, and why every single thing is fair game.
1 hr 11 min
Dec 27, 2018
337: 2018's Deal Channels
The guys drink some Liquid Christmas Tree and reflect on the major trends of 2018, and the stuff they are preemptively freaking out about for 2019.
Dec 18, 2018
336: It's The Culture Stupid
Chris is back from his trip to Denver to tour System76’s factory, and what he discovered while he was there was the last thing he was expecting.
Dec 11, 2018
335: Everyone’s Going Chrome
Estimates can be a very tricky thing to get right, but they are vitally important. Peter Kretzman joins us to make it all a bit easier and clearer. Plus Chris thinks he knows why Microsoft is willing to kill off their Edge browser engine and switch it out for Chromium. But can he convince Mike? Special Guest: Peter Kretzman.
Dec 9, 2018
334: Time Crisis
Mike and Chris don’t claim to have a time machine, but they still have a major problem to solve.
Nov 27, 2018
333: Space Gray Handcuffs
iPad Pro is a great machine for people that don’t want to get too much work done. But ultimately this week’s episode is about the guys catching up after a long couple weeks apart.
Nov 7, 2018
332: Before Coder
We answer how Chris and Mike started in independent contracting, and the lessons changes they’d make with some perspective of time. Plus System76’s new Thelio hardware looks great, but would the Mac Mini be the wiser purchase? The guys debate. And a tool of the week, some news, and more!
Oct 30, 2018
331: Blue Is The New Red
We react to the news that IBM is buying Red Hat, cover some feedback that sets us straight, and are pleasantly surprised by Qt Design Studio.
Oct 23, 2018
330: Vinny's Unit Tests
What’s the future of .NET? With .NET Core growing and the future of the orginal .NET seems uncertain. Chris and Mike suspect there is clear possibility. Plus a few more thoughts on Unit Testing, embedded productivity companion devices, and the hoopla of the week.
Oct 15, 2018
329: OpenJDK or Death
Azure Sphere dev kits are shipping, and we take a look at the practicalities of getting setup to start developing. Then we clear some recent Java FUD, read some feedback, and share a few stories.
Oct 8, 2018
328: In Testing We Trust
Mike makes his case for realism when it comes to automated testing, and a readjustment of expectations in the wider community. Plus the guys define what makes a “Dark Matter Developer”, and gauk at the possibility of this young hip upstart’s automated build pipeline, and share memories of large scale QA testing teams.
Oct 1, 2018
Episode 327: Smoked Laptops
Mike is the extreme laptop killer, with a tale you’ll have to hear to believe. With only a few short hours left on a deadline, it was 24 hours of chaos. Plus we take a quick look at Mac in the Cloud, Microsoft’s new Azure service, a travel hack, and more.
Sep 24, 2018
Episode 326: I'm a Stakeholder Now
After catching up the guys dig into the “why” Jupiter Broadcasting sold to Linux Academy, the big shift Chris is seeing, and why the timing was critical. Plus we respond to some emails, chat about GitHub’s future plans to sell talent, and Mike’s big announcement: Gryphon.
1 hr 25 min
Sep 7, 2018
Wes joins Mike to discuss why .NET still makes sense, the latest antics from Fortnite, a brave new hope for JVM concurrency, and the mind-expanding benefits of trying a Lisp.
Aug 31, 2018
Episode 324: Rage Against The Beer
Mike and Chris have a strong reaction to beer from Utah, and then get into the weeds around Mike’s new gear, the situation with Qt, and a few new tools they’ve recently found.
Aug 30, 2018
Episode 323: Reacting to React Native
After digging into some feedback, we react to the big upset in the world of React Native. Plus some recent hoopla, a new way to get started contributing to open source, and more!
Aug 14, 2018
Episode 322: Not so Qt
Mike's adventures with Qt land him on Windows 10 this week battling DLL hell. He shares the latest developments in his attempt to build his next app with Qt. Plus some feedback, thoughts on AMP, and why dynamic linking keeps Mike up at night.
Aug 6, 2018
Episode 321: Qt & Me
Mike shares more first impressions of Qt, the surprising places we’ve found QML in the wild, and why or why not to use Qt. Plus we answer some questions, share some travel hacks, and discuss the top programing languages of 2018, as declared so by the IEEE.
1 hr 1 min
Aug 2, 2018
Episode 320: The Big Bezos
Mike’s ordered a surprise new rig, Chris is getting particular, and do a first impressions of Qt Creator. Plus why we all need to pull back on the AI hype a bit, and more!
Jul 31, 2018
Episode 319: Nadella Stamp
After we happily avoid the recent MacBook scandals, we deep dive into hardware for a bit.. And then pull it out with a overview of Microsoft Async/await pattern.
Jul 17, 2018
Episode 318: Losing the Anaconda
We ruminate on Python’s founder stepping down, and ponder if it was inevitable. Plus the topic of hardware and software workflows is back in the news, and Instapaper goes independent. So why does that feel like a bad thing?
1 hr 4 min
Jul 11, 2018
Episode 317: A Chat with Uno
The Uno platform recently got our attention, and Jérôme from the project joins us to explain a few things, and have a frank discussion about what they've gotten right, that others have missed. Plus your emails, a bit of hoopla, and more! Special Guest: Jérôme Laban.
Jul 5, 2018
Episode 316: When Clouds Go Dark
Mike discovers a new open source project that promises a free UWP Bridge for iOS, Android and WebAssembly. We kick the tires and share our first thoughts. Plus a nasty software failure is striking down new iMac Pro's, and the 7 most cited reasons engineers quit.
Jul 2, 2018
Episode 315: Chicken Farmers
Tech companies are taking over cities and becoming more powerful than some nations. Is there a moral stand developers inside these huge corporations should be taking? Or is the shift to a chicken farmer economy truly best for all? It's a very introspective edition of the Coder Radio show.
Jun 26, 2018
Episode 314: Microsoft's Electron Future
Mike's got a dream, and it's a dream where Microsoft saves us from Electron. Now historically speaking, he's been wrong every single time. But this week we'll make the case why we all need to collective pull for his vision.
1 hr 1 min
Jun 15, 2018
Episode 313: GitLab’s CEO
We chat with GitLab’s CEO and co-founder Sid Sijbrandij, about the GitLab model, the changes they’ve made since Microsoft purchased GitHub, his thoughts on that acquisition, and his compelling case for 100% remote work. Special Guest: Sid Sijbrandij.
Jun 5, 2018
Episode 312: Git with Microsoft
Microsoft is buying GitHub, Apple just kicked off WWDC 2018, and we've got a packed show!
May 28, 2018
Episode 311: Google AI For The Win
After a bit of CoffeeScript reminiscing we get down to data and design.And discuss why the bot market has collapsed, and how Google is running the table in AI. Plus a few classic Coder moments, feedback, and more.
May 21, 2018
May 14, 2018
Episode 309: Best of Both Worlds
We get fired up about cloud lock-in, and attempt to find some common ground. But the overall framework for today's conversation is the important bits for developers from this years Microsoft Build and Google I/O events.
May 7, 2018
Episode 308: The Nicheing Down Fallacy
Focusing on a niche can catastrophically backfire when the market shifts, and Mike goes into full reviewer mode this week. Plus fresh out of Build the guys share the initial impressions of Microsoft’s big event, discuss their growing fear of Amazon, and resources for learning .Net Core.
1 hr 2 min
May 3, 2018
Episode 307: System.Evolution
Mike and Chris have a workflow hangover, hit rock bottom, and bounce back with a new understanding. Plus the creeping revelation that our future is embed.
Apr 30, 2018
Episode 306: Progressive Webbie Things
The death of desktop apps has reached the next stage, but the long transition to WebAssembly is going to hurt, and why the crushing demand for good enough will force us all to live a life of "Progressive Webbie Things".
Apr 16, 2018
Episode 305: Perpetual Beta Tester
We revisit IBM’s total dominance over the PC industry in the early 80s, how they got there, and how we can apply the IBM model to current events. Plus a batch of your feedback, and a defeated discussion about the state of all desktop operating systems and hardware kicked off by Apple’s taking our beer away.
Apr 9, 2018
Episode 304: No Bad Guys Only Survivors
What we can learn from Mike’s first business failing in 2014? Mike shares some necessary balance to today’s celebrity CEO “stories”. And we discuss how having naive expectations, avoiding conflict, and a lack of focus can sneak up on you and hurt your business. Also some tips on how to change your expectations, embrace conflict, and maybe even be a bit ruthless.
1 hr 1 min
Apr 2, 2018
Weapons of Mass Data
What is focus for the software industry? And is focus always a good thing, or can it lead to tunnel vision? Plus we spend a bit more time saluting Sun Microsystems for their contribution to our industry. Plus some feedback, a bit of weekly Hoopla, and more!
1 hr 11 min
Mar 29, 2018
Episode 302: Staring into Sun
Sun Microsystems was fertile ground for what might be the largest developer upset in ten years. We look back at some of the real innovations Sun brought us, discuss the latest developments in Oracle's suit against Google, and the massive shift Microsoft announced today. This is one of those episodes we’ll be referencing back to for quite a while.
1 hr 6 min
Mar 19, 2018
Episode 301: Being David
Mike and Chris find themselves at similar forks in the road with their business. And they both share raw observations from the front lines of some hard choices. Plus some weekly Hoopla, listener questions, and more!
Mar 15, 2018
Developers Rule the World | CR 300
It’s a special Coder Super show with big announcements and we look back at five years of Coder Radio. We have witnessed a massive shift of power. And it’s been happening right under developers noses. From the slowly won battle for control of the server, to Amazon’s to control over the Internet.
Mar 5, 2018
Mike’s Wishlist | CR 299
Chris is on the road & Mike’s been reflecting. Plus we answer some of your questions, which snowball into some much larger discussions. Then Mike’s made a list & he’s checking it twice.
Mar 3, 2018
Niche Busters | CR 298
Mike’s back from a conference in New York & to say he’s got a few things on his mind is putting it mildly. Strap in as we rip through myths, lies & salesmen.
Feb 19, 2018
Lunch Break Coder | CR 297
Mike may have cracked the testing pitch, the harsh reason the Junior Developer is dying & a nice batch of audience questions and follow up. This week’s Coder Radio is just like mom’s cookin', but with a taste of Kotlin.
Feb 13, 2018
Chris Goes to Microsoft | CR 296
Why the hell did Microsoft open source PowerShell Core, .Net Core, Visual Studio Code? What could possibly be in it for them? Chris goes onsite to ask what’s been on everyone’s mind & figure out what their angle is. Plus the massive leaps Kotlin seems to be making, your questions, our answers & more!
1 hr 12 min
Feb 5, 2018
Green Fairies In Green Fields | CR 295
Mike's got a Greenfield project he’s fired up & a tale of woes to go along with it. Chris inspires a mini-revolt over the weekend & both the guys have some remarks for the week’s Hoopla.
1 hr 5 min
Jan 30, 2018
Escape Pod Machine | CR 294
A special live on location edition of the show, we talk new gear, workflows & how developers can turn a bad situation around.
Jan 22, 2018
The PowerShell Play | CR 293
Mike and Chris review predictions from years past & check on how well they’ve aged. Plus we take a look at Microsoft’s big picture strategy with .Net & now PowerShell for every system.
1 hr 9 min
Jan 17, 2018
Lint or Lament | CR 292
Jan 8, 2018
Hey Google | CR 291
After a great batch of feedback we make some bold predictions for 2018, and it’s not your dad’s crystal ball this year.
1 hr 14 min
Jan 1, 2018
The Last Coder | CR 290
Mike lays it all out for 2017 and makes the case that the small independent development model is fundamentally doomed. We spend the last Coder of the year being very honest about what hasn't worked in our businesses, about the limitations that life and circumstances put on us all & how we try to make the very best of the hand we’re dealt. It’s not a typical end of year episode, but it might be the most important.
1 hr 25 min
Dec 22, 2017
Apple Payday | CR 289
Dec 18, 2017
Mike’s New Ride | CR 288
Microsoft makes one of their boldest moves into open source yet, Mike’s got new wheels and turns it into a chance to reflect on building for voice interfaces, Amazon’s got a new way for devs to make money & we continue to ponder the best ways to achieve CI bliss.
Dec 11, 2017
You Need a Barb | CR 287
Mike shares some recent lessons he’s learned trying to scale his team, some tools they tried & the processes that have stuck. But first we kick it off with some of your feedback, a bit of Hoopla & wrap it up with a quick touch on hardware.
1 hr 1 min
Dec 8, 2017
Collateral User Damage | CR 286
A new breed of platform wars is brewing, and developers and users are on the losing side more than ever. Plus Mike updates us on his recent NYC trip, a batch of your feedback, an app pick & more!
Nov 28, 2017
Windows 10, The Best Linux Yet? | CR 285
1 hr 2 min
Nov 20, 2017
Popping WebAssembly Hype | CR 284
1 hr 17 min
Nov 16, 2017
Back From the DevFest | CR 283
Mike’s back from DevFest Florida & shares something new he’s discovered, Kotlin takes a shot at Objective-C & now we can all code together, with Atom’s new trick. Note: There is some rough “skype audio” at times, we had to use a backup recording. Totally listenable still & should be better next week.
Nov 6, 2017
Ice Age | CR 282
Mike makes the case that he and Chris are dying breeds from a bygone era that need to hunker down & prepare for the cold winter. Plus we respond to a batch of great feedback, chat some contested hoopla & wrap it all up with a bit of small business wisdom.
Oct 30, 2017
Selling the FLOSS | CR 281
Mike and Chris begrudgingly accept the fundamental problem in sticking with boring and safe platforms, debate building a brand around FLOSS, get burned by Angular & reflect on some regrets in our business. Plus SQL’s new hype, some feedback & a project pick of the week!
1 hr 2 min
Oct 23, 2017
Mike Was Right | CR 280
Mike walks us through Optionals & gives us a specific code example. Plus we launch a new segment long in the making, “Mike Was Right” & it’s a doozy!
Oct 17, 2017
Evolving Software Development | CR 279
Kotlin seems to have a very strong future on Android & Mike and Chris debate the hype vs reality. Plus Mike review’s his new Galago Pro. Then the guys get rather excited by an astute breakdown of developer workflow breakdowns & what the next 20 years of software development methodologies might look like.
Oct 9, 2017
A New Kit for Home | CR 278
After a ninja dance though some “Coder Hoopla” Chris has a go at convincing Mike he might be missing the next big app goldmine.
Oct 7, 2017
Elixir of My Soul | CR 277
Wes is back to talk politics and Node.js. Plus, is it finally time to kill the Web? We discuss the purity of native development & the merits of the Web. Then Mike's got some top IT automation tips for managers, we explore concurrency, distributed systems & Elixir's secret sauce.
1 hr 17 min
Oct 5, 2017
Bite of the AR Apple | CR 276
Wes joins Mike to chat all things Apple. We discuss the surprising implications of the iPhone X, including the challenges of its new special shape & the exciting possibilities of ARKit. Plus, we debate FaceID and APFS, check in on HomeKit & search for the right level of abstraction for UI development.
1 hr 6 min
Sep 30, 2017
Reacting To React | CR 275
While Chris is away Wes joins Mike to chat FOSS Burnout & the dark side of open source communities. Plus, we continue to react to React's recent license change, debate about the Virtual DOM & explain why React Native's license might be more important.
Sep 18, 2017
No Love for Open Source | CR 274
What’s really the root cause of open source developer burnout? Plus an honest chat about Electron’s bad parts & Mike finally reveals his master plan. It’s a Coder quickie this week, with Mike back in Florida there is much to be done, including a little criticism of the iPhone X.
Sep 11, 2017
A Hurricane of Feedback | CR 273
Mike takes refuge from Irma to respond to audience feedback & share some thoughts on future plans. Chris has some thoughts on hardware that will help you get more work done & neither of us are worrying about Bash on Windows.
Aug 31, 2017
The State of Stateless | CR 272
Mike and Chris discuss the types of workloads that better suit Serverless Architecture systems like Lambda & when you should roll a server. Plus Mike has major hardware woes, makes a surprising move on air & Chris is left pontificating on the future of AR.
1 hr 5 min
Aug 28, 2017
The Future is Serverless | CR 271
The serverless revolution is nigh, we discuss AWS Lambda and Azure Functions, rebuilding jbot, basing the business computers around Pop!_OS & more!
Aug 17, 2017
Daily Stand Up Myth | CR 270
Mike busts the myth of the daily standup meeting & tracks it back to its origins. Then we play a little defense for Electron, share the mind of a PMO & wax on about TypeScript. Plus a little taste of Mike’s busy week, an update on Alice & Chris’ upcoming trip.
Aug 10, 2017
Clustered Pi | CR 269
A special guest and creator of PiCluster joins us to discuss the open source Docker cluster management project. PiCluster is a bit of a community hit & seems to strike a great balance compared to other solutions. We’ll dig into the technologies they use and what it's all built on, what they love working with & thoughts about growing a community. Plus some of our personal projects that are brewing & more!
Aug 3, 2017
Ask Alice | CR 268
Mike has a huge announcement towards the end of the show. Leading up to it we discuss the case against Kotlin, the next tech after Flash to die & the obvious reason Bots are going to be big.
Jul 27, 2017
Skills to Pay the Bills | CR 267
We solve some problems, and then go down the rat hole of self hacking to increase work, productivity & our health. Then we gleefully watch as Coding Bootcamps begin to collapse & discuss the misleading metric that led them to their doom. Plus Mike shares some straightforward code that solved a very annoying problem.
Jul 20, 2017
Mike the Botter | CR 266
Wes sits down with Mike to talk about Starbucks not-so-secret API, the state of the developer ecosystem & difficult challenges faced by FOSS vendors in the medical field. Plus some fantastic feedback, Mike's true feelings about Swift & a whole lot more!
1 hr 12 min
Jul 13, 2017
Rented Windows Theory | CR 265
Microsoft slips a little Windows 10 into your Office365 & we discuss the huge shift they just pulled off, plus a little real talk about growing pains and doldrums & the pains of over building a system. Plus your feedback & much more!
Jul 6, 2017
Toxic Licensing | CR 264
Mike updates on spinning up his business in Florida, we debate limiting the use of the GPL & try to better understand the recent System76 Pop!_OS news. Plus the industry is going all in on AI & spending less and less on other types of research. Mike discusses the huge potential issue that could be facing developers down the road.
1 hr 4 min
Jun 30, 2017
The Guilty Bug | CR 263
We ponder the ethical dilemma of a developer who has replaced himself with a bot, debate the possibility of ever making money from bots & have some tough love for Apple on the iPhone’s 10th anniversary. Plus discuss System76’s new Pop!OS & Mike’s adventures in Florida.
Jun 22, 2017
Summer of GitHub | CR 262
We discuss the week’s developer hoopla & the beard joins us to share his insights. It's a fun episode with a range of topics, including the recent rush to GitHub by a number of open source projects.
Jun 15, 2017
Basic Bot | CR 261
Mike shares some insights into building bots & a little sample code to get you started. Plus we discuss the week’s developer news & spend a bit of time on feedback.
Jun 8, 2017
The WWDC17 Episode | CR 260
After Mike gets a few things off his chest, we dive into the most developer relevant announcements & news from Apple’s WWDC 2017.
1 hr 11 min
Jun 1, 2017
Hi-Tech Lady Tubes | CR 259
The open source model has won, we discuss the impact that’s having on the development industry. Plus Swift gets a little more interesting, & Chris is ready for his lady in a tube!
May 25, 2017
Bad Process SIGKILLs | CR 258
The “process manager from hell” is driving our listener crazy! We have advice that’s a little unconventional. Then we discuss the slow demolition of the culture of youth taking place in tech, that could be shifting everything. Plus Microsoft’s huge Git commit, Quick Designer in Qt Creator 4.3 & some follow up on Kotlin.
1 hr 4 min
May 19, 2017
Kotlin, Swiftly | CR 257
Mike argues you should go hybrid today & end up progressive tomorrow. The Docker reality & why Swift is a bit like Kotlin. Speaking of Kotlin we chat a bit about the Google I/O news, Project Treble, Xamarin’s Live Player & Mike’s new rig.
1 hr 2 min
May 8, 2017
Legalize Math | CR 256
Getting fined for doing math without a license, Windows 10 S goes app store only, a Coder community project goes into production & Chris learns a hard lesson about his tools!
May 1, 2017
Moby’s Logs | CR 255
After digging into some rather tempting Hoopla, Mike shares his clever solution to one of Docker’s bigger problems & manages to motivate Chris into trying it out during the show. Plus thoughts on continuing your coding education, stories of past exams gone wrong & more!
Apr 24, 2017
Riding the Whale | CR 254
Apr 17, 2017
4k of Sin | CR 253
Habitat promises full automation that travels with app. Basically it's a great way to have an extremely lightweight "environment + your app" (hence the name) that has everything you need except the OS or OS related bits. But is this a layer of abstraction too far for Mike? Plus the chronicles of one developer's journey of getting started with Open Source, some cool dark matter development Chris spotted at Dell & more!
Apr 14, 2017
DysFunctional | CR 252
1 hr 27 min
Apr 12, 2017
Roadshow Special | CR 251
Tune in for a special road edition of the show today! After Mike & Chris cover some feedback, they share their worst hire stories, eat some Apple crow & debate the end of the exodus. Plus Chris shares some surprisingly topical experiences from his Dell trip, Mike’s got a tool of the week & Jonny’s feeling the hero rage.
1 hr 1 min
Mar 27, 2017
Captivated by Containers | CR 250
Mike’s got a new testing pipeline & he’s fired up and ready to go. He shares what might be a game changer for his business. Plus we discuss the damage done by “Coding Heroes”, the value of a namespace, a handy tool & more!
Mar 20, 2017
Just Some Tools | CR 249
Mike’s new client has some strict requirements so we get very practical about the tools we use, compromises made & the line we won’t cross.
Mar 13, 2017
Some WebAssembly Required | CR 248
We follow up on WebAssembly, it’s not just the future, it’s already here & it might be great! Plus C# 7’s release gets us thinking & Canonical’s got us ranting.
Mar 6, 2017
Always Be Coding | CR 247
Why coding everyday makes a big difference for Mike & Chris reflects on keeping momentum to prevent project rot. Plus our first look at Java 9, hopes & fears of Web Assembly & more!
Feb 27, 2017
Mozilla's Pocket Pick | CR 246
Our C++ alternatives quest for embedded continues, taking another look at Visual Studio Code, Mozilla’s big pockets & saving the web with Qt Quick. Plus Mike’s war story, great feedback & more!
1 hr 1 min
Feb 20, 2017
Java Rusts Over | CR 245
Rust has a busy 2017 ahead of it, Mike ponders Java’s failure on small Internet of Things & searches for a C++ alternative, then dazzles us with the new gear he’s recently picked up.
Feb 13, 2017
Still Playing Mono | CR 244
Mike reports back from his recent travels, we debate the renaissance .Net & solve all of future Mike’s problems.
Feb 6, 2017
iPad Shrinkage | CR 243
The fear of productivity loss & the crazy things we do to avoid it, a sober look at the tablet market for developers, GitLab’s recent disaster & we bring it all home with a little time travel.
Feb 2, 2017
Cowboy Code | Coder Radio 242
The tools we use to do the job, Microservices Gone Wrong, the real problem with TypeScript & more!
Jan 23, 2017
Tricks of the Trade | CR 241
Your emails this week get us discussing & sharing some really hard learned lessons & insights. Plus Mike spends the weekend preparing to shame Chris & shares a favorite book pick
Jan 16, 2017
Disillusioned NixBeards | CR 240
Mike and Chris start things off with some traditional feedback, get into some Dart discussion & then get into the hardware throw down.
1 hr 3 min
Jan 9, 2017
Living in a Clamshell | CR 239
After we answer some audience feedback and chat about the week’s Hoopla & a fresh batch of Coder Radio 2017 predictions!
Jan 5, 2017
Undockered | CR 238
Mike’s got three wishes for the new year, Chris has a new Echo Dot & Google has partnerships to put Assistant in your TV. Plus why Mike got rid of his office, GitHub’s near term future & how terrible code gets written by sane people.
Dec 26, 2016
Shuffling Code | CR 237
We've given the guys the week off after a year of hard work, so in this episode we'll take a look back at a series of events where the guys ended up realigning their opinions. From hybrid vs native apps & developing on linux to Pokémon & Bots, a lot changed in 2016. So sit back, grab a nice warm beverage & enjoy the show!
3 hr 2 min
Dec 19, 2016
Refactoring 2016 | CR 236
We reflect on the trainwreck that was 2016 & what might be emerging in 2017 as a real market opportunity. It's our last live show of the year, so we throw out the rules!
Dec 12, 2016
Okay Google, Take Over the World | CR 235
Mike reviews his Google Home and we discuss Google Actions, Fitbit buying Pebble & the usefulness of some of these products. Plus Mike adopts a new philosophy about remote workers!
Dec 5, 2016
Legend Of The Snow Leopard | CR 234
Mike shares his swift migration pain from over the weekend & opens up a bar in the office in honor of his new Google Home.
Nov 28, 2016
Stalker Box | CR 233
Mike reviews the state of hybrid development in the last days of 2016 & chat about his new Google Home and what he’s looking forward to testing. Plus a quick chat about ethics in coding.
1 hr 6 min
Nov 21, 2016
Minimal Functional Product | CR 232
Mike is back from vacation has somethings on his mind he shares this week. Hardware follow up, customer management for devs, book recommendations & more!
1 hr 2 min
Nov 14, 2016
Scrum Burger | CR 231
We ponder why Docker is a dumpster fire, doubt Samsung’s new Ai Bot platform, discover Botkit & discuss killing the Scrum.
Nov 7, 2016
Microsoft’s Public Shame | CR 230
Ballmer is trying to pin it all on Bill, MacBook follow up & Lemur struggles.
Oct 31, 2016
Old Men Yell at Macbooks | CR 229
Let's get real about the tools we use this week.
1 hr 3 min
Oct 24, 2016
A Lemur Eats an Apple | CR 228
Mike betting on server side bots & AI, making the big jump from the MacBook to a System76 Lemur running Linux. We talk about the platform development opportunities for a small shop. Plus how to design APIs that don’t suck & more!
Oct 17, 2016
Everybody's Keyboard Fighting | CR 227
1 hr 2 min
Oct 10, 2016
Coder Profiling | CR 226
We flunk and debunk the Joel test, and ponder the long tail of coder interviews gone wrong, Apple's removal of Dash, KDevelop on windows & more!
Oct 3, 2016
The ROI of Things | CR 225
Mike & Chris share hard earned lessons for the first time about the expected value in the effort we put into our various next great ideas, marketing, attending conferences & whatever “networking” is suppose to be.
Sep 26, 2016
Vaporware on the Server | CR 224
The growing case for Swift on the server & Java 8’s underplayed success are the two main topics this week. We also discuss Dart on Android & some platform fundamentals with renewed vigor!
Sep 19, 2016
Get Swifty | CR 223
Mike & Chris travel interdimensionally to discuss the pressure to get Swifty, marvel at Vapor.codes, witness the fall of Eclipse & the rise of Microsoft. Plus our super quick take on the iPhone 7 & more!
Sep 12, 2016
Rusty Support | CR 222
The world's most egregious gadget sin is committed, why Mike still wants Star Trek gadgets, a Rust divorce, learning the fragile state of state & more!
Sep 5, 2016
Bag of jQuery | CR 221
The guys daydream about making the perfect developer platform, follow up a bit on Android N & grouse about Mike’s new Note getting recalled. Plus some of our speculation about the September 7th Apple event, what old unmaintained code says about you & clearing the air on Angular v2.
1 hr 9 min
Aug 29, 2016
Docker Dumpster Fire | CR 220
Docker quality appears to be getting worse, Mike & Chris analyze the mystery of Docker’s decline & likely causes. Plus we discuss the possibility of an AI monopoly, moving fasting & looking for a web-framework matchmaker.
Aug 22, 2016
Dollar Store Quality | CR 219
Mike and Chris share their experiences with selling yourself just enough to get your foot in the door. Is productizing yourself and your work is worth feeling a little slimy? Plus Microsoft’s move in open sourcing PowerShell, the fixed bid scam & more!
Aug 15, 2016
Agile Scapegoat | CR 218
Fresh off new Agile courses Mike shares what he feels might be his core problems with Agile software development. Our thoughts on software quality in general, the big slack problem & more!
1 hr 11 min
Aug 8, 2016
Botpocalypse Now | CR 217
Special guest Ryan Sipes from Mycroft joins us to discuss his ambitious projects & fulfilling the mission of an open source project. Plus our thoughts on the impending Bot revolution, the “Internet of APIs” it all depends on & the massive shift that bots could cause in the industry. We start it all off with a new Coding Challenge!
1 hr 9 min
Aug 1, 2016
Mismatch Patterns in Productivity | CR 216
Mike & Chris rip up the thinking behind iPad-only is the new desktop Linux mantra, discuss the date of LaunchKit, announce a new coding challenge & much more!
Jul 25, 2016
Real Life on the Ratel | CR 215
Mike shares his recent Linux switch experience & why he thinks it might stick this time. We chew on Verizon buying Yahoo & the grief Marissa Mayer is getting. Plus we congratulate the winner of last week’s challenge & announce the next one!
Jul 18, 2016
Make Coding Great Again | CR 214
Mike reflects on some critical feedback, shares impressions of his new Linux PC, we announce the new Coding Challenge & more!
Jul 11, 2016
PokéCode | CR 213
Nintendo has a hit on their hands, is this a game changer for the company? Mike & Chris discuss the big picture ramifications of Pokémon GO. Plus beer brewed by bots, our thoughts on Java EE, Spring Boot & getting PHP to really do what you want.
1 hr 5 min
Jul 4, 2016
Derailing Java | CR 212
This week Noah steps in to host while Chris is out and cover Rails 5, Oracle’s suspicious silence around Java EE, talk about mike’s latest linux adventure, give some freelancing advice & more!
1 hr 10 min
Jun 27, 2016
Ai Theater | CR 211
What is Machine Learning? How are companies & developers using it? We discuss that, the major approaches in the market & Apple’s use of Differential Privacy. Plus Mike’s new Linux desktop, some feedback & a lot more!
Jun 21, 2016
Productivity Theater | CR 210
It’s death by a thousand scrums this week & then admit there may be some value in frequent project communication. Then we start the machine learning discussion, talk a little Android N & more!
Jun 13, 2016
WWDC Hypercap | CR 209
We start with some developer news of the week, then dig into the best bits from WWDC. Plus Mike shares his thoughts on some new hardware & the guys discuss the mystery of differential privacy.
1 hr 7 min
Jun 6, 2016
Fair-use Frustrations | CR 208
Mike & Chris have very different opinions on how interview tests should be conducted & this week they try to come to some common ground. Plus the real reasons to develop software on Linux are not the ones often cited, bit more on Google’s fair use & the master plan to get Mike to move to the west coast.
May 30, 2016
AGILE: Too Big to Fail | CR 207
Mike shares a humbling war story, then we dig into the great “Android Instant App Conspiracy”, the announcement that destroyed the .Net ecosystem & the poverty trap of software development. Plus some closing thoughts on Google vs Oracle, a neat tool of the week & a special holiday bonus extended laid back chat!
1 hr 35 min
May 23, 2016
Fat Bottom APIs | CR 206
We dig through the relevant bits of Google I/O, the possible anti-web move Instant Apps represent, no Kotlin & big improvements we’re excited about. Plus Mike’s take on Android Studio 2.2 & Chris’ take on what we’re all calling “services”.
1 hr 1 min
May 16, 2016
Git off the Rails | CR 205
Github’s new pricing has a bit of a catch, Rob Robinson says Rails is yesterday’s software in light of Swift & GO. Which we simply have to talk about. Then we jump in our time machine and dazzle you with our new term predictions & more!
1 hr 2 min
May 9, 2016
Revenge of the Swift | CR 204
In a podcast far far away, you asked for it & this week we delivered. It’s code review time, with a twist! Plus the FUD seems strong with the second Oracle v Google trial, we attempting to do some busting, Dropbox falling back to reality & 30 years later why we still love QBasic.
May 2, 2016
Go Go Golang | CR 203
A little reflective & contemplative after a successful human forking, our hosts reflect on a well stated OO vs Functional rant, the bot frameworks that impress & the surprisingly great use case for Go. Plus the 800 pound snake in the room, a quick Linux switch update for Mike & more!
Apr 25, 2016
GO Swift Yourself | CR 202
Could Google be about to make a major shake up in future development for Android? We discuss the scuttlebut about Swift on Android. Plus Mike’s new mobile rig & Noah from the Linux Action Show joins for Mike’s update on his Linux Adventure & Mike gets the hard sell.
1 hr 3 min
Apr 18, 2016
Tough Market | CR 201
In this episode, Noah joins Chris to talk about the whole hiring process & experiences they've had while also taking a look back into the past of the show to some of the more interesting topics on the matter.
1 hr 26 min
Apr 11, 2016
Bot Your Life | CR 200
Has the whole world gotten hot for bots? Slack’s recent $3.8B & Microsoft’s new Bot SDK suggests there is serious interest there. Mike and Chris share their thoughts & ask what makes a bot…. A bot? Plus the surprising math that makes us shed a tear, feedback & more!
Apr 4, 2016
The Good Xamaritan | CR 199
Fresh off Build 2016, we talk about everything from free Xamarian, Bash on Windows & the changing case for .NET. Plus Mike shares some assumption smashing news & much more!
Mar 28, 2016
Brave New Code | CR 198
Is Google dumping to compete with Nuance as they prepare to unleash their voice API to developers for free? Mike updates us on his Linux switch adventure, his new toy & a couple of important PSAs. Plus feedback & more!
1 hr 1 min
Mar 21, 2016
Rails Crazies React | CR 197
We discuss Mike’s general thoughts on ReactJS, the NY bill that would provide a tax credit for open source contributions & the interesting details in developer data. Plus some real talk about your real value, what no indie developer wants to hear about the App Store & more!
Mar 14, 2016
Hybrid Hijinks | CR 196
Whenever we discuss Hybrid development, a big elephant is sitting in the room. This week, we give this elephant the mic. Then, reflecting on a recent Android development project, the guys discuss the sticky side of Frames. Plus an update on Mike's Ubuntu experiment & more!
1 hr 7 min
Mar 7, 2016
The Xamarin Hand | CR 195
We break down what we see as the top motivations, the big competitive move & what Microsoft is really saying about Android with their Xamarin acquisition. Plus during the show Microsoft releases SQL server for Linux & we discuss how it all fits together in a larger plan.
Mar 1, 2016
Xamarin through the Ages | CR 194
Mike couldn't make it this week, so we decided that with Microsoft purchasing Xamarin that this would be the perfect time to take a glance back on our coverage of Xamarin & look at how they have come to their current situation
1 hr 31 min
Feb 22, 2016
Big Blue's Swift Move | CR 193
Mike shares his adventures in Ubuntu land this week, after a MacBook disaster. Then we discuss the implications of IBM backing Swift on their cloud. Plus some feedback, code as speech, and more!
1 hr 13 min
Feb 15, 2016
Post Apocalyptic Linux Desktop | CR 192
Mike and Chris talk about bombing job interviews, picking the right Android device for development, writing code that’s easy to delete & Mike shares an Ubuntu update! Plus… Has the show forgotten about VR? A new device from Mattel might change our tune, some feedback & much more!
1 hr 27 min
Feb 8, 2016
Parsing Your Options | CR 191
Something is rotten at GitHub. We discuss the big problem they're facing & why for most of us, we already have a backup plan. Plus why Project Rider might get you excited & how the Parse shutdown is hitting Mike.
Feb 1, 2016
Death of the Freelancer | CR 190
A brutally honest episode. Mike and Chris air some hard learned lessons, toss out the episode playbook & tell it like it is!
Jan 25, 2016
I'm OOPting Out | CR 189
We discuss a compelling case against Object-Oriented programming, is it truly all bad? Plus the cold chills the new Rails Doctrine gives us, the worrying long-term ramifications of progress over stability & convention vs configuration strategy. Plus a chat about the market position of Jetbrains’ AppCode, blaming Java & unplanning your work and travels.
1 hr 10 min
Jan 18, 2016
Linux: Bug or Feature? | CR 188
Ang and Mike discuss business operational tools, practices & common issues, how Ang got her kids started on computers, good languages to get started with & she makes a pretty poignant comment about Linux. Mike discusses TarDisk & whether or not he recommends it & more!
Jan 11, 2016
Slacking while Coding | CR 187
Is the age of Apps finally coming to an end? Data points to yes & we discuss how platforms like Slack might offer more potential. Then, more web developers are switching to Linux, is this the start of a trend? Plus what caught our attention in the new iOS release, and interesting projects Google has in store for 2016.
Jan 4, 2016
Decision 2016: Native vs Hybrid | CR 186
Can Web standards make mobile apps obsolete? The new generation of hybrid apps aren't your grandparents solution to code once, run everywhere. Plus why Swift is going to be big on Linux in 2016, Google has a thing with openJDK & much more!
Dec 28, 2015
Predictive Coder | CR 185
When you look back at the year, a few really big things jump out for developers. Mike & Chris discuss the trends that seem to have really mattered, then debate about how things might change in 2016.
1 hr 9 min
Dec 21, 2015
Mike’s Big Year | CR 184
As we gear up for our end of year episode, we look back at a few moments in 2015 that we loved. From big news, new directions & industry trends that reflected into our personal lives. It’s a very special edition of Coder Radio!
1 hr 3 min
Dec 14, 2015
Android Instability | CR 183
The Pixel C is the perfect example of a compromised device, caused in large part, by Google’s Strategy Tax. This week we debate if this is the underlying reason tablet apps are so far behind on Android, what Mike’s plans are as an Android developer & why the long-term picture might look rosy. Plus the Jar Jar true Sith Master mega theory comes to light, some iPad Pro follow up, the missed Mameo opportunity, the hard reality of the “pro tablet” market & more!
1 hr 10 min
Dec 7, 2015
Open Season on Swift | CR 182
Ballmer calls out Microsoft’s bogus revenue numbers over Azure, & we expand on his point to discuss an overall trend towards “hero CEOs”. But the majority of our discussion this week is around the open sourcing of Swift, what Apple got really right & what areas still really need improvement. Plus the real possibility of replacing your laptop with a large tablet, starting your first app the “easy way” vs the “hard way" & more!
1 hr 14 min
Nov 30, 2015
Code a Little Deeper | CR 181
Mike shares his open source picks for 2015 & why they are a real game changer for him. Then we read through a few submissions by the audience & then discuss Microsoft’s huge new PowerApps initiative. Plus some feedback that cuts deep & more!
Nov 23, 2015
Barkeep, Ionic, Please | CR 180
Mike has a big announcement & shares his insights for discovering an underserved niche and creating software for people most of us never considered. Plus why Chris is a bit offended by the idea of Swift on the server, Microsoft delivers on the open source goods & a few quick gift ideas for anyone who wants to focus.
Nov 16, 2015
I Came, I Saw, Ionic | CR 179
Microsoft kills a major Windows development initiative & becomes one of the top contributors to Go. Mike has a new love & gets a bit ironic about Ionic. He explains why this framework just might be his new home. Plus some great feedback & we bask in the dawn of the age of utility.
Nov 9, 2015
Windows XP of the Net | CR 178
Is open source software immoral in some market conditions? The guys debate. Plus Google’s impressive new open source project, standing while you work is going out of style & how to adapt to the changing need of your users gracefully. Plus is open source on the verge of being outlawed by the TPP? And a few of your great thoughts on Offshoring vs Onshoring.
Nov 2, 2015
Coder Puppy Mills | CR 177
Mike & Chris discuss the hard problem of identifying opportunity costs vs staying flexible and cheap, why making communication a priority is almost never a priority & the numbers suggest coding bootcamps are growing like crazy… But is that a good thing? Plus when to ship, and why testing can really make Mike testy, your feedback & more!
1 hr 5 min
Oct 26, 2015
Material Matters | CR 176
The guys admit there is a growing amount of evidence pointing to going your own way, regardless of the design vision of the platform. What the Linux desktop has finally gotten right, why Mike is ready to can his wearable project. Plus a Android BuildConfig pro tip, feedback & more!
1 hr 3 min
Oct 19, 2015
What The Zuck! | CR 175
Well known developers are trying out risky and bold methods to fund future development, but are they really all that practical? We debate. A massively popular app is using a dirty trick to stay in the background and consume battery. We ponder why it hasn’t been shut down already & more!
Oct 12, 2015
Below the Surface | CR 174
The cultural challenges of living too far out of a “tech hotzone” hit home today. We discuss the recent revelations both of us have had. And our reactions and lessons learned from LastPass selling, if Microsoft has nailed convergence & the practicality of the Surface Book. Plus a quick chat about Chef & other automation platforms great for developers & more!
Oct 5, 2015
Sun Setting on Java | CR 173
A really simple mistake that many of us have made in the past, led to the Patreon hack. We discuss the situation & the bigger picture. Plus our take on the rumors that Oracle is planning the “obsolescence” of Java.
Sep 29, 2015
Advertising Cold War | CR 172
Mike and Chris discuss malware getting injected into unsuspecting developers apps. Then the advertising cold war that’s brewing, how it impacts users, content creators & developers. Also our top three must haves before you sign any development work contract.
Sep 18, 2015
Coder Craftsmen | CR 171
Mike shares his excitement for Ionic, an advanced HTML5 hybrid mobile app Framework. Then Chris asks if the tools used to make the product, as long as the end result is good, really matter?
Sep 14, 2015
Apple Strokes The Tip | CR 170
Is the new iPad a capable developer machine? We discuss 3D Touch, the impact on developers, the release of the iPad Pro & some quick tips for finding a local development job.
Sep 4, 2015
Subscription Lock-in | CR 169
With Mike’s move to Florida in progress he joins us via phone for a run through of the major JetBrains subscription hoopla, transitioning from a tester to a developer & that big poaching scandal comes to an expensive close!
Aug 24, 2015
Template Driven Design | CR 168
Is Amazon another paradise of brogrammer culture? We have reason to suspect the recent reports may be overblown. Then meet Gigster, the VC backed service that wants to commoditize development.
Aug 14, 2015
The Price Isn't Right | CR 167
Developers are excited by Google’s announcement that Android will support Vulkan. We explain what Vulkan is, the issues developers face around openGL, & why Mike is a bit skeptical. Plus market data suggest we’ve reached peak iPad & tablets are not selling. Is it worth creating anything but consumption based apps for tablets? We’ll debate. Plus some audience submitted topics, Apple’s 30% cut, feedback & more!
Aug 10, 2015
Hamburger Non-Helper | CR 166
The big debate over today’s biggest UI compromise comes to life, Microsoft open sources its iOS-apps-on-Windows compatibility layer, the process of evaluating a new language, plus a book recommendation & more!
Aug 3, 2015
.Net or .Not? | CR 165
Still smarting from his burn, Mike shares his hard learned lessons after flying too close to the sun. What really pushes us to move to the next big thing & becoming and staying employable by focusing on the right market.
1 hr 6 min
Jul 27, 2015
Conditional Swift Justice | CR 164
Mike argues why the web is the default platform of the future, we debate if third party mobile platforms should be written off, first impressions of the Ionic Framework & Chris has a few surprises to announce. Plus our advice on leaving .Net, our response to ignoring the Pebble & why a slightly functional world isn't a bad thing.
Jul 20, 2015
Proprietary Stress Management | CR 163
A special edition of Coder Radio that dives into the darker side of start ups, the practicality of building super portable apps, the wear advantage & NASA’s top 10 coding commandments. Plus Noah from the Linux Action Show joins us, we cover some great feedback & more!
Jul 13, 2015
Wandering in the Woods | CR 162
We look at the tough spot developers are finding themselves in, the huge changes in backend infrastructure over the years, some Swift surprises & the big topics Mike’s been chewing on during his “down time”.
Jul 6, 2015
Good Guy Mike | CR 161
Mike is recovering from a weekend you wouldn't believe. Plus we revisit the web vs native topic with a vengeance & discuss the sun-setting of ActiveX.
Jun 29, 2015
Developer Commodity | CR 160
How willing is Apple to leverage it’s developers to make a public statement? We look at the response to the confederate flag pullings & we debate if any gatekeeper puts developers best interests first. Plus was the perfect laptop built a decade ago, your feedback & more!
Jun 22, 2015
Hipster Tendencies | CR 159
Mike makes the case for Chris’ slide into hipsterhood & Chris responds in kind. Between those hijinks the guys discuss the massive LLVM advantage Apple is leveraging that nobody is talking about. Plus we reflect on the most important skill in software development, read some emails & more!
Jun 15, 2015
Privileged Programmers | CR 158
Mike and Chris share their totally different perspective on the recent Yelp developer’s public exodus & discuss the big new industry trend developers need to take advantage of. Then after 158 episodes, Mike’s mission in life is realized during our feedback segment.
Jun 8, 2015
Ahoy, El Capitan! | CR 157
We recap and also compare & contrast WWDC 2015 with Google I/O 2015. Which new platform features stand out, which miss the target & what will really move the needle this year. Plus a quick update on Mike’s new company, Chris’ wear inspired surprise & more!
Jun 1, 2015
You're Gitting it Wrong | CR 156
Mike takes a victory lap as we discuss the big announcements from Google I/O. Then we get into a heated discussion around how GitHub should be used vs how most people use it. Plus some great feedback, Mike & Chris share some bold predictions & more!
May 25, 2015
Google's Brillo Pad | CR 155
Google may be planning to scrub the grime away from the Internet of Things devices with a new operating system designed for low resources in mind. We debate what Google’s rumored Brillo OS would look like & the impact it could have on Canonicals big plans for Ubuntu Snappy. Plus Mike ponders switching to BSD, Google Play services in a library & GBA games in your browser.
May 22, 2015
Chrome Took My Memory! | CR 154
Mike shares his recent experience developing Chrome apps & we debate if Chrome platform tax is costing users a decent browser. Is Chrome becoming the next Windows? Plus what we’d like to see announced next for Android and iOS & the big problems those features would solve for developers.
1 hr 19 min
May 11, 2015
Bearded Buzzwords | CR 153
Electron could be the Adobe Air we all hoped for. At least Microsoft, Github, Docker, and others think so. But is it all hype? We debate Electron’s potential, and review Visual Studio Code which is built on-top of Electron. Has Agile become a failure? We discuss what can lead to a failed Agile development implementation, and some secrets to success.
1 hr 4 min
May 4, 2015
The Open Pivot | CR 152
Mike and Chris reflect on Microsoft’s Build 2015 conference & discuss the undeniable shift to open industry wide. Mike also announces his new business with a focus on open source. Plus we discuss Visual Studio Code a bit, bad app ports, new ways for developers to make money & more!
Apr 28, 2015
Compromising Virtual Clouds | CR 151
Is Microsoft confusing the container market & blowing the implementation? Plus Apple gets caught rejecting Pebble compatible apps, we may have finally found the perfect Linux dev laptop & much more!
1 hr 2 min
Apr 20, 2015
Interview Gauntlets of Pain | CR 150
Mike's thinking about making the big switch, a J.O.B., but the interview process has been a nightmare. He shares his perspective after sitting out of the race for a while. Plus how Google convinced their engineers to become managers, your feedback & more!
Apr 13, 2015
The Sociopath Code | CR 149
We discuss the top stories submitted by the audience this week. From the ultimate bridge burn to Stack Overflow’s developer survey & being ok with a little sociopathy.
Apr 6, 2015
Magical Contract Bids | CR 148
Mike had a dream & that dream didn’t work out. Today we discuss how fixed contracts lead to fixed death & with perfect hindsight we debate what we might have done differently. Plus some great feedback, a little nostalgia & more!
1 hr 1 min
Mar 30, 2015
The Sonic Philosophy | CR 147
Transitions in life comes in many forms, work, relationships, gadgets. How we deal with the process of transition is key & why we shouldn't be anxious about a transition, even if it’s a difficult one. Plus a bit about GitHub’s ongoing DDoS, switching from PHP to Ruby & a new contender for the perfect Linux dev rig.
Mar 23, 2015
Open Source as a Trap | CR 146
It’s a special open mic edition of Coder Radio. We discuss the complex reasons behind Microsoft’s choice to open source MSBuild, the quest for the perfect Linux laptop continues & why, oh why, oh why HTML5 has a place. Plus emails & more!
Mar 16, 2015
Why Mike's Disgusted by Android | CR 145
Chris shares what he’s loving about Android from a users perspective & Mike goes into what is driving him crazy from a developer's standpoint. Plus redefining DevOps, starting a multi-user database & more!
Mar 9, 2015
Apple Future vs Pebble Past | CR 144
We revisit some of the audience's favorite editors, then discuss the reality of terrible engineers. Then Chris spends the weekend with a smartwatch & believes he’s discovered their purpose. We examine the audience for smartwatch apps in light of the Apple Watch announcement today.
1 hr 4 min
Mar 2, 2015
Not My Problem | CR 143
The guys picture working a 9-5 job. If the security of a 9-5 paycheck is a myth, is it really just not having to worry about all the little things that's so appealing? Plus how merit based hiring could get out of control & making documentation a bit less evil.
Feb 23, 2015
Accounts Percievable | CR 142
Mike and Chris start the show by sharing some hard learned advice, and discussing the events of the last two weeks. Then we touch on SuperFish, Ubuntu Touch, and more!
Feb 16, 2015
Retro Extravaganza | CR 141
Join us as we hop in our time machine and revisit some past topics on the coder radio program.
1 hr 9 min
Feb 9, 2015
NOde | CR 140
Feb 2, 2015
Windows in the Pi | CR 139
Mike is stuck in a train, stuck in the snow. So it’s an open call edition, with some great discussion around Microsoft’s investment in Cyanogen & the pitch for Python. Plus a robust chat about the new Raspberry Pi 2 & it’s ability to run Windows 10.
Jan 26, 2015
Deploy Like an Animal | CR 138
It’s a tip show edition of Coder Radio. Mike shares a great way to get some Heroku features without the bill. Plus the annoying honeymoon period, your feedback & more!
Jan 19, 2015
Monumental Android Failure | CR 137
Well known developers have recently gone public with how much they make & where they make it from. Mike & Chris chew on the numbers & discuss the raw reality. Plus great feedback on Chris’ first development language & more!
Jan 12, 2015
Ruby is not Perl | CR 136
Chris shares what’s prevented him from getting started with development & shares the three languages that are at the top of his list to try. Plus we get passionate after some feedback to the Mac Exodus topic & more!
Jan 5, 2015
Macs Exodus | CR 135
Is the quality of Apple’s desktop and mobile software causing a slow bleeding of developers? Chris & Mike debate what developers will do over 2015. Plus we read some great follow up, feature a community project & more!
Dec 29, 2014
Fair And Balanced | CR 134
Mike is fired up by a topic that has been on fire over all of 2014. Is it finally time to let the other 95% of great programmers in?
Dec 22, 2014
Best Of Coder Radio 2014 | CR 133
We peer into the past of the show to pull out the amazing clips you guys suggested to us and fondly remember how funny it is to listen to Chris get trolled. Sit back, relax & enjoy the fun in this look back at best of Coder Radio!
1 hr 8 min
Dec 15, 2014
Git your Pizza | CR 132
It’s the birth of another open source project live on this week’s Coder Radio. Plus it’s an open mic edition & we discuss a wide range of topics from Microsoft’s big mobile strategy that nobody is noticing, the best Linux development environment, setting expectations, your feedback & more!
Dec 8, 2014
Dock Your Rocket | CR 131
Has Docker’s wild success caused it grow too big & too corporate? In light of the CoreOS project’s announcement of Rocket we’ll reflect on the big problem both projects needs to solve. Plus our plans to involve community around building an API for Jupiter Broadcasting, your feedback & more!
Dec 1, 2014
Get Back to the '50s | CR 130
That tech worker “shortage” Facebook and Microsoft keep telling you about is bogus. We’ll go over the study and reports that back that claim up. Then we dig into the rather understandable reasons why developers wages are being pushed down & more!
1 hr 5 min
Nov 24, 2014
Google's Objective C | CR 129
It’s a special roundtable edition of Coder Radio. Our panel discussed the advantages of Go development over PHP, creating a flat-file website with no database, and the real secret to finishing that last 10%. Then we discuss the black magic Google is using to share 70% of their new Inbox’s apps code across the Web, Android, and iOS. And if Google’s new approach is a quiet condemnation of HTML5 applications.
1 hr 2 min
Nov 17, 2014
.NET’s Open Future | CR 128
Microsoft made headlines and has generated a lot of buzz around the open sourcing of .NET. So what does the future hold & what changes now? And why this could be more about what it says about Microsoft, than anything else. Plus some great feedback, how to find a developer, what to expect to pay & much more!
Nov 10, 2014
The Gorilla in the Stack | CR 127
Mike and Chris respond to feedback on lackluster HTML5 apps, then how developers can leverage social media to stay up to date & avoid drama. Then we blow apart the “Full Stack Developer” myth and the evolution of the term.
Nov 3, 2014
HTML5: Back To The Future | CR 126
Is the need to save money & time by developers forcing end users into less than acceptable application experiences? Have we all been oversold on HTML5? Plus getting into QA, a cloud based IDE, some great feedback & much more!
Oct 28, 2014
Behind the Schemes | CR 125
Mike and Chris go meta & discuss their thoughts about the state of Coder Radio, some ideas to mix it up & request your input. Then we dig into a revealing support chat between an Android developer & the manager for Google Play Developer Support that finally gives us some real insight into the public address debacle.
Oct 20, 2014
Underwhelming Apple | CR 124
We have a bunch of great feedback that keeps getting interrupted by Chris and Mike jumping into deep discussion about vendor lock in, Apple’s new hardware, balancing work and life & much more!
1 hr 1 min
Oct 13, 2014
Coder Inquisition | CR 123
Mike and Chris battle wits to expose the ridiculous nature of arguing about technology on the Internet, and this discuss why developers and enthusiasts get caught up in this mess. Plus our take on working on open source in your spare time, an update on teaching students to code & a software pick that will make you hungry!
Oct 6, 2014
A Cult of Personality Tests | CR 122
Mike and Chris discuss what to do when a client or employer requests you take a personality test. The reasons Microsoft is calling the next version of Windows 10, the recent cases of community going sour & the lessons learned for developers
Sep 29, 2014
Doxing Developers | CR 121
Google is requiring developers to submit their physical address, and the Apple community has outed the manager behind the botched iOS 8.0.1 update. Are we seeing a dangerous threat or just a frantic response? Plus some great questions, when to lawyer up & much more!
Sep 22, 2014
Xamarin Sham | CR 120
Developers all over the web are chiming in on the short comings (or lack there of) of Xamarin’s tools. Have developers been sold a hope and a lie? Plus why Android continues to come in second for developers, your feedback & more!
Sep 15, 2014
Notch Escapes | Coder Radio 119
Did Microsoft buying Mojang come around because Notch was burned out? Is the problem systemic to independent developers who just love to code? Plus we respond to your strong feedback regarding privacy & much more!
Sep 8, 2014
Privacy is a Myth | CR 118
The debate over whose responsibility it is to protect your cloud data heats up, we discuss how to get your confidence back & some Vala feedback. Plus the recent Markdown drama, the systemd hater club & much more!
Sep 2, 2014
Fools Aren't Protected | CR 117
We take live calls, and discuss why .Net rules a Linux Admins life, learning OOP. Then, in light of the recent celebrity photo hacks, do developers have a moral obligation to protect the uninformed public?
Aug 25, 2014
DOM Be Gone | CR 116
Aug 18, 2014
The Scripting Chronicles | CR 115
Where does TypeScript fit in, and are the many criticisms lobbied at it legitimate? We discuss the state of scripting, and the new dark pragmatism that seems to be setting in. Plus picking your ideal client, package managers for Windows and Mac, your feedback & more!
Aug 11, 2014
Contrarian Contracting | CR 114
Mike and Chris share their perspective on successfully cultivating a contact development business, and from their experience, the biggest gotchas that hurt the most. Plus hosting on your own vs shared services, a little Dart love, and the Linux user who bought a Mac.
Aug 8, 2014
Corner of Shame | CR 113
Mike and Chris record a bonus episode of Coder Radio for you this week. We discuss the possibility of Steam selling productivity apps for Desktop Linux, how Overcast.fm could set the trend for future mobile apps, and Chris shares his thoughts about his new Oculus Rift DK2. Plus you great feedback, some follow up and more!
Aug 4, 2014
The Xamarin Solution | CR 112
Mike discusses what his business has noted after using Xamarin and Xamarin.Forms. Plus we bust some myths, discuss use cases and advantages, the disadvantages. Plus you great feedback, some follow up and more!
1 hr 3 min
Jul 21, 2014
Microsoft's Culture Anchor | Coder Radio 111
Chris makes the case for splitting Microsoft up into a consumer and services split, and why that would be the best possible outcome for developers. Plus some great feedback, more on selling free software and more!
Jul 14, 2014
Manual Design | CR 110
Have Interface designers led us down a false path? Why is it when heavy lifting is needed our tools still fall short in 2014? Mike discusses the shortcomings of some of our favorite tools, who is on the right track, and what the real solution seems to be. Plus some great feedback and Chris begins a new kind of challenge.
Jul 7, 2014
Go Big or Go Lean! | CR 109
Jun 30, 2014
Materially Excited | CR 108
Mike and Chris cover some great follow up on new hotness burnout. Then we discuss what impressed us and what tempers our excitement from Google I/O 2014. Plus why AndroidOne could be the Android of the future and a quick chat about Rust.
Jun 23, 2014
New Hotness Exhaustion | CR 107
Mike ponders if we can trust ourselves to walk the line between comfort, laziness and experience? Plus you great feedback, a few more I/O thoughts and a framework you can take home to mom.
Jun 16, 2014
Bathroom Marketing | CR 106
Our top 10 hopes and expectations from Google I/O 2014. Is this the year Google pushes developers on design, will Google+ take a backseat and more. Plus our followup includes the challenges facing openGL, why the Nexus program will die, coping with information overload and getting your confidence back.
Jun 9, 2014
The Problem with GitHub | CR 105
Mike shares his experience moving from GitHub to a self hosted GitLab installation and the benefits his team realized after making the move. Plus we’ll take a look at the new Docker announcements, your feedback and some surprise followup!
Jun 2, 2014
Swift exit for Obj-C | CR 104
Mike and Chris share their raw reactions from Apple’s WWDC Keynote, including Mike’s big concerns about Swift.
May 26, 2014
WWDC Predictions 2014 | CR 103
Mike and Chris run down their predictions and hopes areas Apple might improve iOS, Mac hardware, and general ecosystem development during next week’s big keynote. Plus our thoughts on the state of Qt, re-thinking Linux’s market share, and more!
1 hr 6 min
May 19, 2014
Has Microsoft Lost It's Mojo? | CR 102
Mike and Chris discuss how, even when a laptop seems like the obvious choice, sometimes a desktop may be a better fit. Then, will the fate of Microsoft be slowly and embarrassingly slipping into irrelevance? And of course your fantastic feedback and much, much more!
May 12, 2014
Shields Up | CR 101
It’s a day filled with war stories, we start off by sharing how things have blown up in our laps this morning, and cover your excellent feedback. Then - Chris shares his new gadget purchase, and how it’s making him re-think some of his firm opinions.
May 5, 2014
0×64 | CR 100
Mike and Chris celebrate 100 weeks of Coder Radio by reading some great feedback, discussing new hardware choices, and why the future of desktop Linux is a little worrying.
1 hr 1 min
Apr 28, 2014
Is That a Weave? | CR 99
We double down on your follow up. Working remotely, scratching your itch while at your current job, why we missed Heartbleed, and the video that will make you never again complain about how hard something is.
1 hr 7 min
Apr 21, 2014
Always Be Coding | CR 98
Chris and Mike face the limitations of remote workers, and the challenges they’ve experienced. We take your live calls, and discuss the awesome projects you're working on. Why you should write code every day, the hard numbers about mobile games, and more!
1 hr 7 min
Apr 14, 2014
Open Source, Closed Wallets | CR 97
The Heartbleed bug has ignited a new round of open source doubters, but are the renewed concerns about the open source development model unfounded? And what can be done to avoid catastrophes like this in the future? We discuss. Plus an honest discussion about that moment of no return, your feedback, and more! Note: Apologies for the transitional audio setup while we move between studios. Improvements next week!
Apr 7, 2014
MS Gadget 2.0 | CR 96
Microsoft shocks the developer community by open sourcing some of their crown .Net jewels. Mike and Chris discuss the ramifications for Java, and the overall strategy Microsoft could be shifting too. Plus why the return of the Start Menu is a massive middle finger to devs, and other interesting bits from Build 2014. Plus your follow up on Oculus VR, the Blame Game, and more!
Mar 31, 2014
The Blame Game | CR 95
Are your projects cursed with knowledge of the present? Mike and Chris discuss the tendency to blame the last guy, and in some cases even scapegoat the absent. And why its only human to see all the mistakes of those who came before you. Plus our thoughts on Facebook buying Oculus VR, your feedback, and more!
Mar 24, 2014
Paranoid Android Developers | CR 94
Android growth is exploding, and showing no signs of slowing down… So why are big players still avoiding the platform? We’ll challenge some common misconceptions on why developers avoid Android. Plus big Silicon Valley tech companies get busted colluding to keep wages low, the contractor fudge factor, your feedback.. And more!
Mar 17, 2014
Ruby off the Rails | CR 93
The Rails community was blasted by a distinguished, and disgruntled member. But does his criticism hold up? And is there a larger problem at play here? Plus our thoughts on Amazon’s rumored new console, and a great batch of your feedback!
Mar 10, 2014
Persona Non Grata | CR 92
Mar 3, 2014
Your Database is Slow | CR 91
Oren Eini from Hibernating Rhinos joins us to discuss their “second generation” document database written in .NET. We have an insightful conversation about RavenDB, a flexible data model designed to address requirements coming from real-world systems. Plus our surprising answer to the big certification question, your emails, and more.
Feb 24, 2014
Get Yourself Tested | CR 90
Florian Motlik from Codeship joins us to discuss automated unit testing, a practical approach to rethinking how to get started with your own testing, and how Codeship’s hosted continuous integration and continuous deployment platform is bringing much needed relief to some of developments most tedious tasks. Plus getting started with simple approach, when to take the money, your emails, and more!
Feb 17, 2014
The Cost of Comments | CR 89
Responding to criticism for an open source project, or a closed commercial project can be a very tricky things. Mike and Chris share their thoughts on how you can properly set expectations and respond to negative feedback. Plus what roles users play in their interaction with developers, your feedback, and more!
1 hr 15 min
Feb 10, 2014
Paper Cuts Deep | CR 88
Mike and Chris use the recent drama around Paper and Flappy Bird to have a wider discussion about the forces against Indie developers. And our reactions to the CEO change at Microsoft. Plus some great feedback, and more!
1 hr 13 min
Feb 3, 2014
Waning Windows | CR 87
Mike and Chris address a number of topics this week, from open source project’s properly communicating with the media, Google selling Motorola to Lenovo, and a debate about Microsoft’s rumored CEO choice. Plus your feedback, and more!
1 hr 9 min
Jan 27, 2014
Myth of Magic Methodology | CR 86
Is the concept of a one sized fits all methodology getting tired? We revisit Agile in the dynamic client/developer relationship. Then how opening up your development plans to the community, even for commercial software, can be full of benefits and drawbacks. Plus a great batch of your feedback, and much more.
1 hr 10 min
Jan 20, 2014
Backend Lockin | CR 85
Back-end services are really helping developers focus on their core competency, but how quickly will you need to go outside the box? What about vendor lock-in? Plus: A ton of great feedback, resisting the urge to hate change, and much more.
1 hr 8 min
Jan 13, 2014
Ops vs Dev | CR 84
The classic battle flairs up this week, and the guys discuss how an over controlling sysadmin can slow down an important project, and why that problem seems to be so much worse in business. Plus the market is still hot for Java, but down discount Python or C#, making a big career change, and the standard for replacing your own inhouse tools.
1 hr 1 min
Jan 6, 2014
It’s Java’s Year | CR 83
We’ll bust some java myths with Mark Heckler, a software engineer at Oracle. Plus the status of Duke, java on embedded systems, and what the future holds. Plus your feedback and some of Mike’s 2014 bets.
1 hr 3 min
Dec 30, 2013
Coding Transitions | CR 82
With a little reflection on the years big moments, the guys look ahead to 2014. We’ll debate what’s going to be the big stories of 2014 for developers, and the tech industry at large. Plus we’ll answer a few of your questions, and toss in a couple surprises in our last episode of 2013!
1 hr 4 min
Dec 23, 2013
The Freelancer Dilemma | CR 81
The guys take some calls and discuss a wide range of great topics. From workspace setups, developer hardware, C vs C++, and the real problems facing contract programmers. Plus a batch of your feedback, the best editor ever (for Windows), and more!
1 hr 9 min
Dec 16, 2013
The SteamOS Conspiracy | CR 80
Early builds of SteamOS have landed, and we wonder what the larger implications are. Plus our thoughts on Microsoft's clear challenges, the problem with Qt Creator, and betting on the future. Plus your feedback, our thoughts on cloud build services, and much more!
1 hr 12 min
Dec 9, 2013
Two French Presses | CR 79
After discussing our caffeine regimes, we take a crack at getting Q&A right. We’ll share some personal experiences with Q&A gone wrong, and our tips for fixing it. Plus a look back at one of the giant’s shoulders developers stand on today, and your emails.
Dec 2, 2013
Code Your Enthusiasm | CR 78
It’s a mailbag special with a hidden message. Mike and Chris discuss burnout a bit more, the pitfalls of bad Q&A, automated UI testing, and the open source projects we’re thankful for this year.
1 hr 45 min
Nov 25, 2013
The Big Xbone | CR 77
Is the Xbox One the next big App platform? We’ll share theories. Plus where to books fit in for self education? Are they too slow, or is there a place for the printed medium in a rapidly developing industry? Plus a batch of your emails, our follow up, and more!
1 hr 6 min
Nov 18, 2013
Burned by Agile | CR 76
Burnout kills your productivity, creativity, and ability to get things done. The worst part? It can sneak up in different ways. Mike and Chris share how to recognize burnout, a quick fix to get you through, and their personal long term fixes. Plus a great batch of emails, setting your weekend rate, and much more.
1 hr 19 min
Nov 11, 2013
Deploying the Haterade | CR 75
A recent snafu has left Mike in a bit of a bind with a client, and technical glitches nearly threatened to toss Chris out on the side of the road. After digging through a batch of really great emails, the guys air some dirty laundry. This week we crack open a cold one, and chug some haterade.
1 hr 11 min
Nov 4, 2013
Justifying Java | CR 74
After discussing recent hardware gadget purchases, and why, the guys jump into the case of Java. Mike’s ready to justify his love, for Java. Plus a little dev world hoopla, your feedback, and more!
Oct 28, 2013
Baby Got Backend | CR 73
From backups to deployment, we go back to the backend! The new solutions giving us the opportunity to reconsider the infrastructure around our projects. Plus gearing up for 64bit development, and much more.
1 hr 9 min
Oct 21, 2013
Relatively Laid Out | CR 72
With big Google and Apple events on the horizon we look at how Google’s early investment in relative UI layouts will be paying dividends in Android 4.4 KitKat. Plus: Your emails, our php follow up, a few near-term predictions, and even an RMS rap.
1 hr 17 min
Oct 14, 2013
Betting on Linux | CR 71
When targeting Linux, developers have to face some tough choices. Mike’s spent a year planning his move and discusses the opportunity and the risk of supporting Linux, how much effort should be put into targeting Ubuntu, and keeping the big picture in mind. Plus our follow up and your feedback!
1 hr 13 min
Oct 7, 2013
Toolchain Transitions | CR 70
Mike’s making some big changes to his workflow, and sharing the tools in his box. We’ll look at the transition to Ubuntu Linux for Mike and his dev team, and the productivity advantages they see. Plus planning for scale, a fresh look at Vala, your emails, and more!
1 hr 17 min
Sep 30, 2013
With Apologies to Texas | CR 69
Mike and Chris chew on the major problems patent trolls are creating for small and large development shops. Then it’s a race to the bottom for software prices, and the guys have a few theories on what, if anything, developers can do to carve out a living.
1 hr 3 min
Sep 23, 2013
ASP.Magic | CR 68
Mike discusses the culture clash between the ASP.Net framework diehards, and the recent converts. ASP.Net and Azure services have been at the core of project Mike and his team have had underway for a couple months and they’ve gotten a good feeling of it’s strengths and weakness. Plus our live reaction to SteamOS, ending the platform/tool wars that even your benevolent hosts find themselves falling into, your feedback, and much more!
1 hr 19 min
Sep 16, 2013
Blazing 7 | CR 67
iOS 7 is landing and Mike and Chris discuss what’s in store for developers, and the real reason to put a 64bit CPU in a cell phone. Plus the core of what’s wrong with Microsoft, practicing security from the start, your emails and more!
1 hr 34 min
Sep 9, 2013
Docker All The Things | CR 66
We’re joined by two gentlemen from dotCloud, the folks behind Docker. We chat about what Docker is best at, how far out the 1.0 release is, the projects use of Go, the future of Docker, and much more. Plus is the commoditization of software development a bad thing? Your emails, and more.
Sep 2, 2013
Love’s Labor Lost | CR 65
1 hr 2 min
Aug 26, 2013
Bye Bye Ballmer | CR 64
Steve Ballmer’s legacy at Microsoft is controversial. We look over the long list of big and quiet successes and failures under his watch as CEO. Plus what we think the big problem facing Microsoft is going to be long term, and if they can really transform into a “devices and services” company. Plus we’ll discuss the big problem with SourceForge, self taught programing vs structured schooling, your emails, and more!
1 hr 9 min
Aug 19, 2013
Mozilla Persona | CR 63
We chat with Dan at the Mozilla about his work on the Persona project, and how Mozilla offers developers a neutral platform for effective authentication. Plus our thoughts on what’s troubling the Ubuntu Edge project, a batch of your questions, and much more!
1 hr 35 min
Aug 12, 2013
FizzBuzzed! | CR 62
Hiring can be a real pain in the butt. The guys share the horror stories from interviews they’ve conducted that went horribly wrong. Plus a few tips for getting a gig. Then the guys chew on the dev hoopla of the week, and read some great emails.
1 hr 1 min
Aug 5, 2013
Office Hours | CR 61
Mike and Chris bare it all on their classic work/life balance struggles. Dealing with the unique circumstances of working at home, why it’s not the dream 9-to-5 types picture. Plus your feedback, a few follow ups and much more!
1 hr 2 min
Jul 29, 2013
Call In 2.0 | CR 60
Celebrating 60 episodes we take live calls from our audience and chat about the topics are their minds. Then we follow up on the indie developer Xbox One situation, read your feedback, and more!
1 hr 10 min
Jul 22, 2013
Sour Apple | CR 59
A compromise at Apple turns Mike’s week upside down. Reeling from the setback we dig into Mike’s concerns with Canonical’s crowd sourced Ubuntu Edge phone. Why we're a bit dismayed at Firefox OS’ attempts to kill the app store... And we answer your hard questions.
1 hr 6 min
Jul 15, 2013
The 56k Solution | CR 58
Data protection in the cloud can mean a lot of different things. But what about in the context of software development? The guys tackle that question, and cover a great batch of your feedback.
1 hr 7 min
Jul 8, 2013
The Dev Jungle | CR 57
The guys bust some myths around outsourcing, and insourcing development work. Striking a balance when trying to codify better practices in the workplace, sticking with good old tech for bad reasons… Plus a big batch of your feedback!
Jul 1, 2013
Microsoft’s in a Funk | CR 56
Stinging from a Build conference hangover, the guys focus on their current disappoints with Microsoft. Then Mike gets a new OYUA box and has a few surprises, plus your emails, and more!
1 hr 4 min
Jun 24, 2013
Software Exorcism | CR 55
Even when you know better, you sometimes find yourself contributing to the problem, just to get the job done. This week the guys bare it all and discuss how they’ve ended up making things worse when they were hired to make it all better. Plus keeping up on new trends without wasting time, how open environments provide better predictability, and a batch of your feedback!
1 hr 1 min