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The Reference Counting Podcast
Taylor Hutchison and Andy Collins
Taylor Hutchison and Andy Collins casual conversations about the technical and not-so-technical aspects of software development.
Jun 7, 2021
Episode 14: Coming around to Java
We spend a lot of time talking about C#, but what is going on in the Java world? Andy has been doing some investigating and is ready to brief us.
1 hr 22 min
May 17, 2021
Episode 13: A long eight seconds
How do we learn best? Is there such a thing as a learning style? This episode is all about our philosophy of learning (and teaching) programming. Andy also introduces a new word.
Apr 22, 2021
Episode 12: Testing our code
The main topic of this episode is testing. We compare unit, integration, and manual testing and what leads to better code and better applications. The story of Victor Vyssotsky and the Darwin game from Bell Labs is retold and interpreted for meaning.
Apr 5, 2021
Episode 11: C# Opinions Part 2
Our follow-up episode in which we mostly discuss the things we like about C#.
1 hr 6 min
Mar 29, 2021
Episode 10: C# Opinions Part 1
In this episode we talk about what we want to change about C# language. We walk through our wish list without regard to how difficult or impractical such changes would be.
Mar 22, 2021
Episode 9: Does the web have a future?
We take a look back at where the web has been and where it seems to be going and ask does it have a future? We talk PWAs, Angular, React, Blazor, micro-frontends, and other technologies and how they can coexist.
1 hr 1 min
Mar 15, 2021
Episode 8: A developer's intuition
What is a code smell? How does a developer know when something is not right with the code. In this episode we talk about a developer's intuition and how that is related to code smells.
Mar 8, 2021
Episode 7: A bucket of smaller buckets
We discuss what we know and what we don’t know about mono-repos. Then we reminisce about a time when Twitter was different.
Mar 1, 2021
Episode 6: Unworkable metaphors
Taylor and Andy talk about teaching programming to others and how certain techniques are more helpful than others.
1 hr 13 min
Feb 22, 2021
Episode 5: Today is yesterday's tomorrow
We don't ever quite get around to defining structured programming.
Feb 15, 2021
Episode 4: Can't we just write sql?
We talk about ORMs. The good. The bad. And why nothing can ever be simple.
Feb 8, 2021
Episode 3: The ideal type system
Type systems in several languages, including C#, TypeScript, and Haskell are discussed as we try to figure our what the ideal type system might be. Andy outlines the three stages of regular expressions.
Jan 30, 2021
Episode 2: We say instantiate
Andy and Taylor muse over contrarian programmers and AI-assisted coding. Andy outlines his philosophy of teaching classes and objects to new programmers.
1 hr 3 min
Jan 23, 2021
Episode 1: What is this?
Taylor and Andy try to figure out how to podcast.
Jan 23, 2021
Episode 0: Greetings
In this inaugural episode we introduce ourselves and attempt to define what kind of podcast we are creating.