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Pragmatic Podcasts

Pragmatic interviews, news, techniques, and more from the Pragmatic Bookshelf.

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Interview with Trevor Burnham on CoffeeScript

Wed, 21 Sep 2011 13:42:00 +0000

CoffeeScript burst onto the scene at the end of 2009, and is beginning to show up everywhere. Ruby on Rails now ships with it as the default way to write JavaScript, and even Brendan Eich (the creator of JavaScript) has mentioned CoffeeScript as an influence on the future of JavaScript. What’s all the fuss about? Is CoffeeScript just hype, or is there really something to it? Trevor Burnham literally wrote the book on CoffeeScript. In this PragCast interview we talk to him about the “human-friendly dialect of JavaScript,” what it is, where it’s going, and how CoffeeScript can actually make you a better JavaScript programmer.

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Interview with Avdi Grimm, author of "Exceptional Ruby"

Wed, 15 Jun 2011 10:40:00 +0000

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

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Ward Cunningham Interview

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 14:15:00 +0000

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

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The Future of Web Development

Tue, 01 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000

HTML5 and CSS3 are the future of web development, and in this episode of the pragmatic podcast, Brian Hogan talks about his new book "HTML5 and CSS3: Develop with Tomorrow's Standards Today". HTML5 is quickly becoming a marketing term, a new buzzword with a fancy logo that may put some people off. Is this a good or bad thing? Are there features in HTML5/CSS3 that make adopting these technologies now worth the effort? Brian even tackles the HTML5 vs Flash debate, and answers the question "Is Flash dead?". Hosted by Miles Forrest.

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Johanna Rothman Interview, with Ian Dees

Wed, 26 Jan 2011 16:01:00 +0000

Miles Forrest talks about multitasking and getting things done with Johanna Rothman and Ian Dees. Everyone manages time, whether you keep it all in your head, write it down on paper, or enter it in some form of electronic organizer. But what do you do when you have a really big project? What do you do when you say "I want to do it all!" but end up going nowhere fast? Author Johanna Rothman shares techniques that work. Johanna began managing projects back in 1984 when there was no Internet, no voice mail, and tools like spreadsheets had just been invented. As she grew in her abilities to manage large, complicated projects with hundreds of developers, she branched out, working as a consultant for the last 16 years. Her most recent book, "Managing You Project Portfolio", helps you organize multiple projects and evaluate them without getting buried under a mountain of statistics.

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Jonathan Rasmusson Interview

Tue, 07 Dec 2010 10:34:00 +0000

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

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Robert Martin interview

Wed, 13 Oct 2010 06:28:00 +0000

In this episode, your host Miles Forrest interviews Robert Martin, know by many as "Uncle Bob." Bob has been slinging code for 40 years, and still loves coding. As Bob puts it, "I want to code till I die and I don't want to die soon." Bob reveals his thoughts on the craft of programming and hopes for the next computer language, including the solution to the Moore's Law dilemma that dates back to 1957. He'll describe the right way to write a framework (hint: don't _write_ it) and discuss current problems and opportunities with agile development methods. Discover the *Most Horrible Invention* in the last twenty years (and possibly the most popular!) and what Bob thinks about experience, mentorship and science fiction.

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Michael Swaine on Prag Pub

Wed, 01 Jul 2009 00:00:00 +0000

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

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Bill Dudney and Chris Adamson on iPhone 3.0 SDK Development

Wed, 24 Jun 2009 00:00:00 +0000

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

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Andy Lester: Land the Tech Job You Love

Wed, 06 May 2009 00:00:00 +0000

Andy Lester, author of "Land the Tech Job You Love," tells Susannah Pfalzer all about job hunting in today’s tech world. He explains why job boards do not work for 90% of job seekers, and what makes a great resume--and how most people blow it. Andy tells you how to make yourself hirable and promotable, and how to use your resume as a tracking tool. Even with this economy, and fewer jobs available, the way you look for a job doesn’t change, just the priorities. Join Andy Lester and see how to land the tech job you’ll love.

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Chad Fowler on the Passionate Programmer

Tue, 14 Apr 2009 14:32:00 +0000

Susannah Pfalzer interviews Chad Fowler on his new book, "The Passionate Programmer." Chad talks about the reality of the two job markets, and how you have to focus on winning, not just on "not losing." He'll discuss steps to take in avoiding a career-by-coincidence, and how improving your career is really improving your life. Unlike other projects you've worked on, this time *you* are the product. See how to make the most of it.

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Maik Schmidt on Ruby and Rails in the Enterprise

Wed, 04 Feb 2009 14:41:00 +0000

Author Maik Schmidt tells Susannah Pfalzer all about the problems faced by software developers in the enterprise, and dealing with effectively with a potentially hostile environment, including adopting an agile approach in a non-agile world. Maik explains how to use Ruby and Rails to manage security issues, encryption, using Java and Ruby together, screen scraping and more. See how the ease of the new Ruby and Rails makes it ready for business.

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Stuart Halloway on Programming Clojure

Wed, 03 Dec 2008 05:57:00 +0000

Stuart Halloway, author of "Programming Clojure", tells Susannah Pfalzer all about this new and cool programming language. Stuart explains how Clojure helps you move beyond noun-based programming toward verb-based programming, and why pure functions are important for concurrency. It's a lot of Lisp, but with Less parentheses--even fewer than Java itself. See how to be more expressive on the Java VM, and how Clojure is different from Scala and Groovy.

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Marcus Zarra on Core Data for Mac OS X

Wed, 05 Nov 2008 06:29:00 +0000

Marcus Zarra talk about Apple's Core Data API: just as Interface Builder made GUI's much easier, Core Data makes managing an application's data much easier. Marcus explains how, and discusses Core Data's advantages as well as hints and tips to getting the most out of it.

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Jeff Cohen and Brian Eng on Rails for .Net Developers

Wed, 15 Oct 2008 07:56:00 +0000

Pragmatic editor Susannah Pfalzer interviews authors Jeff Cohen and Brian Eng, asking "what do .NET developers find so compelling about Rails?" Jeff and Brian go on to explain the key differences between the .NET environment and the open source environment of traditional Ruby and Rails, the importance (and adoption) of MVC, unit tests, and differences in development styles. They'll also explain how to use the right tool for the job and take a quick look at IronRuby, and Ruby's interoperability with .NET.

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Keir Thomas on Ubuntu Kung Fu

Tue, 23 Sep 2008 08:49:00 +0000

Meet Keir Thomas, author of "Ubuntu Kung Fu: Tips, Tricks, Hints, and Hacks." Keir tells us why Ubuntu is so popular, explains the wealth of drivers, ease of installation and use, the strength of the Ubuntu community, and where Ubuntu came from. You'll hear how to wring more power out of older hardware, and see that modern Linux is no longer just a hobby, it's here to help you get more done.

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Fred Daoud on Stripes

Wed, 10 Sep 2008 09:30:00 +0000

In this interview by Pragmatic editor Jackie Carter, author Frederic Daoud explains what Stripes is, and why it's a better Java web framework, featuring easy integration with other technologies including Hibernate, and why it's vital if you're creating applications that have to be multilingual.

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Chad Fowler

Wed, 20 Aug 2008 05:19:00 +0000

Daniel Steinberg interviews Chad Fowler on a wide range of topics including programming, music, math, the C64, Ruby, Rails, electronics, hooking up the real world to the computer, the Principle of Agreement, the dangers of stagnation, invigorating your career and globalization.

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Ian Dees on Scripted GUI Testing with Ruby

Wed, 06 Aug 2008 04:45:00 +0000

Jackie Carter interviews Ian Dees, author of "Scripted GUI Testing with Ruby" Ian talks about using automation in support of GUI testing, and describes how automation allows you to do things you couldn't do before. Frustrated with proprietary, difficult scripting languages, or fragile, coordinate-based systems, Ian describes how GUI testing with Ruby is such a pleasure. Ian's new book gives you the actual techniques to take control of this window or that drop-down list--without hard-coded data. Ian describes his use of rSpec, randomized and matrix testing, writing stories for testing, and more.

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Travis Swicegood: Pragmatic Version Control using Git

Wed, 23 Jul 2008 00:00:00 +0000

Pragmatic editor Susannah Pfalzer interviews Travis Swicegood, author of "Pragmatic Version Control using Git." Travis tells us about distributed version control in general, when to use it -- and when not to. He also describes how Git works, and walks through the daily Git workflow. Travis reminds us that code is never perfect, and describes how to track changes in a distributed environment. He'll show how to selectively push repositories to different people on your team, and how to use gitosis.

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Brian Marick on Ruby Cocoa and Testing

Wed, 09 Jul 2008 06:59:00 +0000

Brian Marick talks to Daniel Steinberg on a wide variety of topics. Brian asks, who's smart enough to program?, and describes how he met Andy and Dave at the Agile Manifesto summit. He talks about using Lisp, Smalltalk and Ruby, and about introducing programming to testers. Brian also shares the secrets of Domain Specific Languages (DSLs), and of course, his new book on Ruby Cocoa: marrying Ruby with the uber-cool Mac OS X Cocoa GUI framework, and test driven development with Ruby Cocoa code.

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Michael J Mangino on Facebook Applications

Wed, 18 Jun 2008 08:54:00 +0000

Pragmatic editor Susannah Pflazer interviews Mike Mangino, author of "Developing Facebook Platform Applications with Rails." Mike describes how Facebook works, and talks about using facebooker for Ruby on Rails to provide helpers, handle authentication, and more. Mike walks through developing an application in Facebook, describes the parts of Facebook, as well as messaging, testing, and engaging users. Find out about the magic 8-second rule and the key aspects of a successful Facebook application.

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Mike Clark on Studios and Screencasts

Wed, 04 Jun 2008 05:16:00 +0000

Daniel Steinberg interviews the Pragmatic Studio's Mike Clark. Mike talks about the Pragmatic Studio, the Edge Conferences, Screencasts and shoulder surfing, and how to get inside the head of an expert.

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Andy Hunt on Pragmatic Wetware

Wed, 21 May 2008 05:01:00 +0000

Join us as Daniel Steinberg interviews Pragmatic co-founder Andy Hunt. Andy describes his journey from the techniques in The Pragmatic Programmer, the programming language Ruby and the Agile development movement, to looking at wetware--the stuff in our heads. Andy discusses the Dreyfus model of skill acquisition, lateral specialization in the brain, mindmaps and more. You'll find out why sometimes the best thing you can do is to step away from the keyboard.

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Dave Thomas on Pragmatic Publishing

Wed, 07 May 2008 04:36:00 +0000

Join us as Daniel Steinberg interviews Pragmatic co-founder Dave Thomas. Dave explains a bit about how we started the publishing business, and our unique production process and its separation of content from presentation. You'll hear all about reader involvement in our books, what makes a Pragmatic book, and Dave's take on the book industry as a whole. Dave reminds us of why we're in this business: for the joy and passion of programming.

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Programming Groovy

Wed, 23 Apr 2008 09:39:00 +0000

Venkat Subramaniam, author of "Programming Groovy: Dynamic Productivity for the Java Developer" talks at length with Daniel Steinberg about coding in Groovy, metaprogramming, and choosing a language. You'll learn when Groovy is a great choice, and when it's not. Venkat shares how to use builders to relieve the tedium of XML processing, explains why metaprogramming is so hard in Java, and why type-safety isn't what you think. Finally, Venkat explains how programming is a lot like a chainsaw.

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FXRuby with Lyle Johnson

Wed, 09 Apr 2008 09:00:00 +0000

FXRuby is a cross-platform GUI for Ruby. Listen as Pragmatic editor Susannah Pfalzer interviews Lyle Johnson, the lead developer of FXRuby and author of the new book, "FXRuby: Create Lean and Mean GUIs with Ruby." Lyle explains what you need to know before using FXRuby, some interesting aspects of FXRuby and the FOX toolkit, the target and message approach, automatic GUI updating, recommended guides to user interface design, and more!

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Core Animation and the iPhone

Wed, 26 Mar 2008 00:00:00 +0000

Daniel Steinberg interviews Bill Dudney, author of "Core Animation for OS X: Creating Dynamic Compelling User Interfaces." Listen as Bill discusses user interfaces on the iPhone and desktop, and how you can develop using core animation on the desktop and apply it directly to iPhone development. Bill explains about using animated layers in 3D space, how Cocoa and Interface Builder avoid the trap of generated code stubs, the growing opportunities of internal fat-client apps on the iPhone platform, and opportunities in consulting for new rich user interfaces.

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Mastering Dojo with Craig Riecke, Rawld Gill, and Alex Russell

Wed, 12 Mar 2008 17:40:00 +0000

Pragmatic editor Jackie Carter talks to Craig Riecke, Rawld Gill, and Alex Russell, authors of the upcoming book, "Mastering Dojo: JavaScript and Ajax Tools for Great Web Experiences." Dojo gives you more than just Ajax Plumbing: you get everything from easy-to-use widgets for a rich UI, to optimization and deployment. Dojo covers a surprising depth and breadth of functionality, combining the best of leading edge features and stable, corporate-friendly maturity. Listen as the authors discuss Dojo, the Dojo foundation, and how Dojo is brutally Pragmatic.

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Rails for PHP Developers interview with Derek DeVries

Wed, 27 Feb 2008 13:27:00 +0000

Susannah Pfalzer interviews Derek DeVries, co-author of "Rails for PHP Developers." Listen as Derek describes structure in PHP vs. Rails, web programming frameworks and feature cross-pollination. Derek suggests the best way to learn Rails, discusses development process and best practices, and describes using ActiveResource to let PHP and Rails coexist. Is Rails better than PHP? It's all about using the right tool for the job at hand. Give a listen and Derek will explain.

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Christophe Porteneuve on JavaScript Frameworks

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 03:00:00 +0000

Author Christophe Porteneuve explains what Prototype and are, how they relate to Dojo, and why Javascript alone isn't enough for modern applications. See how to smooth over browser incompatibilities, tame the wild DOM, and more.

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Jeremy Sydik on Designing Accessible Web Sites

Wed, 19 Dec 2007 13:14:00 +0000

Pragmatic Editor Susannah Pfalzer interviews Jeremy Sydik, author of "_Design Accessible Web Sites_":/titles/jsaccess. You'll find that when you design your websites to be more accessible, the design is cleaner and more attractive to all of your visitors. Hear how you can best improve your whole website as Jeremy discusses accessibility and shares his Top Ten Design Principles for websites.

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Johanna Rothman on how to "Manage It"

Wed, 28 Nov 2007 00:00:00 +0000

What should a manager actually do? What does multitasking really mean? What does an MBA qualify you for? Learn the answers to these and other critical questions as Johanna Rothman, author of "Manage It", explains how to really make teams go faster, and discover the importance of practice, feedback, and fun. Plus Johanna reads an except from her Schedule Games chapter.

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Michael Nygard Interview, Part Two

Wed, 07 Nov 2007 02:52:00 +0000

Join MIke Nygard, author of "Release It!" as he explains that 50% of datacenter outages are human-induced, and how to approach configuration and deployment the right way. As an extra bonus, listen to Mike read an excerpt from his new book.

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Michael Nygard Interview

Wed, 24 Oct 2007 12:00:00 +0000

Just one hour of downtime on a Fortune 500 website can cost $300,000 or more. Join Mike Nygard, the author of "Release It!", as he explains how to use stability and capacity design patterns to avoid expensive, public disasters.

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