The Pete On Software Podcast

A podcast focused on modern application development technologies, the business of software, and technologists that drive our industry. Topics will...

Technology, Software How-To

In Episode 51, we go back to our interview roots and have our first returning guest (who was also our first guest, period), Matthew Groves. Matthew is a Developer Evangelist for Couchbase, Inc. I've been following what he's been doing with Couchbase since joining the company and I was interested...
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I figured with the year coming to a close that I would take a look back at the goals that I made on this podcast at the beginning of the year. As I went to pull up that episode to find out what I had promised "exactly", I found out a sad fact.... I made that episode in 2015! Soldiering on, I tak...
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In this episode, I take a look at one word that you might be using that is making you look like kind of a jerk. Did I just call you a jerk? Maybe a little, but honestly this episode is mostly about how I might have inadvertently been being a jerk for quite some time. Links Mentioned in this Show...
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In this episode, I take a look at a question that I ran across, "Is Coding the Easy Part?" I engage that question and take a look at everything that developers need to do to create quality software and try to figure out where the actual "writing code" part falls in the rankings. Links Mentioned ...
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The World Wide Developer's Conference (WWDC) is like the Super Bowl for Apple Developers. Thousands of developers vie to get a ticket and even those without tickets still go to San Francisco and attend ancillary events. As I've done the last few years, I watch the keynote and distill it down for...
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I recently finished reading a book by Dan Lyons called Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble on the recommendation of my friend Dustin Rogers. This book is an inside look at a company called HubSpot that - according to Lyons - exhibits some of the worst and most stereotypical traits ...
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In today's episode, I interview Erik Dietrich from Daedtech.com. Erik wrote a blog series about something he called "The Expert Beginner". When I read that, I felt kind of convicted because I was worried that I was wreaking havoc all of the city with "Expert Beginnerdom". Listen in to find out w...
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This past week, someone's comment that they "don't blog, they solve problems instead" really struck a nerve with me. Not only because I'm a blogger, but because I know just how many times a day that my problems are solved because someone blogged the solution at some point in the past. Links Ment...
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Why is the average age of a developer so much less than the average age of a professional worker in the United States? Is it because the industry as a whole is striving to keep people out? Are companies replacing people as soon as their salary starts to get higher with people who make half as mu...
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In episode 42, I don't have the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything, but I do have thoughts and reactions to Microsoft's 2016 Build conference. I cover Bash on Windows, Ink, Bots, and Free Xamarin for everyone! Links Mentioned in this Show: XKCD Thing Explainer Cleartext Listen To T...
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Last time, I was looking for some feedback about how this show should go in the future (and if it should go on at all). You guys responded and I talk about that response and what to expect from me in the future. I also start talking about the left-pad NPM module that "broke the Internet" and a b...
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In this episode, I come back from my almost seven month hiatus to wonder about what this podcast should be and if I am putting out the kind of content that my audience and the audience at large is looking to hear. I talk about my original plans for the show, what I see in the podcasting space as...
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Today, I heard about Warren Buffett's "Two List Strategy", also known as the "25 and 5 Rule". I don't know if the story is apocryphal or real, but I think the lesson is just as valid. When I got to my picks of the week, the first one went the normal way. But then I started talking about Amazon U...
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It has been a little while since I posted a new episode, so when inspiration struck me while waiting in the car, I didn't pass up the opportunity to record Episode 38. I used my phone as a voice recorder and shared a kind of stream-of-consciousness rant. Some things had really piled up on me rec...
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Earlier this month, I saw a tweet that kind of got me fired up. It was pushing the same tired arguments about why companies that don't allow remote working are backwards and dumb. Everyone knows the benefits for the developer in a remote working situation and most people know how having a distri...
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Recently, I found two "open letters" on the Internet. Episode 36 has me examining their contents and pointing out where I find fault with each. The letter that started it all was from a PM and was aimed at telling developers how to do their job. The rebuttal, from a Developer to a PM, was writte...
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In episode 35, I cover the Apple Watch Event. Of course, the two-hour event was not just about the watch, but that's all most people cared about. I talk about what new things that we learned about the watch, some of the apps that are going to be available at launch, and what it is like to actual...
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Episode 34 is a little shorter than my normal solo podcasts, but it is a topic that I have been thinking about for a bit and I just wanted to get it off of my chest. Design Patterns aren't like Duct Tape - the more you use, the better it is. In fact, they actually won't all work together if you ...
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Last Monday, Rob Eisenberg released Aurelia.js. This was a culmination of sorts of a whirlwind of activity that was kicked off when Rob left the Angular 2.0 team at Google. A lot of people wondered what he was up to (including me!), so I asked him to be on the show to talk about what's been goin...
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Andy Adams wrote a blog post about how to price yourself as an independent software developer. It was so good that I made it a pick of the week. Andy started to see traffic from my site and we struck up a conversation. Right away, I knew that I needed to have him on the show. We talk about how h...
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