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Coder Radio

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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.

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547: The Slow and the Infuriating

December 6th, 2023


After years of resistance, Mike finally surrenders to Xcode. And the secret Apple envy leaked to the public this week.

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546: A Very Tidy Excuse

November 29th, 2023


The messy details and tidy excuses we noticed in all this OpenAI upset, and some fundamental problems that have been plaguing desktop Linux for years.

545: Sam's Busy Weekend

November 22nd, 2023


OpenAI's weekend coup, plus our thoughts on Microsoft's gambit and their looming risk.

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544: Microsoft Already Did It

November 15th, 2023


Yet another thing Microsoft was early to, and still somehow missed the boat.

Plus, building a PC is rare; it's a solved problem. If AI tools excel …

543: For Your Safety

November 8th, 2023


New AI "regulation" from on high this week, a few signs you might be pissing in your own pond, and the game dev team that's been together for 40 …

542: Fresh Cut Fraud

November 1st, 2023


We've all made mistakes and tried to play dumb, but this week history is being made.

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541: Better Late than Never

October 25th, 2023


Rumors of internal panic at Apple, and concerns about the future of RISC-V. Plus, the software update of the century.

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540: Sherlockin All Over the Place

October 18th, 2023


We're about to see a wave of big tech AI features "inspired" by third-party developers at a scale that makes the Sherlocking on Apple's platform seem like chump change. Plus, how Dropbox turned around their dev …

539: Mike Breaks the Build

October 11th, 2023


Mike checks in from the grind and shares some challenges in recent cross-platform testing; then, we get into the avalanche of negative AI press coverage this week and the one massive story they're not touching.

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538: You Never Forget Your First

October 4th, 2023


How does your first major programming language/technology still shape your work and career? Then grab some popcorn and let's watch the next epic tech …

537: Unity Mutiny

September 30th, 2023


Our unique take on the Unity outrage, thoughts on RustRover, and Mike shares a very annoying mistake.

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536: Grindr-in-Chief

September 20th, 2023


The painful side of making video games, Grinder's big problems, and Google's sneakiest trojan horse.

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535: Locally Sourced Carbon Neutral Consumer

September 13th, 2023


Did Apple's event live up to our expectations? And our thoughts on what new goodies for developers might be in the new hardware and software.

534: Blame the Automation

September 6th, 2023


Azure suffers a big outage, and Microsoft blames faulty automation; why we think there might be early signs of weak demand for Apple's Vision Pro and …

533: Critical Failure in Open Source

August 30th, 2023


U.S. officials are warning open-source software could be a cyber security threat. Their solution? Money. But do we want them picking the winners and …

532: Take It to the Limit

August 23rd, 2023


Mike hits the limits of ChatGPT's knowledge, a chat about editors and what we'd do for a living if it had to be outside of tech.

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531: C# as it Should Have Been

August 16th, 2023


Java developers are getting the Oracle shakedown, openAI is running out of money, and more.

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530: What the AI Skeptics got Right

August 8th, 2023


Did we get this one wrong? It seems consumer AI is eating the lunch of some web's biggest names.

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529: This API is Not for You

August 2nd, 2023


Microsoft's dirty old API games, the new, even more restrictive rules Apple developers will now have to follow, and why Google's "Web Integrity API" …

528: I'm a 1.2x Developer

July 26th, 2023


Elon Musk trying to build the "everything app" is ridiculous, and the quiet little promise openAI just made with the White House.

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527: The Internet is for Stealing JPGs

July 19th, 2023


Shopify has a mind-blowingly obvious solution to too many meetings, a recent failure Chris is struggling with, and more.

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526: The Closing Moment of Opportunity

July 12th, 2023


openAI's window to build their moat is closing, but they have a powerful friend stepping up to help seal the deal. Plus, our reaction to Oracle's …

525: Mike Gets Unreal

July 5th, 2023


Mike updates us on his development adventures in Unreal 5, signs the Vision Pro might be a flop, and answer questions about abandoning Red Hat's …

524: Apple's Blurry Vision

June 28th, 2023


We got our eyes on the Vision Pro SDK and share our new insights. And why the claims of stalled Mastodon adoption might ring a bit true.

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523: Scooby-Doo of Code Hiding

June 21st, 2023


We open the robe and spend a little time chatting about the software development business.

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522: Reddit Goes Dark

June 14th, 2023


We chew on the ridiculous situation Reddit has created for itself and the weak position of app developers.

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521: More Pro, More Problems

June 7th, 2023


We argue over what sucked the most at WWDC this year and then surprise each other with two things that thrill us.

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520: Microsoft Goes All-In

May 31st, 2023


We chew on the best bits from this year's Microsoft Build and the bright red flag coming from the Rust community.

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519: Not So OpenAI

May 24th, 2023


OpenAI's CEO Sam Altman has gone straight for the open-source kill move.

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518: Driving Mr. Dominick

May 17th, 2023


We laugh at Google's scramble, check in on the Twitter collapse, and how one developer's little mistake screwed millions.

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517: Savage Serverless Shutdown

May 10th, 2023


A scathing takedown of Serverless... By Amazon? We react to this strange revelation and more.

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516: There is No Moat

May 3rd, 2023


Why open source might be the real AI winner long-term, and Mike gets the ultimate "I told you so."

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515: Codeium Comes for Copilot

April 26th, 2023


We have a laugh at Elon's alt account, why the knives are out for GitHub Co-pilot, and our thoughts on Apple's "major victory" this week.

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514: Designing a Villain

April 19th, 2023


Elon launches another AI company, leaks suggest Apple might enable sideloading, and why we should let Chaos-GPT run free.

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513: Apple's Golden Hour

April 12th, 2023


Forces beyond Apple's control just reined in their rise, and we ponder the coming sunset.

Plus, the tool we found uses ChatGPT to help you debug …

512: The Hysterics Chronicles

April 5th, 2023


Our thoughts on the recent AI hysteria and why it betrays the massive egos involved, our issues with the RESTRICT Act, and we do some Monday morning …

511: Robot Chat Shack

March 29th, 2023


Mike's spent 90+ days with GitHub Co-Pilot, and shares the surprising conclusion.

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510: Edge of Disaster

March 22nd, 2023


Microsoft's moonshot is turning into a crapshoot.

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509: The Great Cloud Exodus

March 15th, 2023


We're told companies are abandoning the cloud to save money. But is the trend our friend?

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508: Hybrid Hangover

March 14th, 2023


Our spicy take on the Silicon Valley Bank bailout, how it will impact everyday developers, and how badly this screws over small businesses.

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507: Tough Little Liver

March 4th, 2023


Mike's got a new rig, and Ford wants to recall yours automatically! Plus, we get a bit spicy about money.

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506: Hay Tay

February 22nd, 2023


It's been one week, and Microsoft's new bot's already gone full Tay.

Plus one of the worst examples of under-funded open source yet.

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505: Panic at the GPTdisco

February 15th, 2023


The pitchforks are out for Google's CEO, and hoopla is leaking! Plus, our thoughts on baking telemetry into Go, the big Web3 crackdown, and more.

504: Gateway Timeout Error

February 8th, 2023


We get spicy about the state of hybrid app development and then dig into the App store gatekeeper busting by the White House.

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503: Ruby in the WebAssembly

February 1st, 2023


The shiny userbase flocking to WebAssembly, our thoughts on the "openAI scam", and why they just keep cramming stuff into Docker containers.

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502: Too Big to Care

January 25th, 2023


How the world without "big tech" might look like, the EU promises to go after Elon and a much-needed head adjustment.

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501: The AWS of AI

January 18th, 2023


Microsoft gives Google an OpenAI gut punch, why Apple's new hardware fails to impress, and our reaction to the undignified death of Twitter's …

500: Internal Server Error

January 11th, 2023


After sacrificing our pound of flesh for episode 500, we get into some spicy Big Tech dynamics and the performance mess of WebAssembly runtimes.

499: The Copy Paste Wars

January 4th, 2023


We share our spicy C++ take, major Apple frustrations, and 2023 spoilers.

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498: The Birds and the Elephants

December 28th, 2022


Our take on why several tech companies just teamed up to take on Google Maps, and then we react to the global analyst who says we won't have any new …

Gamer Radio 0: Gaming with Perspective - Test Show

December 23rd, 2022


Mike and Chris spend a little time chatting about one of their loves in life, great games. It's a test pilot episode for a possible new show, and …

497: Shots Across the Pond

December 21st, 2022


Mike's skeptical of the rumors Apple is preparing to allow third-party app stores, and in a total flip of roles, Chris comes to the defense of …

496: Sweeney's Final Swing

December 14th, 2022


We debate a few more drunk or 4D chess moves, the mad lad taking on Apple, and why Dart 3 has people talking. Plus, what a recent criticism of Scrum …

495: .Not Funded

December 7th, 2022


Amazon used the stage of AWS re:Invent to toss shade on .Net and reveal its broader ambitions.

Plus, why Pydantic is giving Mike a headache.

494: Python Paradigms

November 30th, 2022


We reflect on the recent musings of Python's creator, from the functional to the philosophical.

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493: Super Spellcheck

November 23rd, 2022


We will discuss the practical implementations of AI embedded in future products, then take a look at FTX's books and have a few highlights to share.

Plus, we lay out the PMC warfare theory, which might explain what …

492: The Troll Wizard

November 16th, 2022


Microsoft lets its geek flag fly, our observations on .NET 7, and the recent upset caused by the Troll Wizard, but we can't understand who will pay …

491: Voltron Based Development

November 9th, 2022


Mike just came up for air after a Swift deep dive, and he has a fresh new take. Plus, the wheels of history are spinning faster; we take a snapshot …

490: Final Boss Battle

November 2nd, 2022


We slip into full boss mode after digging into some long-term tech trends impacting developers.

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489: Luther Curious

October 26th, 2022


One of the most challenging aspects of being an independent developer, and our thoughts on Microsoft's recent bad news.

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488: Code Laundering

October 19th, 2022


We debate if GitHub's Copilot enables automated code laundering after a developer makes a startling discovery. Then we dispense some seriously …

487: Casual Coders

October 12th, 2022


Elon Musk's leaked messages reveal how tech CEOs think and talk about their employees, and we dig in.

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486: The Fight for the Next Knight Rider

October 5th, 2022


Why we think Google will ultimately lose the next big tech battle.

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485: Going All In on Linux

September 28th, 2022


Mike has spent just over a month living in Linux full-time, and Chris wants to check in and see how he’s doing. Plus we both have the new Thelio from …

484: I Wanted to be a Hipster

September 21st, 2022


Mike's first look at a built from scratch yet to be released IDE. And we cook up a little Adobe-flavored bacon.

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483: Objective D

September 15th, 2022


To our surprise, Apple gave developers a treat this week and Chris continues to search for the ultimate productivity hack.

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482: Building Your Light Saber

September 7th, 2022


We look back at how tools, processes, and developer trends have changed over nearly ten years of the show.

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481: Apple's Metal Tax

August 31st, 2022


Why Metal might be one of the biggest strategy taxes of the Apple platforms. Plus a thought-provoking appeal to Dark Matter Developers.

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480: Google's 1984 Moment

August 24th, 2022


We're spooked to learn how one man's life has been turned upside down just because he used Google Photos.

Plus Mike's thoughts on .Net 7's …

479: Apple's Mob Move

August 17th, 2022


New leaks reveal how hollow Apple's claims of fighting for user privacy are. We discuss their scheme to monetize the downturn.

Plus, why we've …

478: Strange New Workflows

August 10th, 2022


Why we think Malcolm Gladwell is wrong about remote work, and the complicated answer to a simple question.

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477: Sweet Little Lies

August 3rd, 2022


We debate the lies our tool makers tell us, if Clojure has a Rails-sized hole, and the secrets of a successful software engineer.

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476: Tapping the Breaks

July 27th, 2022


We're looking at the big picture and, surprisingly, seeing a lot of possibilities.

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475: I Do Declare

July 20th, 2022


Mike's ready to make a case for Declarative UI, and Chris pulls back the curtain to reveal a spicy take.

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474: Horton Hears a Linux User

July 13th, 2022


Why we feel recent attacks by the Software Freedom Conservancy against Microsoft are costing the SFC serious credibility.

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473: Laptop Coasters

July 6th, 2022


Mike's Linux Toolchain for 2022, and his first week with CoPilot. Then we chat about the series of choices that led us to go independent so many …

472: Drunken Copilot

June 29th, 2022


Mike just signed up for a year of GitHub Copilot and Chris tries to understand why. Then we catch each other up on some recent surprises.

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471: Technical Guardians of the Galaxy

June 22nd, 2022


Mike's hitting the road to solve his old man's PC woes; Chris channels his early inner 80s and some Google AI conspiracy bacon.

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470: Make it so, Dev One!

June 15th, 2022


You can't judge a book by its cover, and this week we surprised each other when we dug into the HP Dev One. Plus some insights on remote virtual dev …

469: The Problem with WWDC

June 8th, 2022


We jump aboard Hair Force One and are a bit let down. We get into why. Plus Mike's first impressions of the HP Dev One laptop.

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468: Coding to Make It

June 1st, 2022


What's old is new again, but we're not buying it this time. It's developer conference season, and we're hunting vaporware.

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467: No More Snake Mustaches

May 25th, 2022


Soon there will be no shame in that snake game, the big trend that is not our friend, and Microsoft reinvents the widget.

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466: Luxury Emotional Manipulation

May 18th, 2022


Why Mike feels like Heroku is in a failed state, what drove us crazy about Google I/O this year, how Chris botched something super important, and …

465: Mike's Magic Mom

May 11th, 2022


After solving a moral dilemma in our particular kind of way, Mike dishes on some ambitious plans that might kick off a new era of development for him.

464: Our Cuban Car Moment

May 4th, 2022


Mike shares a tale involving a comedy of errors, and we ponder a new reusable culture around tech.

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463: You Git What You Pay For

April 27th, 2022


Mike battles the onslaught of yet another bout with the plague. At the same time, we react live to Elon buying Twitter, Gitlab kicking off some free accounts, and we discover Google and Apple are working together again …

462: Account Suspenders

April 20th, 2022


We get a bit gleeful over some choice tech monopoly hypocrisy and then spicy with our 18-month outlook.

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461: Easy for Schmidt to Say

April 13th, 2022


We revel in the hypocrisy of big tech, share a few stories, and catch up with an old friend.

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460: Request Out of Time

April 6th, 2022


We crack open the time capsule and see how our spicy takes hold up.

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459: Revolution in Review

March 30th, 2022


We just watched Revolution OS before the show, so we reflect on the audacity of their vision and the new revolution we see brewing.

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458: No Sideloading in this House

March 23rd, 2022


Apple enters full panic mode over sideloading, and our plan to push back against industry-wide consolidation kicks off.

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457: Rich Clownshow Services

March 16th, 2022


Our take on big tech's return to office, AT&T's RCS boondoggle, and the concerning territory tech is racing towards.

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456: Linux CEO

March 9th, 2022


We revisit one of the core theses of the show and expand on it in a new way, leading us to ponder just what a wild ride the next eight years are …

455: One Revision Away

March 2nd, 2022


Mike and Chris eat some crow as they change their tune on a recent spicy take.

Plus, new details about Microsoft's acquisition of Activision …

454: No Quest for the Wicked

February 23rd, 2022


Mike has some huge news and busted wifi, Chris spent a weekend in the Metaverse, and why Microsoft has us both upset.

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453: International Boomer Marooners

February 16th, 2022


After reminiscing about .Net's 20th birthday, Mike and Chris air IBM's hypocritically dirty laundry and marvel at Microsoft's 3D chess moves.

452: Shockingly Pragmatic

February 9th, 2022


Mike makes a shocking admission, and Chris wishes he had a time machine.

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451: The Trouble with Tablets

February 3rd, 2022


Microsoft's cold war with Apple is revealed in court filings this week, and Google thinks they've got the next hit on their hands, which sounds a lot …

450: MetaWave

January 26th, 2022


The audience hits us in the face with some hard truths, and then we dig into Microsoft's fox-like moves to snatch up Activision Blizzard on "the …

449: Monetized Misery

January 19th, 2022


Emboldened by his success, Mike takes a victory lap. Little does he know it's all virtual.

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448: Fakers and Takers

January 12th, 2022


Was he justified? Our thoughts on the dev who corrupted libraries in NPM for millions of users with his political statement about free software.

447: All Roads Lead to Clippy

January 5th, 2022


Mike has a significant moment of clarity and sets out on a new path for 2022. Meanwhile, Chris is just happy to be out of the woods.

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446: Blizzard Battery Battle

December 29th, 2021


Mike finds a new normal and doubles down on what works. Chris meanwhile is stranded in the woods and is having a bit of a panic.

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445: Say No to Node

December 22nd, 2021


We're both impressed by Rails 7 and how an old foe got us down again.

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444: Mining the Logs

December 15th, 2021


The broader software problem the Log4Shell vulnerability reveals, and the story of how Chris lit his Coder robe on fire... While wearing it.

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443: Reptilian Power Play

December 8th, 2021


We peak in on one of the nastiest corporate moves in a while, and Chris has a big confession.

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442: Touched by the Bar

December 1st, 2021


Mike visits Pallet Town and comes back with some SQLAlchemy performance wisdom to share. Meanwhile, struggling with a lack of performance, Chris has kicked the tires of his new M1 Max MacBook Pro and is ready to share …

441: Dependency Derby

November 24th, 2021


Are Linux devs getting upset with the Python community? We weigh in on a nuanced issue. Plus the mass-mod resignation over at Rust, and Mike's …

440: Just Say No to M1

November 17th, 2021


We get some spicy emails, dig into why Mike just picked up another Linux laptop, and then share our real thoughts on Web3.

Plus, how we met, and why the future is probably not so bright for Apple users long-term.

439: Github NoPilot

November 10th, 2021


Microsoft has a bunch of new goodies for developers, but Mike is becoming more and more concerned about an insidious new feature.

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438: The Oppenheimer Problem

November 3rd, 2021


After a little async Ruby chat and developer morality struggle, Chris explains how macOS Monterey has lapped Linux with a critical workstation …

437: Microsoft War Stories

October 27th, 2021


Chatting about the week's .NET news leads us into a blue-tinted tale of woe. When Microsoft taketh, they also giveth. But is it enough?

Plus, which …

436: The Diablo is in the Details

October 20th, 2021


Why mastering your development environment can be a tricky feat, and a server outage brought to you by the late 1990s.

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435: Ask Alice

October 13th, 2021


Mike just launched the secret project he's been working on for months and shares all the details.

And Chris has a surprise for the end of the show.

434: Coding Gungan Style

October 7th, 2021


It's final push time on a big project for Mike, but Chris is the one who is exhausted. Still we've got some new insights into testing and thoughts on an emerging category of developer.

Plus, why the hermit developer …

433: Falling for FastAPI

September 29th, 2021


Mike's falling in love with FastAPI and gives us a hint at the next project he's building.

Plus, our thoughts on employee machine monitoring and building a transition plan when you are ready to quit your job.

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432: That Time We Stepped In It

September 22nd, 2021


We’ve really had a week, one of those makes ya feel old kinda weeks.

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431: Success is not Illegal

September 15th, 2021


The more you read into it, the worse it gets.

At least we have new devices to keep us happy.

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430: Steamy PostgreSQL Shower

September 8th, 2021


We are coming in hot, literally. It's a day of spicy takes.

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429: Apple Fools Everyone

September 1st, 2021


Recent reports would have you believe Apple has made significant concessions to developers. Don't be fooled! We read between the lines and break down …

428: Epic's Receipts

August 25th, 2021


Things are worse than we ever thought, but that doesn't prevent us from taking a victory lap.

Plus, Chris levels up his Mac skillz and gets his …

427: Second-Class Desktop

August 18th, 2021


Chris makes a big mistake on the road, and Mike drops some reality-based sage wisdom.

But it's really all just a ruse to get you to email the show.

426: The Thoughtful Triangle

August 11th, 2021


Is there a secret motive behind Apple's announced plans to scan iMessage and iCloud Photo Library content?

Plus how using a common SDK just cost …

425: Ruby in the Rough

August 4th, 2021


Big promises are being made in Ruby land, Tech Crunch says Open Source is dead, and we have thoughts to share about both!

We also discuss Google's Time Crystals. They have the power to fundamentally change our lives, …

424: Denial of DOS

July 28th, 2021


Mike shares his adventures coding while riding Amtrak, Chris is trying to get DOS running while he still can, and many of you wrote in sharing your …

423: Dead Desktop Disco

July 21st, 2021


Has Microsoft figured out a way to invalidate the GPL? We're skeptical.

Plus, the Gnome project says the traditional desktop is dead, and …

422: Don't Code in Bed

July 14th, 2021


It seems AI isn't replacing developers just yet, and why we think you shouldn’t get too comfortable.

Plus the almost impossible story of how Mike …

421: Misdirected Request

July 7th, 2021


Has Google already started its decline? Our surprising take.

Plus the trouble with Co-Pilot, and a lot more.

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420: You Can't Sideload Happiness

July 1st, 2021


Mike's got some strong feels about his new system, and Chris spent a week with Windows 11. And that's not even scratching the surface. It's a wild …

419: Authentication Timeout

June 24th, 2021


Big Tech's punishment train has been en route for years, but now that it's almost arrived, are we getting onboard?

Plus Mike's recent tech woes and …

418: I'm a Teapot

June 16th, 2021


We get a bit skeptical about Stripe Identity, how it works, and precisely why we don't like some of their privacy trade-offs.

Plus, a tool we're …

417: Why Would Developers Care?

June 10th, 2021


Our takes on the important bits from Apple's WWDC 2021 keynote and State of the Union.

None of the fluff, just the stuff the mattered.

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416: Strange Voltron of Hell

June 2nd, 2021


Mike's unique take on the bold promises made at MS Build this year, and the one item he REALLY wants announced at WWDC next week.

Plus a batch of …

415: Keyboard Kurious

May 26th, 2021


We both fall for a new fancy keyboard; then we get philosophical about free software's never-ending quest to conquer mobile.

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414: Google I/NO

May 19th, 2021


After Chris gets a reality check from Mike, the guys answer some emails and admit a cold hard truth.

Plus our reaction to the creation of a Linux …

413: Painpoints to Profits

May 12th, 2021


Chris struggles with his nature, while Mike shares some sage developer advice that everyone should hear before using a platform like AWS.

Then we …

412: Context in Comprehension

May 6th, 2021


From adventures in learning, a recipe for great collaborations, to creativity and problem-solving in tech. It's a deep dive chat with Wes Payne.

411: The Misadventures of Mad Mikhail

April 29th, 2021


Mike has a few stories to share, but more importantly a very hard lesson he's going to make damn sure you learn.

And Chris has a breakthrough after …

410: M1 has a Dirty Little Secret

April 22nd, 2021


Our thoughts on the hardware Apple announced this week, and if any of it is suitable for professional workloads.

Plus your feedback, a few random …

409: Conflict

April 15th, 2021


We visit an alternate reality where Epic wins in their fight against Apple, COBOL reigns supreme, and the halls of great Jedi Temple are lined with …

408: Request Timeout

April 8th, 2021


After a decade long fight, no one feels like a winner.

Plus, the tail of an embarrassing switch gone wrong, and our thoughts on Oracle vs. Google …

407: Halls of Glowing Apples

April 1st, 2021


Ruby has gone off the rails this week, and Wes is here to explain what’s happened.

Plus emails into the show send Chris into a full Linux panic.

406: Functional Sadism

March 25th, 2021


Some sage developer wisdom is overshadowed by Mike's mad stonk game, while Chris worries Apple's secret M1 tricks charming Linux users.

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405: Method Not Allowed

March 18th, 2021


Mike goes straight for the attack and hits Chris where it hurts, then it's problem-solving time.

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404: Not Found

March 11th, 2021


Mike reveals his secret project to Chris, who has several probing questions.

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403: Forbidden

March 4th, 2021


After we pine about the way things used to be, Mike shares why he is developing a fondness for C++.

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402: Payment Required

February 25th, 2021


We open the robe and share some vintage career origin stories.

And we save Mike's soul by answering a few emails.

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401: Unauthorized

February 18th, 2021


Mike crosses over to report back from the other side, and Chris is along for the ride.

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400: Bad Request

February 11th, 2021


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 …

399: Better Living Through Bots

February 4th, 2021


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 …

398: Testing the Test

January 28th, 2021


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.

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397: Electron Ennui

January 21st, 2021


Is performance the ultimate requirement? What amount of compromise are we comfortable with?

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396: Everyone Fools Around with Linux in College

January 14th, 2021


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 …

395: 50 Shades of M1

January 7th, 2021


Their lives change forever when they meet a handsome, tormented, laptop.

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394: SaaS is a Blast

December 31st, 2020


Services and subscriptions get a bad wrap, so we flip the script and talk about the ones we're grateful to pay for.

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393: The Snake in the Room

December 24th, 2020


Mike details his favorite python tools and his tricks for performance concerns.

Plus a bunch of workspace improvement ideas, feedback, and more.

392: Seduced by The Snake

December 17th, 2020


Mike recalls how he accidentally converted his development shop into a Python house, and Chris experiments with his Minimum Viable Robe.

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391: Coder In the Woods

December 10th, 2020


Time to talk business, and Chris reveals his biggest mistake since going independent.

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390: The Gold Rust

December 3rd, 2020


After we geek out about keyboards, we answer some feedback and take a dip in the Rust lust.

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389: Smoked Laptops

November 26th, 2020


Mike buys a laptop live on air while Chris worries about the turkey.

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388: MacOS Lincoler

November 19th, 2020


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 …

387: ARMed & Dangerous

November 12th, 2020


Our first reactions to Apple's ARM event, how these new systems will impact developers, and if we're buying one.

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386: i386

November 5th, 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 …

385: Edging the Fox

October 28th, 2020


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 …

384: Leaping Lizard People

October 22nd, 2020


It's confession hour on the podcast, and your hosts surprise each other with several twists and turns.

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383: Java Justice

October 14th, 2020


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 …

382: Hacktoberbust

October 6th, 2020


We examine the deeper problems in Open Source development the recent Hacktoberfest drama has exposed.

Plus some great feedback, failures to launch, …

381: Flamewar Feedback Frenzy

October 1st, 2020


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 …

380: Developer Unfriendly

September 24th, 2020


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!

379: Neckbeards Get Shaved

September 17th, 2020


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 …

378: Rust, Safe for Marketing

September 10th, 2020


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 …

377: An Epic Underdog

September 3rd, 2020


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 …


August 25th, 2020


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.

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375: The Grey Havens

September 17th, 2019


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.

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374: Python's Long Tail

September 10th, 2019


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 …

373: Interactive Investigations

September 3rd, 2019


We debate the best way to package scripting language apps then explore interactive development and the importance of a good shell.

Plus npm bans …

372: Crystal Clear

August 27th, 2019


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 …

371: Absurd Abstractions

August 20th, 2019


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 …

370: F'ing #

August 13th, 2019


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 …

369: Old Man Embraces Cloud

August 6th, 2019


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 …

368: Clojure Clash

July 30th, 2019


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 …

367: 10x Evilgineers

July 23rd, 2019


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 …

366: Functional First

July 16th, 2019


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 …

365: Objectively Old

July 9th, 2019


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 …

364: Gabbing About Go

July 2nd, 2019


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 …

363: Find Your Off-Ramp

June 25th, 2019


We take on the issues of burnout, work communication culture, and keeping everything in balance.

Plus Wes asks 'Why Not Kotlin' and breaks down …

362: It Crashes Better

June 18th, 2019


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 …

361: ZEEEE Shell!

June 11th, 2019


Apple is shaking up the foundations of UI development with SwiftUI and raising developer eyebrows with a new default shell on MacOS.

Plus feedback …

360: Swift Kick In The UI

June 4th, 2019


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 …

359: 7 Languages

May 28th, 2019


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 …

358: Batteries are Leaking

May 21st, 2019


A strong argument against Python’s batteries included model exposes some bigger problems the community is struggling with. We chat about all of it.

357: 3 OSes 1 GPU

May 14th, 2019


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.

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356: Fear, Uncertainty, and .NET

May 8th, 2019


.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 …

355: F# Shill

May 2nd, 2019


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 …

354: A Life of Learning

April 25th, 2019


We celebrate the life of Erlang author Dr Joe Armstrong by remembering his many contributions to computer science and unique approach to lifelong …

353: A Week with WSL

April 17th, 2019


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.

352: Self Driving Disaster

April 9th, 2019


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 …

351: Riding the Rails

April 2nd, 2019


Mike explores the state of Xamarin.Android development on Linux, and we talk frameworks versus libraries and what Rails got right.

Plus adventures …

350: Rusty Stadia

March 27th, 2019


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, …

349: Their Rules, Your Choice

March 19th, 2019


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 …

348: Dependency Dangers

March 12th, 2019


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.

347: Rusty Rubies

March 5th, 2019


Mike breaks down what it takes to build a proper iOS build server, and leaves the familiar shallows of Debian for the open waters of openSUSE.

Plus Wes’ reluctant ruby adventures and our pick to ease your javascript …

346: Serverless Squabbles

February 26th, 2019


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 …

345: F# Envy

February 19th, 2019


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 …

344: Cupertino's King Makers

February 12th, 2019


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 …

343: Say My Functional Name

February 5th, 2019


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 …

342: Webs Assemble!

January 29th, 2019


Apple wades into controversy after filing some Swift-related patents and we explore WebAssembly and its implications for the open web.

Plus the …

341: Too Late for Jenkins?

January 23rd, 2019


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 …

340: The Optional Option

January 15th, 2019


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#, …

339: One Week at a Time

January 7th, 2019


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 …

338: sleep(jesus);

January 1st, 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 …

337: 2018's Deal Channels

December 27th, 2018


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.

336: It's The Culture Stupid

December 18th, 2018


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.

335: Everyone’s Going Chrome

December 11th, 2018


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 …

334: Time Crisis

December 9th, 2018


Mike and Chris don’t claim to have a time machine, but they still have a major problem to solve.

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333: Space Gray Handcuffs

November 27th, 2018


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 …

332: Before Coder

November 7th, 2018


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 …

331: Blue Is The New Red

October 30th, 2018


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.

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330: Vinny's Unit Tests

October 23rd, 2018


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 …

329: OpenJDK or Death

October 15th, 2018


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 …

328: In Testing We Trust

October 8th, 2018


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 …

Episode 327: Smoked Laptops

October 1st, 2018


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 …

Episode 326: I'm a Stakeholder Now

September 24th, 2018


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 …

Clojure Calisthenics

September 8th, 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 …

Episode 324: Rage Against The Beer

August 31st, 2018


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 …

Episode 323: Reacting to React Native

August 30th, 2018


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 …

Episode 322: Not so Qt

August 14th, 2018


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 …

Episode 321: Qt & Me

August 7th, 2018


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 …

Episode 320: The Big Bezos

August 2nd, 2018


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 …

Episode 319: Nadella Stamp

July 31st, 2018


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 …

Episode 318: Losing the Anaconda

July 17th, 2018


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 …

Episode 317: A Chat with Uno

July 11th, 2018


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 …

Episode 316: When Clouds Go Dark

July 5th, 2018


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, …

Episode 315: Chicken Farmers

July 2nd, 2018


Tech companies are taking over cities and becoming more powerful than some nations. Is there a moral stand developers inside these huge corporations …

Episode 314: Microsoft's Electron Future

June 26th, 2018


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 …

Episode 313: GitLab’s CEO

June 15th, 2018


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.

Episode 312: Git with Microsoft

June 5th, 2018


Microsoft is buying GitHub, Apple just kicked off WWDC 2018, and we've got a packed show!

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Episode 311: Google AI For The Win

May 28th, 2018


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 …


May 21st, 2018


The future is JavaScript and Mike’s seen the way. Plus we answer a listener's questions about career changes, discuss the week’s hoopla, and share a …

Episode 309: Best of Both Worlds

May 15th, 2018


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.

Episode 308: The Nicheing Down Fallacy

May 8th, 2018


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 …

Episode 307: System.Evolution

May 3rd, 2018


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 …

Episode 306: Progressive Webbie Things

April 30th, 2018


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 …

Episode 305: Perpetual Beta Tester

April 16th, 2018


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 …

Episode 304: No Bad Guys Only Survivors

April 9th, 2018


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 …

Weapons of Mass Data

April 2nd, 2018


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 …

Episode 302: Staring into Sun

March 29th, 2018


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 …

Episode 301: Being David

March 19th, 2018


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 …

Developers Rule the World | CR 300

March 15th, 2018


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 …

Mike’s Wishlist | CR 299

March 6th, 2018


Chris is on the road & Mike’s been reflecting. Plus we answer some of your questions, which snowball into some much larger discussions.

Then …

Niche Busters | CR 298

March 3rd, 2018


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 …

Lunch Break Coder | CR 297

February 20th, 2018


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 …

Chris Goes to Microsoft | CR 296

February 13th, 2018


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 …

Green Fairies In Green Fields | CR 295

February 6th, 2018


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 …

Escape Pod Machine | CR 294

January 30th, 2018


A special live on location edition of the show, we talk new gear, workflows & how developers can turn a bad situation around.

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The PowerShell Play | CR 293

January 23rd, 2018


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 …

Lint or Lament | CR 292

January 17th, 2018


Code linting is a way to increase code quality & Mike’s standardized his team on one tool. He shares what they’re doing, why they're doing it …

Hey Google | CR 291

January 9th, 2018


After a great batch of feedback we make some bold predictions for 2018, and it’s not your dad’s crystal ball this year.

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The Last Coder | CR 290

January 1st, 2018


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, …

Apple Payday | CR 289

December 23rd, 2017


Mike’s spent a week with JavaScript, Apple has a big gift & that launching a new product glow.

Plus Linux’s new fight, Amazon’s big wins & …

Mike’s New Ride | CR 288

December 19th, 2017


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 …

You Need a Barb | CR 287

December 12th, 2017


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 …

Collateral User Damage | CR 286

December 9th, 2017


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, …

Windows 10, The Best Linux Yet? | CR 285

November 28th, 2017


After Mike’s big Black Friday hardware score the guys try out a little Windows 10 challenge for their workflow & walk away a bit humbled and surprised by the experience.

But first Mike shares his late night …

Popping WebAssembly Hype | CR 284

November 21st, 2017


Mike gets real about the future of WebAssembly, discuss the team up of Amazon and Microsoft, the real cost of Javascript & the iOS revolt …

Back From the DevFest | CR 283

November 17th, 2017


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 …

Ice Age | CR 282

November 6th, 2017


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 …

Selling the FLOSS | CR 281

October 31st, 2017


Mike and Chris begrudgingly accept the fundamental problem in sticking with boring and safe platforms, debate building a brand around FLOSS, get …

Mike Was Right | CR 280

October 24th, 2017


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 …

Evolving Software Development | CR 279

October 17th, 2017


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 …

A New Kit for Home | CR 278

October 10th, 2017


After a ninja dance though some “Coder Hoopla” Chris has a go at convincing Mike he might be missing the next big app goldmine.

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Elixir of My Soul | CR 277

October 7th, 2017


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 …

Bite of the AR Apple | CR 276

October 5th, 2017


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 …

Reacting To React | CR 275

September 30th, 2017


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 …

No Love for Open Source | CR 274

September 19th, 2017


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 …

A Hurricane of Feedback | CR 273

September 12th, 2017


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 …

The State of Stateless | CR 272

September 1st, 2017


Mike and Chris discuss the types of workloads that better suit Serverless Architecture systems like Lambda & when you should roll a server.

Plus …

The Future is Serverless | CR 271

August 29th, 2017


The serverless revolution is nigh, we discuss AWS Lambda and Azure Functions, rebuilding jbot, basing the business computers around Pop!_OS & …

Daily Stand Up Myth | CR 270

August 17th, 2017


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 …

Clustered Pi | CR 269

August 11th, 2017


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 …

Ask Alice | CR 268

August 3rd, 2017


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 & …

Skills to Pay the Bills | CR 267

July 27th, 2017


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 …

Mike the Botter | CR 266

July 21st, 2017


Wes sits down with Mike to talk about Starbucks not-so-secret API, the state of the developer ecosystem & difficult challenges faced by FOSS …

Rented Windows Theory | CR 265

July 13th, 2017


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 …

Toxic Licensing | CR 264

July 7th, 2017


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 …

The Guilty Bug | CR 263

June 30th, 2017


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 …

Summer of GitHub | CR 262

June 23rd, 2017


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 …

Basic Bot | CR 261

June 15th, 2017


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 …

The WWDC17 Episode | CR 260

June 9th, 2017


After Mike gets a few things off his chest, we dive into the most developer relevant announcements & news from Apple’s WWDC 2017.

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Hi-Tech Lady Tubes | CR 259

June 2nd, 2017


The open source model has won, we discuss the impact that’s having on the development industry. Plus Swift gets a little more interesting, & …

Bad Process SIGKILLs | CR 258

May 26th, 2017


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 …

Kotlin, Swiftly | CR 257

May 19th, 2017


Mike argues you should go hybrid today & end up progressive tomorrow. The Docker reality & why Swift is a bit like Kotlin.

Speaking of …

Legalize Math | CR 256

May 9th, 2017


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 …

Moby’s Logs | CR 255

May 1st, 2017


After digging into some rather tempting Hoopla, Mike shares his clever solution to one of Docker’s bigger problems & manages to motivate Chris …

Riding the Whale | CR 254

April 25th, 2017


Mike is betting big on Docker, Angular has a new release, JavaScript is taking the lead & Uber is playing with fire.

It’s a packed episode & …

4k of Sin | CR 253

April 17th, 2017


Habitat promises full automation that travels with app. Basically it's a great way to have an extremely lightweight "environment + your app" (hence …

DysFunctional | CR 252

April 14th, 2017


Wes from Linux Unplugged joins Mike to host a special edition of the show. They chat about the merits (or not!) of Electron, Mike’s week from hell & their true feelings about Javascript. Then they discuss …

Roadshow Special | CR 251

April 12th, 2017


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 …

Captivated by Containers | CR 250

March 27th, 2017


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 …

Just Some Tools | CR 249

March 20th, 2017


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.

Some WebAssembly Required | CR 248

March 13th, 2017


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 & …

Always Be Coding | CR 247

March 7th, 2017


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, …

Mozilla's Pocket Pick | CR 246

February 28th, 2017


Our C++ alternatives quest for embedded continues, taking another look at Visual Studio Code, Mozilla’s big pockets & saving the web with Qt …

Java Rusts Over | CR 245

February 20th, 2017


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 …

Still Playing Mono | CR 244

February 14th, 2017


Mike reports back from his recent travels, we debate the renaissance .Net & solve all of future Mike’s problems.

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iPad Shrinkage | CR 243

February 6th, 2017


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 …

Cowboy Code | Coder Radio 242

February 2nd, 2017


The tools we use to do the job, Microservices Gone Wrong, the real problem with TypeScript & more!

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Tricks of the Trade | CR 241

January 23rd, 2017


Your emails this week get us discussing & sharing some really hard learned lessons & insights.

Plus Mike spends the weekend preparing to …

Disillusioned NixBeards | CR 240

January 17th, 2017


Mike and Chris start things off with some traditional feedback, get into some Dart discussion & then get into the hardware throw down.

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Living in a Clamshell | CR 239

January 10th, 2017


After we answer some audience feedback and chat about the week’s Hoopla & a fresh batch of Coder Radio 2017 predictions!

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Undockered | CR 238

January 5th, 2017


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 …

Shuffling Code | CR 237

December 26th, 2016


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 …

Refactoring 2016 | CR 236

December 19th, 2016


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 …

Okay Google, Take Over the World | CR 235

December 13th, 2016


Mike reviews his Google Home and we discuss Google Actions, Fitbit buying Pebble & the usefulness of some of these products.

Plus Mike adopts a …

Legend Of The Snow Leopard | CR 234

December 6th, 2016


Mike shares his swift migration pain from over the weekend & opens up a bar in the office in honor of his new Google Home.

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Stalker Box | CR 233

November 28th, 2016


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.

Minimal Functional Product | CR 232

November 22nd, 2016


Mike is back from vacation has somethings on his mind he shares this week. Hardware follow up, customer management for devs, book recommendations …

Scrum Burger | CR 231

November 14th, 2016


We ponder why Docker is a dumpster fire, doubt Samsung’s new Ai Bot platform, discover Botkit & discuss killing the Scrum.

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Microsoft’s Public Shame | CR 230

November 8th, 2016


Ballmer is trying to pin it all on Bill, MacBook follow up & Lemur struggles.

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A Lemur Eats an Apple | CR 228

October 24th, 2016


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 …

Everybody's Keyboard Fighting | CR 227

October 17th, 2016


The Dash debacle gets the full Coder this week & Mike’s got a new sweet keyboard he tells us all about.

Plus how it feels to learn Javascript …

Coder Profiling | CR 226

October 10th, 2016


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!

The ROI of Things | CR 225

October 3rd, 2016


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 …

Vaporware on the Server | CR 224

September 26th, 2016


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 & …

Get Swifty | CR 223

September 19th, 2016


Mike & Chris travel interdimensionally to discuss the pressure to get Swifty, marvel at, witness the fall of Eclipse & the rise …

Rusty Support | CR 222

September 12th, 2016


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 & …

Bag of jQuery | CR 221

September 5th, 2016


The guys daydream about making the perfect developer platform, follow up a bit on Android N & grouse about Mike’s new Note getting recalled.

Docker Dumpster Fire | CR 220

August 29th, 2016


Docker quality appears to be getting worse, Mike & Chris analyze the mystery of Docker’s decline & likely causes.

Plus we discuss the …

Dollar Store Quality | CR 219

August 22nd, 2016


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 …

Agile Scapegoat | CR 218

August 16th, 2016


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 …

Botpocalypse Now | CR 217

August 9th, 2016


Special guest Ryan Sipes from Mycroft joins us to discuss his ambitious projects & fulfilling the mission of an open source project.

Plus our …

Mismatch Patterns in Productivity | CR 216

August 1st, 2016


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 …

Real Life on the Ratel | CR 215

July 25th, 2016


Mike shares his recent Linux switch experience & why he thinks it might stick this time. We chew on Verizon buying Yahoo & the grief Marissa …

Make Coding Great Again | CR 214

July 19th, 2016


Mike reflects on some critical feedback, shares impressions of his new Linux PC, we announce the new Coding Challenge & more!

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PokéCode | CR 213

July 12th, 2016


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 & …

Derailing Java | CR 212

July 5th, 2016


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 …

Ai Theater | CR 211

June 27th, 2016


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 …

Productivity Theater | CR 210

June 21st, 2016


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 …

WWDC Hypercap | CR 209

June 14th, 2016


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 …

Fair-use Frustrations | CR 208

June 7th, 2016


Mike & Chris have very different opinions on how interview tests should be conducted & this week they try to come to some common ground. Plus …

AGILE: Too Big to Fail | CR 207

May 31st, 2016


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 …

Fat Bottom APIs | CR 206

May 23rd, 2016


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 …

Git off the Rails | CR 205

May 16th, 2016


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 …

Revenge of the Swift | CR 204

May 9th, 2016


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 …

Go Go Golang | CR 203

May 2nd, 2016


A little reflective & contemplative after a successful human forking, our hosts reflect on a well stated OO vs Functional rant, the bot …

GO Swift Yourself | CR 202

April 26th, 2016


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 …

Tough Market | CR 201

April 18th, 2016


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 …

Bot Your Life | CR 200

April 11th, 2016


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 …

The Good Xamaritan | CR 199

April 4th, 2016


Fresh off Build 2016, we talk about everything from free Xamarian, Bash on Windows & the changing case for .NET.

Plus Mike shares some …

Brave New Code | CR 198

March 28th, 2016


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 …

Rails Crazies React | CR 197

March 21st, 2016


We discuss Mike’s general thoughts on ReactJS, the NY bill that would provide a tax credit for open source contributions & the interesting …

Hybrid Hijinks | CR 196

March 14th, 2016


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 …

The Xamarin Hand | CR 195

March 8th, 2016


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 …

Xamarin through the Ages | CR 194

March 1st, 2016


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 …

Big Blue's Swift Move | CR 193

February 22nd, 2016


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.

Post Apocalyptic Linux Desktop | CR 192

February 15th, 2016


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 …

Parsing Your Options | CR 191

February 8th, 2016


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 …

Death of the Freelancer | CR 190

February 1st, 2016


A brutally honest episode. Mike and Chris air some hard learned lessons, toss out the episode playbook & tell it like it is!

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I'm OOPting Out | CR 189

January 26th, 2016


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 …

Linux: Bug or Feature? | CR 188

January 19th, 2016


Ang and Mike discuss business operational tools, practices & common issues, how Ang got her kids started on computers, good languages to get …

Slacking while Coding | CR 187

January 11th, 2016


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?

Decision 2016: Native vs Hybrid | CR 186

January 4th, 2016


Can Web standards make mobile apps obsolete? The new generation of hybrid apps aren't your grandparents solution to code once, run everywhere.

Plus …

Predictive Coder | CR 185

December 28th, 2015


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 …

Mike’s Big Year | CR 184

December 21st, 2015


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 …

Android Instability | CR 183

December 15th, 2015


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 …

Open Season on Swift | CR 182

December 8th, 2015


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 …

Code a Little Deeper | CR 181

November 30th, 2015


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 …

Barkeep, Ionic, Please | CR 180

November 23rd, 2015


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 …

I Came, I Saw, Ionic | CR 179

November 16th, 2015


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 …

Windows XP of the Net | CR 178

November 9th, 2015


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 …

Coder Puppy Mills | CR 177

November 3rd, 2015


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 …

Material Matters | CR 176

October 26th, 2015


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 …

What The Zuck! | CR 175

October 19th, 2015


Well known developers are trying out risky and bold methods to fund future development, but are they really all that practical? We debate.

A …

Below the Surface | CR 174

October 12th, 2015


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 …

Sun Setting on Java | CR 173

October 6th, 2015


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 …

Advertising Cold War | CR 172

September 29th, 2015


Mike and Chris discuss malware getting injected into unsuspecting developers apps. Then the advertising cold war that’s brewing, how it impacts …

Coder Craftsmen | CR 171

September 19th, 2015


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 …

Apple Strokes The Tip | CR 170

September 14th, 2015


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 …

Subscription Lock-in | CR 169

September 4th, 2015


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 …

Template Driven Design | CR 168

August 24th, 2015


Is Amazon another paradise of brogrammer culture? We have reason to suspect the recent reports may be overblown. Then meet Gigster, the VC backed …

The Price Isn't Right | CR 167

August 14th, 2015


Developers are excited by Google’s announcement that Android will support Vulkan. We explain what Vulkan is, the issues developers face around …

Hamburger Non-Helper | CR 166

August 10th, 2015


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 …

.Net or .Not? | CR 165

August 3rd, 2015


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 …

Conditional Swift Justice | CR 164

July 27th, 2015


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 …

Proprietary Stress Management | CR 163

July 21st, 2015


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 …

Wandering in the Woods | CR 162

July 13th, 2015


We look at the tough spot developers are finding themselves in, the huge changes in backend infrastructure over the years, some Swift surprises & …

Good Guy Mike | CR 161

July 6th, 2015


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 …

Developer Commodity | CR 160

June 29th, 2015


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 …

Hipster Tendencies | CR 159

June 22nd, 2015


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 …

Privileged Programmers | CR 158

June 15th, 2015


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 …

Ahoy, El Capitan! | CR 157

June 8th, 2015


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 …

You're Gitting it Wrong | CR 156

June 2nd, 2015


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 …

Google's Brillo Pad | CR 155

May 25th, 2015


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.

Chrome Took My Memory! | CR 154

May 22nd, 2015


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 …

Bearded Buzzwords | CR 153

May 12th, 2015


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 …

The Open Pivot | CR 152

May 4th, 2015


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 …

Compromising Virtual Clouds | CR 151

April 28th, 2015


Is Microsoft confusing the container market & blowing the implementation?

Plus Apple gets caught rejecting Pebble compatible apps, we may have …

Interview Gauntlets of Pain | CR 150

April 20th, 2015


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 …

The Sociopath Code | CR 149

April 13th, 2015


We discuss the top stories submitted by the audience this week. From the ultimate bridge burn to Stack Overflow’s developer survey & being ok …

Magical Contract Bids | CR 148

April 6th, 2015


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 …

The Sonic Philosophy | CR 147

March 30th, 2015


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 …

Open Source as a Trap | CR 146

March 23rd, 2015


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 …

Why Mike's Disgusted by Android | CR 145

March 16th, 2015


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.

Apple Future vs Pebble Past | CR 144

March 9th, 2015


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 …

Not My Problem | CR 143

March 2nd, 2015


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 …

Accounts Percievable | CR 142

February 23rd, 2015


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, …

Retro Extravaganza | CR 141

February 17th, 2015


Join us as we hop in our time machine and revisit some past topics on the coder radio program.

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NOde | CR 140

February 9th, 2015


Can’t we all just settle down & focus? Mike’s just about had it with javascript framework madness. Plus could Microsoft be uniquely positioned to …

Windows in the Pi | CR 139

February 2nd, 2015


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 …

Deploy Like an Animal | CR 138

January 27th, 2015


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, …

Monumental Android Failure | CR 137

January 19th, 2015


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 …

Ruby is not Perl | CR 136

January 13th, 2015


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 & …

Macs Exodus | CR 135

January 6th, 2015


Is the quality of Apple’s desktop and mobile software causing a slow bleeding of developers? Chris & Mike debate what developers will do over …

Fair And Balanced | CR 134

December 29th, 2014


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?

Support Coder …

Best Of Coder Radio 2014 | CR 133

December 22nd, 2014


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 …

Git your Pizza | CR 132

December 16th, 2014


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 …

Dock Your Rocket | CR 131

December 8th, 2014


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 …

Get Back to the '50s | CR 130

December 2nd, 2014


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 …

Google's Objective C | CR 129

November 25th, 2014


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 …

.NET’s Open Future | CR 128

November 18th, 2014


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 …

The Gorilla in the Stack | CR 127

November 10th, 2014


Mike and Chris respond to feedback on lackluster HTML5 apps, then how developers can leverage social media to stay up to date & avoid drama.

HTML5: Back To The Future | CR 126

November 3rd, 2014


Is the need to save money & time by developers forcing end users into less than acceptable application experiences? Have we all been oversold on …

Behind the Schemes | CR 125

October 28th, 2014


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 …

Underwhelming Apple | CR 124

October 20th, 2014


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 …

Coder Inquisition | CR 123

October 13th, 2014


Mike and Chris battle wits to expose the ridiculous nature of arguing about technology on the Internet, and this discuss why developers and …

A Cult of Personality Tests | CR 122

October 6th, 2014


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 …

Doxing Developers | CR 121

September 29th, 2014


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 …

Xamarin Sham | CR 120

September 22nd, 2014


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?

Notch Escapes | Coder Radio 119

September 15th, 2014


Did Microsoft buying Mojang come around because Notch was burned out? Is the problem systemic to independent developers who just love to code?

Plus …

Privacy is a Myth | CR 118

September 8th, 2014


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 …

Fools Aren't Protected | CR 117

September 2nd, 2014


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 …

DOM Be Gone | CR 116

August 25th, 2014


Mike and Chris follow up on the TypeScript and JavaScript discussion from last week after a lot of you jumped to the defense of JavaScript. Plus the …

The Scripting Chronicles | CR 115

August 18th, 2014


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 …

Contrarian Contracting | CR 114

August 11th, 2014


Mike and Chris share their perspective on successfully cultivating a contact development business, and from their experience, the biggest gotchas …

Corner of Shame | CR 113

August 8th, 2014


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 …

The Xamarin Solution | CR 112

August 4th, 2014


Mike discusses what his business has noted after using Xamarin and Xamarin.Forms. Plus we bust some myths, discuss use cases and advantages, the …

Microsoft's Culture Anchor | Coder Radio 111

July 21st, 2014


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.

Manual Design | CR 110

July 14th, 2014


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 …

Go Big or Go Lean! | CR 109

July 7th, 2014


Mike reflects on his transition from dedicated developer to business management, what makes a business “big” vs “lean” and what the guys feel is a good fit for their goals.

Plus when to cut yourself off from a pet …

Materially Excited | CR 108

June 30th, 2014


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 …

New Hotness Exhaustion | CR 107

June 23rd, 2014


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 …

Bathroom Marketing | CR 106

June 16th, 2014


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.

The Problem with GitHub | CR 105

June 9th, 2014


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 …

Swift exit for Obj-C | CR 104

June 2nd, 2014


Mike and Chris share their raw reactions from Apple’s WWDC Keynote, including Mike’s big concerns about Swift.

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WWDC Predictions 2014 | CR 103

May 26th, 2014


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 …

Has Microsoft Lost It's Mojo? | CR 102

May 20th, 2014


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 …

Shields Up | CR 101

May 13th, 2014


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 …

0×64 | CR 100

May 6th, 2014


Mike and Chris celebrate 100 weeks of Coder Radio by reading some great feedback, discussing new hardware choices, and why the future of desktop …

Is That a Weave? | CR 99

April 28th, 2014


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 …

Always Be Coding | CR 98

April 21st, 2014


Chris and Mike face the limitations of remote workers, and the challenges they’ve experienced. We take your live calls, and discuss the awesome …

Open Source, Closed Wallets | CR 97

April 14th, 2014


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 …

MS Gadget 2.0 | CR 96

April 7th, 2014


Microsoft shocks the developer community by open sourcing some of their crown .Net jewels. Mike and Chris discuss the ramifications for Java, and the …

The Blame Game | CR 95

March 31st, 2014


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 …

Paranoid Android Developers | CR 94

March 24th, 2014


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 …

Ruby off the Rails | CR 93

March 17th, 2014


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 …

Persona Non Grata | CR 92

March 10th, 2014


We embrace Daylight saving time with a special call-in edition of Coder Radio. Topics include a chat with one of the developers behind the online …

Your Database is Slow | CR 91

March 3rd, 2014


Oren Eini from Hibernating Rhinos joins us to discuss their “second generation” document database written in .NET. We have an insightful …

Get Yourself Tested | CR 90

February 24th, 2014


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 …

The Cost of Comments | CR 89

February 17th, 2014


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 …

Paper Cuts Deep | CR 88

February 10th, 2014


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 …

Waning Windows | CR 87

February 3rd, 2014


Mike and Chris address a number of topics this week, from open source project’s properly communicating with the media, Google selling Motorola to …

Myth of Magic Methodology | CR 86

January 27th, 2014


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 …

Backend Lockin | CR 85

January 20th, 2014


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 …

Ops vs Dev | CR 84

January 13th, 2014


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 …

It’s Java’s Year | CR 83

January 6th, 2014


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 …

Coding Transitions | CR 82

December 30th, 2013


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 …

The Freelancer Dilemma | CR 81

December 23rd, 2013


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 …

The SteamOS Conspiracy | CR 80

December 16th, 2013


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 …

Two French Presses | CR 79

December 9th, 2013


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 …

Code Your Enthusiasm | CR 78

December 2nd, 2013


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 …

The Big Xbone | CR 77

November 25th, 2013


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 …

Burned by Agile | CR 76

November 18th, 2013


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 …

Deploying the Haterade | CR 75

November 11th, 2013


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 …

Justifying Java | CR 74

November 4th, 2013


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 …

Baby Got Backend | CR 73

October 28th, 2013


From backups to deployment, we go back to the backend! The new solutions giving us the opportunity to reconsider the infrastructure around our …

Relatively Laid Out | CR 72

October 21st, 2013


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 …

Betting on Linux | CR 71

October 14th, 2013


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 …

Toolchain Transitions | CR 70

October 7th, 2013


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 …

With Apologies to Texas | CR 69

September 30th, 2013


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 …

ASP.Magic | CR 68

September 23rd, 2013


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 …

Blazing 7 | CR 67

September 16th, 2013


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 …

Docker All The Things | CR 66

September 9th, 2013


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 …

Love’s Labor Lost | CR 65

September 2nd, 2013


It’s a Monday holiday episode of the Coder Radio show, so we opened up the Skype lines and officially declare this episode a grab bag of topics!

Bye Bye Ballmer | CR 64

August 26th, 2013


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 …

Mozilla Persona | CR 63

August 20th, 2013


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 …

FizzBuzzed! | CR 62

August 12th, 2013


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, …

Office Hours | CR 61

August 5th, 2013


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 …

Call In 2.0 | CR 60

July 29th, 2013


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 …

Sour Apple | CR 59

July 22nd, 2013


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 …

The 56k Solution | CR 58

July 15th, 2013


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 …

The Dev Jungle | CR 57

July 8th, 2013


The guys bust some myths around outsourcing, and insourcing development work. Striking a balance when trying to codify better practices in the …

Microsoft’s in a Funk | CR 56

July 1st, 2013


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 …

Software Exorcism | CR 55

June 24th, 2013


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 …

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