Scott Hanselman

This Developer's Life 2.0.7 - Dinosaurs

January 5, '12 Comments [18] Posted in Podcast
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You're so old! What a dinosaur! You're using old software and old languages to do old things! Or are you? Scott and Rob talk to David Sokol, Sean Bamforth and Pete Brown about Fortran, DataFlex and the Commodore 64. All these dinosaurs are doing useful work. Or, are they?

  • David Sokol Fortran Programmer and dude with an AWESOME hover state on his home page
  • Sean Bamforth Former Dataflex programmer and now beginning .NET guru
  • Pete Brown Senior Project Manager, Microsoft and budding Thomas Edison

I'd also like to encourage you to check out the last two episodes of This Developer's Life. We realize this isn't your typical podcast. It's not very technical, and it's not packed with information. We mean this show as an antidote to the usual technical talk shows as we try to dig more into issues and emotions that affect developers. We try to get to the center core of the developer and what makes them tick. Give us a listen and if you like the show, please review us on iTunes and Subscribe.

Download Episode 2.0.7 "Dinosaurs" here or listen online.

Also, please check out our last two shows you might have missed. We're very proud of how they turned out.


206-play2.0.6 Play

What do you do when you're not staring at your computer screen? What obsession grips you as you drive home? In this episode we ask David Heinemeier Hansson and Pete Brown this very question.


Episode 2.0.5 - Typo

2.0.5 Typo

Who cares about typefaces and why should you? Well, these guys do and you should start caring. Rob and Scott explore the world of reading online with one of the godfathers in the world of typeface and fonts.

In this episode we talk to Bill Hill, the bearded Scotsman who created ClearType and Geoffrey Grosenbach, notable typeface enthusiast.


I hope you enjoy the show as much as Rob and I enjoy making it.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Thursday, January 05, 2012 7:55:25 AM UTC
I think you made a 'Typo' in the 2.0.6 title ;)
Thursday, January 05, 2012 8:05:47 AM UTC
Fixed!
Thursday, January 05, 2012 4:27:53 PM UTC
Couldn't be more timely. So, I'm not a Fortran dinosaur, I'm a .Net dinosaur (well, and Delphi back in the '90s). I'm using most of the new cool stuff like EF with POCO, lambdas/thinking in functional, XAML, TPL,and etc. BUT. I'm OLD -- 40,and from what I hear out there, programmer years are worse than dog years.

Seriously, though. From what I hear, the industry isn't too kind to us once we're out of our 30's. Looking forward to listening to this podcast, just to hear what others have to say.
Jm
Thursday, January 05, 2012 5:32:35 PM UTC
Liked the topic and interview, could have dropped half the annoying musical interludes though.
Thursday, January 05, 2012 5:55:42 PM UTC
I especially enjoyed the podcast on typography. Since then I've been digging around the intarwebz all over at typography sites, playing with styles, media queries, fonts... love it.
Thursday, January 05, 2012 6:01:29 PM UTC
Damon - too long or too many?
Monday, January 09, 2012 11:47:18 PM UTC
Spot on! Choose the right language for the job - I see biased developers too often.

Are asp.net programmers REAL programmers? Some are, some aren't.
DotNetDude
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 1:52:22 AM UTC
Say what you like Rob, 80's music will always be the best! :-)
PaulJ
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 4:41:04 AM UTC
Wow, what a blast from the past. Didn't have a commodore, but I remember programming my TRS-80 Color Computer to make sounds using the play command. I once programmed all four hands from one of Bach's fugues and played them simultaneously on four different computers in the school lab. Talk about a symphony. So what if they were just flat tones, it was music to my ears, and hopefully to the other three guys hitting the buttons.
Love the show.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 9:35:40 AM UTC
Just had to say I loved the music from Dinosaurs. The stories were interesting too. I was kind of shocked when I heard Sean was giving up dataflex after using it for 15+ years. Anyway great show, and hopefully Rob will let you pick the music on another episode.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 9:04:54 PM UTC
Sorry, found some of the music distracting on this one. Otherwise, a great episode.
Thursday, January 12, 2012 8:47:51 PM UTC
Best show so far. The honesty of the second act was a joy to the ear. Scotts music taste is da bomb. The music was most of the time nicely mixed with the speech. You know when its good if you are not paying attention on how its done anymore but dream away.
Tom Pester
Friday, January 13, 2012 12:42:49 AM UTC
Ya, music very annoying. Show very interesting.
Steve
Friday, January 13, 2012 1:05:17 AM UTC
Also - Chaka Khan's I feel for you is not creative commons.
Steve
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 1:48:28 PM UTC
Thought I'd add my vote for the music in this episode - loved it. The only thing I didn't like was how the music was too loud/to in the foreground and made listening to and understanding the speaker hard - but that happens on all the other episodes too.

Maybe it's just me (I listen to the podcast in the car and hence am not giving it my full attention), but I'd prefer a more background/ambient approach to the music whilst someone is talking the music in this episode.

Then again Tom above says:
The music was most of the time nicely mixed with the speech.

So prehaps it's not just me.

This balance of music to speech was better is this episode that any of the others I've listened to - normally to music grates on me. Maybe it's that much of the music didn't have lyrics to interfere with the speech?
Monday, February 13, 2012 7:05:33 PM UTC
Could you share some links to the C64 music?
Monday, February 20, 2012 7:21:13 PM UTC
C64 music is all linked to on the Podcast site: http://www.thisdeveloperslife.com/post/2-0-7-dinosaurs
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 11:39:06 PM UTC
I *love* these podcasts! More, please. More frequently. Seriously - I'm jonesing here
Jamie
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