Scott Hanselman

Hanselminutes Podcast 158 - Secrets of Fog Creek with Joel Spolsky

April 17, '09 Comments [7] Posted in Channel9 | Podcast
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imageMy one-hundred-and-fifty-eighth podcast is up. I was in New York on Monday and I stopped by Fog Creek Software and visited with Joel Spolsky (co-creator of StackOverflow amongst other things.) He gave me a tour, we talked about their VBScript "Wesabe" Compiler and the history of FogBugz.

This podcast also includes a bit of video as a sidecar. I've started occasionally doing what I'm calling Hanselminutes on 9. Basically it's guerilla unedited video of various things when I happen to turn my camera on. The Fog Creek offices are legendary for their attention to detail, so I was sure to get Joel to give me a through tour. Note you can watch the video online, or click "Formats" and then Right-click Save As in any number of formats, including those for portable devices.

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Enjoy. Who knows what'll happen in the next show?

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

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Saturday, April 18, 2009 10:27:48 AM UTC
Very good podcast. I enjoyed listening very much. I always find Joel's discourse quite thought provoking.
Jan
Saturday, April 18, 2009 10:55:08 AM UTC
I realise you were using Elijah Manor's tech tweets as an example but wondered if you were aware that he has a Tech Twitterings category on his blog, in which he makes a weekly post consolidating all of his tech tweets for the past weeks. He makes use of the hashtags to generate a nicely categorised list in each of these posts.
Monday, April 20, 2009 12:58:11 AM UTC
Scott, you have mentioned a few times that nobody listens to your podcast. Now I'm curious: do you have actual listenership numbers of any kind, and are you willing to share them?

Oh, and it was a great show. Joel's smart.
Monday, April 20, 2009 10:43:29 AM UTC
So the guy who uses his own, modified flavour of VBScript, that he had to write a compiler for, says that PHP sucks. Well, I guess Joel Spolsky can write good, clean code in any language. ;)
Monday, April 20, 2009 11:05:45 AM UTC
I think your calculation by the number of people who _buy developer tools_ is flawed because many developers work with free tools (PHP developers in particular have a lot of free tools to choose from, including debugging tools and IDE's.)
Monday, April 20, 2009 11:19:06 AM UTC
The shortened links resolution problem is very easy, I use Twitter's own service for that, but generally the URL shortening services use HTTP headers to indicate redirects, so you can easily resolve them. And since they're permanent, they can be cached, indexed and so forth.
Sunday, April 26, 2009 11:21:35 AM UTC
Those standing up desks are concentration savers definitely. I usually take a walk around every 30 minutes because of the energy jump on my legs. Naturally, it takes at least 1 minute to remember what I was supposed to do when I left, especially you're working on complex stuff. Have to get one.
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