Scott Hanselman

This Developer's Life 2.0.1 - Criticism

April 25, 2011 Comment on this post [7] Posted in Podcast
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deafIn this first episode of the second season of This Developer's Life we talk to three developers about criticism - some they've given and some they've received. In addition we talk to a very vocal critic of this podcast.

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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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    April 25, 2011 19:47
    Silly penguin, that was Billy Madison... Not Happy Gilmore!
    April 25, 2011 21:53
    Not to criticize, but I went to to help save you bandwidth money, as well as have the bragging rights of downloading legal torrents via RSS, but episode 2.0.1 - Criticism is not available there.
    April 25, 2011 23:37
    Name - Sorry, we'll get ClearBits update. It's a manual process we sometimes forget.
    April 25, 2011 23:42
    like this post.
    April 28, 2011 9:17
    Thanks for "This Developers Life" it is the moment of Zen in my day. It helps me to remember the bigger picture of where I'm headed when I get stuck in the weeds of the day-to-day. And I love the music! It sets up the mood of the story or helps to show the character of the story teller.
    April 28, 2011 17:14
    The unexamined life is not worth living and this issue that you raise is part of examining our formation as people in general. Worthy considerations and I'm glad I listened.

    Obviously Ayende's style can reap benefits - but - people are holistic units, emotions included. I think it's better to consider developing human capital, IOW, helping people be better people. Nevertheless, it makes me want to be more careful and to improve my skills, knowing that someone like him takes it so seriously and hearing how he thinks about it.

    (BTW, I think that Psychology Today must have followed your lead for their current issue)
    April 29, 2011 1:10
    I just want say that Egypt episode was amazing, I am Syrian, my country is going through a similar only worse experience. But I like the fact of highlighting what can we do as developers to our society, and that's what I like about this podcast. Otherwise, it's just another technical podcast. I guess we need to highlight social aspects of being a developer. It's notorious that we are not very good at it.

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