Hanselminutes Podcast 73 - The Interns
My seventy-third podcast is up. I have two high-school interns working for me this summer. In this episode I talk to High School Seniors Eric and Shady about their experience working at Corillian and their thoughts about learning languages and the future of engineering.
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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.
Is the passion gone? Or is it being rediscovered by the few who are playing with dynamic languages? Seems like we've come full circle with that. I hope the passion is still there, and being discovered by more people than it seems your interns have seen around them. I've been learning Ruby, trying to rekindle that initial passion I've seemed to lose over the years. With C#, etc., you can do just about anything, but those languages can make you feel restrained and overwhelmed at times. I love .NET, but I miss the immediacy and instant feedback of molding the computer to what I want. Waiting for IronRuby...
I hope this evolution turns more kids on to this field. I can't imagine not being excited about this at their age. I find it hard to believe that so many kids are choosing other fields, or sitting on the couch watching TV. Maybe I should learn a language like Ruby well enough to even do nothing more than teach it... to help get kids excited about this field again.
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It was really interesting to hear Shady and Eric feelings about dynamic languages. It echoes the message that the Pragmatic Programmers people have been sending to the Java and .NET world for the past couple of years. I heard an undercurrent of appreciation for simplicity. I hope that's true. I think the future of software could use a healthy dose of simplicity.
It was great to have a glimpse into their perspective. Thanks for doing this show!