Scott Hanselman

Hanselminutes Podcast Catchup

May 20, 2008 Comment on this post [13] Posted in Podcast
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image I usually like to announce each Hanselminutes Podcast here on my blog, as well as over at the Hanselminutes site (have you seen the show archives?), but at some point over the last few months I've gotten slow, lagging by a day or more, and now I'm officially 3 shows behind!

Here's the rollup of what's been published since I announced Show 110 on Spec#, because these are three pretty good shows, and they are representative of the kind of info I'm trying to get out there.

  • Show 111 - ASP.NET Model View Controller, MVCContrib and MonoRail - Scott sits down with Phil Haack, ASP.NET Microsoft PM, Dru Sellers, Contributor to the Castle Project, and Jeffrey Palermo, of the MVCContrib project and talks about the ASP.NET MVC Project and Microsoft's changing attitudes towards Open Source.
  • Show 112 - The Past, Present and Future of .NET Unit Testing Frameworks - Scott gets a rare chance to sit down in person with developers from three .NET Unit Testing Frameworks. Charlie Poole from NUnit, Jeff Brown from MbUnit, Brad Wilson from xUnit.NET as well as Roy Osherove, the author of the upcoming "Art of Unit Testing."
  • Show 113 - Beyond Continuous Integration: Continuous Monitoring with Owen Rogers - Scott sits down with Owen Rogers, one of the original authors of CruiseControl.NET, and hears about his ideas around a hardware and software platform that extends Continuous Integration with Continuous Monitoring.

Let me take a few sentences here and sell you on the show. It's a shortish (usually under 40 min, often even less) commute-time podcast. I do my very best to not waste your time. They are usually more technical than DotNetRocks and while I do cover a lot of Microsoft stuff, I try to mix it up with a show on Digital Photography, Distributed Source Control, Eclipse, An Interview with Martin Fowler and DHH, and building the Ultimate PC with Jeff Atwood.

If you'd like the feed for the COMPLETE MP3 Archive it's here. We're also on Zune and iTunes. If you'd like a nice, simple podcast downloader that just gets the files and puts them in a folder with no muss nor fuss, I recommend the FREE FeedStation.

I hope you continue to enjoy the show and perhaps subscribe. If you have cool ideas for topics, email them to me or follow me on Twitter!

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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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May 20, 2008 5:37
You should really give the Zune podcasting some love. The one click subscription has been available for a while. The 3 Zune user out there would really appreciate it.


May 20, 2008 5:56
my mistake the Zune link was not showing up in my feed.
May 20, 2008 6:03
Hey Scott,

As a coincidence, I was listening to the CI show and my Chumby arrived from the States today (Australia).

I'd really like to be able to use CCNET with this little beauty, although the RSS isn't going to work because CCNET will make RSS feeds, but since the Chumby uses external flash apps, it's not exactly going to tunnel back to my machine and give me a feed.

There is a community plugins page on Codeplex, so I am thinking that I might either leverage the twitter/pownce publisher for reading via the Chumby Twitter reader, or set up the metaweblog API publisher, make a fake blog on my site and leverage the RSS reader that way.

Have you got any other suggestions of a way to go?

May 20, 2008 9:45
Hey Scott,
Love the podcasts, been listening since show #1.. thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to keep the rest of us better informed.

So I gotta ask, where's Carl? Is he going to be on the show any more? Don't get me wrong, I love the broad range of interviews with all of the great people out there at Microsoft, different companies, and in the community.. but it feels like time for a catch-up show with Mr. Franklin - so we can find out all of the other things that Scott's been up to, just like old times. :)

Just a thought..

Jeff Schumacher
May 20, 2008 10:42
The shows are awesome dude
May 21, 2008 1:48
My only feedback would be to mix it up a little more. More of the non-developer type stuff please.
May 21, 2008 6:10

Love the shows and I share them with all my fellow developers.

I just have one minor nit which I'm sure will give you a smile. Please, for the love of all that is holy, please refrain from beginning sentences with "So". I've noticed that you've starting picking up this speech habit since invading Redmond.

Pass it on.

- John
May 22, 2008 6:14
On the CI podcast, you were talking about large flat panel screens displaying a variety of information about the organization, similar to how manufacturing companies do. At one point you mentioned a video picture frame from Costco downloading images from Flickr to display information.

How would you do this? Would you have some application that assembled information into screens, then saved them as JPEG images or something, then upload them to Flickr, so the frames could download them?

How else would you display dashboard-type information on a big screen TV in the office? PowerPoint? But how could you update the PowerPoint file if the computer displaying info had it open? HTML pages?


May 23, 2008 12:47
Just listened to the Unit testing show (number 112) and the virtual machine automation really caught my attention. We talked about doing this in my previous job, but never got around to it. Could you do a blog post/show on how you did this?
May 23, 2008 19:41
There was a tool metioned a few times in the show, something like Galleo? Does anyone have a link to find out more about it.

May 28, 2008 23:53

We don't have the whole process documented, but with the code provided it isn't a big step to creating a custom MSBuild task to incorporate virtual machines into your automated build process:
"The Vix API allows us to control VMWare Server and load virtual machines, revert to last snapshots, copy files onto the VM, and run programs in the virtual machines."
I suspect we'll get a post up in the near future laying out the code for a custom build task to fully automate testing on virtual machines from a TFS build process. Incredibly useful for automated testing of installers, for instance.
May 29, 2008 22:34
Great interview with Owen Rogers (Show 113). The part that really grabbed me was his background story about how CruiseControl.NET was born. Encapsulated in that story was very revealing information about how consultants work, how the .NET world is different (and the same) as the Java world, and how commercial businesses relate to the open source community. Fascinating stuff. And, of course, I'm delighted that CC.NET came out the way it did. I agree with the assessment that CI is the easiest way to introduce agile practices to clients who are new to it. The benefits are simple to explain.
May 30, 2008 21:57
Just FYI on your recommendation of FeedStation. I've found it to be quirky (esp. downloading multiple files simultaneously) and seriously slower than downloading the .mp3 links directly to the desktop and then copying them to the MP3 player. YMMV.

- John

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