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My Life For The Code

Shawn Rakowski from My Life For The Code interviews software developers who are excited about the work that they do and want to inspire others to find happiness in what they code.
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Oct 19, 2015

In this episode I interview Christian, husband, father, Microsoft MVP, and author of th Concurrency in C# Cookbook Stephen Cleary. Stephen and I discuss various topics around concurrency including Async and Await, Reactive Extensions, and Promises. I also learn the real name of a bread I used to bake when I was younger and worked in a bakery, and that there is an animal who plays a unique part in the production of a special variety of coffee.

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Oct 12, 2015

In this episode I interview father, husband, software developer, former Microsoft MVP, and game development hobbyist George Clingerman. George was one of the most respected individuals in the XNA/Xbox Live Indie Games community. In light of Microsoft's recent announcement that XBLIG will be shutting down for good, George and I discuss his experiences with XNA and XBLIG, his famed tattoo, the future of indie gaming, and much more.

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Sep 28, 2015

In this episode I interview the founder of Simple Programmer, John Sonmez. John is, among other things, a developer, author, Pluralsight author, speaker, entrepreneur, and life coach for software developers. John and I discuss how he got started in software development, his up and coming changes to Simple Programmer, shutting down Get Up and Code, his desire to get back into game programming, and much more.

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Sep 21, 2015

In this episode I interview web developer, agile enthusiast, and software gardener Nicholas Tuck. Nick and I discuss the meaning of "software gardener", his experience with agile development methodologies, running a successful meetup, methods to make retrospectives more enjoyable, and much more.

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Sep 14, 2015

In this episode I interview father, husband, and software developer Jay DeBoer. Jay and I discuss how he got started programming, shiny object syndrome, high and low moments in his career, starting a blog, foster parenting, and much more.

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Sep 7, 2015

In this episode I interview CTO and Co-founder of Solliance, Microsoft Regional Director, MVP, and Pluralsight Author Brian Noyes. Brian and I discuss how he got his start in the industry while working in the Navy. We also discuss Brian's work on Prism, his upcoming Pluralsight course on Aurelia, and much more.

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Aug 31, 2015

In this episode I interview wife to an awesome IT guy, mom, .NET MVP, independent consultant, author, speaker, and conference organizer Sarah Dutkiewicz, aka sadukie. Sarah and I discuss the various ways that she is involved with the software development community, her move to becoming an independent consultant, the origin of her nickname "sadukie", and much more.

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Aug 24, 2015

In this episode I interview dad, developer, FOSS nerd, and mental health advocate Ed Finkler, aka Funkatron. We discuss his Open Sourcing Mental Illness speaking campaign, a campaign with the aim of changing how we talk about mental illness in the tech community. You'll also learn a little bit about graph databases, how Ed got into programming, and much more. 

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Aug 17, 2015

In this episode I interview father, husband, architect, developer, ambitious Sith apprentice, and the host of the Developer on Fire podcast, Dave Rael. We discuss Dave's blossoming podcast, his dedication to his family, his passion for optimizing every part of his life, and much more.

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Aug 10, 2015

In this episode I interview software developer, Pluralsight author, New Yorker, and proud new father Nik Molnar. For the past few years Nik has been working heavily on Glimpse, a tool that shows ASP.NET server side concerns in the browser. He recently joined Microsoft to continue his work on Glimpse as Microsoft moves to ASP.NET v5. We discuss Glimpse, his move to Microsoft, how he got his start as a developer, his love for cooking, becoming a dad, and much more. 

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Aug 3, 2015

In this episode I interview programmer, entrepreneur, open source developer, and Pluralsight author Darren Cauthon. We discuss how Darren went from a fearful programmer to a fearless programmer by adopting TDD. We also discuss Darren's move from .NET to Ruby, his Pluralsight course, his interest in Tae Kwon Do, and much more.

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Jul 27, 2015

In this episode I interview freelance developer, entrepreneur, and security geek Josh Stroschein. Josh is the co-founder of SD Code Bootcamp, a 10 week intensive training program that focuses on web development. Josh is also an instructor at Dakota State University where he focuses on teaching security related courses. In this episode we discuss the motivation for founding a code bootcamp in South Dakota and the struggles and successes that have come with it.

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Jul 20, 2015

In this episode I interview software developer, piano enthusiast, and wantrepreneur Phillip Napieralski. We discuss Phillip's recent job change, his many entrepreneurial projects, hist passion for the piano, and more.

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Jul 13, 2015

In this episode I interview husband, dad, software developer, and conference speaker Nate Taylor. We discuss Nate's career and his passion for test driven development, professionalism, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. 

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Jul 6, 2015

In this episode I interview Hadoop developer, Pluralsight author, and family man Thomas Henson. Thomas discusses the finding his niche in big data, the difficulties of becoming a Pluralsight author, wisdom about juggling a side hustle with family life, and more.

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Hadoop

Pig/Pig Latin

Thomas on Get Up And Code

Yahoo Finance 

Pluralsight

Thomas on Pluralsight

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae by Steven Pressfield

Spark

 

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Blog - http://www.thomashenson.com/

Twitter - @henson_tm

Jun 29, 2015

In this episode I speak with entrepreneur, developer, blogger, speaker, and screen caster Derick Bailey. Derick discusses his "Hello World" moment on the Commodore 64, his philosophy on software development, low moments in his career, the release of his RabbitMQ e-book/screencast/interview bundle, his 47 days of fasting, and more.

 

*** Special Offer ***

 

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Commodore 64

RabbitMQ

SignalLeaf Closing

Entreprogrammers Podcast 

Derick on the Get Up And Code Podcast

Soft Skills: The software developer's life manual by John Sonmez 

The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master by Andrew Hunt 

Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams by Tom DeMarco 

64 Bites - Short & Sweet Programming Screencasts Learn Commodore 64 One Bite At A Time 

ClojureScript

 

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Blog - http://derickbailey.com/

Twitter - https://twitter.com/derickbailey

Google+ - https://plus.google.com/+DerickBailey/posts

watchmecode.net - http://www.watchmecode.net

Jun 25, 2015

In this sneak peek I share a few clips from the first 4 episodes of the My Life For The Code podcast. 

Music used in the episode:
"Wallpaper" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Jun 14, 2015

On June 29th, 2015 I'll be launching the My Life For The Code podcast. A podcast where I chat with software developers that are doing something they enjoy or are passionate about. Listen to this launch promo for more information!

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