Herding Code 55: Nate Kohari brings Your Moment of Zen

Nate Kohari? Kanban Boards? Continuous Improvement? Zen? Stop right there! We know what you’re thinking.  You already heard this episode about three weeks ago on that other podcast, right?  Well, think again, because this week on Herding Code, the guys pick up where that interview left off.  Listen in as Nate Kohari, the creator of Ninject, talks about the technical nuts and business bolts of his new startup. Find out why Nate choose to build his online product predominantly on a Microsoft stack, how the site is going to scale, how he processes payments, and much, much more, this week on Herding Code.

  • Kevin sets the tone of the show and notes that the guys are going to steer clear of the questions already addressed on a recent Hanselman show.  This talk will focus on technical and startup details.
  • Nate comments on why he build his application using the Microsoft stack.  After all, most startups don’t chose this path. 
  • The guys talk about multiple browser support, jQuery, jQuery Plugins, CSS and Firefox Add-ons.
  • Jon asks about architectural patterns.  Nate talks about ASP.NET MVC with the Spark View Engine.
  • Kevin asks about online payment integration? Was it painful?
  • Nate discusses hosting and scalability.
  • Scott K asks about the brains behind the operation and how her background may have inspired Zen’s UI and overall flow.
  • Kevin asks Nate for any “words of wisdom” for those thinking about launching a startup.
  • Kevin wraps up the show asking Nate about what’s to come with Ninject and Zen.

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Herding Code 54: Rob Conery interviews the Herding Code guys

Let’s keep the party going! In this very special episode of Herding Code, Rob Conery puts Jon, Scott K and Kevin on the spot as he turns the tables and asks his own questions and passes his own judgments. Do you want to know how Herding Code came about? Are you curious how Rob and the guys feel Herding Code differs from the other podcasts? Have you ever wondered how the Herding Code members might map to the cast of The View? All in good fun, Rob derails the show and gives us a behind the scenes look into Herding Code productions.

  • The guys try to explain the value of Twitter to Rob. “Twitter makes me more productive.” “You must cultivate your network.” “It is all about who you follow.” “Twitter is a fishing net.” “I can quit at anytime.”
  • Jon shares how Herding Code started with an inadvertent Skype conversation.
  • Scott K talks about Herding Code’s diverse guest list which doesn’t consist of the usual list of suspects which might be regulars on other shows.
  • The Kevin Dente Roast continues…
  • Rob compares the Herding Code with The View, identifies each cast members role and announces that Herding Code needs to build in the happy hour aspect of podcasting. Have another beer, Rob.
  • Jon talks about cannibalism and attacking oneself.
  • The guys discuss Rob’s new spokesmodel spokesman position at Microsoft, ongoing Kona development and a bit about community outreach.
  • Are you missing K Scott? Tune into this week’s show to find out what he’s doing now. You may be utterly surprised.

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Herding Code 53: SubSonic 3.0 Release Party with Rob Conery

What? You thought SubSonic was dead! Well, crack open a beer and join the party – the SubSonic 3.0 Release Party!  That’s right. It is finally here and Rob Conery (Herding Code’s first repeat guest) gets a little rowdy announcing the new features.  Listen in as Rob speaks of SubSonic, the new role he’s playing at Microsoft, why he’s given up on Twitter and why Kevin Dente deserves to be roasted.  Does Rob completely derail the show?  Find out this week on Herding Code.

  • Jon kicks off the show asking Rob for some clarity on his job at Microsoft. Rob refuses to answer the question and unveils his plan to completely derail the podcast.  This leads into the first ever Kevin Dente Roast.
  • After things settle down, Rob announces SubSonic 3.0 and the “technical part of the podcast” is initiated.
  • Rob talks to SubSonic details – specifically, ActiveRecord, REST Handler, Linq engine, SimpleRepository, templating system, the use of the iQueryable Toolkit, the new docs site, and auto migrations.
  • “What’s so difficult about building a freakin’ expression parser?”  Rob states that coding is hard and the fact that LINQ leaves him a little afraid. He then speaks a little Mandarin and speaks of going shopping.
  • Jon and Rob have a discussion about the use of ORMs and performance concerns.  Rob states No one ever got fired for using Microsoft and adds a quick comment about SubSonic’s failed acquision of NHibernate
  • Scott K asks what it is like to write your own provider for SubSonic and notes that a SQL Data Service provider would allow one to scale to the cloud.
  • The guys field listener questions from Jeff Atwood (“Why is SQL so awesome?”) and Chip Cray (“How has your view of DDD changed since you started the StoreFront?”)
  • The conversation comes full circle with Jon asking Rob (again) about his job at Microsoft and if he’s paid to work on SubSonic.

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Herding Code 52: The Alan Stevens and G. Andrew Duthie Debate Continues!

In this corner, Microsoft Developer Evangelist and author, G. Andrew Duthie. In the other corner, C# MVP, ASP Insider and Open Space Technology facilitator, Alan Stevens. This week, G. Andrew Duthie and Alan Stevens bring their recent “Real Software Development vs Microsoft Bubble Development” Twitter debate to Herding Code. It’s all the open and honest, fun-loving, snarky banter without the 140 character limit.

  • Kevin kicks off the show by announcing our two fighters. Ding. Ding.
  • Alan throws the first punch – He likes Herding Code because it’s about real software development rather than development in the Microsoft bubble.  It’s about the tool users rather than the tool builders and it’s about honest feedback.
  • Andrew jabs back – He likes the stories from the trenches but he feels more credit must be given to the folks at Microsoft who are doing the right thing. In other words, don’t always assume the worst and snark about it.
  • Scott K keeps both fighters on their toes – First taking jabs at Alan because some DevDiv developers dogfood Microsoft’s stuff (e.g. Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0) and then lands a sucker punch on Andrew noting Entity Framework is developing in the dark.  Who could have seen that punch coming?
  • The fight continues with talk about general disgust in drag and drop demos, the role of the Developer Evangelist, Microsoft’s goals and constraints, and the need for candid feedback.
  • If you missed the Twitter exchange, you will definitely want to listen in as The Alan Stevens vs G. Andrew Duthie Debate continues this week on Herding Code.

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Note: Ward Bell transcribed a part of the discussion on drag’n’drop demos here.

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