Episode 19: Pajama Driven Development (working remote)

This week Scott K leads a discussion on remote work, remote access technologies, and synchronization software:

  • What software and services help with remote development
  • The joy of being your own network admin
  • Source control implications (TFS, Subversion, GIT)
  • The social tradeoff – fewer incidental conversations, more intentional conversations
  • Remote access software
  • Synchronization software

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Herding Code 19: Pajama Driven Development (working remote)

Episode 18: Matt Podwysocki on F# and Functional Programming

This week Matt Podwysocki puts the fun in functional programming with a deep dive into F#. We’ve heard plenty of high level discussions of F# and functional programming lately, so we tried to dig into the gory details as much as possible:

  • What is functional programming, and why should we care?
  • Types of applications that would and wouldn’t benefit from F#
  • How F# differs from C# 3.x and Javascript
  • How F# is being used (games, scripting, data analysis and scrubbing, etc.)
  • F# pattern matching
  • Using F# in your C# or VB based applications today
  • Getting started: F# Interactive, reading the F# source, books and resources
  • Interaction with DLR
  • Functional features we’d like to see in C# and VB
  • Spec# and Sing#


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Herding Code 18: Matthew Podwysocki on F# and Functional Programming
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Episode 17: Browser Roundup

This week Jon leads a discussion on the new crop of browsers:

  • What’s new in Google Chrome
  • Comparison of Javascript engines
  • What does crazy-fast Javascript mean?
  • Is Webkit taking over? Why’s Firefox sticking with Gecko?
  • IE8 Compatibility Mode – Will it save us from IE6?
  • Is it time for the IE team to try “File/New/Browser”?
  • Do web standards mean anything when IE doesn’t support them?
  • Where does Silverlight fit in?
  • Objective-J


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Herding Code 17: Browser Roundup

Episode 16: Interviewing Software Developers

This week Kevin leads a discussion on interviewing software developers:

  • What interview styles we find effective
  • What sort of questions actually help us evaluate a candidate
  • Why API trivia and puzzle questions don’t work
  • Hiring mistakes we’ve made based on errors in our interview style
  • Why we don’t do very well when the tables are turned and it’s our turn to be interviewed

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Herding Code 16: Interviewing Software Developers