Topic: Software Development
Joel and Jeff discuss whether or not Joel is a Kiwi, how to have a meaningful beta (with versioning, even), some techniques for building engaging social websites, revisit the classic 12 part Joel Test, and the amazing-- but all too short-- life of Alan Turing.
Puppet is an automated administrative engine for systems, performs administrative tasks (such as adding users, installing packages, and updating server configurations) based on a centralized specification. Luke Kanies, who founded Reductive Labs, has been doing server automation for years, and Puppet is the result of his frustration with existing tools. He joins Phil, Scott, and Ben to discuss it.
If you're a software developer, you probably already know who Steve Yegge is. Developers all over the world spend a lot of their time reading or commenting on his blog when they're not writing code. A senior software engineer at Google, an ex-Amazon employee, one of the most widely read bloggers, an excellent hacker, and an outrageously funny chap, Steve talks about why branding is so important.
Joel and Jeff discuss Macbook Air overheating and undervolting, constructive criticism, and engage in an extended discussion of Joel's management training program reading list. If you love classic books, this is the podcast you're looking for.
Cell phone handset manufacturers don't know what features future applications will use, and developers can't build those applications without having hardware support. In this talk from the Emerging Communications Conference, Michael Shiloh of OpenMoko tells how their open hardware platform solves this "chicken and egg" problem.
Joel and Jeff try to avoid talking over each other while discussing data generation, full text searching, cross-site scripting, Markdown, Microsoft's Silverlight, and how to get a job at Fog Creek software.
In a recent Business Week article, writer Olga Kharif discussed the changes to the mobile phone industry that will take place because of the iPhone. Brian Fling of Fling Media clearly agrees with Kharif's premise. In a discussion with Phil and Scott, he talks about his recent Web 2.0 Expo presentation and how he believes the everyday mobile phone user will be impacted by the iPhone.
Joel and Jeff discuss the fine art of listening, source control, the risks of being an internal IT developer, and the state of current mobile platforms. Oh, and how to clean the toilet.
Despite the increased visibility that the Web provides, many small businesses would rather receive a phone call from a customer than a page view or an email address. Irv Shapiro of IfByPhone demonstrates powerful, easy to create telephone services that take advantage of the ubiquity of telephones.