This post lists my favorite technical podcasts, in 2015, without any order of preference.
The Java Posse
The Java Posse has been one of my favorite podcasts for years. The Java Posse crew was a dynamic “quartet” of rock stars software engineers directed by a very generous Dick Wall and composed of Tor Norbye, Carl Quinn and Chet Haase. Joe Nuxoll was also part of this great team until 2012. After ten years, the podcast celebrated its last episode at Devoxx Belgium in Antwerp on November 13th 2014. This podcast was a high quality podcast with very valuable information mostly surrounding the Java platform but not limited to. It was also fun and entertaining. Although our industry is evolving fast, you can go back listening to old episodes that are still very relevant. R.I.P The Java Posse! Dick, Carl, Chet, Joe and Tor, thank you so much for your dedication and your precious time for over ten years.
Les Cast Codeurs Podcast
Les Cast Codeurs Podcast is a French copycat version of the The Java Posse. The topics are well organized and due to the expertise of the contributors, mostly about Java platform technologies. If you are a French speaker and your work evolves around the Java platform, I highly recommend this podcast. The very respected hosts of this podcast are: Emmanuel Bernard, Arnaud Heritier, Guillaume Laforge, Antonio Goncalves and Vincent Massol. I appreciate the coverage of the news and technologies, contributions from auditors, participations from other technologists and interviews. A show in 2014 driven by The Duchess was a very refreshing and great idea. I have a particular appreciation for the typical and subtle French humour Guillaume brings to the team: I miss that here, across the pond, where “politically correct” does not always get along with sense of humor.
Part of TWiT, FLOSS Weekly has nothing to do with dental hygiene: it is all about Free, Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS). The host is no less than Randall Schwartz, Perl expert and author of several books on Perl, in particular the famous Camel Book. With different co-hosts, Randall interviews leaders of the Open Source community. The interviews are recorded weekly. Like any other podcasts of the TWiT family, the quality is excellent. It is a great source of information to keep up with the ever expending open source landscape. Because I will never be invited to this podcast, here are my answers to the final questions Randall asks each guest: My favorite editor is VI and my favorite scripting language is Python 😄
I never miss a Security Now episode. I follow Leo Laporte and Steve Gibson religiously every week, despite the length of the podcast. If you don’t listen the show in accelerated mode - I don’t - be ready to listen for one hour and a half or even two hours. I wish it could be a little shorter. I would definitely pass on the sci-fi stories, TV shows and some other unnecessary and lengthy parts of the show. Nevertheless, the audio quality of the podcast (like any of the TWiT podcasts), the valuable security information and the level of expertise demonstrated by Steve Gibson are worth the extra time. I enjoy this show and recommend it to anyone curious about the prolific current state of affair of the cybersecurity world.
The Haskell Cast
This podcast is dedicated to the Haskell programming language. The hosts, Rein Henrichs and Chris Forno, both experts in Haskell and functional languages interview some of the most renown leaders of the Haskell community: Simon Peyton Jones, Simon Marlow, Don Stewart, Michael Snoyman… In episode 9, FRP (Functional Reactive Programming) and Denotational Design, the guest, Conal Elliott provides some needed clarity in the domain of FRP.
Hosted by Zach Kessin, this podcast focuses on Erlang, the OTP Platform, functional languages and related concepts. Over the different episodes, Zach interviews leaders in the Erlang community and experts in functional programming languages in general: Joe Armstrong creator of Erlang, Fred Herbert author of Learn You Some Erlang for Great Good! and Erlang in Anger, Bruce Tate author of several technical books including Seven Languages in Seven Weeks and Seven More Languages in Seven Weeks, Claus Wikstrom creator of Mnesia, jose Valim creator of Elixir and many others. Highly recommended if you have any interest in Erlang or functional programming.
Every week I’m looking forward to listening to the now familiar voices of Mat Kaplan, Planetary Radio host and other staff members of the The Planetary Society: Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, Bill Nye, CEO, Bruce Betts, Director of Science and Technology and passionate guests. The news of the Mars rovers, the wake up of Rosetta or Pluto approach by New Horizons bring a positive light on the future of humanity. This is particular true when contrasted with the dark and depressive information most of the news channels are flooding the waves with. If you have any curiosity for space science and exploration, you may want to give a try to Planetary Radio.
The Silver Bullet Security Podcast
Gary McCraw is the CTO of Cigital, a security expert and author of several books on security, regularly interviews industry or academic leaders in security: Whitfield Diffie, Barton Miller, Michael Hicks, Bruce Schneier and many others. The podcast is concise, lasts thirty to forty minutes, the questions are precise. This show is an excellent source of security information.
Where is Dick Wall if he is not busy anymore with The Java Posse? He is now hiding with a bunch of Scalawags! The hilarious team of Scala experts will make your day: Dick Wall teams up with Heather Miller, Daniel Spiewak, Josh Suereth, Seth Tisue and … Daniel’s cat. Yes, they wear eye patches and pirate hats, and they are very funny. But don’t get fooled, each member of the team is a Scala expert and more. Great show to listen to if you want to keep up-to-date with the Scala community, the internals and evolution of the language, the tools and anything Scala related.
From Python Import Podcast
My favorite programming language is Python, so naturally I have been eager to find a related podcast. I have been listening to from podcast import python for a couple of years. But this podcast has been unfortunately very sporadic. If you are aware of any regular Python podcast, feel free to comment.
Inspired by Math!
Sol Lederman states that Math has always been his first love. He talks about Math with passion and interviews teachers, educators, professors, book authors who also have a passion for Math. Sol’s podcast is definitely inspiring.
I would love to hear from any readers who would have recommendations on valuable scientific or technical podcasts.