Saturday, 30 September 2017

Damo's September 2017 Podcast Highlights

I subscribe to many podcasts, you can see the list as it was in 2015 here: Developer podcasts v2. I'm keeping a podcast blog here of the episodes that I find interesting or useful in some way.

Programming and Testing

[HansleMinutes] Maybe just use Vanilla Javascript with Chris Ferdinandi
  • There's a new JavaScript created every few seconds. If you pick up any noun there's probably a JavsScript library named after that noun. 
  • What if you just used Vanilla JavaScript? Chris helps Scott answer that question, and more in this episode.

[JavaScript Jabber] Web Apps on Linux with Jeremy Likness and Michael Crump
  • Web application as a service offering from Microsoft. I don't need to worry about the platform.
  • Web Apps has traditionally been on Windows. Web Apps on Linux is in preview.
  • Web Apps on Linux supports Node, PHP, Ruby, and .NET Core.


[Developer Tea] Growth Mindset
  • In this episode, we're talking about having a Growth Mindset.

[Elite Man Magazine] How To Use The 80/20 Rule To Work Less And Achieve Much More In Your Life
  • In today’s episode Perry talks about how apply the 80/20 rule into your life to work less and achieve much more. 
  • In this fantastic interview we cover everything from The Butterfly Effect, to the 80/20 rule in real-life action, to finding out what your super powers are, and how to make yourself infinitely more productive. 
  • If you’re wondering what you can do right now to work less, get more done, and put the 80/20 rule into action, check this episode out now!

[2000 Books] 3 Key mindsets that will make you more productive
  • 3 Key mindsets that will make you more productive

Architecture and Devops

[NDC 2017] Confusion In The Land Of The Serverless: - Sam Newman
  • Serverless computing is the hot new thing. Like any hyped technology, it promises a lot. However questions remain around concept and implementation, especially when you start to compare how we've built systems in the past, and what serverless offers us now. Is Serverless the future, or just the emperor's new clothes?
  • This talk will very briefly introduce serverless computing, but will then dive into some of the questions that aren't always asked in conjunction with this technology. Topics will include:
  • How does your attitude to security change?
  • Is it easier, or harder, to create reliable, resilient systems?
  • Do patterns like Circuit breakers and connection pools make sense any more?
  • Is vendor lock-in a problem?
  • Is serverless computing only for microservice architectures?
  • Which problems fit serverless computing?

[The New Stack] How Serverless Is Shaping the Future of Software Development
  • Serverless architectures are often positioned as the next big thing in cloud computing, but what exactly is serverless, who is utilizing these tools and services, and how is this ecosystem maturing? 
  • In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, we spoke to Mike Roberts, co-founder of, about all things serverless

[Software Architecture Radio] The New Normal with Mike Nygard
  • Complex Systems
  • Continuous Partial Failure and Looking at Microservices
  • “Agile”: Why?
  • Antifragility
  • Evolutionary Design
  • Evolutionary Architecture
  • Redundancy and DRY (Don’t Repeat Yourself)
  • YAGNI (You Aren’t Gonna Need It)
  • What services should I actually have?
  • Contracts Between Services
  • Advice for Someone Getting Started as an Architect:

[Software Architecture Radio] Mark Richards on the Evolution of Software Architecture
  • After Mark provides us with some interesting aspects of his background (he started his career as an astronomer!), we start by discussing the horizontal and vertical aspects of the evolution of software architecture
  • Some of these drivers are technical - especially often hardware taking some time to catch up with the needs of newer ideas and software - but other times these changes are driven by changes in the business.

[DevOps Days] Lessons Learned From Detroit To Deming
  • This session aims to enlighten DevOps teams, security and development professionals by sharing results from the 2017 State of the Software Supply Chain Report -- a blend of public and proprietary data with expert research and analysis. 
  • The presentation will also reveal findings from the 2017 DevSecOps Community survey where over 2,000 professionals shared their experiences blending DevOps and security practices together. 
  • Throughout the discussion, lessons are discussed that Deming employed decades ago to help us accelerate adoption of the right DevSecOps culture, practices, and measures today.

[O'Reilly Programming Podcast] Sam Newman on moving from monolith systems to microservices
  • For organizations considering migrating from monolith systems to microservices, Neman suggests moving gradually, by starting with one or two services at the beginning, getting them deployed, and assessing the outcome.
  • Newman identifies independent deployability as one of the key principles for doing microservices well. “If you create a system architecture with independent deployability, so many benefits flow from that,” he says.
  • He recommends a “consumers first” focus for microservices, with designs based on how software will be implemented by customers.
  • How microservices can enable cost-effective scaling
  • In discussing modularity, Newman says “If you want to look at a system that gets modules right, look at Erlang, which was built from the ground up to be a language and a runtime for building distributed systems.”

[Static Void Podcast] Real-World DevOps with Andy Schwam
  • Discussions about the concepts of "DevOps" in the real world. 
  • What's myth and what works? 
  • What's hard and what's easy? 
  • Andy takes us behind the scenes and tells us what it takes to transform an existing error-prone manual deployment to a highly-reliable, repeatable, and automated process.


[99% Invisible] The Age of the Algorithm
  • Computer algorithms now shape our world in profound and mostly invisible ways:
  • They predict if we’ll be valuable customers and whether we’re likely to repay a loan. 
  • They filter what we see on social media, sort through resumes, and evaluate job performance. 
  • They inform prison sentences and monitor our health. Most of these algorithms have been created with good intentions. 
  • The goal is to replace subjective judgments with objective measurements. But it doesn’t always work out like that.

[Software Engineering Daily] Brave Browser with Jonathan Sampson
  • Online advertising enables free content and services of the Internet. One of the free services that is powered by advertising is the browser. 60% of web browsing is done through Chrome, which is owned by Google, which is powered by advertising.
  • The application that most of us use to explore the web is made by a company that relies on ads, so it is unsurprising that the default of that browser is to allow close tracking of user behavior. When you hit a website, a variety of trackers are logging your data for the purpose of serving you better ads.
  • Brave is a web browser built with a modern view of advertising, privacy, and economics. Brave users can pay for content with their money OR by paying attention to ads. This system is formalized through the Basic Attention Token (BAT), a cryptocurrency that can be used to purchase user attention.

[TED] Tim ferris - Why you should define your fears instead of your goals
  • The hard choices -- what we most fear doing, asking, saying -- are very often exactly what we need to do. 
  • How can we overcome self-paralysis and take action? Tim Ferriss encourages us to fully envision and write down our fears in detail, in a simple but powerful exercise he calls "fear-setting." 
  • Learn more about how this practice can help you thrive in high-stress environments and separate what you can control from what you cannot.

BBC - More or Less] The 10,000 Hours Rule
  • If you practised anything for long enough, would you become a pro? Author Malcolm Gladwell popularised the idea that if you devote yourself to anything from chess to playing an instrument for 10,000 hours, you will become an expert.
  • But where did the idea come from, and is it true? More or Less tells the story of how a paper published in 1993 went on to spark a debate – is practice enough, or do you need innate talent as well?
  • David Epstein, author of The Sports Gene and Malcolm Gladwell explain their views.

[TED] How the US government spies on people who protest — including you
  • What's stopping the American government from recording your phone calls, reading your emails and monitoring your location? Very little, says surveillance and cybersecurity counsel Jennifer Granick. 
  • The government collects all kinds of information about you easily, cheaply and without a warrant -- and if you've ever participated in a protest or attended a gun show, you're likely a person of interest.

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