A Pair of Podcasts
Trying to bootstrap myself into software development is a struggle. A struggle with some successes - I mean, let’s not forget that I’m writing this in markdown using vim using jekyll to create a static site that’s being hosted with GitHub Pages; a few months ago I wouldn’t have known what that meant. But a struggle none the less.
Both podcasts are short - seven minutes max - and just list down anything that’s going on with the two languages at the moment. They’re broadcast twice weekly, keeping the information fresh and pertinent. At first I had very little idea what was going on - technologies I’d never heard of doing things I couldn’t understand, updates, new ‘gems’… all a bit of a mystery.
But the short format, and regular broadcasts, encouraged listening. I can catch up in five minutes when waiting for a train, walking the dog, popping to the shops. And it’s started to pay off; I now understand about 70% of what’s going on in each episode, and I’m using the technologies they talk about (like jekyll).
It’s worth mentioning the player I’m using too - Player FM is maybe the best thing I’ve ever used to play a podcast. Does everything you want, does nothing you don’t and sits on the phone occasionally telling you when there’s a new episode.