Sunday, March 09, 2014

Calling All Programmer Podcasts

One of the reasons why I started podcasting, is that I listen to a lot of podcasts.

It took me a long while to build up my podcatching portfolio. For half a year, I listened to mostly gaming podcasts because the only programmer podcasts I knew about was Hanselminutes and Java Posse. I simply didn't know what programmer podcasts were out there.

Podcast discovery is about as well established as it was 10 years ago, meaning iTunes. Of course you can blindly google for "<topic> podcast", or you might start off with some recommendations from friends, but there still is no established way of discovering more podcasts of the kind you'd like (1).

Another problem is that I see very little cross-pollination between the programmer podcasts. Even though they intersect just the right amount, I never heard JavaScript Jabber mentioned on TheChangelog, for example (2).

To help remedy this I've thrown together all the currently active, English-speaking programmer-oriented podcasts that I'm aware of. This is just a quick stab at helping you discover what's out there in our genre. Kind of like a good old webring, or a Yahoo directory.

I'd love to make the collection a bit more interactive, perhaps pulling in some RSS data to present the latest release date, amount of episodes and stuff like that.

But for starters, it'll just be a place you can point programmers who have just figured out podcasts. Let me know if there are any you think should be added via Twitter or Google+, or just comment on this post. In the long term, perhaps I can move the list to more of a community wiki thing.

(1) Stitcher shows some promise here, seeking to be the Pandora of podcasts, but I don't use it as I prefer my selected listening software (BeyondPod), and neither do most podcast-listening programmers out there, I suspect. 

I don't use iTunes either, and I don't like their obscure algorithms of deciding what is "new or noteworthy". 

(2) Exception-wise, I did get an initial boost in listenership from +Randal L. Schwartz mentioning GitMinutes on FLOSS Weekly (twice I think).