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Episode 54 – Interview with Jeff Atwood

October 25th, 2012

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Hi! It's been a while. Well to make up for it, we have a great interview with Jeff Atwood! Jeff's contribution to the internet has left quite the footprint. Not only is he the prolific blogger behind the site Coding Horror but also co-founder and creator of StackOverflow and the Stack Exchange suite of Q&A sites.


I mean really, what developer *anywhere* around the world hasn't heard of or hasn't used StackExchange? It's an amazingly well thought out site, the reason it works so well is not by accident, it was painstakingly planned right down to the very last pixel. For insight on how StackOver flow came to be, I highly recommend checking out the StackOverflow/Exchange podcasts.

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Episode 53 – Interview with Erkki Lindpere – Scala Sink or Swim

May 3rd, 2012
As mentioned in our previous cast with Jevgeni Kabanov, a fellow by the name of Erkki Lindpere from ZeroTurnaround wrote a three-part series of blog posts titled "Scala Sink or Swim". Basically a set of things you should know before considering Scala for a project. An excellent read, and I highly recommend you check it out.

From the moment I read the title I thought "oh boy, let the flame wars begin!" and they did for a while in the comments section of the blog. However, the ZeroTurnaround guys aren't a lot to be pushed around. You can talk Monads and all sorts of category theory. They'll respond in kind. You can tell them "you aren't smart enough to undersand what you are talking about" and they'll point you to their doctoral thesis on the subject at hand. They are a smart bunch, and Erkki is certainly no exception. Especially since Erkki is a self proclaimed lover of the Scala language! He's just pragmatic and down-to-earth as well. He points out the "Elephant in the room", instead of trying to step around it.

The posts resonated very well with me, a lot of the pain points associated with Scala are laid out in *plain english*. I found myself nodding my head much more than shaking it back and forth (until I got to the comments section, then there was a lot of head shaking). Everything is in there from the S in SBT perhaps being mislabeled to the complexities that library developers can introduce into your program *just because they can*.

So I highly recommend you have a read, and then a listen!

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Episode 52 – JRebel, LiveRebel and OSGi with Jevgeni Kabanov

April 14th, 2012
Jevgeni is a good friend of the Basement Coders, I know one of the reasons I look forward to JavaOne is because I know him and his ZeroTurnaround team will be there. They always have the most rocking booth at JavaOne and instead of it being manned by PR folks, it's the geeks of the company who work it (although Oliver White is awesome too!).

Jevgeni fills us in about the new product releases of JRebel and LiveRebel happening over at ZeroTurnaround and we also discuss the hot-button topic that is OSGi. You see, Jevgeni is a bit outspoken against OSGi, where as our own cast member Jeff Genender is an OSGi fan boi. Me? Well I'm just continually asking myself "OSG-why?" If I can't get a canonical dependency like Hibernate to work with it, what is it's point of existence...

Also Jevgeni mentions GeekOut which is the Estonian Java Developer's June 14-15 2012 which boasts a great line up of speakers. Since it's taking place in Estonia, birthplace of ZeroTurnaround, you know it's gonna be a non-stop geek party as well!

Thanks for the great cast Jevgeni!

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Episode 51 – Just the cast Mam

April 5th, 2012
It's been a while! In this episode (recorded all the way back in February 2012) we have a good old fashion organic Basement Coders podcast. Heath Kesler, Jason Whaley, Guillermo Castro and me Craig Tataryn were in attendence.

Also stay tuned for Episode 52, our OSGi (and ERLang) face-off with ZeroTurnaround's Jevgeni Kabanov

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Episode 50 – Interview with Josh Long of VMWare – SpringSource

January 29th, 2012
The Spring Framework is the defacto Swiss Army Knife framework for Java. If you know Java, but don't know Spring, you don't *really* know Java. One of the top reasons to use Spring is, although vendor supported, it's open source software. Navigating through the Spring Framework's code base is like seeing how code *should* be written. Design patterns abound, exception handling is taken seriously and the documentation is pretty stellar for open source code.

Josh Long is VMWare's Spring Developer Advocate, he educates developers on the merits of the Spring Framework and gathers feedback, concerns and enhancements that he takes directly to the committers of Spring. In this episode (wow 50!) Josh takes us through the new features to be found in Spring 3.1 (caching, configuration profiles, etc...). Josh was a great guest, and we hope to have him on again sometime!

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