Episode 55 – Google I/O and Google Glass


Wow, it's been a while! Well we're back with a brand new cast. Our castmate Guillermo Castro (aka JavaGeek) is heading off to Google I/O 2013. There is at least one easter egg on that site, if you click on the I and the 0 in the sequence: IOOOIOOO you'll get to a new page that lets you play with a cool synthesizer (as depicted in the image to your right). Neat!

We'll also talk a bit about "Google Glass", specifically about some of the concerns relating to the data that could be collected when using the glasses.

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Episode 54 – Interview with Jeff Atwood

October 25th, 2012   Comments for this post

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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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Infographic: Microsoft Ballmer’s Failures

August 10th, 2012   Comments for this post

Interesting infographic of the how Microsoft has stagnated since Ballmer's reign began. You have to wonder why though, Gates was totally late out of the gate (pun intended) on company vision concerning the Internet, and Balmer had the success of the XBox during his... I don't think it's fair to blame it all on Ballmer, but the infographic does make some good points...

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

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   Comments for this post
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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