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5 podcasts that every .net developer should be listening to

February 27th, 2007

One of the best ways for a software developer to keep up to date with all the new technologies is to listen to podcasts. I find podcasts a great to keep up to date on the latest .net technologies while I’m commuting to work.

Here is my list of top five .net related podcasts that every .net developer should be listening to in order to keep up to date:

HanselMinutes
This is my favorite .net podcast of all. It is presented by Scott Hanselman and Carl Franklin and they discuss .net related topics. Some shows are about the latest .net tools and other shows are interviews with .net experts. The shows are produced very professionally and the quality is top notch. Each show is only around 20-30 minutes so there is no waffle just great info!

Hanselminutes is a weekly audio talk show with noted web developer and technologist Scott Hanselman and hosted by Carl Franklin. Scott discusses utilities and tools, gives practical how-to advice, and discusses ASP.NET or Windows issues and workarounds.

http://www.hanselminutes.com/

Dot Net Rocks
Dot Net Rocks has been around for many years with their first show produced in 2002. It is a weekly talk show for anyone interested in programming on the Microsoft .NET platform. The show is hosted by Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell and most of the shows are interviews with .NET experts. The shows are typically slightly over 1 hour and have very good content.
http://www.dotnetrocks.com

ArCast
Arcast is a podcast about design and software architecture. If you are a team lead/architect or just generally interested in system design in the .NET space then you should tune in. It is hosted by Ron Jacobs and since 2005 he has been interviewing architects around the globe for the show.
http://www.skyscrapr.net/blogs/arcasts/

Polymorphic Podcast
Polymorphic Podcast is hosted by Craig Shoemaker and deals with a wide range of .NET topics and interviews with .NET experts from around the globe.
http://www.polymorphicpodcast.com/

ASP.NET Podcast
The ASP.NET podcast (as the name suggests) is more focused on the ASP.NET and is hosted by Wally McClure. So if you are interested in ASP.NET, Ajax, JSON, etc. then this is the show for you.
http://aspnetpodcast.com/CS11/

If you haven’t caught on to the great benefits of podcasts I seriously suggest that you subscribe to the podcasts and start listening. At a time when there is a huge amount of new technologies / products being released this is a great way to say up to date.

Let me know what you think!
Do you listen to these podcasts already ? Are there other great .NET podcasts that I missed?

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  1. Dave Miller
    February 28th, 2007 at 02:03 | #1

    These are the exact 5 podcasts that I listen to. And the only 5 podcasts that I listen to regularly.

    DotNetRocks is an absolute must for any aspiring developer – the guys love what they do and it really comes across.

    The rest are all excellent – but the quality of production of DNR and Hanselminutes (which is also produced by Carl Franklin of DNR) sets them apart.

  2. Sean
    February 28th, 2007 at 09:22 | #2

    Hi Dave,
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving the comment.
    Great that we both concur on the best .net podcasts. :)

  3. February 28th, 2007 at 10:43 | #3

    That is great i only knew two of them… thanks alot.

  4. February 28th, 2007 at 22:46 | #4

    Completely agree with your list. I’d rate that as my top 5 podcasts also. Essential listening for .net developers.

    Not quite a podcast but the videos on channel9 rate pretty high too.

    Thanks for this post sharing .net auditory love!!

    BTW, I noticed Carl and Richard (from DNR) where mentioned in a post on the “Top 10 most influential people in the .NET world” – http://geekswithblogs.net/yowhann/archive/2006/12/10/100832.aspx. Nice to see them getting recognition for their work.

  5. Mark Brackett
    March 3rd, 2007 at 04:12 | #5

    Try Software Engineering Radio (www.se-radio.net) too. They’re more language agnostic (or sometimes even Java focused) but it’s probably the best technical podcast on programming I’ve heard.

  6. SteveC
    April 12th, 2007 at 14:51 | #6

    Well your top 4 are the same as mine, so I’ll have to give your no.5 a try
    - although with DotNetRocks going twice weekly, I’m running out of commute time to listen to them all

    Cheers,
    SteveC

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