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5 podcasts that every .net developer should be listening to

February 27th, 2007 6 comments

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Google Reader now supports embedded video

January 31st, 2007 2 comments

Google Reader now supports embedded video from YouTube, Google video and many other sites (MySpace, Jumpcut, Grouper, IFILM, Metacafe, Revver, Vimeo, vSocial, and games from Monsters and Critics).

Official Google Reader Blog: Getting embedded in Google Reader.

This feature further enhances the excellent product that is Google Reader. I use it for all my RSS consumption. If you are still using client software on a pc or mac you should definitely check it out.

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Microsoft’s Photosynth technology: Demo of the Year

November 12th, 2006 Comments off

Scoble is calling it the demo of the year – Microsoft’s Photosynth technology allows you to navigate your photos in a 3D environment.

Check out the ScobleShow on it and visit the Microsoft Photosynth site for a demo.

Check it out !

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The best digital photo software

October 28th, 2006 Comments off

Everyone has a digital camera these days and you need good software to manage the thousands of photos that sit on your PC.  Usually you get software with the digital camera.  I have a Canon Ixus 5 and I got the Canon software.  While it is ok,  Google Picasa blows it away.  If you aren’t using it already I would really recommend you try it out.

Have you used Google Picasa and what do you think ? 

What is your favourite software for managing your digital photos? 


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Sitepoint launches video tutorials for web professionals

October 26th, 2006 Comments off

Sitepoint have launched a series of video tutorials for web professionals.  There are three free video tutorials to get you started. 

  • An Introduction to AJAX
  • Photoshop Starburst Effect
  • Set Up Ruby on Rails for Windows

You have to give your email address to get the URLs to the free videos.  I took a look at the AJAX introduction and it is quite professionally done.  If you know what AJAX is all about then you probably won’t learn anything new but if you want to find out what AJAX is all about then I would recommend checking it out.  The videos are performed by Kevin Yank who has been at Sitepoint for many years now and who is the author of many books on web development technologies.

Apart from the three free ones mentioned above you will find more on the site but you have to pay for them.  $7.95 per video or three for $14.95, not a bad price.


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