Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Episode 13: Bart and Pete Ramble About Programming

This episode we talk about a programming project Bart used to dip his toes back into the pond of programming and see if he enjoys it.

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Show notes:
  •  What should Pete and Norma argue about?
  • Blue Snowball...do I sound better?
  • Bart worked on a personal project ending on New Year's
  • Are programmers intolerant of new programmers?
  • Pete doesn't think that's a problem at the company
  • There's a bias against certain languages
  • Seems strange since .NET compiles down to CIL anyway
  • Use the "right" language for the job
  • Bart talks about his limited programming background
  • Bart relives his capstone of PERL and VB
  • If you have a need, that's a motivating factor to learn to program
  • The fundamentals of programming can get boring
  • Specs are a good idea, or at least thinking ahead about the program
  • Visual Studio is intimidating
  • Some things aren't intuitive (async timer, I'm looking at you...)
  • MS's tools are great for programmers, but overwhelming
  • How do you debug?
  • There's a lot of magic that abstracts implementation from execution
  • Experience gives you a larger body of questions to ask and figure out how your program fails
  • Are there materials on how to debug programs?
  • Can you get stuck learning a particular tool?
  • We might end up doing a multi-part discussion on learning to program
  • Pete was looking at coming up with a curriculum for teaching a family member how to program and work in IT

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