Podcast Recommendation: The Ruby Rogues
WAIT! Stop Right There!!! I know some of you saw Ruby in the title and are about to move on, but I encourage you to read on. This could be beneficial to you even if you don’t know or don’t care about the Ruby programming language.
For those of you who listen to podcasts while driving, mowing the lawn, running, cleaning the garage, or lounging at home, here is a recommendation of something I like and listen to. Like many, there aren’t always enough hours in the day to keep up with various topics and I like to listen to podcasts when I can to keep up.
Our reading audience are technology folks, usually involved with delivering software using an Agile or Lean approach. This podcast recommendation isn’t explicitly Agile or Lean focused, but those elements can be found here in there along with healthy doses of pragmatism. While there is a focus on a specific language I have found a wealth of good knowledge and discussion often applicable to general software practitioners of any technology set.
Agile Velocity has a lot of experience working with Ruby on many projects over the years, which led me to the Ruby Rogues Podcast. This is a group of Ruby practitioners who lead a weekly panel discussion of Ruby and Software Development topics with frequent guests from the community. Many of the regular hosts are well known in the Ruby community and are also authors and conference speakers. Each episode also ends with fun technology (and sometimes non-technology) picks by the panelists.
This is an easy recommendation for anyone who works with (or is considering) Ruby. But there are many episodes that focus highly on general software issues around development, delivery, agile, technical practices, craftsmanship, etc.
Here are some episodes that general agile software practitioners may find interesting:
- Rescue Projects: A discussion of projects that have become problems and how to approach them, including dealing with legacy code and designs
- Book Club: Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby: A discussion with the author about learning and applying good Object-Oriented Design. This is timely because many people in the Ruby community came to programming with little formal OO training.
- Learning From the Past: A discussion about standing on the shoulders of others and how to learn and improve our skills by looking at past experiences (ours and of others)
- Complexity (with Glenn Vanderburg): An examination of what complexity is, it’s effects, and how to deal with it
- Service-Oriented Design: A look at applying Service-Oriented design
- Book Club: Growing Object-Oriented Software Guided by Tests: A discussion with the authors about testing, design, object-oriented principles, and software architecture. This is one of the best books on the subject of TDD.
- Functional vs. Object-Oriented Programming (with Michael Feathers): With the recent resurgence of interest in old and new functional languages there are many people trying to compare these paradigms and evaluate when/if to use them.
- SOLID (with Jim Weirich): Using SOLID principles of Object-Oriented design
- Domain-Driven Design: Like it says, a discussion of Domain-Driven Design, technical practices, design patterns, ubiquitous language, etc.
- Agile Communication (with Angela Harms): A discussion of Communication techniques and awareness for Agile teams
- Estimation: A discussion estimation, tracking/managing projects and measuring speed
- Software Craftsmanship (with Noel Rappin): The panel discusses the concept/manifesto of Software Craftsmanship, apprenticeship, Code Retreats, etc.
It was difficult for me to pick just this list because there are so many more great episodes. While this is probably nothing new to people in the Ruby community, I hope I have pointed the rest of you to one of the best software development related podcasts around that most software practitioners can benefit from.