I believe that a big part of a software developer job is to stay updated by constantly learning about new technologies, software development methodologies and developer’s tools.
One way of achieving this goal is by listening to podcasts. I usually listen to on my MP3 player on my way to work and back.
In the beginning I used to listen to one podcast (Hanselminutes – see below) but after I run out of episodes to listen to I’ve started looking for other podcasts about .NET and software development that I can learn from. Nowadays I don’t even listen to radio anymore because I have so much podcasts and my trip to work lasts only 20 minuets.
Right now I listen to the following podcasts weekly basis:
- Hanselminutes – The first podcast I started listening to. In his weekly audio show Scott Hanselman interviews leading figures from the .NET world about new technologies, development tools and software development methodologies.
- .NET Rocks – As the name suggests this podcast is all about .NET framework. Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell read fan email, teach about the .NET framework in general and interview guests about software development on the windows platform.
- Herding Code – Another .NET related podcast. K. Scott Allen, Kevin Dente, Scott Koon, and Jon Galloway talk (along with their guests) about various subjects such as: What every web developer need to know, working from home, open source in the corporate world and more.
- Software Engineering Radio – Intended for professional software developers. In this podcast you can learn about software architecture, testing and debugging, parsers and much more. I use it to relearn things I forgot since I’ve graduated as well as extend my knowledge on subjects I only heard about.
What podcasts are do you listen to?