February 2014

Gavin Pickin

Online Learning - Podcasts - Mind Opening Interview with the Discoverer of JSON Douglas Crockford

Online Interactive Learning, Podcasts

I am a late comer to the world of Podcasts, but with the birth of my son, I had a lot of time holding babies, feeding babies, changing diapers, and podcasts helped me fill the time and getting my learning kick at the same time. I listen to several podcasts, and the good ones, I zap back hundreds of episodes, to soak up each and every ounce of value out of them. I will not make a post for every good episode I listen to, but if they really stand out, I will post about them here, and invite you to listen, and see what you think of them.

Today, I listened to one of the Hansel Minutes shows, episode 396 actually. In this episode Scott Hanselman interviews Douglas Crockford at the AngleBrackets conference in Las Vegas. Douglas Crockford is the "discoverer" of JSON, as he states it was always there, he just uncovered it, not invented it. He also build JS Lint, and have a book called JavaScript - The Good Parts

In this interview, a lot was discussed, including how we have forgotten our roots in the software world, how our software legacy can help us as we progress in the world of software today. The concept of how our tools are not helping us, but crippling us in our goal to create bug free software that solves a business / organization problem. 

It really made me think, as the ideas are really against the flow of what normal developers think and believe in. We are not our code, and sometimes we take an emotional response to our code, and our languages, and if we sit back and think, really think, we might see the world of software in a different light.

A snippet from Scotts About Us Page

My name is Scott Hanselman. I'm a programmer, teacher, and speaker. I work out of my home office in Portland, Oregon for the Web Platform Team at Microsoft, but this blog, its content and opinions are my own. I blog about technology, culture, gadgets, diversity, code, the web, where we're going and where we've been. I'm excited about community, social equity, media, entrepreneurship and above all, the open web.

Check out the episode. I think its well worth the listen.



by Andy K
02/04/2014 10:18:24 PM

Scott is definitely one of the most polished podcasters out there: extremely articulate, well versed in the craft and extremely quick on his feet. A great speaker and an even better interviewer.

I also loved this episode... check out some of his interviews with Uncle Bob and even some with Jeff Atwood.

by Gavin
02/04/2014 10:22:32 PM

Thanks for the feedback Andy. He has so many episodes, and a lot of them not as relevant as others to me, so I appreciate the referral for Uncle Bob and Jeff Atwood... with over 400, its daunting, even for a podcast junkie like me.

I might post a few more articles about other Podcasts I listen to, I hope that some readers share, as word of mouth is the best way to find the quality stuff.

Thanks for your comments.

by Andy K
02/05/2014 05:04:17 PM

Well, my absolute fav is They are on vaca until later on in this month, but if you have any interest in OPSEC this one is great! It's not even remotely specific to WebDev but fascinating to anyone interested in technology and security in particular...

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