This article features my personal top 10 podcasts in the Software Developer niche. Some of them are more focused on writing (.NET) programming code, and others broaden my horizon of the business world related to my profession as a Software Engineer.
First of all, I want to make it clear that this article should be seen as a list of potential podcasts to listen to instead of an absolute ranking. And even if it was a ranking, other podcasts were missing.
In fact, please write a comment below if you think that I am missing a recommendable podcast here because I want to subscribe to new podcasts – I want to learn more, daily.
It’s been a while since I last wrote an article about podcasts. It’s been more than five years since I posted my, at that time, three podcasts I was regularly listening. Five years is a long time – It’s time to share an update.
Still one of the best – if not the best show for .NET developers. Its production quality is outstanding and two hourly shows a week are much content to listen. Guests range from community members to Microsoft employees on all levels of the corporate ladder and across various teams.
The show started in 2004, and by now they released more than 1600 episodes spread over 15 years.
Jamie Tyler started the DotNetCore Show in August 2018. Although it’s a new kid on the block, he already released 20+ episodes. Releases are bi-weekly, and the average show duration is between 20 and 30 minutes. If you’re into .NET Core, I recommend checking out this podcast.
The Azure Podcast
I started listening to The Azure Podcast around Autumn 2016. Azure is a huge thing, and they cover all the different topics. It’s one of the podcasts I only listen to topics I’m interested.
Production quality is not bad at all, and they often have guests from different Microsoft teams which allows you to receive information first hand.
Jonathan Cutrell is the host of Developer Tea. I was listening to the podcast right from its beginning. I don’t remember how I got to know about it. The format of the podcast immediately hooked me. Shows are usually between ten and twenty minutes.
Who does not know Scott Hanselman?! I like Hanselminutes because it opens my mind to topics I would not care about on my own. Scott always brings exciting guests on the show. There are already more than 650 shows.
John Sonmez is a well-known entrepreneur who started as a software developer. He was an early creator of Pluralsight courses and has created 38 courses in total. There are more than 700 shows.
On his podcast, he talks not only about raw developer skills but also focuses on soft skills. They are required to jump the corporate ladder or to improve as a person and eventually start being an entrepreneur.
I used to listen to the Herding Code podcast regularly. The four show hosts are heavily into community work around .NET development.
Sadly, it seems like they do not produce any new podcasts on a regular schedule. In 2018 there were only two new episodes.
The Entreprogrammers podcast is about developers trying to make a living as entrepreneurs. They all have different business including John Sonmez and Josh Earl from SimpleProgrammers.com.
The show gives insides into how they think about their businesses and how they work together as a group to motivate each other and to stay accountable to their set goals. It’s a longer show mostly around two hours a week.
To make it short: If you don’t know Gary Vaynerchuk, you should Google him right now. He’s a great motivator, and he’s an honest business man. He does not only preach but does it all himself every single day. It’s worth checking out. Maybe it’s something for you – perhaps not.
Smart Passive Income
Pat Flynn has built his website to an online business where he talks about how to build an online business. Sounds weird?
He’s a great guy, and he has many great guests on his podcast talking about their success stories or how they failed. There is an episode about pretty much every topic you could think about in regards to make money online.
The following podcasts got mentioned by the community on Twitter and in the comment section of this blog post. Thank you all for sharing your favorite podcasts with me!
The three show hosts Allen Underwood, Michael Outlaw, and Joe Zack produce a show every other week (14 days) about various topics in software development including architecture, algorithms, clean code and much more. The shows are usually a bit longer than an hour, and the audio quality is great. They recently released their 100th episode.
This podcast was recommended by Joe Zack in the comments section of this blog post.
MS Dev Show
A podcast for Microsoft developers covering topics such as Azure/cloud, Windows, .NET, Visual Studio, and more. Hosted by Jason Young and Carl Schweitzer. The episodes are usually between 30 minutes and an hour long. MS Dev Show recently released their 200th episode. This podcast was recommended by Juan Carlos Andreu on Twitter.
Merge Conflict is a weekly discussion with Frank Krueger and James Montemagno on all things development, technology, and more. Shows usually are around 40 minutes and are released every Monday. They already released more than 140 episodes. This podcast was recommended by Juan Carlos Andreu on Twitter.
If you still haven’t enough Podcast or if my list is too short for you, you might want to check out those resources:
Let me know in the comments if you listen to other podcasts. If you’re a podcaster yourself, don’t hesitate to mention it below and do some shameless advertisement.
This article was originally published on claudiobernasconi.ch on March 8th, 2019.
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