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Broad Topics in Tech Podcasts — Part 4

Broad Topics in Tech Podcasts

Broad Topics in Tech Podcasts

The last and final part of web development podcasts. Previous parts are here: JavaScript & React Podcasts, Engineering & Open Source, Security & Mob Dev. This post is fully dedicated to subjects around web development, design, and IT in general. To come up with the following list, I used Tim Arney’s GitHub suggestions, expanded them, and added a few other podcasts, which community helped me discover on Twitter. If you have any other suggestions or would like to get featured in future blog posts, I strongly encourage you to reach out to me on Twitter. We are not expected to get paid, rather — contribute to the community and at the very least expect you to share the post on your social media as a sign of courtesy. Look forward to hearing from you, and let’s get started.

Boagworldhttps://boagworld.com
Twitter: @boagworks
Number of Seasons: Season 23
Creators/Hosts: Paul Boag
Add-on Stuff: shownotes, transcripts
Duration per episode: 50 min
Rotation: disorderly

Paul Boag is a user experience consultant, speaker, and author of User Experience Revolution, he also directs Smashing Magazine. The podcast is about user experience but also — so much more: web development, running a digital team, what it’s like working for Facebook, how to maximize conversion rates, and so on.

You might also get interested in Paul’s YouTube channel. Here’s one sample video to get you started:

Dads In Developmenthttp://www.dadsindev.com
Twitter: @dadsindev
Number of Seasons: Ep 41
Creators/Hosts: David Hemphill and Andrew Delprete
Add-on Stuff: links
Duration per episode: 60 min
Rotation: disorderly

The description runs as ‘a podcast about dads and geeky stuff.’ The topics indeed vary: from freelance life to particular technologies.

Does Not Computehttp://spec.fm/podcasts/does-not-compute
Twitter: @dnccast
Number of Seasons: 1. Ep 37
Creators/Hosts: Sean Washington and Rockwell Schrock
Add-on Stuff: things mentioned
Duration per episode: 30 min
Rotation: weekly

The podcast is about the lives of modern web developers who talk about everything from choosing the right technologies to debugging and more general stuff.

Giant Robots Smashing Into Other Giant Robotshttp://giantrobots.fm
Twitter: @thoughtbot
Number of Seasons: Ep 315
Creators/Hosts: Chad Pytel
Add-on Stuff: links
Duration per episode: 40 min
Rotation: weekly

Each week there’s a guest discussing anything related to design or web development. Recent guests include Scott Orn, Chelsea Moore, Art Papas, and Gareth Burrowes, among others.

The Web Platform Podcasthttp://thewebplatform.libsyn.com
Twitter: @TheWebPlatform
Number of Seasons: Ep 185
Creators/Hosts: Danny Blue and Leon Revill
Add-on Stuff: shownotes, transcripts
Duration per episode: 50 min
Rotation: disorderly, on average 3 ep per month

All things web with weekly guests; among recently featured were Tsahi Levent-Levi, Surma, Kenneth Auchenberg

BookBytes – orbit.fm/bookbytes/
Twitter: @BookBytesFM
Number of Seasons: Ep 23
Creators/Hosts: Adam Garrett-Harris, Safia Abdalla, Jen Luker, Jason Staten
Add-on Stuff: shownotes, transcripts
Duration per episode: 50 min
Rotation: biweekly

Each fortnight the hosts discuss a part of a book they’ve been reading; they read books about web development, design, ethics, soft skills, and history. In the last episodes, the hosts discussed Code Girls, Ara the Star Engineer, The Imposter’s Handbook 

There are several things I really like about the show. First, it’s the transcripts, and if there’s none for a particular episode, you can help by contributing at their GitHub page or make existing transcripts better and more legible. The second thing is that the podcast reminds me of a regular book club, where people read and discuss particular excerpts from the books, so you really feel yourself as though you’re being present during the conversation. The third, and final thing,  you don’t have to read the whole book (unless it’s tiny) to follow the talk, because each episode is dedicated to a small part, which you can surely read for a fortnight before the next episode.

StartHere.FMstarthere.fm
Twitter: @startherefm
Number of Seasons: 1. Ep 37
Creators/Hosts: Dain Miller
Add-on Stuff: shownotes, transcripts
Duration per episode: 30 min
Rotation: disorderly

Dain has two podcasts: one on general web development and another one on Ruby on Rails. The thing is, according to reviewers, Dain is a little too obnoxious. In any case, give it a try: there’re industry insights, interview and networking tips, etc.

Hansel Minuteshanselminutes.com 
Twitter: @Hanselminutes
Number of Seasons: Ep 678
Creators/Hosts: Scott Hanselman
Add-on Stuff: shownotes, transcripts
Duration per episode: 30 min
Rotation: weekly, Thursdays

The host, Hansel, is a programmer, teacher, mentor, speaker, freelancer, who has three podcasts and a YouTube channel, as well as a few books. As he himself puts it, Hanselminutes is like “Fresh Air” for developers. Other podcasts include The Developer’s Life, Ratchet and the Geek, and Azure Friday, a video podcast. Speaking of Hanselminutes, Hansel talks to different guests each week on everything related to web development and beyond. Recently he talked to Preethi Kasireddy, Camille Fournier, Marcus J Carey, and Eva Ferreira.

Scott also has his own YouTube channel. Here’s his talk with Richard Campbell:

Developer Teadevelopertea.com
Twitter: @DeveloperTea
Number of Seasons: Ep >50
Creators/Hosts: Jonathan Cutrell
Add-on Stuff: n/a
Duration per episode: 30 min
Rotation: 2-3 times per week

This an interesting project dedicated to developers’ mental health with short actionable challenge every other day on podcast’s twitter account to improve your thinking, career, and focus on something that’s truly important for you and avoid burnout and stress.

Roundabout: Creative ChaosRoundaboutFM.com
Twitter: @RoundaboutFM
Number of Seasons: Ep 127
Creators/Hosts: Tammy Coron
Add-on Stuff: show links
Duration per episode: 30 min
Rotation: weekly, Sundays

RoundaboutFM is about technology and creativity. Every week the host is joined by a speaker who’s willing to share their aspirations, goals and creative process behind their work in web development or design. Recent guests include David Okun, Reuben Lara, Joe Howard, John Sundell, among others.

The Weekly Reviewhttps://www.theweeklyreview.fm/
Twitter: @theweeklyreview
Number of Seasons: Ep 51
Creators/Hosts: James Dempsey and Jean MacDonald
Add-on Stuff: n/a
Duration per episode: 30 min
Rotation: weekly, Fridays

If you’re interested in time management and how it applies to web development, then this is a nice podcast to consider. Every week the hosts tackle a particular time management issue, time constraints while working on projects, reducing clutter, maintaining mental and emotional health.


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