#57 Xavier Decoster and Maarten Balliauw, MyGet and Growing a Business

Summary
Xavier Decoster and Maarten Balliauw of MyGet talk to me about their service and how to grow a company while keeping a full time job.

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Who they are and how they met, what MyGet does, why not store package locally, cdn, load balanced; symbols and symbol servers, debugging; npm and bower; the tech behind MyGet; going from an idea and code to a company, going from free to a business, developing a business model; dealing with business laws, tax, etc; being part time, balancing the full time job with the business and life; challenges of selling to big companies; deciding on the price; hard to provide professional services and support; comparing and communicating with competitors, ProGet, Microsoft uses MyGet for many projects including .net core; considering investors; dealing with the practicalities, tax, vat, "banking is a sick world"; the day Microsoft nearly brought down MyGet ; 2 TB of data uploaded every month, 7 TB downloaded, MyGet by the numbers; getting feedback and supporting customers.

Links
Pro NuGet - book by Maarten and Xavier

Open Source

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#56 Suparna Damany, Repetitive Strain Injuries

Summary
Suparna Damany, physical therapist and hand therapist, author of It's Not Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, talks to me about repetitive strain injuries and how prevent or treat them.

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Who she is and what she does, patients with repetitive strain injuries are getting younger; we are not meant to be static, 8 year old patient; repetitive strain injuries (RSI) are common in many professions, one problem leads to another; general fitness doesn't prevent repetitive strain injuries, we are really not meant to be static, onset can seem sudden; vary activity throughout day, it all comes down to blood flow and oxygen; how to fit activity into your work day, drink lots of water; use of braces, body has great capacity for healing, getting to root the cause; carpal tunnel - what it is and what it is not; when to go to a professional therapist, focus on prevention, good posture, catching the problem early is better; Suparna's book, exercises, stretches, workspace layout; parting advice for computer professionals.

Links
Online Ache Solutions

Damany Health

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#55 David Gatti, Developer Communities

Summary
David Gatti talks about developer communities, why they are important and how to build them.

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Who he is; what is a developer community, difference with evangelist, Amazon as an example, smaller examples; how does a community developer deliver value; how to build a community, takes time, costs money; finding the right developer to help, good speaker, good with people; community relations becomes a career path, lot of travel; does it provide a return on investment.

 

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#54 Mark Seemann, Functional Programming and F#

Summary
Mark Seemann, author, creator of AutoFixture and Plural Sight coach tells me about functional programming and F# in particular.

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His background, started with VB and C++, now programs in C# only for money; what functional programming is; isolating side effects to boundaries of the program; is functional programming only suitable for certain types of application; isolation, great for testing; all of .net is available; composing functions; interfaces, strategy pattern, dependency injection; differences in architecture when developing in F#, quoting Alan Kay; deploying and devops; roslyn and f#; the book that started it for Mark by Tomas Petricek, wrap up.

Book recommendations

I sometimes ask people to recommend a few books that are relevant to the topic and a few that have been influential to them, Mark was kind enough to write the following about his choices.

Programming
Clean Code, by Robert C. Martin. This isn’t the book that changed my approach to programming the most, but it’s the book that I recommend that all programmers should read. While examples are in Java, and thus seem to apply to OOD, I think many of the points apply equally well to FP.

Design Patterns, by Eric Gamma et al. This book changed the way I programmed. The reason I don’t list it as number one today is that it’s not interesting to Functional Programmers, but anyone doing OOD should read it.

Refactoring, by Martin Fowler et al. Another OOD-specific book, this one is a gem because of the list of code smells it contains.

Non-programming

Blindsight, by Peter Watts. This book changed the way I think about consciousness, cognition, and a host of other things. To say anything more would be a spoiler.

Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand. This one is embarrassing, but I grew up in the 1970s and 80s Denmark, which was as leftish it could be and still be a NATO member. Being good at something was more of a burden than a blessing. When I read Atlas Shrugged in my early thirties, it was a revelation to discover that there even exists a philosophy that views being good at something as a moral superior position. There’s a lot of Randism that I don’t buy into, but this book taught me that it was OK to be proud of being good at something, and for that, I’m grateful.

The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. There’s really nothing profound about this, and it isn’t a book I think much about on a normal day. It still holds the singular record of being the only book I’ve read and enjoyed in more than one life stage (twice when I was an adolescent, and a third time around 30). All other books I enjoyed when I was young, I’ve later found basic and disappointing.

Mark also keeps a list of must read books for .Net developers.

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#53 On Freund, Scaling Development

Summary
On Freund VP of Engineering at WeWork talks to me about how a company scales as it grows.

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Who he is, background; WeWork is more than a real estate company; scaling in many ways, scaling ability to manage people is most important, promotion paths; change within the organization as it grows, speed vs agility, very hard for large company to change but it is still very productive; as you reach the growth stage more communication is needed; team structure communication channels and Conway's law; team types - big fat monolith type team, changing team structure to build microservices, MVC type team, infrastructure team; does an engineer have the skills to solve the monolith, fixing feature by feature instead of doing it all in one go, we work is hiring in Manhattan and Tel Aviv.

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#52 Eric Bloom, Productivity

Summary
Eric Bloom and I discuss productivity, what it means and how to be more productive in an IT environment.

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What is productivity, different kinds of productivity; not viewing IT as a cost centre; knowing what you are good at as a company - The Box book; how to increase your productivity, getting in the zone, picking the right task for your level of energy; culture as an influence on productivity in an organisation, how handle challenges, delegating; dealing with a bad culture, "people are often not against you, just for themselves", diversity of opinion and perspective; bringing about change; Eric's book.

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#51 Rachel Reese, F Sharp, microservices and Jet

Summary
Rachel Reese tells me about her work at Jet, F#, chaos testing and being one of the Rachii.

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Who she is; what she does at Jet, F#, why did Jet choose F#, tech.jet.com blog; does the architecture have to change for F#, what's different for a C# developer, F# readability; Pipe operator; microservices at jet, "event driven cloud based functional microservices"; dividing up microservices, bounded contexts, dividing up your teams; how to deal with multiple languages in different services,  recording and replaying every single event; unit testing, property testing - FsCheck; chaos testing; geographic redundancy; The Rachii; upcoming conferences; Jet is hiring in NYC and Dublin, contact them rachel@jet.com or Aimee@jet.com.

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#50 Julie Lerman, Entity Framework Core 1

Summary
Julie Lerman tells me all about Entity Framework Core* and her love of learning.

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What's new with EF, whole new code base, no EDMX, no object context, EF 6 is not going away; in memory provider for testing, better disconnected scenarios, proof of concept for NOSql, batch updates; is it production ready; learning cool things; Julie has been working on EF since 2006; books on EF; using Aurelia; Julie Lerman uses a Mac now; domain driven design; demoware vs good practices; learning from Jimmy Bogard; Julie's hectic conference schedule.

* this podcast was recorded before the rename from Entity Framework 7 to Entity Framework Core 1.

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Raw recording of Adrian Cockcroft talking about microservices

I attended a talk by Adrian Cockcroft hosted by Massachusetts Microservices Meetup in March. It was supposed to be recorded by Pivotal (they hosted the event) but that didn't work out.

I had one of my simple dictaphones with me and got permission to record the talk from Adrian and Ajit (meetup organizer). I was not expecting release this recording. Attached is the raw audio from that event, it is not high quality but you shouldn't have any difficulty understanding Adrian.

Adrian's slides are available here.

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#49 Patrick Thevoz, Flyability – Collision Tolerant Drones

Summary
Patrick Thevoz, CEO and cofounder of Flyability tells me about their collision tolerant drone, why they build it, how it works and how it is saving lives.

Details
Who he is; what Flyability does; how they are different than other drone manufacturers; examples of usage in crevasses and dangerous industrial environments; special sensor usage on drone; how the drone tolerates crashes; buying vs building parts of the drone; software and firmware, communication protocols; safety features, loss of communication; testing, testing, testing; regulations around drone usage.

Links 
AUVSI's XPONENTIAL 2016

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