#36 Nicholas Blumhardt Seq and Serilog


Summary
Nicholas Blumhardt discusses Seq, Serilog and structured event logging with me.

Details
Who he is, what is serilog, Event Tracking for Windows (ETW) and Semantic Logging Application Block (SLAB), structured event streams, no more regex; finding events in your log, navigating from one type of event to another; what feedback he gets; datastore; seq, use cases, filtering by type; seq data storage, Microsoft Extensible Storage Engine; making money; releases and new versions; simple install and usage instructions.

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#35 John Sonmez, Soft Skills


Summary
John Sonmez and I discuss his book Soft Skills and the non programming skills developers need.
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Details
Who he is and what he does; life skills, skilling up; getting recognized, start a blog, blog frequently; setting career goals, make the steps small and attainable; what soft skills are, people skills, interacting with others, helping others shine; How to Win Friends & Influence People, a "cure" for shyness; we like to work with nice people; finding the right company, working for a software company vs a non-software company; making friends in the target company, getting intelligence, getting the reference; getting promoted, getting a mentor, acting the part of the position you want, social engineering; burnout, suck it up and get past it; physical and mental health, don't work more than 40 hours a week, "pay yourself first", give yourself the best hour, excess loyalty to a company; books, Code Complete 2, The Clean Coder, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, Think and Grow Rich, Psycho-Cybernetics, A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life, self-image shapes us.

Book Recommendation
Soft Skills

How to Win Friends & Influence People

Code Complete 2

The Clean Coder

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Think and Grow Rich

Psycho-Cybernetics, A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life

#34 Trevor Stricker, Indie Games

Summary
Trevor Stricker of Disco Pixel tells me all about indie game development.

Details
Who he is and what he does; what is an indie game developer; skills needed to be an indie dev; protecting your work; platforms to develop on, naming your child Unity, learning about Unity, technical limitations; importance of partnerships as a game developer, corporate and developer partnerships; learning non games skills to scale your game; making money; book recommendations, Creativity, Inc.

Book Recommendations
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't

The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition (2nd Edition)