July 17th, 2013
G'day, it's been a while.
Today's episode features our first 2DDU Technology Radar. Oi? What?
The guys at Thoughtworks have recently gained a lot of well-deserved fame for doing their Technology Radar. It's essentially a structured list of "stuff" to use, look at, evaluate or be careful with when it comes to technology. It contains everything from processes via platforms and tools up to specific technologies and languages.
Here's our personal view on technologies: the 2DDU Technology Radar. It's a long episode, nearly 1 hour and 50 minutes. Feel free to agree or disagree with our views in the comments, discussion is very appreciated.
If you want to look at the list of technologies we're talking about while listening to the episode you're very welcome to use our published Google Doc to do so. Have fun!
April 20th, 2013
Today we've been joined by John-Daniel Trask, one of Kai's Wellington-based friends who's also the co-founder of both Mindscape and Raygun.io.
Kai admitted that Mark clearly won "thing of the day" this time, but he's already planning his come back from that loss for episode 31 in about two weeks.
After this unavoidable business of the day we start talking to JD about Raygun.io, a cloud-based service to track unhandled errors in your software. It's a very interesting product that stands out from the competition (according to Mark's 3-minute market research) by supporting a variety of different technologies as well as looking pretty.
The latter triggered a brief interesting discussion on the importance of the user interface, the Novopay debacle in NZ and how enterprise software (the likes of Oracle Forms, Adobe Lifecycle, Microsoft Sharepoint etc) now jump on the HTML5 bandwagon and what we'd expect to happen with that.
JD explains the tech stack Raygun.io has been built upon and it's interesting to see that they've used Mono on an AWS infrastructure for the core parts of the backend. While we're talking about AWS, Kai jumps to Glacier and his experience of backing up into Glacier using a Mac OS X tool called Arq.
The unavoidable Mercurial topic comes up again as well - Kai's got a Mercurial column in Tweet Deck now that's actively being monitored and JD chimes in that he used to use Mercurial a lot in the past because of the lack of good Git tooling on Windows, too. However in the last 12 months that has changed, in particular because of Github providing a lot of good services (if one is willing to still use the command-line). Side note: Atlassian's SourceTree is available on Windows now, too - only supporting Git (and not Mercurial) at this stage though.
April 6th, 2013
After nearly 4 months of "summer break" (yeah, right), we're back.
We actually managed to talk about a few really interesting things:
- Conferences we attended this year (Mark: RubyConf AU, Kai: Webstock) and conferences either or both of us plan to attend. The latter is a rather long: PyCon AU, cfObjective, D2Wc, Strangeloop, CFCamp, Lambda Jam Brisbane and YOW! Melbourne.
- Distributed Version Control - what's the future of Mercurial (looking at the vast success of Git) and what are the options to host Mercurial in-house after Kiln on premise doesn't seem to be actively sold anymore to new clients
- IntelliJ 12.1 is out - what's new and which plugins have we experienced to work well/not that well yet?
- Ruby/JRuby vs. Python/Jython - what's the story with some languages being very popular on the JVM and others not so much?
- Some CFML-related news: Railo 4.1 beta is out there (and looks great), CF 10 is available on Amazon AWS (finally) and Adobe CF 11 alpha is coming soon.
- Error tracking with Raygun.io and Mark's efforts in OpenGL and LWJGL.
Here are some more links:
If all goes according to plan we're back in two weeks. Have a great weekend!
November 29th, 2012
So we're taking on a pretty controversial topic, but one that has been talked about a lot in the blog-o-sphere, and something we have touched on tangentially in the past.
Here is the list of articles we discuss during the podcast:
We talk about our perception of the decline of CFML, specifically in Australia and globally, as well as thoughts on whether or not CFML as a whole can pull out of it, what we think the major CFML backers can do about it, and what we think you should be thinking about as a developer in the CFML community.
We expect this to invoke some differing opinions - so while we welcome the discourse, please remember to be civil.
November 2nd, 2012
In this episode we are joined by the venerable Mark Drew where we talk about his favourite features in Railo 4, what his favourite IDE is and the interesting relationship between Adobe ColdFusion and Railo's CFML engine.
It's an interesting conversation all around, and live talks often are, including plenty of audience participation.
Kai also admits to his strange relationship with cats.
Update from Kai: Towards the end of the episode there's a bit of an uproar in regards to Cats that look like Pinups. Please note that the content might or might not offend you. You've been warned
October 10th, 2012
Today Kai and I were very happy to have Marcin Szczepanski and Phil Haeusler join us for a panel discussion on the topics that they will be presenting on at the upcoming cf.Objective(ANZ) conference.
Marcin gave us a quick run through of the advanced feature of FW/1 that he will be showing off, and Phil provided us with a synopsis of his talk on Strategies for effective mobile data communication.
The conversation continues into some interesting discussion of mobile native vs. web apps and the various pros and cons.
September 10th, 2012
Today we were joined by Kris Korsmo who is presenting at cf.Objective(ANZ) this year on Efficient Coding Using CFBuilder.
We talk with him about IDEs, including ColdFusion Builder as well as other options (and we find out that Kai hates VIM).
As well as that, we cover Azure, building Windows 8 apps, as well as Mark's new 2560x1440 Catleap Q270 Monitor.
August 22nd, 2012
As per usual, we are conducting speaker interview for the wonderful cf.Objective(ANZ) conference!
On the panel today we have Andrew Mercer who is presenting Work, ReST and Play, about REST based webservices, Justin McLean who is presenting Android Application Development with Java and Richard Turner-Jones who is presenting on Mobile Application development using PhoneGap.
We talk to each of them about their history as programmers, and get some of the details on each of their presentations as well.
It's a lively discussion, so tune in!
August 16th, 2012
We return after a long hiatus with another episode!
This episode continues to take us on our exploration of other programming languages.
We discuss the work that Mark has been doing with Ruby and JRuby, including integrating it with his ColdFusion project and SOLR as well. This segways into a discussion on Platform as a Service's like Heroku and their position in highly available and scalable applications.
Kai mentions some of the issues he was having around databases when he was mucking around with NodeJS, and asks our listeners to comment on any possible solutions they may know about.
We make note of the fact that Sean Corfield will in Australia soon, and will be presenting at events in Sydney and Melbourne. Looks like both will be packed houses!
Kai took his hand to compiling Railo 4 from scratch, and talks about the issues he faced trying to do that.
We also discuss several events that we are attending / attended:
April 24th, 2012
We got the wonderful opportunity to talk to the illustrious Sean Corfield this week, which was a great delight and pleasure.
Continuing with our exploration of "What would happen if ColdFusion died tomorrow", we explore further into the Clojure programming language, as well functional programming, and Lisps as a whole.
We discuss with Sean the reasons behind why you would want to use a Functional programming language, over Object Oriented, the reasons why they have had increasing popularity over the last few years, as well as how you can integrate Clojure into your CFML applications.
We also go a little deeper into how you would structure a Functional programming application and the tools that you would use to develop with Clojure. Make sure to check the bottom of this post, we have ALOT of resources to link to.
If you have any questions regarding what we talked about on the podcast, please feel free to add a comment, and we'll make sure that Sean notices.
Also, if you are looking for a job, and want to work with Mr. Corfield himself, the company he works for World Singles is hiring! Two positions are available:
- Back end, data-centric
- Front end, design + CFML
We have so many, that it needed it's own section!
If you have any more you would like to add, please feel free to add a comment!