Been a while. Here’s a short one on some of the stuff I listen to when I have the time. It’s intended primarily to solicit responses of the ‘You like that? Then you’ll like this!’ variety – I need more material.
So, top five.
An indisputable number one. Doesn’t matter whether you’re a Rubyist – you’ll get something from this. It’s very well produced, the regulars are well-practised, and the guests are frequently stellar (Kent Beck, e.g.). Despite (or perhaps because of) the Ruby focus, the topics tend to be relevant to software engineering in general, especially the reading list episodes: Patterns of Application Architecture, Smalltalk Best Practice Patterns, Growing Object Oriented Software … it’s the canon, not just the Ruby stuff. Highly recommended.
An overview of what’s happening in open source. Very on the pulse. Great guests, good production values and educated hosts (although, in the nicest possible way, Adam Stacoviak would benefit the show by doing more listening and less talking).
Somewhat few and far between (it’s hard to tell if they’re even still going), these are what you’d expect from the PragProg stable: serious, somewhat conservative, but very valuable. At their best they afford a very high-level view of the practice of software development.
Don’t even talk to me about the Dev Show.