172 episodes

Feel like you’re hitting a wall with your existing software projects? You're not alone. On the Maintainable software podcast, we speak with seasoned practitioners who have worked past the problems often associated with technical debt and legacy code.

In each episode, our guests will share stories and outline tangible, real-world approaches to software challenges. In turn, you'll uncover new ways of thinking about how to improve your software project's maintainability. We're in this together. Enjoy the show!

Maintainable Robby Russell

    • Technology
    • 5.0 • 29 Ratings

Feel like you’re hitting a wall with your existing software projects? You're not alone. On the Maintainable software podcast, we speak with seasoned practitioners who have worked past the problems often associated with technical debt and legacy code.

In each episode, our guests will share stories and outline tangible, real-world approaches to software challenges. In turn, you'll uncover new ways of thinking about how to improve your software project's maintainability. We're in this together. Enjoy the show!

    Martin Emde - Ruby Central and the Art of Being Tolerant to Change

    Martin Emde - Ruby Central and the Art of Being Tolerant to Change

    Join Robby as he dives deep with Martin Emde into the intertwined world of maintainable software, the crucial role of testing, and the vibrant life of open-source projects within the Ruby ecosystem. Discover the heartbeat of legacy code and the rallying cry for community contributions.

    • 52 min
    Esther Olatunde - AI's Role in Evolving Software Engineering Practices

    Esther Olatunde - AI's Role in Evolving Software Engineering Practices

    In this eye-opening episode, Robby dives deep with Esther Olatunde, exploring the nuances of well-maintained software and the balance between user satisfaction and developer ease. They also venture into the future of AI in software development and share tips on advocating for essential maintenance work.

    • 47 min
    Robbie Wagner - Whiskey, Front-End, and Whatnot

    Robbie Wagner - Whiskey, Front-End, and Whatnot

    Dive into a world where code and whiskey collide! Join Robby Russell as he chats with Robbie Wagner about the art of maintaining software, the quirky realities of tech debt, and their shared love for a good rye. It's a conversation that's as rich and complex as the whiskey they savor. Don't miss out!

    • 40 min
    Irina Nazarova - Investing in Innovation: The Consultancy's Guide to Growth

    Irina Nazarova - Investing in Innovation: The Consultancy's Guide to Growth

    In this episode, Robby Russell sits down with Irina Nazarova, CEO of Evil Martians, to peel back the layers of leading a software consultancy, the essence of maintainable software, and the journey from open-source projects to commercial success. Dive into a discussion filled with insights on balancing innovation with maintainability, the evolution of a consultancy, and the art of turning challenges into opportunities.

    • 45 min
    Kyle Daigle - Scaling Up with AI: A New Era of Code Maintenance

    Kyle Daigle - Scaling Up with AI: A New Era of Code Maintenance

    Robby has a chat with Kyle Daigle, the Chief Operating Officer at GitHub, about the evolution of software development from the perspective of maintaining and scaling software within large organizations, the balance between innovative and maintainable software,the significance of simplicity, readability, and clear naming conventions in software development, drawing on his experiences at GitHub and so much more.

    • 47 min
    Jon Moniaci - Can We Draw A Boundary?

    Jon Moniaci - Can We Draw A Boundary?

    Robby speaks to the Senior Software Engineer at Perchwell, Jon Moniaci, about the delicate balance between innovation and stability in software development, the importance of fostering an environment where engineers can experiment without fear, advocating for a culture of defensive programming to mitigate the fear of breaking things in production, and so much more.

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Garrett Dimon ,

Great Perspetives on Keeping Software Alive

Absolutely my favorite podcast. Robby does a great job covering the breadth of the industry and getting different insights and perspectives about what it takes to ensure a codebase can survive the test of time, employee turnover, industry changes, and so much more.

It’s refreshing to get insights that balance technical idealism with the reality that building software is messy work done by imperfect humans who also have goals outside of writing that next line of code.

Exe Gete ,

So far great!

Listened to a few episodes so far, and there are substantial nuggets in each episode. Loving it!

HigherLower ,

Hidden Gem

There is a treasure trove of insight about the actual technologies developers use to build an application.

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