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!
Ken Fogel: What Are You Leaving Behind?
Robby speaks with Ken Fogel, College Instructor, JCP EC member, and Java Champion. They discuss the benefits of unit testing, how Dawson approaches internship placement, and the importance of code documentation. Ken also talks about how software is about more than just getting things to work, and why it's important to focus on the long-term impact of coding decisions.
Murray Steele: Maintainable Code Is Easy to Turn Off and Delete
Robby speaks with Murray Steele, Engineering Manager at CLEO AI. They discuss approaches to tracking down unused code in your system, working as a consultant vs within a product company, and why technical debt is good. Murray also talks about why we need to be cautious when we discuss prototypes and the importance of community.
Dr. Felienne Hermans: Looking Inside The Programmer's Brain
Robby speaks with Dr. Felienne Hermans, Author and Associate Professor at Leiden University. They discuss the importance of building mental models, the difference between short-term and working memory, and how to take control of your own onboarding by confirming assumptions and asking effective questions. Dr. Felienne also talks about steps to understand a new-to-you codebase, as well as exercises to improve how you read code.
Bertold Kolics: Are You Carrying the Weight of Dead Code?
Robby speaks with Bertold Kolics, Software Quality Manager at mabl. They discuss the benefits of documenting software behavior, tracking down and removing dead code, and challenges that teams face when relying on 3rd-party APIs and libraries. Bertold also talks about the role of a Software Quality Manager, as well as tips on how to evaluate open-source components.
Robby speaks with Kent C. Dodds, software engineer and teacher. They discuss the benefits of duplication, Kent's journey to becoming an educator, and what it's like managing a community of engineers. Kent also talks about flipping the test pyramid upside down and focusing on fewer, longer tests.
Mark Adams: HOWTO Prepare (Your Nails) for Burning Man
Maintainable Nails: Mark joins Robby to discuss the challenges that attending Burning Man brings to your regimen and dealing with baby nails.
There is a treasure trove of insight about the actual technologies developers use to build an application.
Great Conversations About Maintainability and Maintainable Software! ❤️
I really like the variety of topics in this podcast. I also like that Robby posts similar questions to all guests. This gives us insights about the same topic from many different, varied, talented people.
Empowering, insightful and actionable! 🔥
Whether you’re well established as a technology leader, or just getting started building a codebase that’s built to last within your organization - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Robby does an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge range of topics related to the ins and outs of navigating an ever-changing technology landscape - from leaders who’ve actually experienced success themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!