For the last six months, I’ve been listening to 2 or 3 technology podcasts every day while out running and on my commute and I thought it’d be cool to share some of my favorites.
I listen to all of these on the Podbean android app which seems pretty good. It can’t read the RSS feeds of some podcasts but other than that it’s worked well.
Anyway, on with the podcasts:
Software Engineering Daily
Software Engineering Daily is the most reliable of all the podcasts I’ve listened to and a new episode is posted every weekday.
It sweeps across lots of different areas of technology – there’s a bit of software development, a bit of data engineering, and a bit of infrastructure.
Every now and then there’s a focus on a particular topic area or company which I find really interesting, e.g. in 2015 there was a week of Bitcoin-focused episodes and more recently there’s been a bunch of episodes about Stripe.
This one is more of a data science podcast and covers lots of different areas in that space but thankfully keeps the conversation at a level that a non-data scientist like me can understand.
I especially liked the post-US election episode where they talked about the problems with polling and how most election predictions had ended up being wrong.
There’s roughly one new episode a week.
O’Reilly Bots Podcast
I didn’t know anything about bots before I listened to this podcast and it was quite addictive – I powered through all the episodes in a few weeks.
They cover all sorts of topics that I’d have never thought of, such as: why developers become interested in bots; how UIs differ to ones in apps; and how users find out about bots.
I really enjoy listening to this one but it’s been a bit quiet recently.
I found this one really useful for getting the hang of infrastructure topics. I wanted to learn a bit more about Kubernetes a few months ago and they had an episode which gives an overview as well as more detailed episodes.
One neat feature of this podcast is that after each part of an interview the hosts summarize what they picked up from that segment. I like that it gives you a few seconds to think about what you picked up and whether it matches the summary.
Some of the episodes go really deep into specific infrastructure topics and I struggle to follow along but there are enough higher-level ones to keep me happy.
Becoming a Data Scientist
Each episode is paired with learning exercises for the listener to try, and although I haven't tried any of the learning exercises yet I like how some interviews are structured around them. e.g. Sebastien Rashka was interviewed about model accuracy the week that topic was being explored in the learning club.
If you’re interested in data science topics but aren’t a data scientist yourself, this is a good one to listen to.
This Week in Machine Learning and AI Podcast
This podcast mostly goes well over my head but it’s still interesting to listen to other people talk about stuff they’re working on.
There’s a lot of focus on Deep Learning so I think I need to learn a bit more about that and then the episodes will make more sense.
The last episode with Evan Wright was much more accessible. I need more like that one!
The Women in Tech Show
I came across Edaena Salinas on Software Engineering Daily and didn’t initially realize that Edaena had a podcast until a couple of weeks ago.
The Bitcoin Podcast
I listened to a few shows about bitcoin on Software Engineering Daily and found this podcast while trying to learn more.
Some of the episodes are general enough that I can follow along but others use a lot of block chain specific terminology that leaves me feeling a bit lost.
I especially liked the episode that featured Greg Walker of learnmeabitcoin fame. Greg uses Neo4j as part of the website and presented at the London Neo4j meetup earlier this week.
This one has a chat based format that I really enjoy. They have a cool section called ‘free software Friday’ at the end of each show where everybody calls out a piece of software or maintainer that they’re grateful for.
I was playing around with Go in November/December last year so it was really helpful in pointing me in the right direction. I haven’t done any stuff recently so it’s more a general interest show for now.
The Change Log podcast covers lots of different topics, mostly around different open source projects.
The really cool thing about this one is they get every guest to explain their ‘origin story,’ i.e. how did they get into software and what was their path to their current job. The interview with Nathan Sobo about Atom was particularly good in this respect.
It’s always interesting to hear how other people got started and contrast it with my own experiences.
Another cool feature of this podcast is that they sometimes have episodes where they interview people at open source conferences.