The podcast is about the software engineering and is for professional developers (it says so in the title :-)). IMHO it is the best podcast for professional developers I have come across. Markus and his team of volunteers do a great job – the interviews are professionally done and the audio quality is great. The post production is also very well done – in fact they have put up videos about their recording and post-production process. All the recording are released as part of Creative Commons 2.5 license and I think the majority of the episodes are gems worth downloading and keeping.
The coolest thing about Software Engineering Radio and what ultimately makes it such a great resource are the subjects and the people they interview.
The subjects are for the most part about software engineering practice – but they are things that are really useful to ones growth as a software professional. Episodes range from discussions about software development methodology to software languages and tools to computer science research. In fact there was recently a very interesting episode on the – Difference between Software Engineering and Computer Science.
The people interviewed range from professional software developers and consultants to researchers and academics. Some are giants in their field and others I haven’t heard of (admittedly thats a large percentage of them – maybe because I hadn’t heard of their field in the first place ;-)).
Another thing I would like to mention is the format of the episodes. They are interviews and the team at SE Radio
go to great lengths to prepare and ask just the right questions to
illuminate the topic at completely and extract pearls of wisdom from
the people they interview. I think this format is better than a speech or a presentation because of the interaction between the interviewer and the interviewed.
There is sometimes a problem with the English accent – most of the team are from mainland Europe and have European accents, but it is never so bad that one cannot understand what is being said. In fact one of the things I like about the show are the various accents of people from different parts of Europe, UK and America. It makes the show more interesting to me as I try to guess at the nationalities of the interviewer and interviewed from their accents ;-)
SE Ratio FTW :)
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thank you very much for your nice words about SE Radio.
Regarding the documentation of the audio production process, I have recently created a (more up-to-date) document that describes it:
Click to access HighQPodcastRecording.pdf
Finally, if you’d like to listen to similar-style interviews (with a little bit of music interspersed) on topics that have nothing to do with software, but cover science and technology in general, you might want to check out this:
Thanks for the heads up on the new podcast – I had heard you mention this podcast in one of your shows – I will certainly add it to my list to listen to. Thanks also for the document on the audio production process – I believe it will be very useful to those who want to do their own podcasting and audio production.