Learn Coding on Your Morning Commute

8 Awesome Podcasts to Follow

Knowledge is power. Podcasts are a great way to pick up new knowledge while walking your dog, cleaning up your room, or doing your commute. Especially for those of you who are auditory learners, it is surprising how much information you can acquire over time by simply listening to these easy-to-digest shows that connect you to entrepreneurs, engineers, or just great minds of all sorts from all over the world.

For aspiring and expert programmers, tech podcasts are a great way to get your daily dose of programming updates and learn new programming tricks. As Jeff mentioned, a good programmer doesn’t necessarily know HOW to use all the existing features, but knowing which ones are out there and getting familiarized with them is definitely crucial in the long run.

Most dev podcasts come in the form of interviews with established engineers or innovators in technology. These guests share technical knowledge, as well as perspectives on career paths and life in general. What’s better than gaining some valuable insights every morning to power you through a long day of hard work?

Below are some great programming podcasts to try —

  1. Ruby Rogues by DevChat.tv

Weekly / 60-90min / ✮✮✮✮✮

Hosted by a rotating panel, Ruby Rogues holds discussions on the latest news in Ruby and other general programming issues. Speakers include developer evangelists such as Avdi Grimm and Peter Cooper. Although it’s ruby-focused, it’s very helpful for any developers because of the eclectic guests and topics covered. Recent podcast topics include pair programming, refactoring, ruby gems, hiring in tech, and remote conferences. Informative and entertaining at the same time, this podcast has gained great popularity among aspiring and expert Rubyists alike.

Subscribe on iTunes

2. Ruby on Rails Podcast by 5by5

Weekly / 60min / ✮✮✮✮✩

Ruby on Rails Podcast, like Ruby Rouges, is also a ruby-oriented show with expert Rails developers. It covers discussions ranging from developing a career as a Rails developer to Rails conferences.

Subscribe on iTunes

3. The Changelog by Adam Stacoviak and Jared Santo (5by5)

Every Friday / 60-90min / ✮✮✮✮✮

The Changelog presents interviews with top-notch guests and hottest technologies focused on open source projects. Applicable to coders of all languages and highly rated in the tech space, the show covers a broad spectrum of topics including Ruby, Javascript, iOS, Git, node.js, etc. Its interesting story-telling could equip you with so much knowledge that helps you stand out at a tech meetup. Many developers find projects through this podcast.

In a recent episode they featured Matz (Yukihiro Matsumoto), the inventor of Ruby, (who is actually also a listener of this show!) to chat about the 23 years of Ruby history.

Subscribe on iTunes

4. Giant Robots Smashing Into Other Giant Robots by Thoughtbot

Weekly / 40min / ✮✮✮✮✮

Thoughtbot is a London-based consulting company of web/mobile designers and developers. Their Learn With Us series come in the form of books, blogs, podcasts, playbook, etc. All formats are consistently well-produced. The host of the podcast, Ben Orenstein, knows how to keep the show enjoyable with his laid-back yet insightfully sharp interviewing style.

Subscribe on iTunes

5. This Developer’s Life by Rob Conery and Scott Hanselman

Very infrequently made / 60min / ✮✮✮✮✩

As the title suggests, the show is structured in a style similar to “This American Life”, but focused on developers. Relaxing yet inspiring, Rob and Scott touch upon faith, drama, revolt, obsession, and other aspects of life that many developers resonate with. Some episodes could be more concise.

Subscribe on iTunes

6. Hanselminutes by Scott Hanselman

Weekly / 3omin / ✮✮✮✮✮

A very thought-provoking show produced by the same guy as This Developer’s Life, but with a more technical focus. Subjects include living functional programming, data literacy, native apps, punishment driven development. Don’t forget to bookmark the tons of resources that he shares!

This podcast brings out fresh air for developers with concise, informative, cutting-edge content with a humorous touch. It seems like Scott just knows what developers want to learn about. No pointless blathering that wastes your time!

Subscribe on iTunes

5. Destroy All Software by Gary Bernhardt

90 episodes / 15min screencasts

This series of short screencasts are dense with information on advanced topics targeted at serious RoR developers. Unfortunately, Gary has stopped producing screencasts. But these 90 episodes will equip you with plenty of intense Ruby knowledge. Check out the Boundaries episode from SCNA 2012 where he talks about using simple values as the boundaries between components and subsystems.

6. JavaScript Jabber by DevChat.tv

Weekly / 60–90min / ✮✮✮✮✩

Produced by the same team as Ruby Rogues, the show focuses on JavaScript and provides insights from both the client side and server side.

Subscribe on iTunes

These next two are not so programming-related, but are great shows to broaden knowledge base for anyone working in tech.

7. The TOP Entrepreneurs in Money, Marketing, Business and Life by Nathan Latka

Everyday / 20 min / ✮✮✮✮✩

The TOP interviews entrepreneurs across all industries. Fast-paced and to-the-point, the show is somewhat similar to Shark Tank in that Nathan directs sharp questions to the guests on their business models and marketing channels. The last section of each episode asks the ‘famous 5’ — which CEO do you follow, what is your favorite book, what would you tell your 20 year-old self, etc. Great show to build up your business acumen.

Subscribe on iTunes (also available in video format)

8. Design Details by Brian Lovin and Bryn Jackson

Every Monday & Wednesday / 6omin / ✮✮✮✮✮

This show presents insightful conversations on product design with industry leaders such as VP of Design at Twitter, YouTube, Google, etc.

Below each episode, they include a list of interesting reads relevant to the subject. The producing team Spec Network also has a slack channel, where close to 5,000 product designers and developers exchange tools and ideas.

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So there you go — the best tech podcasts for that long morning commute! For most of these podcasts, you can submit suggestions for topics that you want them to cover in the future. I would also recommend subscribing to Ruby Weekly, a newsletter on the latest Ruby features and trends, curated by Peter Cooper. You never know what you may learn!