CppCast

The term Dark Matter Developers was coined by Scott Hanselman in this blog post from 2012. In his post he defines Dark Matter Developers:

My coworker Damian Edwards and I hypothesize that there is another kind of developer than the ones we meet all the time. We call them Dark Matter Developers. They don’t read a lot of blogs, they never write blogs, they don’t go to user groups, they don’t tweet or facebook, and you don’t often see them at large conferences. Where are these dark matter developers online?

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I recently did a guest post on the Outlier Developer Blog which I’ve now re-posted here. You should go check out the Outlier Developer Blog if you haven’t already, and go watch Cory House‘s excellent Pluralsight course Becoming an Outlier: Reprogramming the Developer Mind

Like many aspiring outliers I’ve been multithreading my life by listening to Software & Technology Podcasts while doing mundane tasks like commuting or doing housework. Some of these podcasts will frequently have guest interviews. Becoming a guest on these podcasts can be a great way to widen your scope of influence and impart some knowledge to the podcast listeners.

Over the past two years I had the privilege of being a guest on some of my favorite podcasts: The Windows Developer Show, .NET Rocks! and The MS Dev Show. Being a guest on each of these shows was a great experience, and motivated me to start my own podcast: CppCast. As both a podcast guest and podcast host I hope I can share some tips that you can use to become a podcast guest.

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A few weeks ago I posed the question: Does C++ need its own podcast? The poll results were pretty clear, I wasn’t the only C++ developer interested in a C++ podcast.

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of recording an interview with Jon Kalb about his amazing work growing the C++ community and the episode is now live: http://cppcast.com/2015/01/jon-kalb-loves-the-cpp-community/

I’m really excited to have this first episode out and there will definitely be more to come. In the mean time I’d love to get feedback on show format, guest ideas, and anything else you can think of. Please send emails to feedback [at] cppcast [dot] com with any suggestions you may have.

UpdateCppCast has gone live. Go check out the first episode here: Jon Kalb loves the C++ Community.

I’ve stated before how much I love technology and developer podcasts. I’ve been lucky to be a guest on a few podcasts over the past 2 years, and I recently took up the reigns of the AppBizDev podcast with my fellow AdDuplex Developer Advocate Robert Shurbet. We’ve only done a few episodes so far, but we’re already having a lot of fun with it. I’m hooked.

Our most recent AppBizDev guest, John Sonmez of SimpleProgrammer.com, keeps an awesome list of developer podcasts. As I was perusing this list today I noticed something troubling to me, there were no podcasts dedicated to C++. I went to bing and started searching for C++ podcasts and came up empty. Search results had some links to some videos on Channel 9, audio recordings of presentations by some of the C++ luminaries and a handful of podcast episodes with C++ related guests/interviews. Shows like Hanselminutes and .NET Rocks will have a guest like Herb Sutter, Scott Meyers or Kate Gregory on once in a blue moon. I always enjoy those episodes but they often have the perspective of a non C++ developer (or former C++ dev who hasn’t touched it in years) asking why anyone would be crazy enough to use C++ in a world of managed languages.

I think C++ deserves better, it should have it’s own podcast.

The way I see it there are plenty of potential guests that could be interviewed for such a show, the obvious big names like Herb Sutter, Scott Meyers, Bjarne Stroustrup, Jon Kalb, Kate Gregory, James McNellis, and Kenny Kerr. But also some of the names we may not know, the C++ developers working on Dropbox, Facebook, Microsoft Office; or developers contributing to open source C and C++ libraries like Boost and OpenSSL. C++ is such a widely used language that the variety of potential guests could be pretty daunting.

So I went ahead and just parked the domain for cppcast.com (don’t bother clicking, there’s nothing there yet).

Now I just need to know if this idea has legs. Would you listen to a C++ podcast?
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Let me end this post by stating that I don’t claim to be an expert in all things C++, heck I’m not even the strongest C++ developer at my company. But I like podcasting, and I love C++. I wish there were a C++ podcast to listen to myself, but there isn’t, so why not make one?