Entries Tagged as 'Podcasts'

Federal CTO Envisions a Purpose-Driven, Collaborative Internet

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One of my favorite podcasts is Buzz Out Loud, a weekday live video stream and podcast from CNET.com that reports, analyzes, and banters about the tech news of the day. This past week, they conducted an interview with Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra, which I just finished listening to today.

The entire interview was quite interesting, but there were two particular discussions that struck me.

The first one was about broadband penetration: the Buzz Out Loud podcasters wanted to know what plans, if any, were being made to promote the rollout of broadband to those areas where such service was limited or unavailable. Chopra said that they hoped to address that issue with a national broadband plan due to be revealed in February 2010, but he said that his personal focus was more on encouraging innovation in developing applications that would further the adoption and development of a robust broadband infrastructure. In other words, it's not just about building the infrastructure for people, businesses, and government organizations to have, but creating compelling applications of that infrastructure that bring people on board and give them more reasons for wanting ubiquitous Internet access.

As web/Internet application developers, we tend to think of broadband, high bandwith, and Internet access as the infrastructure that allows us to build robust applications. It's kind of exciting to look at it the other way around, that creating useful, effective, compelling applications that people want (or perhaps even need) could promote and justify the expanse of the broadband infrastructure.

The second discussion was in response to a viewer question about the use of open source software within government agencies (SUSE and RedHat were specifically mentioned). Chopra said that that was really in the federal CIO's arena of concern, but that he personally was more interested in promoting the principles of "open collaboration" and the "sharing of intellectual property as we build value." He went on to explain that what he meant by that was that he didn't care so much if an application built for the government was built on a proprietary platform so long as that application became shared intellectual property between government agencies. That again was another point that I hadn't heard anyone make before.

I'd encourage anyone who has an interest in how the federal government hopes to leverage technology to the country's advantage to listen to this podcast episode. You can watch the video version or listen to the audio version, either streaming or as a download, at the following address:


The ColdFusion OOP Debate, Now Available in Audio Form

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In case you missed hearing about it, Hal Helms, Brian Kotek, and Ben Nadel got together recently to do a podcast about the ongoing debate with doing object-oriented programming (OOP) in ColdFusion. Hal took the position that ColdFusion is not suited to doing OOP and that OOP is overkill for most ColdFusion applications, while Brian defended the use of OOP when used appropriately and judiciously, and Ben took on the role of the undecided developer.

I listened to the podcast this afternoon, and I thought it was a frank, rational, and realistic discussion about the issue (as I pretty much expected from these gentlemen). I encourage anyone who's got an interest in this topic to check out the podcast: you can download it from the following link:


Comments and further discussion about the podcast are being done using Google Groups, so if you have something to say on the topic, follow this link:


CFConversations Podcast #13: the Hal Helms Interview

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For those folks who aren't regularly following the CFConversations podcast, the latest episode is an interview with Hal Helms.

I conducted the interview, but for the most part I stayed out of the way and let Hal do his thing, which is to speak thoughtfully and eloquently about ColdFusion, OO, and application development.

Latest roundtable edition of the CFConversations podcast is out

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Earlier today, episode 11 of the CFConversations podcast, the 5th roundtable version, was released. Topics of discussion included the upcoming FREE bFusion & bFlex hands-on ColdFusion and Flex training sessions at Indiana University, the challenges of hiring developers, and lingering thoughts regarding ColdFusion 9 and CFUnited.

Early on in the podcast, two of the participants, Bob Flynn of Indiana University and Richard Goodrow of Gallaudet University, talked about the role of ColdFusion at their respective universities and the potential impact of Adobe's decision to make ColdFusion free for educational use. For the most part, they echoed some of the things I said in episode 3: that this move (while a good one) is not going to be a quick fix for the shortage of ColdFusion developers, and an official ColdFusion curriculum would greatly increase the chances of getting colleges and universities to give it a shot.

Hopefully Adobe will make the official announcement about ColdFusion in education soon. While I'm not overly optimistic about the chances of getting ColdFusion taught at my university, there are one or two academic programs that could possibly be persuaded to give it a shot, and I would prefer to have the announcement out before I try to approach them with the idea.

Rare mid-week edition of CFConversations podcast now available

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I've been a little lax in posting about new episodes of the CFConversations podcast (and lax in my blog postings in general), but I wanted to point out that episode #9 (the 5th interview episode) was released today.

The reason this episode is being released mid-week is because part of the interview is about the Michigan Flex Camp which will be held on July 30 and 31.

I've heard very little chatter about the podcast in the CFML blogosphere, so I'm curious: are folks listening, and do they like what they hear (content-wise)?