In our industry, constant education is the norm. If you don’t stay up on the latest you risk falling behind and making yourself less valuable to companies. One tactic I use to stay current is to listen to podcasts relating to programming on an almost religious basis. Spend an hour a day on listening to these podcasts and it will change your life. All of these podcasts are available on the web or itunes.

The changelogThe Changelog Podcast

The changelog is absolutely the must listen to podcast if you are interested in cutting edge open source software. Every episode is an in depth interview with the creator(s) of some of the most popular and most esoteric open source projects around. Hosts Wynn Netherland, Adam Stacoviak are really good interviewers and they ask questions skillfully enough to prompt thoughfull responses from their guests.

Notable guests include: Douglas Crockford, Zed Shaw, Yehuda Katz, Dr. NicKohsuke Kawaguchi, Thomas Fuchs, John Resig, Felix Geisendörfer and many more. Think of it as a who’s who of the developer world.


The Pragmatic Podcast Pragmatic Podcasts

The Pragmatic Podcasts are a companion piece the excellent series of books from the Pragmatic Bookshelf. Heard of the Pragmatic Programmer or Dave Thomas and Andy Hunt? This is top quality stuff and these are probably the most technical and entertaining podcasts available for programmers.

Notable Guests include: Chad Fowler, Ward Cunningham, Travis Swicegood, Robert Martin, Andy Hunt, Dave Thomas and more!


The Big Web Show PodcastThe Big Web Show

Hosts Jeffrey Zeldman and Dan Benjamin offer a weekly podcast which is somewhat more design focused, but as the show points out is about erverything web that matters. This show has a guest list that would make Jay Leno jealous and you can usually expect to hear great insights from some of the top talent in our industry. Notable Guests include: Dan Cederholm, Matt Mullenweg, Andy Clarke, Jason Santa Maria, Gary Vaynerchuk and more.


The Pipeline PodcastThe Pipeline

On this podcast, Dan Benjamin interviews people who create amazing things. Innovative people, mostly technical but not always. This is a great listen to get somee inspiration. Notable Guests Include: Notch(creator of Minecraft), Mike Monteiro, Jeff Atwood, Ryan Carson, John Gruber and many more.


Sitepoint PodcastSitepoint Podcast

Sitepoint is a weekly podcast that doesn’t get too heavy into how to make things, but rather discusses the states of current web developments affairs and analyzes the constantly moving trends of the ever evolving internet. This show offers a great set of round table perspectives from the hosts with the occasional special guest.


Build & Analyze PodcastBuild & Analyze

This is a podcast hosted by Dan Benjamin and Marco Arment, the creator of instapaper for iOS. This is usually a long show where Marco rambles on about the finer points of developing for the Apple world and is great if you are even remotley interested in Mobile development. Marco is kind of a douche but I still enjoy his topics.


The Dev ShowThe Dev Show

This podcast is hosted by Dan Benjamin and Jason Seifer and focuses on topics relativing to software development in the ruby, php, java and javascript worlds. (and sometimes perl). Also they hate python because whitespace is significant. This show has a banter that you either love or hate, especially the arrogance and language bashing. I don’t think they are making new episodes of this show which is a shame because it was one of my favorites.


Founders Talk PodcastFounders Talk

Hosted by Adam Stacoviak, who also hosts the changelog and focuses on interviewing founders who build companies both online and offline. You can get some great information from people who have already been through the process of starting and running businesses from scratch. This show hasn’t been around for long but it is shaping up to become a regular listen.



Hopefully you got a good deal of links to get started. Most of these podcasts are available on iTunes which is great because you can subscribe to them, dump them on your iPod and listen to them on the commute to work. No better way to get pumped for writing code than listening to people who inspire you.

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  • Phil Shon

    I’d suggest Java Posse which is good for Java news (i.e. Android, Scala, Haskell, Groovy, etc)

    Also like Software Engineering radio, but I find it a little difficult to listen too @ times.

    • Anonymous

      I just started listening to se-radio and I’m not really digging in in terms of listenability. I think the hosts accent is difficult for me and the guests at times but there seems to be a lot of good content.

      I will definitely check out Java Posse since it seems to cover more esoteric topics.

      • Phil Shon

        It’s been two weeks since I read your post, now I’m totally addicted to those 5by5 shows. Thanks for the info.

        • Anonymous


    • Pedro Henrique (phao)

       I am impressed how the interviewer on SE Radio got so many good people to come to his show. He, sorry for rudeness, seems to be rather stupid. I always get the feeling that he’s trying to outsmart the interviewrs (he fails miserably, mostly). However, I only listened to 3 interviews, so I can’t really tell.

      By the way, @j_blotus:disqus amazing post. I was looking for something like you did here for some weeks now. Really good to find this!

      • j_blotus

        I share your opinion somewhat, glad it helped!

  • Nick Hodges

    No DotNet Rocks?

    • Anonymous

      To be honest I have no idea what .NET podcasts are any good since I don’t work in .NET. Thanks for the recommendation and I hope someone finds that useful.

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  • Rich

    Thanks for this article, it opened my ears to the world of geeky podcasts. I read this when you first posted it and am just referring back now to see if any others have been recommended.

    Some others that I’ve found and enjoy include:
    Great for javascript news, and the guys have good sense of humour.
    By the same guys who do the javascript show

    I also found one about mysql but the sound quality was terrible and I can’t remember what it was called now.

    This is one I’ve only just started listening to, but it’s been varied and interesting so far:

    Anyone know of a dedicated list for tech/software podcasts ?

    • Anonymous

      Really glad to hear you are checking out the podcasts. I actually covered the javascript show in another article:

      I am a regular listener of that one. I thought about making a big list of developer podcasts, and I decided to make a new site

      It’s not up yet, but it will basically be a developer podcast directory with tags mentioning who is on the show and topics discussed, so you can find podcasts with certain guests or topics more easily. Look for that to debut in late November 2011.

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