About the Show
On Building Programmers, Kevin McGladdery interviews software developers about their careers, their current responsibilities, and how they became programmers. Then he makes them play ill-conceived game show games for worthless points! Delightful!
Episode 29: Mark Dalrymple
March 14th, 2017 | 32 mins 47 secs
This week, Kevin talks to Mark about programming without the Internet, NeXT, and Mac programming, with a bonus punch card joke! Then they play "Guess the Programming Language Kevin is Trying to Say While Gargling Water", wherein Kevin sort of waterboards himself! Be sure to listen to this game, as it will NEVER BE PLAYED AGAIN!
Episode 28: Alicia Sedlock
March 7th, 2017 | 34 mins 56 secs
Episode 27: Aimee Knight
February 28th, 2017 | 36 mins 59 secs
Episode 26: David Stump
February 21st, 2017 | 35 mins 33 secs
This week, Kevin and David talk about becoming a programmer, fun languages, and the irresistible siren song that emanates from southwestern Ohio. Then they play the hot game "YCombinator Startup or Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Character". How does David do? Who is Michael Dorn? Tune in to find out!
Episode 25: Amanda Hill
February 14th, 2017 | 33 mins 6 secs
This week, Kevin and Amanda talk about Android development, teaching, object oriented lamps, writing blog posts, and learning. Then they give some shout outs to statically typed languages and play the second ever installment of "Guess What Programming Language Kevin is Trying To Say While His Mouth is Full of M&Ms." Finally, Kevin expresses his desire to be encased in amber for future generations to discover.
Episode 24: Nathan Long
February 7th, 2017 | 38 mins 47 secs
This week, Kevin talks to Nathan about journalism, music, CSS, PHP, and makes a rare literary reference. Then they play the game "What's My Language?", which Kevin promptly torpedoes due to his staggering incompetence! What happened? How many times can Kevin say the word "excerpt" in one episode? Does he keep a backup game behind a pane of glass that says "Break Glass for Emergency Game"? Tune in to find out!
Episode 23: Pat Brisbin
January 31st, 2017 | 32 mins 45 secs
This week, maybe Kevin and Pat talk about Haskell, writing books, Ruby, and how he became a programmer before playing 20 Questions Programming Language Edition, or maybe they don't. Just one way to find out. Tune in now!
Episode 22: Ben Halpern
January 24th, 2017 | 37 mins 33 secs
Today, Kevin and Ben talk about the Practical Dev's origin story, how Ben became a programmer, what a CTO is, and what it's like being a rockstar ninja, the least stealthy and therefore worst type of ninja possible. Then Ben plays the game "Peril!" COPYRIGHT TRADEMARK ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © ™ 2017 MAY NOT BE REPRODUCED, REBROADCAST, OR RETRANSMITTED WITHOUT THE EXPRESS WRITTEN CONSENT OF BUILDING PROGRAMMERS
Episode 21: Sam Phippen
January 17th, 2017 | 35 mins 40 secs
This week, Kevin talks to Sam about contributing to open source, the good and bad of tech interviews, and the value of a background in something other than computer science to a programmer. Then they play the hot game “Paul Graham Essay or ELO Song?” Will Sam use “Strange Magic” to get the right answers, or will he “Turn to Stone”? Tune in to find out!
Episode 20: Bethany Soule
January 10th, 2017 | 32 mins 14 secs
This week, Kevin talks to Bethany about Russian, painting, scheme, and how those things make a programmer. They also talk about Beeminder, the best website on the internet. If all that wasn't enough, they play the hot game "Programming Language, Michigan Township, or Both?" How does she do? Does Kevin manage to work in some bee related puns? Tune in to find out!
Episode 19: Sara Chipps
January 3rd, 2017 | 30 mins 51 secs
This week, Kevin and Sara talk about Jewelbots, early programming memories, and how tomorrow's programmers are getting their start. Then Kevin forces Sara to play "Star Trek Character or YCombinator Startup?" before briefly turning into StarTrekCast! How did Sara do? What is Kevin's favorite Star Trek episode? Tune in to find out!
Episode 18: Bobbilee Hartman
December 20th, 2016 | 30 mins 28 secs
In this episode, Kevin talks to Bobbilee about Rails Camp, Whales Camp, how she became a programmer, and what it is like to learn programming from scratch. Then they play not only the hit game show Peril!, but also Twenty Questions, Programming Language Edition. How did she do? How many different languages share their name with a snake? Tune in to find out!
Episode 17: Aaron Patterson
December 13th, 2016 | 37 mins 43 secs
Episode 16: Sara Simon
December 6th, 2016 | 36 mins 28 secs
This week, Kevin talks to Sara Simon about programming, learning styles, common recommendations to aspiring developers, and Ernest Hemingway. Then things get weird real quick when Kevin forces Sara to play "Guess the Programming Language Kevin is Trying to Say While His Mouth is Full of M&Ms", the most dangerous game on the Internet. How did Sara do? Did Kevin survive? Tune in to find out!
Episode 15: Eric Farkas
November 29th, 2016 | 34 mins 10 secs
This week, Eric and Kevin talk about Ruby on Rails, theory vs. practice, and what Eric is doing these days. Then they play "Star Trek Character or Programming Language?", where Kevin speculates wildly about the origin of different languages. Featuring a special appearance by Kevin's dumb dog. How does Eric do? Does Kelsey Grammer make a special guest appearance as well? Tune in to find out!