Free Podcast For Developers

I love reading books but when I am travelling or commuting to and from work, I prefer listening to Podcasts or what is also known as AudioBooks. There are many podcasts available for developers, but in this post, I will share some podcasts that are FREE, interesting, regularly updated and have maintained quality over the years. Being a .NET Developer, although this list is inclined towards .NET podcasts, however there are also some good podcasts for Software Developers in general.

A podcast is a multimedia digital file made available on the Internet for downloading to a portable media player like iPod, Zune, computer, etc.

Feel free to bookmark this link and retweet and share this link with fellow developers. Here are some podcasts to tune into and keep our geekiness alive!

.NET Rocks – This is the ultimate Internet Audio Talk Show for .NET Developers. Hosted by veteran programmers Cark Franklin and Richard Campbell, this talk show is a great resource for .NET Programmers. The content, audio, usefulness and the hosts, all make it worth your time.


Hanselminutes – I love Scott Hanselman’s podcasts. In his own words, Hanselminutes is a weekly audio talk show hosted by Scott Hanselman and hosted by Carl Franklin. Scott discusses utilities and tools, gives practical how-to advice, and discusses ASP.NET or Windows issues and workarounds. Athough not always .NET, this talk show shares some very useful insights in a clear, understandable way.


Deep Fried Bytes - Deep Fried Bytes is an audio talk show with a Southern flavor hosted by technologists and developers Keith Elder and Chris Woodruff. The show discusses a wide range of topics including application development, operating systems and technology in general. Nice show on differing technologies with interesting .NET topics!


dnrTV - dnrTV is a natural adjunct to .NET Rocks!, allowing more technical topics to be explored in detail. As always, Carl keeps the atmosphere light and conversational, which makes for a nice way to spend your lunch hour!


Herding Code - Herding Code is a podcast with K. Scott Allen, Kevin Dente, Scott Koon, Jon Galloway and has some interesting topics for .NET programmers.


SpagettiCode - Spaghetti Code host Jeff Brand discusses events in the world of .NET development and beyond. This podcast cover a wide range of news in the world of .NET development


The Thirsty Developer - A podcast with Microsoft Developer Evangelist, Dave Bost and Clark Sell


Software Engineering Radio - Software Engineering Radio is a podcast targeted at the professional software developer and covers all topics software engineering.


RailCasts - RailsCasts is produced by Ryan Bates and features tips and tricks with Ruby on Rails. The screencasts are short and focus on one technique so you can quickly move on to applying it to your own project. The topics target the intermediate Rails developer, but beginners and experts will get something out of it as well.


5By5 - 5by5 is an Internet broadcasting network for geeks, designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and technophiles, recording live with hosts like Dan Benjamin, John Gruber, Merlin Mann, Jeffrey Zeldman, and friends.


The Stack Exchange Podcast – Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky give you an unparalleled look inside the building and running of one of the web's hottest startups: Stack Exchange. Instead of the typical podcast format, Jeff & Joel are joined by a different guest each week as they discuss the strategy and direction of Stack Exchange, the decisions they've made about the community and where things are going next.


Connected Show is another podcast, which although now not updated regularly, you can always find something useful to hear in the archives.

Feel free to share podcasts you have been listening to. I will update the list accordingly!

About The Author

Suprotim Agarwal
Suprotim Agarwal, Developer Technologies MVP (Microsoft Most Valuable Professional) is the founder and contributor for DevCurry, DotNetCurry and SQLServerCurry. He is the Chief Editor of a Developer Magazine called DNC Magazine. He has also authored two Books - 51 Recipes using jQuery with ASP.NET Controls. and The Absolutely Awesome jQuery CookBook.

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Stefan D. Poulsen said...

I would add This Developers Life by Rob Conery and Scott Hanselman to the list as well :)

Begui said...

There is one I really enjoy listening to called Programming Throwdown.

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Robert Mark Bram said...

I am always surprised to see tech podcasts, like "wow, there are enough geeks to listen to this stuff??"

For people who, erm, don't belong to the Dark Side, there are some cool Java podcasts too (please don't mention patents or company take-overs, I haven't gotten over that tick in my eye yet).

Try Java Posse, Illegal Argument and Unsupported Operation for great Java + JVM language news and views.

For more general tech news and views, try This Week in Tech - very entertaining with a constantly changing panel of guests. Sticks mostly to consumer electronics and big tech related stories - but if you are geeky enough to code, you are geeky enough for this.

By the same network (Leo Laporte's TWIT network) try iPad Today, All About Android, this WEEK in GOOGLE, Windows Weekly, MacBreak Weekly, The Tech Guy, Weekly Daily Giz Wiz, Security Now... and others.


Suprotim Agarwal said...

Thanks Stephen, begui and Robert for sharing podcast shows.

Matthew Meyer said...

Podocast is surely provide great fun with learn experience for those developers who don’t like to much reach to learn new topics, I also personally find it useful for my .net development work.