Show 58 features an interview with Thomas “cmdln” Gideon. To
paraphrase the walrus from Lewis Carrol’s Through the Looking-Glass
and What Alice Found There 'it was time to talk of many things: of
shoes and ships - and sealing wax - of cabbages and kings.”
It was a wonderful interview with the promise of more.
Thomas Gideon, also known by his nickname, “cmdln” has been
programming professionally for over a decade and hacking around
with computers of many varieties for most of his life. I would
suggest that not only is cmdln a technologist but a philosopher as
he has meta-interests beyond just the technology itself.
These include the history of computing and hacker culture.
Programming requires a very particular way of seeing problems and
solutions. Secondly is an interest in how computing technology is
actually changing our society, for good or ill. He suggests that
computer technology is definitely changing the way we do the things
we already do while enabling wholly new things.
Cmdln blogs his thoughts and findings at the site, “The Command
Line.” He also has a regular podcast discussing not
only these issues, but episodes and aspects of the practice and
profession of programming. And I quote “Not to mention any other
stories or ideas related to technology that I find equally
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The essay is short (12 words) and talks about relevance and
irrelevance. Here too more promised in the future
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The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will feature an
interview Phil Stubbington. We talked about fixing trobuled
projects. The tactics Phil suggests are useful even if you
never have a trouble project on your hands.