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Software Process and Measurement Cast

The Software Process and Measurement Cast provides a forum to explore the varied world of software process improvement and measurement.  The SPaMCast covers topics that deal the challenges how work is done in information technology organizations as they grow and evolve.  The show combines commentaries, interviews and your feedback to serve up ideas, options, opinions, advice and even occasionally facts. 


May 3, 2009

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 fascinating.”

Contact information:
Email: feedback [at] thecommandline [dot] net

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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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Next Software Process and Measurement Cast:
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.