TMTC 18 – Dave Thomas Interview – Part 2

This episode of the teachmetocode podcast, Dave talks us through the process he and Andy Hunt went through in founding the Pragmatic Programmers book series and publishing company. Dave also talks about the the advantages that they have had by not holding onto or being mired down by the way things have always been done and their growth in non-conventional book selling channels.

He also mentioned that if you would like them to come do training where you’re at, contact Mike Clark and find people who are willing to sit in on the course.

I think my favorite part of the interview was his explanation of where the Agile Manifesto came from. We also got to talk about what Agile development really is.

Dave explains the correlation between his musical interests and his programming interests. He figures that at least 30-40% of speakers at any conference would have some sort of musical background. The structure and the way things come together in music actually applies to software. You create patterns or structures that work well together at multiple levels.

Toward the beginning of the Pragmatic Programmers, Dave and Andy recommend learning a new language every year. He discusses his hobby of picking up new programming languages and investing in yourself.

Finally, I asked Dave about running a business and how to get one started. He gave some terrific advice regarding building your own application and business.

He wrapped up the episode by pointing out that programming is exceptionally hard. You have a huge amount of information you have to know in order to get into programming. On top of it, the world is complicated and makes the problems we have to solve hard. So, ultimately, make it fun!

Download this Episode

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Felipe May 4, 2010 at 8:05 pm

The sound is extremely low

Reply

Felipe May 4, 2010 at 8:05 pm

The sound is extremely low

Reply

skim May 4, 2010 at 9:03 pm

I agree with Felipe. It's extremely low vs. the first interview

Reply

skim May 4, 2010 at 9:03 pm

I agree with Felipe. It's extremely low vs. the first interview

Reply

woody2shoes May 4, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Thanks for letting me know. I'll adjust it tonight when I get home.

Reply

woody2shoes May 4, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Thanks for letting me know. I'll adjust it tonight when I get home.

Reply

huma May 4, 2010 at 10:06 pm

yea, the sound is too low :(

Reply

huma May 4, 2010 at 10:06 pm

yea, the sound is too low :(

Reply

opener May 4, 2010 at 11:08 pm

This is a awesome interview, really enjoyed it. Thx

Reply

opener May 4, 2010 at 11:08 pm

This is a awesome interview, really enjoyed it. Thx

Reply

woody2shoes May 5, 2010 at 1:09 pm

I re-uploaded the file with the volume adjustment. Let me know if it's any better.

Reply

woody2shoes May 5, 2010 at 1:09 pm

I re-uploaded the file with the volume adjustment. Let me know if it's any better.

Reply

woody2shoes May 5, 2010 at 1:09 pm

I re-uploaded the file with a volume adjustment. Let me know if it's any better.

Reply

woody2shoes May 5, 2010 at 1:09 pm

I re-uploaded the file with a volume adjustment. Let me know if it's any better.

Reply

huma May 5, 2010 at 3:16 pm

oh, much better! thanks! :)

Reply

huma May 5, 2010 at 3:16 pm

oh, much better! thanks! :)

Reply

Leave a Comment