TMTC 18 – Dave Thomas Interview – Part 2

by Charles Max Wood on May 4, 2010

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!

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  • Felipe

    The sound is extremely low

  • Felipe

    The sound is extremely low

  • http://skim.la skim

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

  • http://skim.la skim

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

  • woody2shoes

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

  • woody2shoes

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

  • huma

    yea, the sound is too low :(

  • huma

    yea, the sound is too low :(

  • http://twitter.com/opener opener

    This is a awesome interview, really enjoyed it. Thx

  • http://twitter.com/opener opener

    This is a awesome interview, really enjoyed it. Thx

  • woody2shoes

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

  • woody2shoes

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

  • woody2shoes

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

  • woody2shoes

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

  • huma

    oh, much better! thanks! :)

  • huma

    oh, much better! thanks! :)

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