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I really enjoyed listening to the June 18th episode of the "CodeCast" podcast: http://www.code-magazine.com/CodeCast/Index.aspx?messageid=99ad6813-73c7-429c-9370-812b4058f145.

Ken Levy, Markus Egger and Rod Paddock reminisced about the 10 years that have passed since Markus and Rick Strahl came up with the wild idea of branching out from the software business to magazine publishing.

CODE has by far been the most useful magazine for me during the past 10 years (and one of the few survivors). MSDN is also good, but it frequently feels like reading a transmission beamed back from the future from a highly intelligent alien civilization :)

I love that CODE lets authors take as much space as needed to cover a topic. The July/August 2010 issue includes an 18-page article about SSIS, and 17 pages about getting started with Git.

Humorous highlights from the podcast include:

  • the story about how there was another "Code magazine" owned by Larry Flynt, and for a while if people went to http://www.code-magazine.com without the hyphen they were redirected to the site for Flynt's more famous magazine.
  • reminiscing about how some of the others used to have Markus-esque hair (I remember seeing Rod Paddock's mullet in the editor's notes every month.)
  • stories about memorable covers, including the "warrior princess" that Markus whipped up overnight in an emergency, and the painted hand showing Visual Studio languages (that didn't include C++)! I think that's the first issue I came across, and I'm ashamed to say i never noticed that the hand had six fingers.:

WarriorPrincess 6Fingers

(Please don't sue me for "leveraging" the artwork from the CODE site :)

 

The podcast reminded me of the days before the internet took off, when books and magazines were the main way that developers learned their craft.

I used to find something useful in every issue of Visual Basic Programmer's Journal, especially the articles by Francesco Balena.

The Art of Programming with Visual Basic

The resource that was most influential in my early days of PC development was Mark Warhol's book "The Art of Programming With Visual Basic". (It looks like you can get a used copy on Amazon for a penny! http://www.amazon.com/Art-Programming-Visual-Basic/dp/0471128538)

Mark's book was full of great advice and was hilarious. It's the most entertaining book about software that I've ever read.

I Binged and Googled and couldn't find anything about Mark, but I hope he's still in the software business and somehow does a search for himself and comes across this article and finds out that he made a difference in my career.

Thanks to all of the authors (and later bloggers and podcasters) who've inspired me over the years.

Good luck to CODE in the next 10 years. I can't imagine what the software world will look like in 2020.

Posted on Saturday, June 26, 2010 6:12 PM | Back to top


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